Spices and Medicine


BMA Evening Event: Gardening and Plant Medicines for Mental and Social Health, 26 May

Date: Thursday 26 May 2016 Time: 4pm - 6:30pm

Location: The British Medical Association, Tavistock Square, London

The garden of the British Medical Association will be the setting for a series of evening lectures and discussions on how gardens, plant medicines and 'green prescriptions' can contribute to the health and wellbeing of patients. There will be two evening events presented as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. During each evening, guests will enjoy complimentary botanical-themed cocktails, be inspired by two special presentations and take a guided tour of the BMA Mind Garden. To view the 26 May BMA Garden flyer, click here.

4:00 PM Welcome from Daniela Sikora, BMA Gardener and Mark Stuart, BMJ Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Lead

Chairperson: Dr William Bird MBE

4:30 PM 'Medicinal plants and the mind'

Presented by Professor Michael Heinrich, University College London

Medicinal plants are commonly employed to treat conditions like sleeplessness, mild mood problems, nervousness and other problems. If used for minor self-limiting conditions such herbal medical products may offer useful treatment options. In this presentation the possibilities and limitations of using such products will be discussed.

5:15 PM 'Using gardening to improve health and transform lives'

Presented by Dr Sean Morrissey, Thrive UK

Social and therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. This presentation will explore how gardening can bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vunerable.

Followed by discussion and networking in the BMA Mind Garden.
6:30 PM close