I run a herbal medicine practice in East Suffolk offering therapy utilising the inherent healing properties of plants.

East Suffolk

Effective therapy

The effectiveness of medicinal plants rests with their biochemical complexity, which has the potential to modulate the innate self-healing mechanisms we posses.


Clinical Excellence

Medical herbalists are trained in orthodox medical sciences and aim to integrate modern medical research with traditional knowledge of plant-based medicines.


Western herbal medicine

It’s more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” - Hippocrates

western herbal medicine

Western herbal medicine draws on a long tradition of utilising the inherent therapeutic properties of natural and sustainable plant-based medicines, practiced within the framework of modern clinical practice.

Medicinal plants contain many active biological ingredients and have the ability to correct imbalance, gently regulate function and stimulate our innate ability to heal.

Herbalists aim to address the underlying causes of a condition by working in harmony with our individual constitution and the uniqueness of our situation. By coming into an understanding of our own makeup, we can work towards balance and the prevension of disease.

Plants sustain all planetary life and their therapeutic use is an ancient and universal practice. Consciously participating in the timeless evolutionary relationship with healing plants can result in deep and lasting changes to our underlying health and sense of wellness.


Plant-based medicines are widely regarded to be gentle in their action, well tolerated and rarely exhibit side-effects. Herbal medicines can usually be combined with orthodox medications and any potential interactions will be carefully considered during consultation.


Herbal medicine is effective in dealing with many of the health complaints normally seen by your GP and can be particularly appropriate in addressing complex conditions of chronic ill-health manifesting as joint pains, allergies, digestive and skin disorders. Symptoms associated with stress and anxieties are also amenable to treatment. Herbal therapeutics include advice on diet, lifestyle and well-being and ultimately aim to empower patients to take control of their health.

D Bescoby

About me

I am a fully qualified western medical herbalist and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the self-regulating professional body for herbalists in the UK, established in 1864. Members are bound by a comprehensive code of ethics and practice and are actively engaged in programmes of continuing professional development.

I graduated from the University of East London with a degree in herbal medicine, gaining my clinical experience at Whipps Cross Hospital and the Stratford Centre for Herbal Medicine. Much like a conventional medical degree, my training included a thorough study of anatomy and physiology, pathology, pharmacology and differential diagnosis along with extensive training in clinical and physical examination.

My aim is to provide patients the means by which to address their health needs within an enlightened, caring and supportive environment through working compassionately and in partnership to achieve long-term benefits to health and wellness.

During the summer months I work with The Medical Herbalists', a group of herbalists providing emergency medical cover and herbal first aid at a number of UK festivals. I also teach adult education courses in practical herbal medicine in partnership with the Aldeburgh Library Foundation.


I currently hold regular clinics in East Suffolk at Beccles and Pettistree.


Saxon Alternative Therapy Centre

Situated in the heart of historic Beccles, patients are seen in one of four relaxing therapy rooms. Disabled access.

Address35 New Market, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HE
Phone01502 717 417
DirectionsThe shop and therapy rooms are opposite Swan House in New Market. Beccles is only 20 miles south east of Norwich and 10 miles east of Lowestoft and is also on the several main bus routes (e.g. Norwich - Lowestoft) and on the main Lowestoft - Ipswich - London train line.
Green Farm Clinic

Green Farm Clinic

The Green Farm Clinic is a well established physiotherapy and hydrotherapy practice within easy access of the A12. Herbal medicine appointments are available here on Fridays.

AddressThe Street, Pettistree, Woodbridge, IP13 0HU
Phone07941 391 923
DirectionsFrom the A12, take the Wickham Market turning onto the B1438. South of the village, turn into The Street signed Pettistree at the Thee Tuns pub. Green Farm clinic is 500 m on the left.
  • Saxon

    The Saxon Alternative Therapy Centre


  • Green Farm Clinic

    Green Farm Clinic



Initial consultations usually last an hour and fully explore the nature of your health condition, its impact upon your life and include a full review of your medical history, diet and overall sense of well-being. If needed, a physical examination will be carried out and I like to check patients’ pulse and blood pressure as a matter of course. It is useful to bring details of any current medications you are taking or recent test results. I work closely with other health professionals including your GP to ensure optimum treatment and patient care and I might recommend conventional investigations or referral to other practitioners if appropriate. At the end of the consultation I will offer my opinion and suggest treatment options from which a treatment plan can be discussed and developed.

Follow up consultations aim to monitor and review you treatment and progress and last approximately 30 minutes. I generally like to see patients 2 weeks following initial consultation and from then on typically at 4 – 6 week intervals. Herbal prescriptions and treatment strategies often change during the course of treatment in response to the dynamic nature of the healing process. The duration of treatment is highly dependant on the nature of the condition and can vary from a few weeks to several months.

Herbal Prescriptions

Herbal prescriptions consist of natural and sustainable plant-based medicines in the form of high quality tinctures (herbal constituents extracted in alcohol/water), teas, creams, ointments or capsules. Each prescription is individually tailored and dispensed by myself and will be sent out to you following you consultation. Herbal prescriptions typically cost between £6 and £9 per week.


Initial consultation £45

Follow-up consultation £35

Concessions available for the unwaged, students and OAPs

Contact Me

You can contact me through the clinics at Beccles and Pettistree or directly via email or telephone (below). You can also use this form to send me a message.

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Email: info@lionherba.co.uk

Tel. 07941 391 923