Hunter-Gatherer Medicine is a Medical Herbalism practice based in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, the heart of the East Midlands. The Belvoir Herbalist, Victoria Ward is the founder of this practice and is a qualified Medical Herbalist and Massage Therapist offering consultations in both. Herbal Medicine is a highly effective, safe and natural way to treat many health concerns Medical Herbalism
For as long as I can remember I have felt a very strong connection with plants. Growing up in the countryside, most of my family worked the land in some way, either through agriculture, horticulture or in some cases both! I was lucky to live in some wonderful, rural locations where my childhood involved much roaming and exploring the landscape, imbibing the sights and scents around me. Many hours were spent in the Bluebell Woods at Carnfield Hall where i grew up, the sight of bluebells never fail to transport me back to magical days spent immersed in their heady scent.
My mother’s passion for gardening couldn’t fail to infect me, she was a florist, horticulturist and forager, often using what she found in the fields and hedgerows to make jam, fill demijohns with and display in vases. She had an affinity towards the natural and a distrust of medicines, never being one to turn to pain killers, a stoic nature combined with a strong constitution kept her drug free and in good health as she still remains today in her late seventies.
As i settled into life, having children and creating homes, i loved to develop gardens and further explored my interest in natural health care and enjoyed taking responsibility for mine and my children’s health. Having children young limited my ability to pursue a career so i explored natural health – practicing yoga, cooking nutritive food, making skincare preparations (a particular interest of mine) and addressing health ailments with natural solutions. I became a hobbyist and still am never happier than when pottering about in the kitchen or garden.
The combined passion for plants and a growing interest in healthcare led me to identify the perfect career, that of Medical Herbalist which led to me embarking on my studies in 1998.
I first studied with the ‘School of Phytotherapy’ transferring to the full time Herbal Medicine BSc (Hons) at Lincoln University, completing in 2008.
Upon completion of my degree I practised out of rooms in Bingham Health Shop and visited patients in their own home across the Vale of Belvoir. At the same time as building my practice locally I worked part time in the NHS for Nottinghamshire Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) as an auxiliary nurse on the Out of Hours Nursing Service.