Monica Wilde completed a Masters degree in herbal medicine in 2015 at the University of Central Lancashire. This came after a lifetime of interest and studying of herbal medicine, having been inspired as a child by a Kikuyu herbalist on the Kenyan farm where she grew up. Her dissertation was on the concomitant prescribing of the proton-pump inhibitor drug, omeprazole, with herbs and micronutrients. She has a particular interest in beneficial concomitant prescribing and in Integrative Medicine, committed to research for patients who need to take chemical (allopathic) drugs but wish to also take herbal medicine as part of a holistic healthcare plan. Experience has taught her that a holistic approach can reduce chemical drug side effects in an extremely beneficial way for the patient while still ensuring the treatment that they need.
At Napiers, she works primarily as a research herbalist. This is not the same as a medical herbalist and Monica does not run a clinical practice. She researches conditions and treatments to support clinical herbalists. Specialist fields include the study of chelated iodine in seaweed and its effect on iodine insufficiency and thyroid function and has designed, and currently seeking funding for, a clinical trial to monitor the consumption of seaweed via Napiers Organic Hebridean Kelp capsules by people also taking levothyroxine for underactive thyroid. She is a member of the Academy of Integrative Health Medicine, following the development of the field of integrative medicine with great interest.
She has also undertaken further research, in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh into the potential cosmetic properties of Scottish wild plants.
Monica has a lifelong passion for plants, fungi and the natural world. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and also a foraging teacher of wild food and wild plant medicine and a founding Member of the Association of Foragers. More about these aspects of her life can be found on her blog www.monicawilde.com