Graeme Tobyn

Senior Lecturer

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Bulding, BB323

+44 (0) 1772 89 3788

Lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, with a focus on holism, patient-centred approaches and diet; an experienced medical herbalist with a history of working within the NHS and as an external clinical examiner of BSc Herbal Medicine students and a historian of medicine interested in the (herbal) remedies of the past and how history can support medical competencies on contemporary training programmes. 

Full Profile

Graeme Tobyn studied languages, first at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Kingston-upon-Thames, and at Leeds university from 1975 to 1978, graduating in Russian with Italian. He also learned Polish during a three-month study trip to Krakow in 1977 and has since used his knowledge of both Latin and French in his studies in the history of medicine.

He embarked on a training in herbal medicine with the School of Herbal Medicine, Tunbridge Wells, in 1985 and graduated with the top award in 1990. He entered private practice, where he has continued until the present, and worked as a herbalist in a city centre GP practice from 1995 to 1997. He was engaged in training herbal students in clinical skills from 1993 until 2012 and for the last eight years has acted as external clinical examiner on three BSc Herbal Medicine programmes. He was made a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 2007. He was 2015 visiting botanical medicine scholar at Bastyr University, Seattle, USA.

Graeme completed a PGDipHE in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was course leader for the BSc Herbal Medicine at UCLan from 2001 to 2012 and for the MSc Herbal Medicine from 2011 to 2016.

In 2008 Graeme started a PhD in the history of medicine at Lancaster university and submitted his thesis in March 2016.

Membership of professional and learned bodies


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Social Media


Profile on LinkedIn. Presence on Facebook including closed professional herbal discussion groups. Publications on and Researchgate.




Tobyn, G., Denham, A., & Whitelegg, M. (2011, repub. 2015). The Western herbal tradition: 2000 years of medicinal plant knowledge. London, UK: Singing Dragon Books.

Tobyn, G. (2015). Dr Reason and Dr Experience: Culpeper’s assignation of planetary rulers in The English Physitian. In Charles Burnett and Dorian Greenbaum (eds.) From Masha'allah to Kepler: Theory and Practice in Medieval and Renaissance Astrology. Lampeter, Wales: Sophia Centre Press.

Tobyn, G. (2014). An Anatomy of The English Physitian. In S. Francia & A. Stobart (eds.) Critical approaches to the history of western herbal medicine. London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Tobyn, G. (1997, repub. 2013). Culpeper’s medicine: A practice of Western holistic medicine. London: Singing Dragon Books.


PGCert HE UCLan 2004

Dip.Phyt School of Herbal Medicine 1990

BA (Hons) Russian University of Leeds 1978


UG and PG modules, professional doctorate supervision

External Activities

Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Chair of the Herbal Educators Forum.


History of medicine.


Tobyn G. 'An anatomy of the English Physician (1652)', History of Western Herbal Medicine seminar, University of Middlesex July 2010.

Tobyn G. 'The Galenic Temperaments in the Writings of Nicholas Culpeper', Western Herbal Tradition Conference, University of Lampeter, August 2009.

Tobyn G. & Denham A. 'Herbal posology: some issues of herbal dosages from the tradition and modern practice', NIMH conference, University of Durham April 2006.