The 4th UK Medicinal Mushroom Conference

3rd & 4th November 2018
Stanton House Hotel
Stanton Fitzwarren, Wiltshire: 
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A small selection from the medicinal mushrooms found in the UK:
(left to right) Chaga,
Inonotus obliquus, maitake, Grifola frondosa, tinder hoof, Fomes fomentarius and jelly ear, Auricularia auricula-judae

  • The articles below are intended as introductory material. You are welcome to download and use them for educational purposes but full citation must be given recognising the author and the publications where they are found. Details of this year's conference can be found below.
Download here...Click here to download the article 'Native Medicinal Mushrooms - An overview of their therapeutic potential'
by Fred Gillam,
published in 'The Herbalist' - journal of the Association of Master Herbalists and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners, September 2016.
Download here...A Tale of Mushrooms & Gluten Sensitivity - Can mushrooms help with gluten sensitivity? Check out Fred Gillam's latest article on this topic in the Sensory Solutions herbal blog, August 2017.

STOP PRESS - 2018 Speakers!

Roger Phillips Conference Opening.

Roger is a mycologist, artist and author of many botanical books on plants and fungi. His book "Mushrooms & Other Fungi of Great Britain and Europe" is considered to be a 'bible' among mushroom hunters and he has recently released a new hard-backed edition of 'Wild Food'. We are pleased to announce that Roger will be opening our conference this year and leading on the fungus walk.

Roger has authored more than 30 books including: Wild Food (2014), Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America (2010), Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Great Britain and Europe (2006), Wild Flowers of Britain (1983), Trees in Britain, Europe and North America (1978).


Monica Wilde - Mushroom Dosage: A Guide to Dosing for Water,Glycerin & Alcohol Extracts & Powders.

Monica will look at the wide range of doses used for a variety of medicinal mushrooms, focusing on those that are native to the UK.

Dosing in plant herbal medicine is a highly debated topic let alone fungi. Applying a dispenser's methodology she explores the known upper and lower dosing limits and attempts to rationalise the lesser known species to create a reference for safe use.

Monica has a Masters degree in Herbal Medicine and manages production and pharmacovigilance for Napiers the Herbalists, a 158 year old herbal house in Scotland. She is a committee member of the Association of Foragers and a Fellow of the Linnean Society. Monica has a lifelong interest in and teaches about wild food and medicine. She is based in Napiers' Bathgate herbal clinic, a Community Interest Company.

Monica is particularly keen that our indigenous medicines remain affordable and accessible to all. Her biggest bugbear is poor quality disinformation spread via the internet and social media, so her lectures aim to combine our heritage and tradition with solid facts, science and methodology.

Lei Zhou An - Medicinal Mushrooms: Between Myth & Science.

Medicinal mushrooms have both a mythological and a scientific status in TCM. Lei Zhou An will discuss her relationship with medicinal mushrooms and how she applies them in clinical practice to create an integrative living medicine; putting together the myth and science, based on a framework that honours the important connection between fungi in the natural world and within the human body.

Born in Trinidad, Lei Zhou An originally came to the UK to study dance with Ballet Rambert in the 1970's.  During the 1980's she stayed with her aunt, the dancer Dai Ai Lian in Beijing. Dai Ai Lian convinced her, through her interest in Chinese culture, philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to return to the UK to study TCM. After studying Chinese herbs with Giovanni Maciocia and Ted Kaptchuk she began her herbal practice which now spans 35 years.

Fred Gillam - Background Pharmacology of Medicinal Mushroom Compounds: What do those molecules do?.

Fred will explore and demystify some of the main types of medicinally active chemical compounds that are found in fungi.

He will draw on the published literature to investigate their functional relationship to human health and human biochemistry, exploring how this leads to the selection of extraction methods and modes of application.

Fred's interest in plants and fungi goes back to childhood as the son of a head gardener on a country estate. After an initial career in environmental conservation and education he apprenticed in traditional herbalism with Sarah Head and now runs a community herbal dispensary with his partner Natascha in Wiltshire.

Fred is the author of Poisonous Plants in Great Britain (2008) and a committee member of the Association of Foragers. He runs The Wild Side of Life where he teaches herbal medicine workshops and foraging courses. He has recently completed university studies in the Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials and The Human Microbiome and has had three botanical lectures published by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

Philip Schuler - Practical Methods Used in Mycological Research.

Philip is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia who researches the chemistry and biology of truffle species. Drawing from his own current research project, Philip will talk about the practical methodology used in current mycological research.

Philip's talk will focus on the techniques that are useful for the study of the chemistry and biology of fungi (including medicinal research), as well as looking to future perspectives within the field, giving us a very valuable window of insight into the practices that are being used to investigate and develop the medicinal / therapeutic potential of mushrooms.

Melissa Waddingham - Exploring The Medicinal Properties of Truffles.

Melissa is a well known truffle hunter and truffle dog trainer here in the UK with a background in ecology and environmental conservation. Her work with truffles over many years has stimulated a keen interest in their properties. In her talk, Melissa will be presenting a review of the medicinal properties of truffles based upon current scientific research as well as the knowledge of traditional healing practices.

Recent research has demonstrated the presence of natural anti-inflammatory endocannabinoids in truffles and also the discovery of unique anti-viral lectins in certain truffle species that can inhibit the ebola virus and HIV. This alone would be reason enough to put truffles firmly on the menu of investigation for their medicinal potential...

James Scrivens - A Permaculture Approach to Growing Medicinal Mushrooms in Your Own Back Yard.

James is a permaculturalist and mushroom grower in the Brecon Beacons at the 70 acre Agroecology Land Trust woodland action research project at Coed Talylan.

James has been developing some successful methods for the outdoor production of medicinal mushrooms, in particular the turkey tail mushroom Trametes versicolor and the wine-cap mushroom Stropharia rugosoannulata, that can be incorporated into forest garden and permaculture design elsewhere. Last year he wowed the conference audience with his stunning and vibrant log-grown turkey tail mushrooms which were exceptional. As a result many people have requested to learn more about his non-intensive methods for 'grow it yourself' medicinal mushrooms. 

Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal - Exploring Mushroom Essences.

Julie is a naturopathic herbalist, a Fellow of the Association of Master Herbalists and former editor of The Herbalist. She is currently the chair of the Herbal History Research Network and has a natural health practice in South Norfolk. Julie and her husband Matthew have written five books together on herbal medicine.

Julie and Matthew have been developing a range of experimental mushroom essences and will share their methods and findings with us.
The Bach Flower Essences are probably the best-known essences and they are widely used in complimentary medicine to work with people on an emotional level. Since Dr Bach's time, many other people have made essences, mainly from plants. Julie uses essences widely in her practice and finds them to be an effective complement to herbal treatments. 

Julie & Matthew's publications include:
Wayside Medicine: Forgotten Plants and How to Use Them (2017); The Herbalist's Bible: John Parkinson's Lost Classic Rediscovered (2014); Make Your Own Aphrodisiacs (2012); Kitchen Medicine (2010); and Hedgerow Medicine (2008).

Other Highlights:

Fred Gillam & Natascha Kenyon will read...

News Headlines:
Exploring the Recent Clinical Trials and Research Papers in the Public Domain

Sunday Morning Medicinal Mushroom ID walk
will be led by Roger Phillips, Matthew Rooney and Fred Gillam around the Stanton Park estate.

Saturday & Sunday Medicinal Mushroom Mini-Market
Medicinal mushroom supplies, growing supplies and books by the conference speakers as well as the stunning mushroom art work of resident artist Andrew Brook.


Artist's fungus 
Artist's fungus, Ganoderma applanatum / australe

These cousins of the popular reishi mushroom contain more than 400 constituents. With a long history of medicinal use, the properties are regarded as hepatoprotective, immune modulating, anti-fibrotic, anti-cancer, hypo-glycaemic and anti-oxidant.


Knowledge of the use of medicinal mushrooms is found in many indigenous cultures around the world, from Siberia and Tibet to North and South America. Large sums of money are currently invested by the pharmaceutical industry each year to research their medicinal potential. Globally, medicinal mushrooms are finding a place in the treatment of a widening spectrum of conditions including psoriasis, herpes, gut-dysbiosis, neuromuscular pain, cancer, auto-immune problems, tuberculosis and diabetes; to learn more, book your conference ticket today...

Stanton House Hotel, our venue for the weekend, is set within 183 acres of mature landscaped parkland and ancient woodland, providing the ideal setting for our Sunday Medicinal Mushroom ID Walk at the conference!

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The medicinally active interior of the chaga sclerotica, Inonotus obliquus

Satan's boletus

Mini Market 

Pictured left: Satan's boletus by resident artist Andrew Brook

At this year's mini market you will be able to purchase medicinal mushrooms, as well as mushroom related materials, mushroom growing kits, mushroom knives, mushroom foraging related materials, mushroom portraits and books signed by the authors!

We will be showcasing the work of our resident mushroom artist, Andrew Brook, who will have limited edition prints for sale.

Herbalists Julie and Matthew Bruton-Seal will also have copies of their most recent book available, entitled "
Wayside Medicine: Forgotten Plants and How to Use Them".

 Horn of plenty
 Horn of plenty - original artwork by Andrew Brook

The 4th UK Medicinal Mushrooms Conference:

With leading speakers and authors, the UK Medicinal Mushrooms Conference will take you to the cutting edge of a fast developing field for health practitioners and researchers. New information about fungi that will change the way we look at health and the biology of living systems is emerging all of the time at what seems to be an ever increasing rate.

For practitioners, a CPD Certificate of Attendance will be available after the conference if requested in advance.

 2018 TICKETS:

Book early to avoid disappointment!


COST: £170.00 per person
£120.00 unwaged/student

To book a place at the conference now, please
email: to secure your place, stating whether you are employed / unwaged or in higher education.

Accommodation & meals: 

  • The Rosemary Restaurant at the venue will be providing a range of meals to suit all tastes throughout the conference. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch to consume in the conference hall as an alternative to the regular hotel menu if you wish. Note: Only a limited range of dietary requirements can be catered for in the restaurant. Tea and coffee will be provided during the breaks throughout both days.

  • If you require somewhere to stay during the conference the venue has rooms available at a special conference delegates' rate. There are also excellent B&B's and hotels in the locality. NOTE: All rooms at the venue MUST be vacated by 10.00 AM prompt on the day of departure and there is a strict no smoking policy inside the venue and hotel rooms. 

Last Year's Conference Speakers were: 

In 2017 in addition to the voices of scientists and health practitioners, we represented the perspectives of indigenous cultures who have a long history of working with mushrooms as healers. Many of today's medicinal discoveries were guided by their knowledge in the first instance.

Roger Phillips - An Overview of the Chief Medicinal Mushroom Species & Genera.

Martin Powell
- Medicinal Mushrooms - Quality & Efficacy

Attila Fodi - Medicinal Mushrooms of the Carpathian Basin.

Matthew Rooney - How Mushrooms Can Heal The Earth.

Fred Gillam - The Role of Fungi in the Enteric Biome.

Natascha Kenyon - Kitchen Medicinal Mushroom Extracts.

Adam Hearn - Human Fungal Interactions in Indigenous Cultures.

Becs Griffiths & Annwen Jones - The Use of Medicinal Mushrooms in Our Herbal Community Practice.