Earnshaw’s Herbal Dispensary was set up in 2005 by John Earnshaw a fully qualified Medical Herbalist. The dispensary is stocked with a wide range of herbal tinctures, dried herbs, oils and creams and also some of our own tried and tested formulas. We have had many thousands of people through the door over the years and our reputation has grown.

John became interested in herbal medicine whilst working for a leading biotechnology company that was developing the use of Human Monoclonal Antibodies as medicines. He began to realize that these medicines were very expensive to make and carried potential life threatening side effects so he looked for alternative approaches and began studying for a degree in Herbal medicine at the School of Phytotherapy. Since qualifying in 2003 John set up Earnshaw’s Herbal Dispensary, where he has carried out many consultations and helped many people back to good health.  He truly believes a more rounded approach to health is more amenable to helping people rather than just a symptomatic approach.

John gained a BSc(Hons) degree in Herbal Medicine from the College of Phytotherapy in Sussex, receiving an education in orthodox medical science and 4 years study of plant medicine. With his training and clinical experience at Earnshaw’s Herbal Dispensary he has gained expert knowledge in the use of medicinal herbs. He also has a BSc(Hons) degree in Genetics from the Queen Mary University, London and a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture from Askham Bryan College in York.

Prior to becoming a Medical Herbalist John worked in science.  He spent over 5 years working in Cambridge as a Senior Research Scientist for a biotechnology company developing a patented technology used to isolate Human Monoclonal Antibodies for use as therapeutic drugs. Prior to that he spent 3 years at the Royal Veterinary College, London working in a group researching gene expression in diseased and developing muscle. His academic research has been published and can be found in the list of publications below.


Earnshaw J.C., Kyprianou P, Krishan K, Dhoot G.K. Differentiation of original and regenerated skeletal muscle fibres in mdx dystrophic muscles. (2002), Histochem Cell Biol. 118(1):19-27.

Earnshaw, J.C. and Osbourn, J.K. Signal amplification in flow cytometry using biotin tyramine. (1999), Cytometry. 35(2), 176-179.

Osbourn JK, Earnshaw JC, Johnson KS, Parmentier M, Timmermans V, McCafferty J. (1998) Directed selection of MIP-1a-neutralising CCR5 antibodies from a human phage display antibody library. Nature Biotech. 16(8), 778-783.

Vaughan, T. J., Williams, A. J., Pritchard, K., Osbourn, J. K., Pope, A. R., Earnshaw, J. C., McCafferty, J., Hodits, R. A., Wilton, J. & Johnson, K. S. Isolation of human antibodies with sub-nanomolar affinities directly from a large non-immunized phage display library. (1996), Nature Biotech. 14(3), 309-314.

Parsons, P., Earnshaw, J.C., Wilton, J., Johnson K.S., Mahoney P. A., Mahoney, W., McCafferty J. Directing phage selections towards specific epitopes. (1996), Protein Eng. 9(11), 1043-1049.

Osbourn, J. K., Field, A., Wilton, J., Derbyshire, E., Earnshaw, J.C., Jones, P. T., Allen, D., McCafferty, J. Generation of a panel of related human scFv antibodies with high affinities for human CEA. (1996), Immunotechnology 2, 181-196.

Fitzgerald K., Chiswell D., Earnshaw, J., Smith, R., Kenten, J., Williams, R., McCafferty, J. (1995) Isolating high affinity human antibodies from phage repertoires in Molecular Repertoires. de Gruyter & Co., ed. R. Cortese.

McCafferty, J., FitzGerald, K. J., Earnshaw, J., Chiswell, D. J., Link, J., Smith, R. and Kenton, J.. Selection and Rapid Purification of Murine Antibody Fragments That Bind a Transition-State Analog by Phage Display. (1994), Applied Biochem. and Biotech. 47, 157-173.

Morgan, M. J., Earnshaw, J.C. and Dhoot, G.K. Novel developmentally regulated exon identified in the rat fast skeletal muscle troponin T gene. (1993), J. Cell Sci. 106(3), 903-908.