About the Academy

Mills and Bone Academy - Decades of Leadership in Innovative Herbal Education

The Mills and Bone Academy is a website for phytotherapy and western herbal medicine, using evidence based, clinical education. Drawing on the knowledge and teachings of Simon Mills and Kerry Bone, phytotherapy leading experts, the academy brings together education, research, articles, publications and events to further learning for western herbal medicine clinicians.


A range of educational materials including courses and recordings

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Research into phytotherapy and western herbal medicine 

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Articles written by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone

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View Simon and Kerry's publications library here

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Simon Mills

Simon Mills is a Cambridge medical sciences graduate who has been in regular clinical herbal practice in Exeter since 1977. Since then he has chaired the main herbal organizations in the UK (the British Herbal Medicine Association, National Institute of Medical Herbalists, and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy) and served on the Government’s Herbal Medicine Advisory Committee... 

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Kerry Bone

Professor Kerry Bone is an industry leader and innovation driver, directing the research program at MediHerb. As recognition of this role (in conjunction with his research colleagues), MediHerb was awarded the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) Varro E. Tyler Award for excellence in Phytomedicinal (Herbal) Research in 2016.


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New title from Kerry Bone - Functional Herbal Therapy: A Modern Paradigm For Clinicians

In this ground breaking book, Kerry Bone presents in detail his holistic, multidisciplinary and multicentred model of Functional Herbal Therapy (FHT). This model draws on the modern concept of functional medicine but is also rooted in traditional herbal wisdom. It is designed to equip herbalists to understand and formulate treatment strategies which tackle the complexity of different disease states.

Functional Herbal Therapy introduces the seven key attributes of FHT based on a fusion of new research and the modern concept of functional medicine. Next it offers an in-depth look at some of these core treatment strategies of FHT. Finally, the book examines how the key approaches and treatment strategies discussed can be successfully applied to the modern herbalist’s practice.

This visionary book will revolutionise the way that medical herbalists and naturopaths understand and treat disease processes. It will also be invaluable to students of herbal medicine, naturopathy and pharmaceutical sciences, both as a standard text and a reference book.

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Recorded webinars to purchase


Mills and Bone Covid-19 Series

£40.00 GBP


Mills and Bone Covid-19 Series

Mills and Bone recently produced two digital seminars about the role of herbs and diet in the time of COVID-19.

A special series with the authors of your favourite herb books. Kerry and Simon share their insights into the latest information coming in from the clinical frontline and research efforts across the world concerning the long-term consequences of Covid-19 infection. 

This series includes both previous seminars, Mills and Bone Go Viral and Mills and Bone Go Post Viral.

Mills and Bone Share Their Gut Feelings

Part 1 - The Gut and Immunity (and Autoimmunity)

Every day brings more knowledge about the role of the gut in immune health. In this webinar Kerry and Simon bring a herbal perspective to an updated review of the central role of the gut in immune health and disease. The experience of Covid and its after-effects remind us that autoimmunity can be a major cause of ill-health. We will look at ways in which improving gut functions could also reduce immunological complications.

Topics you will learn about include:
• The importance of an intact gut wall barrier and the consequences of a leaky gut
• An update on gut-related immune mechanisms
• Optimising surface defences
• Navigating the microbiome, including the cross-talk between phytochemicals and the gut microbiome
• Molecular mimicry in immune misdirection
• The role of the liver

Mills and Bone Share Their Gut Feelings

Part 2 - The Gut and the Brain

The connections between gut, brain and mental health are becoming ever stronger. Not only do we know that the gut produces more hormones and neuroactive chemicals than anywhere else, and that it has strong bidirectional neural connections, but we now understand the strong impact of gut-centred inflammatory pressures on the health of the brain and on mental illness. ‘Gut feelings’ are now a mainstream interest, and new terms such as nutritional psychiatry, ‘moody gut’ and psychobiotics pervade the medical journals! In this webinar Simon and Kerry  update these insights from a herbal perspective.

Topics you will learn about include:
• An update on the many elements of the gut-brain axis
• The role of the microbiome in brain health
• Neuroinflammation as a basis of chronic fatigue and mental health problems
• How gut wall herbal activity can reach the brain

Mills and Bone Dive Deeper Into The Gut

Part 1 - Bitters Renewed

Bitters have been both the most valued class of remedies in traditional medicine around the world, and largely ignored in modern research. There is now an explosion of discoveries about bitter receptors and their functions throughout the body. It is clear that they have important defence and mobilising roles. These bring new insights into the reputation and application of some or most important remedies. In this webinar Simon and Kerry will refresh our understanding of the bitters and suggest exciting new approaches to their use in clinical practice.

Mills and Bone Dive Deeper Into The Gut 

Part 2 - Everyday Gut Disorders Revisited

In previous webinars Kerry and Simon have explored the close interrelationships of the digestive, immune and nervous systems. With this increased integrated insight into gut functions, and especially the role of the microbiome, it is now timely to look again at our management of the most common and frustrating functional problems, IBS and GORD/GERD. Irritable bowel syndrome and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease account for disproportionate consumption of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. These at best relieve symptoms, and underlying causes are barely addressed. Herbal remedies have obvious prospects to do better. The insights of previous webinars will be brought together to develop fresh protocols for the long-term benefit of these upsetting conditions.

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