Pukka Herbs was founded on a mission to create a business in a regenerative way, benefitting the health of people, plants and the planet. We believe there is much to learn from the medical wisdom of traditional healing systems, coupled with an expert understanding of scientific research. In 2018, 567 million cups of Pukka tea were enjoyed around the world, alongside 31 million doses of our herbal supplements (Pukka 2018 Sustainability Report).

We’re investing in our herbal expertise, working with universities globally on ground-breaking research to uncover new uses for herbs in preventative healthcare, as well as gaining better understanding of people’s attitudes to their health. There is a general understanding that herbs and plants can be really beneficial to human health. But most of the research into herbs such as turmeric for osteoarthritis or cardiovascular health, are tackling diseases once established. We’re particularly interested in how herbs can be used in preventative healthcare. One of our studies is looking at a herb called andrographis for treating colds and flu with the University of Southampton. It’s a feasibility study to see if GPs will engage with prescribing herbal treatments rather than pharmaceutical medication or antibiotics.

Right now, the UK government is looking into potentially changing their strategy for preventative health, and that may include herbal and alternative remedies. There is an opportunity for Pukka to play a big role in this evolution as we deliver our mission of connecting people to the incredible power of plants. We also want to engage the next generation of herbal scientists and bring biomedical scientists into the herbal world. We also offer Pukka Life Academy, an engaging interactive on-line course for health practitioners wanting to learn more about herbs. Pukka fully support Nutritank’s work in helping to create a more sustainable healthcare system by focusing on training the next generation of health practitioners.

Further info: Pukka Publications

  1. 2017. Hu, X. Y., Wu, R. H., Logue, M., Blondel, C., Lai, L. Y. W., Stuart, B., … & Liu, J. P. (2017). Andrographis paniculate (ChuānXīnLián) for symptomatic relief of acute respiratory tract infections in adults and children: A systematic review and meta-analysis.PloSone,12(8), e0181780.
  2. 2019. Chatzinasiou, L., Booker, A., MacLennan, E., Mackonochie, M., & Heinrich, M. (2019). Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) products: What quality differences exist?. Journal of Herbal Medicine, 100281
  3. 2019. Poswal, F. S., Russell, G., Mackonochie, M., MacLennan, E., Adukwu, E. C., & Rolfe, V. (2019). Herbal teas and their health benefits: A scoping review. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 1-11.
Joanna Webber

Joanna Webber

Joanna is Head of Herbal Education at Pukka Herbs, where she oversees the delivery of industry- leading education enabling people to discover the power of herbs and learn to be well. Joanna is also an Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga teacher, and a full member of the UK’s Ayurvedic Practitioners Association. She has over ten years clinical experience and holds a BSc (Hons) in Ayurveda, which included clinical internships in India. She runs a clinic in Somerset where she sees a variety of patients. She also has a Post graduate Certificate in Education, has taught in several schools, and a Masters in Human Sciences from Oxford University. She is passionate about education and making herb, diet and lifestyle advice more readily available, so people of all ages can make informed and empowered choices for themselves.

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