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Christopher Etheridge PhD MCPP


MRSC, BSc (Hons) Phyto, BSc (Hons) Chem, CChem, DoIC, ARCS


Medical Herbalist




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About Chris Etheridge


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Chris Etheridge’s qualifications, experience and publications


Chris Etheridge is a leading Medical Herbalist (Phytotherapist) with extensive experience as a herbal practitioner, researcher and writer. He is also one of Britain’s foremost Integrated Health Specialists with a special interest in cancer, and is director of his own dedicated cancer consultancy,, which specialises in providing information and research for people with cancer. (Please note that Chris Etheridge is not working as a qualified oncologist or as a registered practising medical practitioner.)


Chris is an active member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP), a major professional governing body that sets the highest standards of practice in herbal medicine. He is a guest lecturer at the Centre for Nutrition Education (, the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) (, the Northern College of Acupuncture ( and The Haven ( Chris is a writer for the charity Action for ME’s magazine (, and scientific advisor for Advanced Orthomolecular Research ( and the charities Yes to Life ( and Kids Integrated Cancer Treatments ( In the past, he has worked closely with Dr Rosy Daniel (formerly of the Bristol Cancer Centre and now the Penny Brohn Centre) to create an integrated workbook for recently diagnosed cancer patients.


Chris holds a first class honours BSc and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Imperial College, London. He was a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Gene Therapy in Imperial’s Department of Chemistry and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at St Mary’s Hospital, where he also received further training, from 1995-99. His research into gene therapy for cancer, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease produced numerous publications (listed below) and three commercial medical patents, which resulted in a £3.5 million investment from Mitsubishi for the construction of a new Genetic Therapies Centre at Imperial College. Chris also co-founded a genetic therapy company, IC-Vec, through Imperial Innovations Ltd, in order to manufacture and supply his patented drugs for clinical use, and to carry out further gene therapy research to develop improved treatments for cystic fibrosis and rheumatoid arthritis. IC-Vec was subsequently purchased by the Mitsubishi Chemical Company.


Chris believes passionately in the medicinal use of herbs as safer, effective alternatives and adjuncts to orthodox medicines, and he is fully committed to a holistic “whole person” approach to treating his patients. These values led him to complete his professional training on the four-year Herbal Medicine degree programme at the College of Phytotherapy, East Sussex. He graduated in 2006 with a first class honours BSc and published his National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) award-winning dissertation on quality control in herbal medicine in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. (You can read the article here.)


Professional membership


Chris is a Council Member for the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP).


The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) is a professional membership organisation established in 1991 to ensure the highest standards of excellence in herbal medicine (phytotherapy). All members of the CPP must have a professional qualification in herbal medicine and regularly participate in a professional training scheme, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), which ensures that they are up to date with the latest research in both medicine and herbal medicine.


For further information on the CPP, please visit


Chris is also a Director of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicines Professional Association (EHTPA) (, which is dedicated to the development of herbal/traditional medicine, preserving and enhancing the legal basis of practice across EU Members States and promoting best practice throughout different herbal medicine traditions.


List of publications


1.1-Benzyoxy-3-(p-tolylsulfonyl)propene as an acrolein β-anion equivalent. Synthesis of 4-substituted 2-butenolides”, Craig, D, Etheridge, CJ, Smith, AM TETRAHEDRON LETTERS 1992, 33 (48), 7445-7446.

2.1-Benzyloxy-3-(p-tolylsulfonyl)alkenes as enal
β-anion equivalents. Synthesis of 2,3-disubstituted furans”, Craig, D, Etheridge, CJ TETRAHEDRON LETTERS 1993, 34 (46), 7487-7488.

3. “(Alkoxyallyl)sulfones as enal
β-anion equivalents. Synthesis of 5-substituted 2(5H)-furanones”, Craig, D, Etheridge, CJ, Smith, AM TETRAHEDRON 1996, 52 (48), 15267-15288.

4. “(Alkoxyallyl)sulfones as enal and enone
β-anion equivalents. Synthesis of mono-, di- and trisubstituted furans”, Craig, D, Etheridge, CJ TETRAHEDRON 1996, 52 (48), 15289-15310.

5.Microspheres, microcapsules and liposomes”, Cooper, RG, Etheridge, CJ, Miller, AD, Stewart, L (Ed. Arshady_R), John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

6.Intrathecal administration of cationic liposome vectors for gene delivery to the central nervous system”, McQuillin, A, Murray, K, Stewart, L, Etheridge, CJ, Cooper, RG, Miller, AD, Gurling, HMD AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS 1997, 74 (6), 600.

7.Optimisation of liposome mediated transfection of a neuronal cell line”, McQuillin, A, Murray, KD, Etheridge, CJ, Stewart, L, Cooper, RG, Brett, PM, Miller, AD, Gurling, HMD NEUROREPORT 1997, 8 (6), 1481-1484.

8.Polyamine analogues of 3 beta-[N-(N',N'-dimethylaminoethane)carbomoyl]-cholesterol (DC-Chol) as agents for gene delivery”, Cooper, RG, Etheridge, CJ, Stewart, L, Marshall, J, Rudginsky, S, Cheng, SH, Miller, AD, CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL 1998, 4 (1), 137-151.

9.Endothelial cell transfection with cationic liposomes and herpes simplex thymidine kinase mediated killing”, Fife, K, Bower, M, Cooper, RG, Stewart, L, Etheridge, CJ, Coombes, RC, Buluwela, L, Miller, AD, GENE THERAPY 1998, 5 (5). 614-620.

10.Enhanced in vitro and in vivo gene delivery using cationic agent complexed retrovirus vectors”, Themis, M, Forbes, SJ, Chan, L, Cooper, RG, Etheridge, CJ, Miller, AD, Hodgson, HJF, Coutelle, C, GENE THERAPY 1998, 5 (9), 1180-1186.

11.Cationic liposome-mediated DNA transfection in organotypic explant cultures of the ventral mesencephalon”, Murray, KD, McQuillin, A, Stewart, L, Etheridge, CJ, Cooper, RG, Miller, AD, Gurling, HMD GENE THERAPY 1999, 6 (2), 190-197.


12. “Comparison of rosmarinic acid content in commercial tinctures produced from fresh and dried lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)”, Sanchez-Medina, A, Etheridge, CJ, Hawkes, GE, Hylands, PJ, Pendry, BA, Hughes, MJ, Corcoran, O, Journal of PharmACY and Pharmaceutical Science 2007, 10 (4), 455-463.


13. “Natural herbal relief for menopausal symptoms”, Bailey C, Etheridge CJ, ADVANCING NUTRITION 2012, January issue.