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Herbal Medicine is the oldest form of medicine known to both humans and animals. A Neanderthal man was discovered with medicinal herbs in his pack, dated from 40,000 years ago. It is still the primary, and in many cases only form of medicine for more than 85% of the world’s population.
Herbal Medicine is the use of roots, leaves, flowers, barks in a variety of preparations (tinctures, dried herb teas, powders, oils, creams, ointments, lotions) administered for internal and external use to rebalance health. Herbs are used in conjunction with nutritional advice, supplement recommendations and always with an in depth consultation.
Herbal medicine looks to treat both the symptoms and the cause of health problems, is gentle, effective and will help generate long term optimal health. Herbal Medicine takes a holistic perspective to treat the whole person not just the illness or the symptoms.
Consultations are a two-way process and aim to build a trusting relationship between patient and practitioner so they may work together. The first consultation takes 60 minutes to provide in depth information about the presenting complaint, past medical history and to review all aspects of your well being. Herbalist’s practice is founded in the understanding that everything is connected, that one bodily system (eg. Cardiovascular system including the heart and blood vessels) affects another. Medicine is prescribed shortly after the initial consultation, within a week, along with dietary advice, recommendations for supplements (if necessary) and lifestyle adjustments. A 30 minute (sometimes 60 minutes in extreme cases) follow up consultation usually takes place 3-6 weeks after the initial consultation to check your response to the medicine, adjust treatment plan/strategy, and to feedback into the initial plan. On-going consultations at 3-6 week intervals take place for as long as is needed, depending on the status of your health and progression of the treatment, to amend prescriptions and dosages as required. Herbal Medicine is no quick fix and it may take some time to notice long term changes in your health and/or well being, though there may also be immediate, noticeable improvements. It is recommended to undergo treatment for a minimum of three months and it can take up to six or twelve months to see big changes.
Herbal Medicine can treat anything that you would ask for GP to treat. It can also treat more complex, chronic health problems. Below is a list of conditions that may be treated:
Acute and Chronic illness
Infections, inflammation, endocrine and organ diseases/ disorders
Insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, mental and emotional health
IBD, IBS, indigestion, reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, liver support
Eczema, psoriasis, rashes, infections, irritations, acne, rosacea, spots and outbreaks related to hormonal imbalances, sensitivities/ allergies
Allergies, sinusitis, hayfever, cough, ENT problems, bronchitis, persistent coughs, childhood coughs, flu and cold
High and low blood pressure, vascular weakness, varicose veins, cholesterol. Arrhythmia
Muscular skeletal system
Joint pains, aches, rheumastism, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, pain, spasm, weakness
Menstrual, uterine and menopausal issues, fertility, pregnancy and post natal support
Babies & Children’s Health
Immunity boosting, Ear, Nose & Throat Conditions, Digestion, Skin, Stress
Prostate, Energy boosting, Fertility, Midlife Support
Travel Health Care
Stress, Anxiety, Digestive Issues, Personalised Travel First Aid Kits
Optimal Wellness & Preventative Health Care
Energy Enhancing, Aligning with Wellness, Holistic Well Being
Everyone, including children and infants can take herbal medicine. It is one of the safest forms of medicine and is known to have less side effects that pharmaceutical drugs. It is recommended that you always consult a qualified practitioner if you are taking any form of medication or seeking treatment for children and infants. Children under 16 years, must always have the written consent of their parents or guardians.
Herbal Medicine and pharmaceutical medicines can safely be taken side by side under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. Herbalists follow strict procedures to check herb-drug interactions and sometimes in collaboration with your GP. If you have any concerns, it is always best to check by emailing or phoning to enquire before booking a consultation.
No, not always. Consultations via skype and phone are also possible. Please contact me to enquire further. Skype and phone consultations are charged at the same rate of face to face meetings. Medicine can be posted using usual mail carriers, and you will be charged for the prescription plus postage and packaging.