Herbal medicine is the oldest known form of medicine and has been used for thousands of years to treat illness and restore good health. As a Medical Herbalist, I will combine the traditional use of herbs with modern scientific knowledge and research to create your very own individual herbal prescription which will not only treat your symptoms, but also the underlying cause of ill-health.
An effective natural alternative
Herbal medicine offers a very effective alternative for managing a wide variety of complaints and illnesses and is appropriate for most of the conditions for which you would visit your GP including:
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Headaches, insomnia and fatigue
- Blood pressure, cholesterol and circulation problems
- Menstrual, fertility, and menopausal problems
- Allergies, hayfever and asthma
- Dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis
- Bloating, indigestion, IBS and diverticular disease
- Cystitis, urinary and prostate problems
- Arthritis, rheumatism and fibromyalgia
- ME, chronic fatigue, post-viral syndrome and other auto-immune diseases
- Childhood complaints and illnesses
- Acute infections and viruses
Treatment with herbal and conventional medicines
Herbal medicine can be safely prescribed alongside conventional medicine. Medical Herbalists are also able to issue Medical Certificates for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and Social Security purposes.
As an Herbalist, I am able to treat a wide range of conditions both acute and chronic. I have been trained to take into account any health problems and / or any medication which is being prescribed and if necessary will know when to refer you to a doctor or other professional.
Individual consultations and prescribing
It is important to clarify that herbalists do not simply dispense remedies, indeed many over the counter remedies may be inappropriate. As an Herbalist, I am trained to identify the underlying cause of disease and thus will treat each person (not health problem) very specifically.
A healthier lifestyle
Your course of treatment may involve specific dietary advice, and help to develop a healthier lifestyle, in addition to a bespoke, individually designed and prepared herbal prescription. No two patients are alike, even if they appear to be suffering similar symptoms, so no two prescriptions are exactly the same. In treating your symptoms, I aim to rebalance and strengthen the system overall.
Your first visit
On your first visit you may expect a minimum of an hours consultation which involves the taking of a detailed case history covering not only your present problems, but also your wider medical history, present medication, lifestyle, diet, and social circumstances. A blood pressure check and other examinations are carried out where relevant.
Following your first visit I will commonly ask you to return for a follow-up consultation after 2-3 weeks and then as required (this will vary according to condition and treatment).
I use a wide range of plant based materials for both internal and external use. Preparations such as tinctures, syrups, capsules and creams are all produced to a very high standard.
Herbal medicine is for everybody
Herbal medicine offers a safe, gentle and effective approach to health care and aims to not only tackle your current complaints but also to improve your overall health. It is suitable for all, from the very young to the very old.