Heal yourself with nature
Herbal medicines are plant-based medicines made from differing combinations of plant parts e.g. leaves, flowers or roots. Treatment with medicinal plants is considered very safe as there is no or minimal side effects if used correctly.
As a Medicinal Herbalist I make use of plants taking a holistic approach to illness, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. During a consultation I prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments if needed.
Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. With me each patient is treated as an individual – I recognise that no two patients are the same.
What happens during a consultation?
During your first consultation me as a Medicinal Herbalist, will build up a picture of you and your health by:
* taking your full case history
* asking about your family’s medical history
* discussing your diet and lifestyle
* talking about any medication or supplements you may use
* taking a look on stress factors in your life and your relations to others on every level
This allows me to assess the underlying causes of your illness and formulate a mixture of herbs tailored to your individual needs. It may also be necessary to take your blood pressure or arrange for other tests to be done.
Your individual treatment plan will include herbal remedies and, where appropriate, dietary changes or nutritional supplements. Most herbal medicines are given in the form of a liquid tincture, but you may also be prescribed herbal tea mix, ointment, cream or lotion.
After the initial consultation, three or four shorter consultations are usually necessary to assess your progress, followed by check-ups every three to six months, depending on the nature of your condition. Because herbal medicines work in a gentle and subtle way, they can take longer to work than orthodox drugs, but their effects are long lasting and there should be no side effects.