What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine has been used since ancient times. Modern Western herbal medicine incorporates this knowledge and experience and uses it alongside information gained from modern scientific research.
Modern medical herbalists are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors but approach a person’s health in a more holistic way.
By seeking the underlying cause of disease rather than treating the symptoms, we aim to help the body to help itself by stimulating the natural healing process.
Modern pharmaceutical drugs are largely based on plants. A single constituent of a plant species is identified to be active and is then extracted and manufactured chemically on a large scale.
Herbal medicines, however, are made from whole plants which can contain many hundred
of these constituents. Herbalists believe that these medicines are therefore more balanced and are made more powerful by the other constituents present.
What can herbal medicine treat?
Herbal medicine is a natural and gentle form of treatment which can be beneficial for many
digestive disorders – peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and indigestion
skin disorders – psoriasis, eczema, fungal infections and acne
heart and circulation disorders – low and high blood pressure, heart problems, varicose veins and poor circulation
respiratory system disorders – asthma, hay fever, chronic bronchitis, colds, flu, rhinitis and sinusitis
nervous system disorders – stress headaches, migraines, insomnia and mild to moderate depression
genito-urinary disorders – cystitis and other urinary infections, prostate problems
reproductive disorders – PMT, amenorrhoea, endometriosis, painful periods, fibroids and menopausal symptoms
muscles and joints – arthritis, sciatica and gout
Your first consultation
The first consultation will last for 60-90 minutes, A detailed case history is taken to identify your possible medical condition and its cause.
Your blood pressure will be taken and general health will be checked. Other physical examinations will be taken if necessary.
Details of previous and current medical conditions and medications should be brought with you, as these will be taken into account before a prescription is dispensed. It is possible to take herbal medicine alongside orthodox treatment, in which case it may be appropriate for the herbalist to consult your GP.
The remedy or prescription may be in the form of a tincture (plant constituents extracted in alcohol or glycerol), herbal teas, oils, creams
A unique prescription is tailored to each patient to treat specific conditions and symptoms. Dietary and lifestyle advice may also be given.
Payment: We accept payment by cash, cheque or BACS.
Please allow minimum 24 hours’ notice if you wish to cancel a treatment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.