Herbal medicine is the use of whole plant preparations in the treatment of disease. It is the oldest form of medicine known and around 80% of people worldwide still use herbal medicine as their main source of healthcare.
Although herbal medicine is an ancient form of medicine, training involves the use of modern sciences such as biochemistry, pharmacology, anatomy & physiology and clinical examination skills alongside the study ancient herbal texts.
Is a holistic treatment, which investigates the underlying cause of the dis-ease and its symptoms. The first consultation may take up to 1.5 hours, during which a detailed case history is taken looking at your present problems as well as your wider medical history, any medication that you may be taking, diet and lifestyle. A blood pressure check and other examinations may be carried out where relevant.
Based on the findings of the consultation, we will discuss how to proceed with your health care taking into consideration possible dietary or lifestyle changes. A formula containing several herbs will be prescribed as necessary. Plant medicines are usually taken internally in the form of tinctures (a blend of herbal extracts in a water/alcohol base) or teas. They may also be used externally in ointments, creams or liniments for joint or muscle problems. A follow up consultation is recommended 2 – 4 weeks later.
If it is more appropriate, you will be referred to your doctor or another therapist for specialist care.
Patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, can benefit from herbal medicine. If you are already receiving treatment from your doctor, you may still find help from herbal medicine. Herbalists will only use herbs which do not adversely interact with other medication. If you are pregnant, or become pregnant during a course of herbal treatment, inform the herbalist as many herbs are not suitable to take at this time.
Herbal medicine can be used for most of the conditions which you might go to see your doctor about, e.g. stress and emotional issues; circulation problems; colds, sore throats, coughs; hay fever and asthma symptoms; digestive problems; painful urination; hormonal imbalances; skin conditions; muscle and joint aches and pains.