Herbalism is the practise of using the chemistry of plants to support our body’s natural healing processes. Although medical herbalism is firmly rooted in western medical tradition, modern herbalism also has thousands of clinical trials to back up the traditional use of herbs as medicine.
As herbalists, we are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors. We may prescribe herbs for specific effects on the body or as support for the bodies natural healing process.
For many, the first visit to a medical herbalist can be a life changing experience, a chance to experience true healthcare as it should be practised. Many come to appreciate the power of correctly prescribed, natural herbal medicines dispensed by a highly trained medical professional. Herbalists are trained in verbal and none verbal cues to give clues as to what is going on on a deeper level with their patients.
My patients are often amazed and relieved at the opportunity to discuss, in depth, their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. This can impart a sense of freedom and empowerment to the individual which, combined with the knowledge of the experienced herbalist, offers security and knowledge that you are receiving the best attention for your healing needs. The results then speak for themselves.
During your first full consultation I take a detailed medical history, covering not only your current complaint and medications, allergies and family history but also your diet and lifestyle. Physical examinations may be necessary including blood pressure, pulse and if needed urine and blood samples may be required.
I will then make a working diagnosis based on the findings and where necessary, may make a referral. A programme of herbal treatment is then discussed and agreed with the patient, including an indication of how long the treatment period may be, and the level of treatment required. An individually designed herbal prescription is then formulated and dispensed with appropriate instructions.
I also offer a free 15 minutes appointment for first aid and minor ailments or as a way of finding out if herbal medicine is for you.
BSc(Hons) Medical Herbalist
Trained at: Middlesex University 1996
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