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Herbal Medicine (Western)

July 18, 2015

Herbalism is the practice of using the therapeutic properties of plants to aid our body’s natural healing processes. Medical herbalism is firmly rooted in western medical tradition and herbalists are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors. They may prescribe herbs for specific effects on the body or as support for the natural healing process.

Ruth Baker

Herbal medicine is the use of whole plant extracts to help treat the symptoms and causes of ill-health. It was the main form of health care in Europe until the advent of pharmaceutical drugs. There is evidence of plants being used as medicine dating back thousands of years, and in many parts of the world people still largely depend on medicinal plants. Modern herbal medicine combines traditional knowledge and practice with scientific research into the therapeutic effects of plant medicine.

I trained in Western Herbal Medicine for four years, graduating with a BSc in Herbal Medicine, and was given an award for best final year student. My training included orthodox medical skills, clinical practice and a detailed knowledge of medicinal plants. I have been in practice for over six years, and have gained a wealth of experience in helping people with a wide range of both acute and long-term illness.

Neal’s Yard in Bath has a wide range of medicinal tinctures and dried herbs, which can be dispensed in the shop. If you are looking for help with specific symptoms, you can have a short chat with me in private, and where possible I can write a prescription for you. If your condition is more complex I advise a consultation. If you are taking prescribed drugs, I choose herbs which do not interact with your medication.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine – Upper Second Class Honours

Professional Bodies

National Institute of Herbal Medicine (Member)

Royal Society of Medicine (Senior Associate Member)

Days at Neal’s Yard

On sabbatical until September 2019

Website

www.ruthbaker.co.uk

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I grew up in the North East of Scotland in a beautiful forest, and was immersed in plants from a young age. If I had a sore throat my mother would send me to the garden to pick herbs to make a gargle.  She took me to massage workshops when I was five, and I did my first degree in Reiki when I was eight. These experiences influenced me from a young age and have been deep in my heart.

I travelled to Thailand to learn Thai Yoga Massage and trained in a variety of techniques including Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Table Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Thai Herbal Ball Massage and Tok Sen, an ancient technique taught in the temples by monks. I am also trained to teach Thai Massage. We worked with boys at a youth offenders borstal, and we worked with mentally and physically disabled, and Elderly patients, in care homes.

Thai Yoga Massage is like a beautifully choreographed dance that invokes the deepest of peace. It is an ancient art which has been practiced for over 2,500 years. It involves a symbiosis of acupressure and stretching techniques, sometimes referred to as ‘lazy yoga’. Thai Massage works along the energy lines, (called Sen lines) in the body. These lines are correlated with Chinese Qi meridians.

Swedish Massage is designed to soothe, relax and relieve the body and the mind. It eases stress and tension with a variety of techniques such as effleurage, petrissage and tapotement.

Deep Tissue Massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to work deeper into the layers of muscle and soft tissue. The nature of Deep Tissue Massage means that it is really effective in treating chronic conditions. The pressure, stripping and friction techniques break down knots and lactic acid crystals and improve circulation to bring relief and relaxation.

Herbal Medicine is also referred to as phytomedicine, and is a tradition that involves using plants for medicinal purposes. Different parts of the plants can be used to make medicines, including the leaves, flowers, berries, bark, roots and seeds.  A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine, and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP.

I have been practicing Herbal Medicine and bodywork for five years, and I have worked in a variety of settings, including Herbal First Aid (and E.M.R – Emergency Medical Responder) at festivals. This has given me a lot of experience working with both acute and chronic complaints.

I have experience in a variety of techniques and often blend the different styles, tailoring the treatment to the individual needs of the client. The most popular treatment is a synergy of styles such as Swedish to warm and soften the muscles, DTM to release deep tension and lactic acid crystals and Thai stretches to clear, open and realign the body.  I often use Herbal Medicine to complement body work treatments, such as calming teas and healing balms.  I combine gentleness and care with strength and presence to provide the perfect treatment.

I use herbs, hands and heart, working in harmony, to empower and inspire people to health and vitality for themselves, and for the world.

Qualifications

Thai Massage Diploma                                         2013

Therapeutic Thai massage Diploma                  2013

Thai Herbal Ball Massage Diploma                    2013

Thai Foot Massage Diploma                                2013

Thai Table Massage Diploma                              2013

Teaching Thai Massage Diploma                       2013

Swedish Massage ITEC Diploma                       2014

Deep Tissue Massage                                           2014

E.M.R (Emergency Medical Responder)          2014

BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine NIMH                 2017

Professional Bodies

N.I.M.H – National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Days at Neal’s Yard

Presently ad hoc – ring to find out more

Website

www.ishaherbsandhands.co.uk

https://www.nimh.org.uk/

 

 

Restoring a healthy balance with the healing properties of plants.

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.

Qualifications

BSc(Hons) Medical Herbalist

Trained at: Middlesex University 1996

Days at Neal’s Yard

Thursday 9:30am-6pm

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I am committed to herbal medicine, holistic health and supporting our body’s innate ability to heal. In consultations I work in a holistic way. I build an integrated, personal health picture and treatment plan incorporating information on diet and life style, mental wellbeing, medical history and a full enquiry into physical symptoms. A core principal of healing and well being is recognised here as the importance of owning responsibility for our own body and our own health; my endeavour is to support the individual in finding their path back to this intrinsic health.

 

My formal training in herbal medicine has followed from a near lifelong interest in the relationship between plants and herbal healing. My decision to undertake formal training came after 15 years as a teacher. I specialised in teaching Food Studies, Health and Well Being, predominantly to pupils with Special Educational Needs, including several years teaching within a Steiner based, Camphill Community. Understanding nutrition was central to my teaching and continues to guide my current herbal practise.

I undertook my herbal medicine training at Lincoln University. While the course was rooted in the practice of Western Herbal Medicine, it did incorporate extensive investigation of other healing traditions including Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Ayurvedic practice.

I have been fully qualified now for two years. In addition to consultation work at Neil’s Yard, I run herbal medicine making workshops, herb identification walks and make and sell my own range of herbal products.

Qualifications

Medical Herbalist, BSc (Hons)

Training undertaken at Lincoln University 2013-2016

Professional Bodies

National Institute of Herbal Medicine (Member)

Days at Neal’s Yard

Saturdays