Frequently Asked Questions
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine is a reliable means of healthcare. The herbs act to restore the natural healing balance of the body.
By means of a combination of several herbs in the remedy, tailor made for each patient, a wide spectrum of treatment is achieved.
For example, in the case of a chest infection, not only is the actual infection dealt with by giving an antiseptic herb to cleanse the lungs, but all body systems are utilised to aid restoration of health - herbs are used to stimulate the immune system, others ensure that all the excretory organs (lungs, kidney, liver, skin) are working maximally well to eliminate toxins, and a general tonic for the depleted body.
When is herbal medicine appropriate?
Herbal medicines are appropriate for any age - from the unborn child to respected elders.
It can be used in many conditions. Generally those that you seek your doctor's advice on, may well benefit from herbal treatment - anxiety, insomnia, headaches, thrush, bronchitis, irritable bowel, eczema, menopausal symptonm, blood pressure - to name but a few.
Is herbal medicine compatible with conventional medicine?
At all times I bear in mind potential problems with taking both Herbal Medicine and Conventional Drugs. There is though very little research on this area, but with my understanding of the workings of the Herbs and my pharmacological knowledge I strive to ensure all is well.
What happens at a consultation?
As in Conventional Medicine, a full case history is taken, firstly focusing on the problem, but then expanding to include the whole body to see how other systems may be affected by the primary problem. Questions of past medical problems, family history of medical conditions and other treatments tried are taken. An examination is carried out as needed. Blood tests may be done if necessary.
Throughout all consideration to you as a whole person is highly regarded.
How often am I seen?
This is dependent on the medical problem, though as a guide I tend to see patients again within two weeks in order to get feedback as to how things are changing and to alter the prescription accordingly. Then you may not be seen for a month following that as we allow the herbs time to work. Generally I like to see patients with long term health problems every four to six months, to keep up to date with changes and alter the Herbal Medicine accordingly.
How long do I take the Herbal Medicine for?
As a general rule the Herbs are continued for three months after full recovery but in reducing dosage, as the herbs are weaned down and the body, now strengthened can manage on its own.
Of course it depends on the condition as to the length of time that herbs are needed. An acute infection is treated in one course, but say for example anxiety, then this may require six to nine months of Herbal Medicine. For raised Blood Pressure you may take small doses of herbs each day.
A repeat request for Herbal Medicine can be made in the phone-in and then posted to you or collected.
How do I contact you?
I am available between Tuesday through to Friday on (phone number removed).
Should I tell my Doctor?
This decision is entirely at your discretion.
I believe strongly that you are in charge of your own health choices, and will support you to this end.
I have a standard letter to GP’s which I am more than happy to send, if you wish.