A Complementary Therapy Using Herbal Remedies for Acute & Chronic Conditions
Herbal medicine is a complementary therapy that uses of whole plant preparations to treat illness and disease and to restore health. Herbal medicines treat the person holistically, as a whole and not just the symptoms and tends to support the body’s natural healing processes rather than just attacking the disease.
Herbal preparations are made from parts of the whole plant (eg. leaves, flowers, berries, bark, root) and contain many constituents, some of which are more active in restoring health within the body and other which, Herbalists believe, help with absorption and prevent any side effects. Herbal medicines may take many forms – tinctures, dried herbs, juices, tablets, creams etc.
Medical herbalism may be used for a wide range of conditions with complete success and there are very few cases in which it cannot offer some help. It can be applied at any stage in life; newborn babies, children, adults and elderly people can by helped with Herbal Medicine.
Commonly seen conditions include:
Digestive: eg. indigestion, ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndromes
Respiratory: eg. asthma, coughs, colds, bronchitis, ear infections
Hormonal: eg. menstrual, menopausal and thyroid problems
Psychological & Emotional: eg insomnia, anxiety, depression
Skin: eg. psoriasis, eczema, acne
Immune System: eg. reduced immunity, recurrent infections
Circulatory: eg. high blood pressure, angina, varicose veins
Urinary: eg. cystitis, thrush
Herbal medicine is safe and effective – this has been proven over thousands of years of use. It may be taken in conjunction with orthodox medicine and in such a situation, ideally, the Herbalist will work alongside the doctor.
Each person is assessed individually for treatment, considering past medical history, diet, lifestyle, stress etc. and usually a number of herbs are put into one individualised prescription. There is no one specific remedy for eczema, headaches etc., as different people with the same illness will need different medicines.
The initial consultation takes 1 hour after which it is agreed between herbalist and patient what is to be treated and a herbal mixture is made up for the patient to take away. At follow up appointments, at 2-4 weeks and usually lasting ½ hour, progress is reviewed and any necessary adjustments to the herbal prescription are made.
COST: The initial consultation costs £40; subsequent consultations cost £25.
Average cost of medicine is £7- £10 per week.
Dried herbs eg Chamomile, Raspberry Leaf from £3 for 25g
Tinctures from £7 for 100ml
Creams from £7 for 60g