Herbal Medicine

herbal apothecaryWhat is it

Medical Herbalism, also called Phytotherapy uses pure natural plant remedies to promote health and wellbeing. Herbs have been used medicinally for thousands of years and modern scientific research increasingly supports their effectiveness and safety.

The herbalist deals with a wide range of health conditions through every age group. Herbal medicines are selected to strengthen or stimulate the body’s normal functions and to help the body heal itself. Unlike conventional medicines which usually have a single ingredient, herbal remedies contain many ingredients and so may support the body’s health in several ways simultaneously.

Herbalists consider an individual patient’s particular needs and prescribe a course of treatment to suit their particular condition. A herbal prescription could be aimed at helping to support any of the body systems.

Can herbal treatments be taken with the medicines I am taking from my doctor?

Herbal medicines will be chosen to avoid interaction with any current medication you might have been given by your doctor. You should continue taking any medicines prescribed by your doctor and it is important that you don’t stop using your existing treatment without seeking your doctor’s advice.

What can I expect

Your first visit will take about 90 minutes during which the practitioner will take a detailed medical history, including health problems, emotional state, lifestyle, diet and any other underlying causes. Subsequent visits usually last for 30 minutes. The practitioner will assess your progress and adjust your management plan and herbal prescription as required.

Simple investigations, e.g., blood pressure or other physical examinations may be done, and then an individual management plan will be discussed with you along with proposed herbal treatment and any lifestyle or dietary changes.

Herbal medicine prescriptions are usually in the form of herbal teas, tinctures, capsules, creams and lotions (please note that remedies are not included in the consultation fees)