I trained with Heartwood (an organisation accredited by and affiliated with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists). My training included anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, plant pharmacology, nutrition and over 500 hours of supervised clinical training. While respecting the traditional use of plant medicine herbalists are trained in the latest evidence based research into plant constituents and how these can be used to safely treat both acute and chronic health conditions.
Herbalists understand how the systems of the body work together and how these can become disordered leading to ill health. We know how to prepare medicines from plants (using flowers, leaves, roots or bark). These medicines are completely natural and as such, are easily utilised by the body. When prescribing, I take into account any prescription medications or supplements you may also be using to ensure that the herbal medicine can be taken safely alongside these.
A consultation (lasting about an hour) will include discussion of your current symptoms, past medical history, diet and lifestyle. With your permission I may take your blood pressure or carry out a short physical examination. I can arrange for blood, stool and other laboratory tests if these are indicated. Following the consultation I will prescribe and mix your individualised herbal medicine (usually a blend of several plant extracts or dried herbs) for you to take as liquid medicine or as a herbal infusion (tea) or sometimes as a cream or balm to use externally. The length of treatment varies with the individual and the condition so for acute condition you can expect to see results within weeks while chronic conditions may need longer treatment. I may advise that you take supplements alongside the herbs or I may recommend a therapeutic diet.
I will normally want to see you again after 2-4 weeks to answer any questions that may have come up, to assess your progress and make any adjustments to the medicine or the dose. Thereafter I will suggest that we meet periodically until you can cease the treatment completely.
Herbal medicine is suitable for all ages and conditions including: