Herbal Medicine

Would Herbal Medicine suit you?

Herbal medicine embraces the ideal of holistic care which looks at the health of an individual as a whole. It is the use of medicinal plant material and it has its roots at the very beginning of human history, on every continent, and enthusiasm for this form of medicine has never been greater than it is today. Around 80% of the world’s population still rely on herbal medicine as their primary means of healthcare. Although many European herbs are used, some may be sourced from other parts of the world. Our herbal products are bought from licensed, registered companies in the United Kingdom.

How does Herbal treatment work with the medicines you are taking from your doctor?

Any medication or treatment that you are already receiving is taken into consideration. You should continue your current treatment alongside the herbal medicine. It is important that you do not stop using your existing medicine without seeking your doctor’s advice. When you come for your first consultation bring a list of all the medication you are taking plus a list of supplements, vitamins etc. All consultations are completely confidential and where there is a condition for which herbal medicine is not appropriate, referral to your GP or other health care professionals will be discussed.

What happens during an appointment with a Medical Herbalist?

Your first appointment will last about an hour and a half where a full medical history will be taken, including information on allergies, family history, diet and lifestyle. Your herbalist will check your pulse and blood pressure, and if necessary, may conduct a physical examination. The herbalist will then make an assessment based on what they have found. They will discuss a programme of herbal medicine with you and consider how long they think you that may need to take the medicine. These things will all vary depending on your condition. However as the complexity of health is unravelled the medical herbalist may need to look beyond a simple assessment and view your constitution as a whole. They may also discuss changes to your diet, exercise regime and lifestyle and agree goals with you. If they feel it is necessary they will refer you back to your GP or to another health care practitioner. The herbal prescription is designed just for you and the herbal medicine will be made up while you wait, along with any instructions you may need. The herbal medicine is in the form of tinctures, teas, creams or lotions, which are easy to take or apply.

Herbal appointments are taken by student practitioners under the close supervision of a qualified practitioner. All of our practitioner supervisors are members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), and are fully insured. As this is a teaching clinic there will be other students observing the appointments.

Subsequent follow-up visits last about half an hour, where your progress is monitored and your herbal medicine may be revised.

Our governing body is the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH)

www.nimh.org.uk

When are we open?

Clinics take place most days per week during term time and one or two days per week during the Summer holidays. Messages can be left on the answer machine if the clinic is closed, and someone will return your call when the clinic is next open.

What does it cost?

All consultations are free of charge. Herbal medicine costs from £6 per week for tinctures. Teas, creams, drops etc are priced differently and would incur an additional charge. Payment is by debit card or cash.