What is Western Herbal Medicine?
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to provide food and medicine. For much of the world’s population today, plant medicine is still their primary health care. In the more developed world, where orthodox medicine is the mainstream, Western Medical Herbalism can offer support in leading a naturally healthy life, not only as an alternative but often alongside orthodox medicine.
Herbal Medicines are made by extracting active constituents from plants that have therapeutic effect. The medicines are generally taken in the form of tinctures (alcoholic extracts), teas (dried flowers, leaves, roots, seeds or fruits), juices (fresh juice of a plant), tablets or capsules and for external use creams, lotions and ointments. Many herbs have been extensively researched and their therapeutic effect can be shown in the lab. Others have been used traditionally for a long time with positive results, which can provide some anecdotal evidence.
What can be treated?
Herbal Medicine is appropriate for most of the conditions for which you would visit your GP including digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, stress, skin complaints, respiratory conditions, musculoskeletal aches and pains and many more.
A qualified herbalist will always monitor for signs of serious pathology and refer to a medical professional accordingly. Existing medication will be taken into account to avoid unwanted drug-herb interactions.
why consider western herbal medicine
Herbal Medicine is a very safe therapy, suitable for all ages and with very few side effects.
Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs have a long list of side effects and especially if a patient has to take medication long-term they may want to look for a gentler and more holistic approach to managing their condition. Herbal treatment takes into account all aspects of a person’s well-being which targets not only the symptoms but the root of the problem which means that the need for continuous medication decreases. Because a western herbal medicine consultation takes approximately 1 hour, a detailed case history can be taken which enables the practitioner together with the patient to get to the root of a problem. Often some lifestyle and dietary changes are included in the treatment plan, making the treatment more effective and long-lasting.
The initial consultation takes approximately 60 minutes in our clinic in South East London and includes a detailed medical history as well as the patient’s lifestyle and general well-being. A physical examination may be carried out if necessary. A treatment plan and herbal prescription will then be formulated and the patient can pick up the prescription at a pre-arranged time. Follow up visits take place 2-6 weeks after the initial consultation and going forward, depending on the condition.
Initial Consultation £50
Follow up Consultation £35
Children £30 / £20