I have answered a few frequently asked questions below:
Q: How do we end up out of balance?
A: Many factors, both internal and external, can disturb our constitutional balance moving us away from our constitutional type, often creating physical symptoms. These factors can include emotional and physical stresses, diet, food choices, weather, relationships…the list goes on.
Your tongue, pulse and irises can help determine constitutional type and what may be out of balance, enabling a bespoke herbal remedy and naturopathic advice to be tailored specifically for you.
Q: What conditions can herbal medicine help with?
- Post viral fatigue
- Skin conditions
- Menopausal symptoms
- Autoimmune conditions
- Low immunity
- Blood sugar imbalances
- High blood pressure
- Digestive conditions
- And a range of other complaints
Q: What happens during a consultation?
A: A detailed case history will be taken in the initial consultation (usually 60-90 minutes) including current symptoms, family medical history, lifestyle, diet and a review of all systems of the body through targeted questions. An examination of your eyes (iridology), tongue and pulses will be carried out. All of this information will be used to create a bespoke herbal remedy for you and may include lifestyle, dietary and naturopathic advice.
A follow up consultation (30-60 minutes) is recommended after four weeks to assess progress and adjust remedy if required.
Q: What is the cost of a consultation?
A: 15-minute free initial assessment via telephone/zoom
Initial Consultation - £90 plus cost of herbs
Follow-up Consultation - £60 plus cost of herbs
Q: How can I be sure any advice and guidance given, along with medicines you provide are safe for me?
A: It is important to disclose any other medications and supplements you are taking to your practitioner so interactions and contraindications with herbs can be checked.
Q: Is it safe to take herbal medicine during pregnancy?
A: Not all remedies and supplements can be taken during pregnancy, a qualified practitioner is trained to know what is safe to use and what should be avoided. However, there are many herbal remedies that can be safely used to help with complaints such as morning sickness, haemorrhoids, tiredness, indigestion.
Q: How long will it take to see results?
A: There is no definitive answer as it will depend on the individual. Once a full case history has been taken in the consultation an estimated guideline may be able to be given. Herbal medicine can take longer to achieve desired outcome in chronic conditions whilst we work to address the root cause and therefore usually produces more permanent results. In acute conditions, results can often be observed in a few hours or days.
Q: Should I tell my doctor I am taking herbal medicines?
A: It is important that all healthcare providers responsible for your care are fully informed about the herbs, supplements and drugs you are taking, to avoid any herb/drug/supplement interactions. Information will be provided on request and, with your permission, will liaise with any of your healthcare providers.
Q: Can I take herbal medicines alongside prescribed medication?
A: Often herbs and pharmaceutical medications work well together. However, in some circumstances there can be negative interactions and would not be included in your formula. The beauty of herbs is that there is often an alternative herb with the same actions that can be used instead.
I am a member of the professional bodies the Association of Master Herbalists and the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and abide by their codes of conduct. The wellbeing and safety of my clients is paramount to my approach. Checks will be made to ensure the herbs administered are compatible with any medications being taken. Herbal medicine, as with any medication, can cause different reactions from person to person therefore if you have ANY concerns please contact me directly.