About Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine is the oldest form of medicine known to mankind. A herbalist aims to find the cause of the problem rather than just treat the symptoms, therefore all treatments are tailored specifically to you. Any part of a plant may be used, from the seed, root, leaf, bark, flower, fruit or resin, and will be made up into the most suitable preparation for you. This may take the form of teas, tinctures, syrups, capsules, aromatic waters, creams, lotions, or bath preparations.
A first consultation can take anything from an hour and a half to two hours, during which time you will be asked about your medical history as well as your current complaint. Lifestyle, diet, current medications (including any supplements) and any other relevant factors will all be taken into account. The herbalist will take your blood pressure and pulse, and, if it is felt necessary, will examine you.
The herbalist will then prescribe and make up a remedy specifically for you, and explain how to take it. After this you will be asked to return for a follow-up consultation (normally 30-45 minutes) in which any progress or changes are assessed. After the follow-up consultation your prescription may be adjusted or added to if deemed necessary.
Herbal medicine is suitable for all ages from the very young to the elderly. It is normally safe to take alongside conventional medicine as Medical Herbalists are trained to take into account any possible herb/drug interactions and contra-indications when prescribing.