Herbal Medicine and You

Western Medical Herbalists use a holistic approach in the management of health problems. We use mainly traditional British, European and North American plant remedies to relieve symptoms and treat the underlying problem. We often work alongside doctors and patients in the diagnosis and management of a variety of conditions.

We seek the underlying imbalance in the body as a whole, and it is this imbalance that is treated, not the symptoms alone.

We spend time understanding the lifestyle, diet, medical history and character of a person, before we consider a plan to manage their symptom.

Individual plants remedies are created to support and enhance changes to exercise, diet and lifestyle.

These remedies are more gentle on the body than chemical drugs, provoking less side effects.

However, they may take longer to act, as they are part of a holistic management plan. All parts of the management plan must be implemented in order to restore the balance of the body. 

 

Herbal medicine is not just a ‘herbal pill’ it requires YOU to take action.

Our health is a combination of:

1.      Our genetic makeup or basic temperament, (Hot blooded or cool, smooth moist-skinned or dry,)

2.      What we eat. If your basic temperament is hot and dry you would feel better eating cooling, moistening foods, especially in the summer. If on the other hand you are cool and moist, lettuce-based salads are not the best food for you. You might benefit more from warming spices and vegetables.

3.      Exercise. You don’t have to go to the gym or jog 10 miles a day to keep fit. House work, gardening, walking, and dancing are all exercise.

4.      How we think. It is not what happens to you that matter,s it is how you think about it. Dwelling on angry or worrying thoughts releases stress hormones and makes us feel worse.

5.      Our environment. Working at a computer in a busy office where any infections are shared around, is very  different to working outside in all weathers doing physically demanding work or running around after small children.

Every person’s lifestyle and genetic makeup is different, and the way we must maintain our health is also different – no two people would follow the same holistic management plan.

In a herbal consultation, we explore and monitor all these aspects to see how small changes could improve your health.

Herbal medicine can be used alongside these changes to bring your body back to health or to enable you to manage more comfortably, problems which cannot be altered. It may be that with some long term ill health, it is possible to control it with diet and herbs and only use orthodox medication when it is really needed. In this way you reduce the overall amount of drugs you need.

Just as with modern medicine, it is dangerous to give medication to someone for whom it has not been prescribed. It is very unlikely that two people would have an identical management plan, so although certain herbs have an affinity for particular organs or systems of the body, a person could cause harm by taking remedies without advice.

Medical Herbalist -  Proactive Approach

The philosophy of Western Herbal Medicine can be used to help prevent illness. Adjusting lifestyle and understanding the needs of your character and body, helps to  strengthen and balance body and mind. It is this balance that ensures health is naturally maintained.

The assistance of a Medical Herbalist can help manage a wide variety of illnesses and symptoms, such as -

Skin problems: such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

Digestive disorders: such as, constipation, IBS and indigestion.

Infections: Coughs, colds and flu.

Joints and muscles: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

Heart and Circulation problems: high blood pressure, varicose veins poor circulation and high cholesterol.

Gynecological disorders: such as premenstrual syndrome, menopausal problems, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thrush, endometriosis  and some forms of infertility.

Allergic responses: including hay fever and asthma.

Nervous system disorders: insomnia, depression, headaches, migraines, stress and anxiety.

Other conditions: including low immunity and chronic fatigue (ME).