Medical Herbalists are trained in similar diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors but take a more holistic approach to illness. The underlying cause of the problem is sought and once identified it is this which is treated rather than the symptoms alone.
The first appointment takes at least one hour allowing for an extensive discussion of a patient’s current health problem as well as reviewing any past illnesses and overall constitution. Diet and lifestyle are also discussed so that a picture of the whole person is built up. I will usually measure blood pressure and where appropriate (e.g. if the patient is having difficulty breathing), conduct a physical examination. All information is held in confidence.
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Each person is prescribed an individual combination of herbs taking into account, for example, their physiology, temperament and prescribed pharmaceutical drugs (since many patients see both myself and their GP). A typical prescription contains six or seven different tinctures, each chosen for its profile of actions. The usual dose is a teaspoon taken in water three times a day.
Example of a herbal prescription for Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Crataegus monogyna:- Cardiac tonic and vasodilatory action i.e. regulates heart rate and relaxes blood vessels.
- Leonaurus cardica: This herb is particularly useful where source of high blood pressure is thought to be due to stress.
- Achillea millefolium: Relaxes blood vessels, in particular arterioles, i.e. to reduce pressure within the cardiovascular system.
- Taraxacum officinale: Leaves act as a diuretic to reduce pressure within cardiovascular system. The Root supports the liver (thereby increasing rate at which the liver can cleanse the blood)
- Tilia spp. Diaphoretic action stimulates peripheral vasodilation i.e. by opening peripheral circulation, pressure is reduced.
In addition, where appropriate, diet and other lifestyle factors such as exercise and emotional issues are discussed. Follow up appointments occur after two to four weeks. Progress is reviewed and changes made to prescription, doses, or regimen as necessary.
My dispensary contains about 110 herbal tinctures (herbs in liquid form) which are easy to take. Professional herbalists have access to a wider range of herbal medicines than can be bought over the counter meaning that more potent medicines can be prescribed quite safely if need be.
Herbs are sometimes prescribed as teas, creams or ointments or douches. The tinctures, creams and oils I buy are of very high quality and organic where possible.
I am available for consultation and advice at Millmark Clinic in Frodsham each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I also practice at clinics in Knutsford, Neston and Tarporley by prior arrangement.
Knutsford, Neston and Tarporley: £50
Follow up consultation:
Knutsford, Neston and Tarporley £30
Telephone Consultation £20
Typical cost for medicine: £8.50 per week.