Frequently Asked Questions
Is herbal medicine safe?
Yes, herbal medicine is very safe. The herbs are taken at a low dose and are non-toxic. Side effects are very rare when herbal medicines are prescribed by a qualified practitioner.
What can I expect from a consultation?
During the first consultation an in depth case taking of your past and present medical history will take place, including the reason for your visit and any concerns you might have. Your blood pressure and pulse will also be taken with your permission and any other diagnostic tests that might be relevant, such as listening to your heart or lungs. We also discuss emotional wellbeing, lifestyle and diet options. Nutrition is an integral part of health and is itself a medicine.
Allow 90 minutes - 2 hours for the first visit.
Follow up consultations take 30 - 45 minutes.
Can I take herbal medicine if I am already on medication prescribed by my doctor?
Yes, herbal medicine can be taken safely alongside most prescription drugs. The herbalist will need to know what medication you are on, as some drugs interact with some herbs. This is why is it important to see a qualified practitioner rather than taking over the counter herbal products.
Do I need to tell my doctor I am taking herbal medicine?
It is your decision whether or not you talk to your doctor. The herbalist would encourage it, but not insist upon it. We would only contact your doctor or consultant with your specific permission.
Can I take herbs if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
Yes, there are many herbs that are useful to treat conditions that might arise during pregnancy and breastfeeding, however there are some herbs that are not advised. Please inform your herbalist if you think you might be pregnant.
Can children take herbal medicine?
Yes, many childhood complaints and problems respond extremely well to herbal medicines. The doses are much smaller and are easy to take. The consent of a parent or guardian is required to treat under 18's.
How is herbal medicine taken?
Herbal medicine is usually taken as a tincture, which is blended from a variety of herbs specifically for the individual. Usually the medicine is taken twice or three times daily as a 5ml dose (a measuring cup will be provided). The herbalist will inform you of the best dose for you to take daily.
Herbs in the form of teas, capsules or ointments may also be prescribed, depending on the condition being treated.
How long will it take to work?
Herbal medicine taken for acute problems works very quickly and improvement may be experienced immediately or within 1 or 2 days. For chronic or more complicated conditions it may take longer to resolve, however signs of improvement should start relatively quickly.
Are you insured?
Yes, I am fully insured and a member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists and The Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. Please see the bottom of the page for links to these governing bodies.