Herbalism is the practice of using the therapeutic properties of plants to aid our body’s natural healing processes. Medical herbalism is firmly rooted in western medical tradition and herbalists are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors. They may prescribe herbs for specific effects on the body or as support for the natural healing process.
Herbal medicine is the use of whole plant extracts to help treat the symptoms and causes of ill-health, and was the main form of health care until the advent of pharmaceutical drugs. There are written records of plants being used as medicine dating back thousands of years, and in many parts of the world people still largely depend on medicinal plants. Modern herbal medicine, also known as Phytotherapy, combines traditional knowledge and practice with scientific research into the therapeutic effects of plant medicine.
I trained in Western Herbal Medicine for four years, and graduated with a BSc in Herbal Medicine. This training included orthodox medical skills, clinical practice and a detailed knowledge of medicinal plants.
Neal’s Yard in Bath has a wide range of medicinal tinctures and dried herbs which can be dispensed in the shop. If you are looking for help with specific symptoms, you can have a short chat with me in private, and where possible I can write a prescription for you. If your condition is more complex I may advise a consultation. If you are taking prescribed drugs, I can choose herbs which do not interact with your medication.
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine
National Institute of Herbal Medicine
Royal Society of Medicine
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I have trained extensively in India and the UK in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. I have been in practice since 1998 and work as a general practitioner treating a broad range of conditions. However, I specialise in treating skin problems, women’s health and digestive disorders.
Practising herbal medicine is a great honour for me. To be able to enter into a wholesome healing relationship with my patients and to utilise the powerful effects of natural plant medicines is my life’s work. The depth of wisdom that is contained in the traditional medical systems of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and our own European herbal practice is a continual inspiration. The ability of many of my patients to address the underlying problems with their health and to flourish into rejuvenated people is a joy to see.
Medical Herbalist Lic OHM and MURHP
Trained at: London College of Oriental Medicine, East West School of Herbalism, College of Ayurveda
AMA (Ayurveda Medical Association)
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Herbalism is the practise of using the chemistry of plants to support our body’s natural healing processes. Although medical herbalism is firmly rooted in western medical tradition, modern herbalism also has thousands of clinical trials to back up the traditional use of herbs as medicine.
As herbalists, we are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors. We may prescribe herbs for specific effects on the body or as support for the bodies natural healing process.
For many, the first visit to a medical herbalist can be a life changing experience, a chance to experience true healthcare as it should be practised. Many come to appreciate the power of correctly prescribed, natural herbal medicines dispensed by a highly trained medical professional. Herbalists are trained in verbal and none verbal cues to give clues as to what is going on on a deeper level with their patients.
My patients are often amazed and relieved at the opportunity to discuss, in depth, their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. This can impart a sense of freedom and empowerment to the individual which, combined with the knowledge of the experienced herbalist, offers security and knowledge that you are receiving the best attention for your healing needs. The results then speak for themselves.
During your first full consultation I take a detailed medical history, covering not only your current complaint and medications, allergies and family history but also your diet and lifestyle. Physical examinations may be necessary including blood pressure, pulse and if needed urine and blood samples may be required.
I will then make a working diagnosis based on the findings and where necessary, may make a referral. A programme of herbal treatment is then discussed and agreed with the patient, including an indication of how long the treatment period may be, and the level of treatment required. An individually designed herbal prescription is then formulated and dispensed with appropriate instructions.
I also offer a free 15 minutes appointment for first aid and minor ailments or as a way of finding out if herbal medicine is for you.
BSc(Hons) Medical Herbalist
Trained at: Middlesex University 1996
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