What can my herbal clinic do for you?
Medical herbalists like me run herbal clinics for one to one patients where we take detailed medical histories, create tailored herbal medicines and often give lifestyle and dietary advice too. That means that you can come with any health problem and I suggest a personal treatment plan for you if I think that herbal medicine could help.
We are taught to diagnose medicine in the same way as a medical doctor but we believe in treating you holistically to achieve the best results. This means treating you, the person, not the disease and getting to the root cause of the problem not just relieving symptoms. We encourage our patients to play an active role in their own wellbeing. We don’t believe in one size fits all solutions – so we mix individual medicines for every patient – there are no off the shelf remedies.
We have studied herb/drug interactions and know which plants can be used safely with any pharmaceuticals you may be taking. We can work in partnership with your GP or other health care provider. As balanced, natural products, herbal medicines have few side effects and are often more gentle on the body than modern drugs. However, herbs are powerful and it is always recommended that you consult a fully qualified medical herbalist rather than self-medicating as the strength and potential interactions of some herbs may be missed. Members of the National Institute of Herbal Medicine www.nimh.org.uk carry the letters MNIMH after our names. This indicates that we have completed a stringent training regime to degree or postgraduate level, alongside a minimum 500 hours of clinical practice. We have a strict code of ethics and a robust programme of Continuing Professional Development.
My herbal clinic has been open continuously since 2006 and I see an average of 100 patients each month. Since the pandemic, all consultations are online, making it super easy for you to access your appointment wherever you live in the UK or US.
How can herbal medicine help?
Herbal medicine can support your body to heal by itself or while it is undergoing standard medical treatment, usually without the side effects caused by some drugs. Some people prefer to use herbal medicine as a lifestyle choice. Others turn to herbal medicine to assist them with a chronic illness, often where pharmaceutical drugs have been unable to help. Patients with long term conditions can find a new level of wellbeing using herbal medicine either alongside or in place of their usual treatment.
Did you know? Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine on the planet. It uses leaf, roots, berries, flowers and bark to create medicines. Countless drugs are still derived from plant sources. Around 80% of the world’s population still depend on herbal medicine for survival.
What to expect at your consultation
At your online appointment I usually start by asking you about what brought you to the clinic. In other words, what’s wrong? Once I’ve got a good idea of what that is then I’ll ask you all about your medical history from birth to the present day. I usually ask if there are any health conditions that run in your family – like heart disease, or cancer. I will usually then work through every system in your body asking questions about each one.
Perhaps you have been diagnosed with eczema. That seems straight forward, but why do you have it and what type do you have? Is it triggered by foods, environmental factors or stress? Is it dry, flakey, itchy and cold? Or is it weeping, hot, red and moist? Each type of eczema needs to be treated in a different way. The dry, cold, flakey type needs to be warmed, moistened and healed. The hot, weepy eczema will be more prone to infection and needs cooling, drying and healing. Luckily, I have a wide range of herbs in my dispensary which means that I can pick the right herbs to treat you.
We will usually have a chat about your diet and lifestyle to see whether there’s anything here that might be causing you problems. If you’re comfortable with it we might look at any emotional factors that could be influencing you. I’ll also need to know whether you have any allergies and if you are taking any other medication. If you take any prescription medications, have the list to hand so I can check what herbs are safe to take alongside. Initial consultations usually take an hour. Repeat visits are usually 3-4 weekly and last around half an hour. How long your treatment lasts is a very individual thing and depends on what we are trying to resolve. We can chat about this at the first consultation and agree times for review.
Herbs can be prescribed in many different ways
Once I’m satisfied that I understand the problem, I’ll write a prescription and make up a bespoke herbal medicine for you. Herbal medicines usually come as tinctures (alcohol extracts) or teas. Sometimes I might also make creams, lotions or ointments and may use glycerol extracts for children or for adults who do not want to take alcohol.
Please note I am still working remotely as the medical herbalist for these clinics:
The Carrick Clinic Ltd
145-147 Main Street
Prestwick KA9 1LA
Tel: 01292 478 888 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Paisley Natural Therapy Centre
76A Causeyside Street
Paisley PA1 1YP
Tel: 0141 889 8416 / email@example.com