Medical herbalist, advanced massage and lymphatic drainage therapist
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is herbal medicine safe?
If treated with respect and used properly, it is very safe. It is unusual for there to be any unwanted side-effects with prescribed herbal medicine.

How long is a course of treatment?
Depends entirely on the individual. Two people with the same sort of complaint could need herbal medicine for very different lengths of time. Factors that influence this include the person's health backgound and the severity and length of illness. The aim is always to restore health so that herbal medicine is no longer needed, rather than having treatment to just to control symptoms.

Can I take herbal medicine if I'm taking medicine prescribed by my doctor?
Yes. Very rarely is herbal medicine not advised for this reason. Some herbs cannot be taken at the same time as certain drugs, but such herbs can be avoided and other ones used instead. This is a very good reason for seeking treatment from a properly qualified medical herbalist.

Why should I see a medical herbalist when herbal remedies are available over the counter?
Not all herbal medicines are available to buy, and some of the strongest herbs are only available when prescribed by a qualified medical herbalist. If a person has been unwell for months or years, or is taking medicines prescribed by their doctor, then professional herbal advice is essential. If herbal medicine has been bought over the counter and does not seem to have worked then the individual approach used during a professional consultation is recommended. Those with many or complex health problems would also be well-advised to seek professional herbal treatment.

Is herbal medicine suitable for everyone?
Yes, if used properly, including babies and pregnant women. Children can respond particularly well to herbal medicine.

What can herbal medicine offer that conventional medicine can't?
Sometimes herbs can bring healing where medical approaches have not been useful. This is often due to their tonic, cleansing and restorative effects. A well-trained herbalist is always looking for the causes of ill-health, no matter how subtle, and correcting these. Herbal medicine can help achieve a state of balance.

Do you use Chinese herbs?
A few Chinese herbs are now used in the Western herbal system. My Master's degree included some training in Chinese herbal medicine which is sometimes applied to individual treatment strategies, where appropriate.