Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine, also known as phytotherapy, is the oldest form of medicine with early records describing the use of medicinal plants dating back 5000 thousand years (Petrovska, 2012). Many mainstream drugs owe their existence to the plants we use as medical herbalists. You only have to look at some of the early pharmacy textbooks from the 1930’s and 1040’s to realise the study of materia medica included the plant and vegetable kingdom.

Herbal medicine involves the uses of the active ingredients (secondary metabolites) within the plant kingdom to help support and restore the normal healthy functioning of the systems within our body. This, in turn, helps to promote health and healing restoring vitality and wellbeing.

 

Why herbal medicine

Self treatment of mild ailments by using over the counter herbal remedies is usually safe and effective and similar to buying for example an analgesic for aches and pains. However, these remedies are for short term use of non serious conditions and typically not as strong as those prescribed by a medical herbalist. In addition, over the counter herbal preparations can vary in efficacy and quality and, without the knowledge, it can be difficult to decide which herb is the correct one for both the individual and the condition. A qualified medical herbalist has trained for a number of years, in my case 3 years which culminated in a BSc (Hons) Medical Herbalism. During training, a number of skills in orthodox medicine are taught including pathophysiology, clinical examination, diagnostic skills, how to identify red flags (that require specialist medical attention), contraindications and interactions with any allopathic medication, and the affect that certain constituents within plants and herbs will have on the body internally and externally. Medical herbalists, therefore, are well equipped to carry out an assessment of your condition, select the most appropriate herbal prescription and suggest a referral back to your GP or specialist if appropriate.

ON-LINE HERBAL MEDCINE APPOINTMENTS

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, I am currently only carrying out video link consultations.

INITIAL CONSULTATION
(60-90 mins)
£75

Analysis health questionnaire sent out prior to the consultation 
Your consultation includes:

Looking at your health goals
An in-depth discussion of your health concerns, mental and physical
Taking a full medical history
Looking at any medication, supplements, test results, etc
Diet and lifestyle analysis

Setting your health and well being goals including:
Dietary information and advice
Managing stress and anxiety
Exercise
Advice on further tests i.e. food intolerance, etc
Supplement advice
Herbal medicine specifically tailored to you

FOLLOW UP CONSULTATIONS
(45 mins)
£45

In depth review of your progress

Dietary analysis

Current health needs

Results of any further tests

Review of health goals

Any required adjustments to treatment plans

Typically, same day post out or available for collection

I offer a FREE 15-minute telephone chat to discuss your needs and find out if I can help you reach your health goals.
Please email health@mothernaturesleaford. co.uk
You are also welcome to call on 01529 303875 or on my mobile 07972890096 and leave a voicemail.
I aim to respond to all enquiries within 48 hours.

The benefits of online consultations mean I can see clients from anywhere in the UK!  If you know your blood pressure, then that’s great as it gives me more information about your health, and if not GP surgeries often have a DIY monitor (Covid permitting).  We are happy to carry out BP check here however, this is again Covid permitting and we reserve the right to not provide this service.

Any prescriptions for herbal medicine are on top of the consultation price. This normally ranges from £5 to £50 per month depending on the prescription and can be a tincture, tea, or cream for example. The consultation price includes research into any conditions, signs and/or symptoms as required. Potential interactions between medications, supplements, herbal products, and diet are also checked.

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Consultation

This is where we have the opportunity to discuss your health concerns in depth including not only your presenting condition but also how you as a person are feeling. This first consultation can take up to 1.30 hours, is completely confidential and while thorough, is approached in a relaxed manner to help you feel at ease. Typical questions include past medical history, diet and lifestyle, medication (bringing in a list is useful) and family medical history. I also go through all the major systems, for example, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, energy etc. I also ask you to stick your tongue out!  You would be surprised what we can find out from your tongue! Take your pulse, look at your hands and take your blood pressure. If required we carry out a physical examination, for example muscular skeletal if you are experiencing back pain or respiratory if you have been experiencing a cough. Last but by no means least, I will ask what has brought you to see me and what you expect from the consultation. Everyone is different and what may appear to be the most severe symptom to me, may not be to you.

After the consultation I will work on a treatment strategy, which may include a herbal tincture, a tea and or a cream. Advice may also be suggested with regards to diet and lifestyle or the inclusion of certain vitamins or minerals. While I will look at herbs that help reduce symptoms, I will also be looking at the cause of any condition or disorder and select herbs that start to work on that root cause. Each patient leaves with a specific personalised herbal remedy at the required dosage and strength for you as an individual.

Follow up consultations are carried out between 2-3 weeks after to get an idea of how the treatment plan is working, how are you feeling and if any changes are required to the remedy. At the same time further clinical examinations can be performed if required. Follow up consultations typically last for around 30 minutes and the number of follow ups required can vary from one to ongoing depending on the condition.

PRICING-FACE TO FACE

First consultation*:
adults –  £50
under 16yrs – £25

Follow up consultation:
adults –  £30
under 16yrs – £15

Mini consultation (20 mins, you can drop in if available):
adults –  £30
For acute conditions such as sore throat, cold, or hay fever, we include 50ml tincture/syrup, 30g tea, 30g cream, or £10 towards condition related product in-store (supplements, etc)

*The price is approx. as cost of the herbal product can vary

PRESCRIPTION
Tincture: £7.50 per 105ml (1 weeks worth)

Tea: £6.00 per 50g

Cream: £7.50 60g

WHAT WE DO NOT DO
There are a number of disorders we can not treat although we can use supportive herbs to help you during your treatment with allopathic medicine in conjunction with your consultant or GP. We don’t do surgery or anything that requires A & E. We do not treat cancer, STD’s or notifiable diseases. We also do not ‘hand over a bottle of medicine to fix something’ without a consultation (although this can be a mini consultation in some instances).

This site aims to provide information on health, wellbeing and lifestyle including vitamins, minerals, supplements and herbal medicines. It should be noted that the information contained on this website is not intended as a replacement for the services of a qualified medical practitioner, specialist, medical herbalist or other licensed health professional. If you are worried about a health condition, it is advisable to book a consultation with your General Practitioner or health care professional. If you are on prescribed medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, it is advisable to consult a medical herbalist before taking herbal products and please let your GP know you are taking herbal products, vitamins, minerals or supplements. Never stop taking prescribed medication without first consulting with your GP or qualified medical herbalist.

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