Herbal medicine is a traditional form of plant medicine, still used by 80% (yes, 80!) of the world’s population to treat and prevent disease. Today Western, Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese methods are combined with scientific research. Plants contain a complex mixture of synergistic constituents, whereas pharmaceutical drugs are often based on (synthetic) isolated chemical compounds which do not have the same balancing effect.
I do offer short acute consultations by Skype which help to offer symptomatic relief to health issues that require immediate attention (e.g. coughs, colds, insomnia) but most of my patients will get herbal recommendations in their therapeutic plans if required.
Rest assured, I have a good foundation of biochemistry, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and will always check potential interactions.
How are herbal remedies taken?
Herbs may be used singly or mixed together as formulas and may be taken as ‘teas’ (infusions or decoctions), powdered or encapsulated, or made into alcohol-based tinctures or other liquid preparations such as glycerites for children. They may also be applied externally in creams, ointments and poultices.
I make tincture blends or capsules for my clients which are completely tailored to their needs. I also make blends for ailments such as coughs, joint pain, sports injury recovery and insomnia which require a short consultation in order to purchase.