Medical Herbalism creates a blend of holistic treatment with a sound knowledge of orthodox medicine, to help support your own healing systems to treat many of the conditions your General Practitioner may treat. Some of the conditions a Medical Herbalist may be able to support you with, include:
- Digestive concerns such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease conditions (Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis)
- Joint problems such as Rheumatoid or Osteo Arthritis
- Respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma and Bronchitis
- Skin conditions including different types of Acne, Eczema and Psoriasis
- Diabetes, weight and blood pressure management
- Gynaecological concerns such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis and Menopause
- General immune maintenance such as cold and flu prevention
This list is not exhaustive so please contact us if you aren’t sure how Herbal Medicine may be of benefit to you – we are happy to provide a free 10 minute telephone consultation to go through any queries you may have.
Medical herbalism takes a ‘synergistic’ approach which involves working with the patient to fully understand their health needs as a whole, looking at each of facet of your health. We then implement ‘treatments’ into each of those facets, and those treatments work together for a greater ‘whole’ effect. It’s an effective approach because human beings are not a collection of separate body systems or organs, so an ailment is rarely the result of one cause. It’s therefore really important that a treatment approach considers the person as a whole, and not just the condition they have presented with. Each treatment not only targets one of the key areas responsible for the problem, but the various treatment approaches align with each other to create a combined effect. Whilst the herbal prescription will target your body systems in this way, we also incorporate dietary support, lifestyle and well-being tools or exercise plans which enhance the treatment protocols and provide you with a sense of empowerment to take control over your return to health.
For example, a patient with irritable bowel syndrome is likely to benefit from a herbal prescription to help with symptoms such as regulating bowel movements reducing cramping. As a synergistic treatment in itself, it may also work on the state of inflammation from the factors contributing to that condition. If stress is identified as a factor there are likely to be herbs included to support the body’s response to stress or herbal teas to aid digestion. However, in going through a full background history with the patient and looking at a timeline of your health and well-being, we are also able to identify other key areas to target, thus creating a fuller overall treatment plan in line with that synergy. For this example, it could include lifestyle adaptations like regular meditation to alleviate the stress, removal of aggravating foods and finding new recipes to support that transition, as well as establishing if there was an initial root cause such as a trauma or life event, that needs to be released and finding the right tools and resources to be able to do that.
Whilst a herbalist is likely to prescribe a plant based medicine to assist the patient’s presenting needs, the approach will always be to treat the person as a whole and not just their condition, and that relies on a use of all approaches available to them which support each other to provide a solution that is in harmony.