I am so glad you have decided to give herbal medicine a chance to improve your health!
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine or phytotherapy is the science of using herbal remedies to treat the sick. It covers everything from medicinal plants with powerful actions to those with very gentle actions. Herbal medicines should only be taken under guidance of a qualified practitioner because there may be interaction between some herbs and pharmaceutical or conventional medicines. As a degree-qualified herbal medicine practitioner, I have studied such subjects as pharmacology and pharmacognosy, human anatomy and biology, Western diagnostic techniques, biochemistry, nutrition, pathology and clinical sciences, as well as the plethora of herbal medicine subjects such as materia medica and botany.
Western Herbal Medicine (WHM) is a natural therapy or complementary medicine modality which promotes a holistic treatment approach to disease and health conditions. As with all natural therapies it seeks to restore the natural balance of the body and functions in order for the body to heal itself. WHM uses plant-based preparations to achieve this, including leaves, flowers, roots and bark. These are prepared as tinctures, decoctions, infusions or poultices, or dried and used in pills and capsules. Herbal medicine can be used to restore the vitality of the body and rectify imbalances in the body. Although mostly western European herbs are used, we also use some Ayuvedic, Chinese, North American indigenous and also Maori herbal medicines.
A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Herbs are not always a silver bullet or a fast fix.
- Some herbs can produce fast results, but for the most part they work fairly slowly, so please do not expect you will have some miraculous cure within hours or even days.
- Herbs are not for everyone - depending on what other medications you are taking, some herbs may be contraindicated because they may block the action of a medication or enhance it.
- Some people have allergies to some plant genera. This will be discussed in your consultation.
First consultation will take anywhere between one and two hours, as I will take down a full personal history; this may involve some physical examination eg. blood pressure, iris investigation, check ears, take pulse and record breaths.
I may recommend herbs to treat your condition or I may recommend diet and lifestyle changes, or a combination of all three. Follow up consultations will be to see how you are going on prescribed herbal medication, whether that medication needs tweaking to improve results or to focus on other areas of concern.
First consultation - $120
Follow up consultations - $80
Please note: Herbal medicines are additional to consultation fees.
Liquid herbal medicines start at $25 for 100ml (enough for one week)
Herbal tablets vary in cost depending on the cost of the herb.
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