I became a herbalist because I had a deep desire to help people; pretty basic but it's the truth! A herbal consultation is a very different experience to that which you may have had before: you will really feel listened to, cared for and heard when you come away from our consultation, with a positive outlook about the future of your health and wellbeing. Working with me, you will learn to value your health, seeing and feeling changed that you can make and maintain for the better so that you can start feeling like you again!
Investing the time and enegry in your health is so rewarding and you'll feel the same once you feel the results; I am a firm believer in that you can't pour from an empty cup, so gaining the tools to get and stay well is fundamental for a happy and healthy life . Understanding that your actions have a profound impact on how you feel can be so empowering - allowing you to harness that strength and power and use it to manage your health.
Using Herbal Medicine is a gentle approach; it is not designed to be a quick fix, this will help to rebalance and work on the underlying issues so that we can restore your good health and you don't require ongoing medicines 'forever and a day'.
The prescriptions I use are Western Herbal Medicine; herbs in the form of liquid tinctures, loose dried herbs as a tea or capsules. It is by far better to spend the time and money to see a qualified professional, than wasting it on over the counter remedies and online advice which does not have the same holistic and personalised nature that you get with my approach. There is also the added bonus of my insight during the consultation process, on factors such as diet and lifestyle, which when put into action can have a profound effect on your health. You may notice that I do use diagnostic techniques similar to those your GP may use, and do refer for further tests if required.
Whatever your age or circumstances, there is almost always a way for us to improve you health, through advice on diet and lifestyle which alone can be very powerful - hence 'Let Food Be Thy Medicine'
A good herbalist such as myself, will work happily alongside other therapies. Whether this is another Complementary therapy, or with a GP or consultant, I am more than happy to have a fully integrated approach for your benefit.
Following the birth of my second child I started to gain a real interest and passion for helping women through pregnancy and the postpartum and so I turned my focus and attention to broadening my training and trained as a Doula. You can find out more about what that entails under the Doula page.
My qualification is a Bachelor of Science degree in Herbal Medicine, a four-year course at University providing an in depth knowledge of health, professional diagnostic training and a wealth of medical knowledge. I have been trained extensively in all aspects of nutrition, lifestyle and the prescription of herbal medicine.
I use western herbal medicine as opposed to Chinese herbal medicine which means no animal products. I am a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, which is the oldest professional body for Herbalists in the UK. See for more information. To be a member of the institute it is imperative to have the skills and knowledge to practice, take part in Continuing Professional Development and have full relevant insurance.
Indian Head Massage
As well as being a Medical Herbalist I am also an Indian Head Massage Therapist and have an internationally recognised qualification (VTCT) – this treatment is a wonderfully relaxing massage concentrating on the shoulders, arms, neck, head and face. It is excellent for increasing mobility and flexibility in the upper body as well as for general relaxation. I offer this as a standalone treatment or alongside herbal medicine if you wish.
How Your Personal Information Is Used And Stored
Your notes are kept in hard copy in a locked cabinet and office at my home address, or in secure storage for the rest of your life as recommended by my insurer. Arrangements have been made for the secure disposal of your notes in the event of my death.
Your medical notes may be passed on to a locum with your permission in the event that I am unable to work for a significant period of time.
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