Why book a herbal medicine consultation with me?
→ I am trained in herb-drug interactions.
→ I have a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pathology, differential diagnosis, pharmacology and much more.
→ You will go home with a herbal prescription tailored to you as an individual which will include several herbs. The herbs will treat your symptoms, the root cause of your symptoms and I will always pop in some herbs to help you feel better emotionally if that is your wish.
→ Herbs are normally prescribed in a formula to utilise their synergistic effect – when the combined effect is greater than the sum of the effects of individual herbs.
→ Herbal medicine does not work in quite the same way as orthodox medicine. Herbalists treat the individual and do not just substitute a herb for a pharmaceutical. People may ask:
“What herb can I take for hair loss?”
Rosemary oil is fantastic at stimulating hair growth. But I want to achieve the best possible results for you which means I need more of a story.
I want to know what is causing the hair loss. Stress? Hormones? Lack of vitamins and minerals? Bereavement? Circulatory problems? Is it a side effect of pharmaceuticals (e.g chemotherapy) or over the counter drugs? How long has it been going on for? What is the pattern of hair loss?
→ Although two people may suffer with the same complaint, they will receive different prescriptions. I use the traditional knowledge of herbs (which goes back thousands of years), combined with scientific research and my own experience when making up a herbal blend.
→ Additional advice is given for diet and lifestyle. Dietary changes and stress reduction combined with herbs is often the most effective way to make sustained improvements in health. Then I will be happy to see you leave my herbal care.
Changing your diet and lifestyle if needed while taking the herbal medicine is often paramount – food is medicine.
(Yummy Crunchie bars are not medicine – reminder to myself)
What to expect
Full medical history – an initial consultation will involve building up a picture of you and your health: a full medical history will be taken during which questions will be asked about your presenting complaint and your general health and lifestyle. I will also ask for details of all medicines and supplements you use.
Blood pressure assessment – if appropriate your pulse and blood pressure will be taken.
Treatment plan – herbal prescription, information and advice about diet and lifestyle
Bespoke herbal prescription – herbal medicine is prescribed based on the presenting complaint as well as other factors such as general health, lifestyle, medications, stress and any co-existing complaints to ensure the best possible results. As no two people are the same, all prescriptions are tailor made for each individual. Herbal medicine can be taken alongside orthodox medication.
Control of your own health – I will ensure that you understand your health problems and provide you with the information you need to help you get better and give you control over your own health. If required I can liaise with your GP or medical team and refer you to other health professionals e.g. massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors.
After the initial consultation, a shorter follow up consultation may be required to assess your progress and possibly adjust your herbal prescription. Further follow up consultations will be discussed with you but it depends on the nature of your condition.
If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact me me via email or phone/text.
Common Conditions Treated
I initially made an appointment with Karen as my friend suggested her (we both suffer with PCOS and fertility issues). She was really professional, down to earth and gave me great advice. I have been seeing Karen for a long time (trying to conceive) and followed all her advice – changing my diet, exercising and taking herbs. I don’t think I could have done it without her.
Karen was a great listener and really seemed to understand my problems. I am really pleased that the herbs she prescribed have improved my condition – I would definitely recommend her.