Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I need treatment?

It is not easy to give an answer to this question as it is different for everyone. A rule of thumb that herbalists like to give is that for each year you have had a disorder or illness, one month of treatment will be required. Of course, this is not an exact rule.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

It would be very helpful if you could supply a list of any medicines and supplements that you are already taking, whether these have been prescribed by your GP or consultant, or purchased over the counter.

Is herbal medicine safe?

Herbs are natural substances, but this does not mean that they are all safe. However, a trained herbalist will be aware of which herbs are dangerous and should either be used in smaller doses, or avoided completely.

Can children take herbal medicine?

Yes, herbal medicine is suitable for people of all ages. However, we sometimes need to get a little creative when trying to encourage children to take herbal medicines - thankfully there are several ways to improve the taste.

Can I take herbal medicines with the medicine from my G.P.?

Occasionally there might be specific herbs which should be avoided with particular medications, so it is essential that any medications you are already taking are checked for known interactions. There are many herbs to choose from so an alternative will usually be available. You do not need (and in many cases it would be inadvisable) to stop taking orthodox medications in order to take herbal medicines. If we decide that a particular medication is no longer required, I would advise you to discuss this with your G.P. or consultant.

How long is a consultation?

The first time you visit a herbalist, many questions will be asked and this can take between 1.5 and 2 hours. Follow-up appointments are much shorter - please allow 30 minutes for these.

At the present time, I do not have a waiting area, so please try not to arrive more than 5 minutes earlier than your appointment time.

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