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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I need treatment?

It is not easy to give an answer to this question because it is different for everyone. A general 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?

Please bring a list of any medicines and supplements that you are already taking. You could even throw them all in a bag and bring them with you if you are taking lots of different medicines. Include all of them, whether they have been prescribed by your doctor, or purchased over the counter.

Is herbal medicine safe?

Herbs are natural substances, and are generally speaking very safe. Of course there are some exceptions, but a trained herbalist will be aware of  which herbs should be used in smaller doses, or avoided completely.

Can children take herbal medicine?

Yes, herbal medicine is suitable for people of all ages. Sometimes we 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 alongside medicine from my doctor?

Most herbs can be safely used alongside any orthodox medicines. Occasionally there might be a risk of an adverse effect, so I will always check for any known interactions before creating your herbal prescription. There are many herbs to choose from so an alternative will usually be available.

You should not stop taking prescribed drugs in order to take herbal medicines. If you feel that a particular medication is no longer required, I would advise you to discuss this with your doctor.

How long is a consultation?

At your first appointment, we need to build up as full a picture as possible of your symptoms and health history, so I will ask you a LOT of questions! You should allow up to 2 hours for this. Subsequent appointments are much shorter - please allow 30-45 minutes for these.

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

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