Western Herbal Medicine

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal Medicine is a safe and effective way of treating acute and chronic health conditions, but can also aid in preventing health problems.

Herbal medicine has been used for more than 2000 years by Chinese, Indian and Western Herbalists. Traditionally leaves, roots, bark or seeds of plants were infused or boiled and then ingested as tea or applied as a poultice. Although still a valid method of taking a medicine, nowadays most people prefer the more convenient way of taking herbal tablets or -tinctures. Herbal tinctures are liquids, which refect the chemical spectrum of the original herb and are taken with some water or juice 2-3 times per day. Herbal tinctures are easily absorbed and aid the body in kick-starting its own healing powers.

What happens during a Herbal Medicine consultation?

The Herbal Medicine consultation is a thorough "question and answer" based discussion between client and practitioner. The consultation addresses the client's present health concerns, personal medical history, family medical history, body system analysis, diet and lifestyle. Additionally the consultation includes taking the client's blood pressure, a tongue-and nail analysis, iris diagnosis, and if necessary diagnostic tests (including allergy tests, blood- and/or stool tests).

How are health disorders treated?

Based on the findings during the consultation and the results of diagnostic tests the practitioner determines the underlying cause of the health concern, i.e. the cause is treated not just the symptoms. 

Herbal tinctures are then selected according to the client's need (usually 5-6 different liquid herbs) and mixed together. Hence each dispensed herbal tincture mix is a unique, tailor-made preparation. Clients may present with similar symptoms, however the underlying cause may be different and consequently different herbs are chosen. The herbal tincture is always formulated to remedy the individual's health concern.

Herbal tinctures are usually dispensed in 200mls bottles. The contents of each bottle last approx. 2 weeks. Usually 7-8mls of the herbal tincture is taken with some water or juice 2 x per day.

The tinctures are made by professional phytochemical companies which adhere to the highest manufacturing standards, quality control and employ chemists and herbalists alike.

Depending on whether a condition is acute or chronic, herbal tinctures may remedy an ailment within hours or days (e.g. a high dosed immune enhancing preparation can help to prevent a cold from developing and in cases where the cold is acute it at least reduces symptoms and duration of the cold).

If the health condition is chronic and more severe, herbal tinctures need to be taken for much longer (usually a minimum of 3 months). However, the length of the treatment is discussed with the client during follow-up consultations.

Follow up consultations are recommended to support the client in achieving their goals and to aid in adjusting the treatment plan when needed.

Clients will also be given advice on how to improve their diets and lifestyle.

Can herbal tinctures be taken in accordance with prescribed drugs?

During the consultation the practitioner will ask about current medication. In most cases herbal tinctures can be tailored to work with prescribed drugs or over the counter medicines.

Do herbal tinctures taste bad?

The majority of clients tolerate herbal tinctures very well and good tasting herbs can be included in a herbal formula. However, sometimes herbal tinctures need to taste bitter to enhance the bodies ability to heal itself. If the client wishes, herbal tablets can be prescribed instead of tinctures.

What health conditions can benefit from Herbal Medicine?

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Specific programmes for sufferers of lymphoedema, lipoedema and phleboedema (varicose veins) are available. 

The Lymphoedema Clinic London

Practices in Central and South London

For appointments please call 0790 22 33 747