Why consult a herbalist?
- Herbalists are trained in herb-drug interactions.
- Similar clinical training and diagnostic skills as conventional doctors e.g anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pathology, differential diagnosis
- Herbalists will make up a herbal prescription tailored to the individual which will include several herbs according to symptoms, causes and coexisting complaints.
- 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. For example, people may ask
"what herb can I take for hair loss?"
- The answer is not necessarily straight forward as additional information is required in order to get a full picture of the person and achieve the best possible results. What is causing the hairloss? Stress? Hormones? Lack of vitamins and minerals? Bereavement? Circulatory problems? 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, it is likely they will receive different prescriptions. Precriptions are informed from the traditional knowledge of the use of herbs (which goes back thousands of years), scientific research and experience.
- Additional advice is given regarding diet and lifestyle. Dietary changes combined with herbs is often the most effective way to make and sustain improvements in health.
"I took my daughter to see Karen after a friend recommended her to me. As I had never been to see a herbalist before I wasn't sure what to expect but Karen was great at listening and put me at ease. Would absolutely recommend her."