Susan is offering herbal medicine in her women’s health clinic to support women along with her other therapies, reflexology, maternity reflexology and Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.
WHAT IS HERBAL MEDICINE?
Herbal medicine (also known as Botanical Medicine or Phytotherapy) harnesses the healing power of plants for medicinal purposes and is considered the oldest and most universal form of medicine in the world. It is a powerful healing modality and preventative medicine. Scientific investigation is now confirming the traditional uses of many medicinal plants.
As many as 120 pharmaceuticals drugs are originally derived from plants. The best known example is salicylic acid extracted from willow bark to make Aspirin which is now copied and synthesised in the laboratory. Herbalists use whole plant extracts instead of isolating the active medicinal component of the plant. This makes the herbal medicine safer than pharmaceuticals and gives them more healing properties due to their complexity. These multiple healing actions make them effective in treating a wide range of conditions with a very, low incidence of side effects.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM HERBAL MEDICINE ?
Herbs are suitable for everyone. In the context of women’s health herbs can be used for for women who don’t want to suppress their natural cycles with synthetic hormones and are seeking natural alternatives to balance hormones. In her practice Susan sees women who are looking for support with menstrual issues, coming of the Pill, PMS, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, low libido, acne, eczema, yeast infections, cystitis, fertility, pregnancy and postnatal recovery.
Herbal medicine can be used alone or alongside orthodox medications in many cases. Herbs can be used symptomatically for acute situations, but for more chronic situations they can be given over a longer period of time to help restore the balance and functioning of the whole body.
FERTILITY AND HERBAL MEDICINE
Herbal medicine can help with all aspects of fertility health: regulating the menstrual cycle, reducing pelvic congestion, balancing specific hormones, enhancing detoxification, supporting the body to adapt to stress, improve circulation, supporting immune function, supporting all the body systems, providing nutrients, improving circulation and the overall health of the whole body. For men, specifically, there are many plants that can improve sperm health.
HERBS DURING PREGNANCY
Herbs have been used in pregnancy and childbirth throughout history. There are many gentle, nourishing herbs that can be safely used in pregnancy for common complaints where medications are not suitable. In the first trimester herbs are only prescribed when indicated.
HERBS AND POST-NATAL CARE
Herbs are supportive for women after birth both, physically and emotionally. They can be used to nourish, restore vitality and strength, for hormonal balancing, to increase breastmilk, to tone and heal the uterus, to heal the uterus and surrounding tissues after a C-section and help the body adapt to the change of lifestyle as a new mother. Breastfeeding mothers can also support their babies by passing herbs via their breast milk.
HERBAL MEDICINE CONSULTATION
The initial consultation typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. This includes a comprehensive case history and may also include a physical examination. Previous blood tests or investigations will be reviewed and further diagnostic tests may be recommended.
A herbal prescription may include liquid tinctures, medicinal teas, powered herbs, capsules, syrups, juices, nutritional supplements and flower essences. If indicated external preparations may include creams, ointments, oils, compresses and baths.
Follow up appointments take 30 minutes to monitor your treatment progress and possibly adjust your prescription.
Initial Consultation 75 Mins // £95
Follow up 30 mins // £45
NB. Herbal medicines and blood tests are not included in the consultation fee. A one month prescription is typically between £40 and £80.