Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal Medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is medicine made exclusively from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures.

Herbal Medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific research, which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plants. Many modern pharmaceuticals have been modelled on, or derived from chemicals found in plants. An example is the heart medication 'digoxin' derived from the plant foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). 

Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex biochemical make up, with different parts of the plant (roots, leaves, barks, berries and flowers) providing certain therapeutic effects, often synergistically. Herbal medicine can be administered as liquid tinctures/fluid extracts, tablets, capsules, powders, infusions/teas or topical applications.

Is a Herbalist same as a Naturopath?

Herbalists and Naturopaths are very similar, as they  both take a holistic approach to addressing health concerns. However, whilst Naturopaths employ a range of therapies and remedies, Herbalists are experts in Herbal Medicine. 

What does a Herbalist do?

Herbalists take a holistic view towards health and illness, seeking to identify the underlying cause of health concerns. This means Herbalists assess the person as a whole, not just the ailment. Herbalists prescribe herbal remedies in the form of liquid extracts or tinctures, tablets, capsules, teas and topical treatments. While Herbalists recognise the body's innate ability to heal itself, they also focus on preventative healthcare prescribing dietary (nutritional) and lifestyle advice as part of a treatment plan.

 

What can Herbal Medicine help with?

Jen has a particular interest in helping stress-related disorders, weight management and digestive health, however, she also has experience in helping a wide range of conditions including:

  • Digestive problems - IBS, reflux, indigestion, constipation, nausea, bloating, Candida overgrowth, coeliac disease, general digestive discomfort

  • Weight management

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Hormonal problems - PMS, menstrual irregularities, menopause

  • Stress, anxiety, depression

  • Fatigue, low energy

  • Irritability, mood irregularities

  • Headaches

  • Musculo-skeletal pain - back pain, joint pain, injury recovery

  • Skin problems - eczema, psoriasis, childhood eczema

  • Recurrent infections - cough, colds, flus

  • Allergies, hayfever, sinusitis

  • Glandular fever

  • Tinnitus

  • High cholesterol

  • Poor circulation

  • Hypertension/high blood pressure

  • Sleeplessness, insomnia

  • Children's health

  • Preventative health - promoting general health and wellbeing

I take prescription medication, can Herbal Medicine still help?

Yes. As a trained Herbalist, Jen can prescribe herbs which can be safely used alongside most medications to improve your health.

What is involved in a consultation?

A standard initial consultation takes 60-90 minutes as Jen discusses your past and present state of health and does some 'detective' work through questioning and discussion to uncover the cause of your current health concerns. Jen may also use tongue, fingernail and iris (iridology) analysis to gain further insight into your health. In some cases, she may refer you for further testing. Follow-up consultations usually take 20-30 minutes as Jen discusses your progress and treatment plan.

What should I bring to my consultation?

If you are taking any prescribed medications, it is very helpful to bring a list of medications and your reason for taking them. Likewise, if you are taking any over the counter medications or natural remedies and supplements. If you have any recent blood test results bring those along too, they all add valuable information to your overall health picture. 

What is involved in treatment?

Jen the Herbalist will prepare personalised herbal remedies along with dietary and lifestyle advice. Herbal remedies may be in the form of liquid extracts, tablets or capsules. Liquid extracts are favourable because the formula can be directly tailored to suit you as an individual and contains active plant constituents with only alcohol and water used as solvents - no other additives or preservatives are required. Liquids are also quickly and easily absorbed by the body.

How long does treatment take?

This depends entirely on your individual case and condition/s. Once you begin your herbal treatment, some improvement should be noted within a few hours to a day for acute conditions (such as a cold or flu), or within 4-6 weeks for more chronic complaints. Chronic problems are particularly well suited to Herbal Medicine, as the deep underlying imbalances are addressed.

 

 

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