The consultation is tailored to the patient’s individual needs and usually lasts between one and two hours, occasionally longer; following this, a nutritional approach is prepared according to the patient’s personal needs.
The practitioner at the Herbal Clinic uses non-invasive diagnostic examination techniques including physical examination, blood pressure, urine testing, tongue examination, pulse diagnosis and iridology. Please refer above to ‘What we offer‘ for further details.
The medicines have a safety record of thousands of years and are prepared on the premises individually for each patient, most often and whenever possible, from naturally occurring organic herbs into a prescription uniquely suited to the individual’s needs. This often takes the form of a liquid extract called a tincture, but other forms of extraction, such as decoctions, infusions or herb ‘teas’ may be given; oils, ointments, powders, capsules or tablets etc may also be prescribed.
Allopathic (doctor’s) medication
A patient should never try to discontinue his/her medication until the patient’s immune system has been restored to a sufficient degree and he/she has reached an optimum state of health where the drugs are no longer needed. The process of withdrawal is carefully monitored by the practitioner.
The cost of treatment varies according to the needs of the patient. It is private, in the sense that the fees cover the cost of the consultation and all the overheads. It is not cheap; but neither is the path to ill-health.
Check-up (up to 20 minutes) – £20
Half hour consultation – £36
Three quarter hour – £48
One hour – £60
Two hours – £104
(The prices are graded at each quarter of an hour, medicines are additional)
It is inaccurate to refer to Herbal Medicine as ‘slow acting’. A patient suffering from an arthritic condition and subject to potent allopathic drugs for over 20 years cannot expect to have his/her condition reversed within a matter of days or even weeks. Only by suppressing symptoms or using powerful painkillers, can a person obtain instant, albeit temporary relief. Such an approach is no different from taking, for example, Paracetamol for a toothache and leaving the tooth to rot instead of visiting a dentist for a repair.
Herbs are, in fact, quickly effective. While treating the ‘whole person’, there is a gradual, but definite restoration of energy and a wonderful sense of well-being as the process of detoxification and the clearing away of symptoms takes place. However, the length of treatment will depend on many factors and because Herbal Medicine gives true and long-lasting healing, rather than simply ‘papering over the cracks’, treatment may take several weeks or months. Generally, the longer a person has been ill, the longer it may take to restore health.
Monday – Friday 9.00 – 4.00
On request, appointments are available after 4.00 p.m.