What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal Medicine is the use of whole plant preparations and is the oldest known form of medicine. It has been used for over 2,000 years and is still the major form of medicine for over 75% of the world’s population.
Herbal Medicines support the body's natural healing processes, and aim to treat the individual person as well as the disease. This means it can bring about a deep and lasting change.
Our ancestors used a variety of techniques to discover the most effective local plants for the treatment of illnesses. Advances in science have enabled a better understanding of the physiological effects of herbs on the human body and therefore their role in restoring health.
How Can It Help You?
Herbal Medicine can be used to support patients in the management of both acute and chronic conditions; including many conditions that patients would visit their GP about such as:
- Respiratory: e.g. asthma, hay fever, colds, coughs
- Skin: e.g. acne, eczema and psoriasis
- Musculoskeletal: e.g. arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains
- Digestive e.g. indigestion, ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome
- Hormonal: e.g. menstrual, menopausal and gynaecological complaints
- Urinary: e.g. cystitis, enlarged prostate, prostatitis
- Psychological & emotional: e.g. stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, migraines and insomnia
- Immune: e.g. reduced immunity, recurrent infection
- Circulatory: e.g. high blood pressure, angina, varicose veins
At the end of the consultation an individualised herbal remedy prescription will be offered.
I became a Herbalist by completing a four year honours degree in herbal medicine at Middlesex University.
I joined the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 2005. The National Institute of Medical Herbalists is the oldest professional organisation of practising medical herbalists worldwide and provides continued professional development for its members www.nimh.org.uk.
After qualifying as an Herbalist I moved to West Sussex, setting my practice in Chichester which is close to Bognor Regis, Arundel, Littlehampton and Rustington. Soon after this I began to offer Herb Walks, talks and Remedy Making Workshops.
After a long interest in the ancient healing method of Reiki I trained and qualified in 2018 and now offer these treatments alongside my Herbal appointments.
"I believe Herbal Medicine is the medicine of the people and this is what inspires me to run regular workshops, talks and Herb Walks."
If you are looking for a particular herbal remedy, or perhaps would like to take part in a workshop to learn more about how herbs can help you, please get in touch.
If you wish me to talk to your local group or society please see the 'Walks and Talks' page or contact me. I offer walks, talks and workshops within the local area of Chichester, Fishbourne, Bognor Regis, Arundel, Littlehampton, and further afield in West Sussex.