Nutritional Therapist & Medical Herbalist
“Get to the root of your health problem”
What can nutritional therapy and herbal medicine treat?
Everyone can benefit enormously from good eating alongside herbal remedies. Not only are energy levels and immunity boosted but appearance improves with clearer skin, brighter eyes and glossier hair. All conditions can be improved from a healthy eating plan especially:
- Digestive – irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, diverticulitis constipation, reflux, indigestion
- Women’s hormonal – menopausal symptoms, pre menstrual syndrome, painful irregular periods, polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Recurrent stubborn infections – coughs & colds, sore throats, candida, sinusitis
- Heart – diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
- Head – migraines, headaches, memory loss, confusion, anxiety
- Children’s conditions – chest infections, ear infections, sore throat, digestive problems, eczema, asthma
Nutritional therapy & herbal medicine
Good nutrition and how we eat can make a huge difference to our daily lives. By using fresh, whole, unprocessed, nutritious foods and some supplements, symptoms of many conditions can be reduced or eliminated, nutritional deficiencies corrected, food intolerances resolved, energy boosted and digestion improved – which is key to good health.
Herbal Medicine Is a proven, natural, safe and effective form of medicine that can treat long term and sudden onset conditions. It can be used effectively to treat everyone from babies to the elderly and can be taken on its own or alongside other forms of medication. It combines traditional knowledge with current scientific research. Herbs contain substances that have proven properties in restoring health. Interestingly 90% of pharmaceutical drugs are plant based but the difference with herbal medicine is we don’t mix the plant with man made substances but give it as a whole for a true balancing effect. Herbal medicine is dispensed in the forms of teas, capsules or tinctures to nudge the body back into balance, otherwise known as good health.
Together good nutrition and herbal remedies are powerful tools in healing and reaching optimal health.
The consultation – What does it involve?
Before each consultation you are emailed a questionnaire to fill in, which includes recording a 3 day eating plan. The first consultation lasts for an hour and a quarter and involves a thorough case history and frank discussion about all aspects of your health. Blood pressure will be taken and physical examinations carried out if necessary. Diet will be discussed and nutritional advice given along with recipes and ideas. Diagnostic tests maybe suggested such as a food intolerance test. Herbal medicine will be prescribed, tailored specifically to you and your complaint as well as supplement suggestions.
I aim to dispel the myths and confusion around food with the conflicting news stories we are regularly subject to. I look at the root of the problem and do not suggest fad diets.
The follow up consultations will last 45 minutes, discuss progress and review the prescriptions. The length of the course of treatment will vary according to the nature of the ailment, its severity, duration and how well you respond to treatment. Generally acute conditions require two to three visits and chronic conditions more. This will all be discussed in the first consultation. All information disclosed in the consultation is treated as strictly confidential.
I have been trained to identify any potential interaction between orthodox medication and herbal medicine and to know when a condition is best referred to a doctor. Please bring names and dosage of any medication and supplements you are taking to the first consultation.
I am an experienced medical herbalist and nutritional therapist who has practised for over a decade in both Ireland and the north of England. I see patients of all ages and at all stages who present with a wide range of health issues.
I have lectured on the Medicinal Plants and Functional Foods MSc at Newcastle university and teach on the foundation course in Plant Medicine at Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland. I also lead foraging courses and herb walks and do tailor made talks and/or workshops for businesses such as how to beat stress.
I studied the 3 year full time Herbal Medicine science degree (BSc) at Westminster University, London and consequently went on to study a Diploma in Nutrition because herbal medicine and nutrition work together hand in hand.
I am a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and am registered with CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council). All members of these professional bodies must be qualified and adhere to strict codes of ethics and conduct.
I use medicinal plants from around the world but concentrates on those growing locally feeling they are most suited to those living in the British climate.
- Consultations cost £100 for the initial consultation (1¼ hours)
- Follow up consultations cost £75 for 45 minutes
- Skype and telephone consultations are also available for follow-ups
- Herbal medicine and supplements costs are not included in the consultation fee
- Children’s fees (under 16) are £70 for the initial consultation (45 minutes) and £50 for follow ups (30 minutes)
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required otherwise a 50% cancellation fee will be applied.
To organise an appointment or if you would like to know more about these services, please contact the clinic on: 01904 631 815