Frequently asked questions

Why see a medical herbalist?

  • Medical herbalists take a holistic approach, taking everything into account.
  • To find the root cause of YOUR ill health.
  • Personalised treatment unique to YOU.
  • Expert advice on diet and lifestyle.

What does a medical herbalist do?

​A medical herbalist:

  • takes a detailed medical history that considers your physical, emotional and mental health.
  • competently assesses your symptoms, using clinical testing to assist diagnosis, if necessary.
  • appropriate specialist referral, when required.
  • uses bespoke treatment most applicable to you.

Do herbs really work?

  • ​Of course they do, especially if they come from a qualified herbalist so that you know they are quality herbs!
  • They have been used for thousands of years - nowadays, many human clinical trials and animal studies confirm the use of herbs is down to their many actions (anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antifungal, and so much more!)
  • Many pharmaceutical drugs come from herbs, and companies are very interested in the actions of herbs, highlighting their efficacy.

How long will it take for me to get better?

This depends on your condition, some need herbal treatment for a few months, some only a couple of weeks. Your state of mind and stress levels have a big impact, as well as how diligent you are at taking your herbs every day, and applying any dietary & lifestyle changes.

What training does a medical  herbalist undertake?

Usually a 3-year full time degree or equivalent that includes:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry & Chemistry
  • Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology
  • Botany & Making Herbal Medicines
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Dietary & Lifestyle Advice
  • Critical Research Skills
They are also required to complete Continued Professional Development every year to remain in the profession.

What if I am taking prescription medication?

I am trained in pharmacology, pharmacognosy, and which herbs will interact with certain prescription drugs. I would never prescribe a herb to you that would interact with anything you are taking, it would be completely unethical to do so.

Can I take herbs during pregnancy?

Of course you can! But only certain herbs during the second and third trimesters, which could be limited by any conditions you may have. Read my article about Pregnancy & Breastfeeding here.