What is Herbal Medicine?
Western Herbal Medicine is a treatment system based on the idea that plant-based medicines can be used in their natural, unmodified forms to help the body while it heals. It has its roots in the traditional medical practices of Europe, and generally relies on orthodox, or Western, methods of diagnosis. Most herbalists take into account the complete physiological and psychological make-up of an individual along with their environment and lifestyle during treatment. Herbalists prescribe whole-plant products in the form of tinctures, teas, oils, creams, or ointments that are tailored to the individual patient. Many herbalists believe that whole-plant medicines are gentler on the body than some other kinds of treatments and may be safer for use in some instances.
Herbalists treat many of the complaints that a GP might treat, although they will refer you back to your physician, if necessary. Common complaints treated with herbal medicines include: eczema, acne, asthma, hay fever, polycystic ovaries, ME, sinusitis, IBS, acid reflux, dyspepsia, constipation, arthritis, menopausal symptoms, period pains, insomnia, mild depression, stress, and chronic fatigue. Although these are the most commonly treated conditions, herbal medicine can be used for many different conditions, not limited to those above. Herbal medicine is also very helpful for many children’s complaints and can be used in many of the illnesses experienced by the elderly. Your herbalist is happy work together with your other primary care practitioners in cases of more serious illness.
About Fiona McIntyre:
Fiona McIntyre graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2010 with an honours degree in Herbal Medicine. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).
Her background is in wildlife conservation and environmental management, where she worked in various roles for twenty years. It was through that that she developed an interest in the uses of plants and in particular their medicinal uses. Together with a growing desire to help people this was Fiona’s motivation to study and practice Herbal Medicine.
Although with her background she is particularly interested in the medicinal properties of British native plants, Fiona uses the most appropriate herbs for the patient. These can include herbs from other parts of the world eg.Echinacea from North America, Withania from Asia.
£40 Initial Consultation (approximately 90 min.)