Herbal Medicine

Sue Goodwin - medical herbalistWho can benefit from herbal medicine?

Herbal Medicine is a suitable therapy for all age groups, including pregnant women, babies and the elderly. Herbs can be taken alongside most medicines prescribed by a doctor.

Herbal Medicine can help people with a wide range of complaints. Common examples are:

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Circulatory problems-poor circulation, high blood pressure, angina, varicose veins

  • Digestive problems-indigestion, IBS, ulcerative colitis, gastric ulcers, gall stones and liver disorders.

  • Infections-cystitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis and flu

  • Joint problems-arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis.

  • Post-operative recovery

  • Respiratory complaints-hayfever, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis

  • Skin problems-acne, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria

  • Stress-related disorders- anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches.

I have a special interest in treating women's health problems ...

  • Chronic thrush and other vaginal infections

  • Endometriosis

  • Fibroids

  • Menstrual problems-painful periods, heavy bleeding, irregular cycles

  • Menopausal symptoms

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

  • PMT

  • Polycystic ovaries

  • Pregnancy complaints

Sue Goodwin - medical herbalistWhat is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal Medicine is the use of plants as medicine, whose origins reach far back into human history.

It is still providing safe and effective primary care for over 80% of the world's population.

Herbal medicine today combines ancient traditional knowledge with modern scientific research into plant constituents and up to date findings about how the human body works.

Herbal Medicine treats the whole person, not the disease.

Herbal Medicine supports the body's self-healing powers, by restoring balance and harmony.

Herbal Medicine offers not just relief from symptoms but an improved level of general health and vitality.

What happens at the first consultation?

Sue Goodwin - medical herbalistThis usually takes about an hour and a half, and together we look at your current health concerns, your medical and family history, your diet and lifestyle, general health, and mental and emotional influences. With your permission, I will make a short physical examination, that includes taking your pulse and blood pressure and looking at your tongue. I will also examine your irises, the coloured part of the eye, the markings of which provide further information about your constitution, hereditary influences and the functioning of the major organs. From this information I will make a diagnosis and devise a treatment plan, that will include herbal medicines, dietary and other recommendations that will aid your recovery. We will work together as partners on your healing journey, with the herbs to help us.

What happens at follow up appointments?

Follow up appointments last about 45 minutes and are arranged at suitable intervals (usually every three weeks initially) so we can discuss and assess your progress and make changes to your prescription as needed. Additional advice about diet and lifestyle may be given. As improvements are seen, the gap between visits can lengthen. For those needing long-term treatment, repeat prescriptions can be given.

The Medicines

Sue Goodwin - medical herbalistMy dispensary is home to more than a hundred different herbs, from Europe, North and South America, China and other exotic places.

The herbs I use are nearly all organically grown or wild crafted, from sustainable sources. I make some of my own tinctures, ointments and creams and buy only from reputable suppliers or other herbalists who make high quality tinctures. A system of quality control is in place.

I usually prescribe in the form of tinctures, which are alcohol-based preparations. For those who need to avoid alcohol, I prescribe in the form of teas or capsules.

I also prescribe flower remedies, syrups, lotions, essential oils, creams, ointments, tablets, capsules and herbal teas as needed.

Side effects and herb-drug interactions are rare when prescribed by a trained medical herbalist.

Length of treatment

Herbal Medicine can be effective within a short time for some conditions, but takes longer for those who have been ill a long time or those whose vital energy is depleted A rough guide is that a month's treatment will be needed for every year of illness. 

My Qualifications

I qualified as a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1983, after completing a four year training in clinical sciences, diagnosis, materia medica, herbal therapeutics and clinical practice. I adhere to the institute's professional code of ethics, have full insurance, and am in involved in on-going professional development.  

Links

National Institute of Medical Herbalists

 

"I have always had extremely painful and heavy periods, the herbal treatment from was the first time anything had helped them, they are now quite average with mild pain.

I was trying for a baby and was told by a fertility consultant that my eggs were not good quality and I was unlikely to get pregnant naturally. I believe that the herbs Sue gave me helped my body strengthen and I got pregnant and gave birth to a very healthy baby. BT

 

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