Lloyd Gee, Natural Health Practice
Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is the oldest and most widespread medicine in the world and has stood the test of time. There are some herbs which we know have been used effectively for particular conditions for over 2000 years and modern science and herbal practice is always finding new uses for medicinal plants. 

Herbal practitioners today has the benefit of the wealth of experience of our predecessors as well as evidence from huge amounts of scientific and medical research. We also have access to herbs from all over the world and to knowledge from other herbal traditions - particularly from the Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic systems. Herbal Medicine uses roots, leaves, bark and flowers of whole plants. These plants contain active constituents that balance the organs as well as many supportive nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements which are an essential and synergistic part of the treatment.

Though gentle on the body, their actions can still be powerful, but with very few side effects. Almost half of pharmaceutical drugs currently being produced were derived through plants. However chemical compounds from the plants are then used in isolation and often synthesised. Without the gentle and moderating effects of the supportive nutrients mentioned above, these drugs can be harsh on the body with many side effects. Herbalists aim to support the whole person and the root imbalance, not just the symptoms.

Calendula - herbal medicine
Professional Membership
URHP Unified Register of herbal Practitioners
I am a member of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners which works to regulatory standards of the European Herbal and Traditional Practitioners Association.
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Is herbal medicine safe?
Echinacea Herbal Medicine
Both herbal medicine and naturopathy when practised by qualified practitioners have an excellent safety record. There has been some negative press particularly with Chinese herbs. The cases have been either imported products that have been adulterated with drugs or the use of toxic herbs that have been banned. There are unfortunately some unscrupulous so-called herbalists, but any that are members of herbal professional bodies will work to strict safety and quality standards.

What is the difference between Chinese and Western Herbalism?
Chines herbal medicine pulse taking
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the practitioner looks for imbalances in the body using pulse, tongue and other methods of diagnosis. The consultation is usually quite quick and often standard or patent formulas are used. In Western herbalism, most practitioners take a detailed full case history and then make up a formula using a variety of herbs - often including Chinese and Indian herbs as well as Western. I do a detailed consultation, but also use TCM methods to create a formula that address imbalances from both a Western and Chinese perspective.
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