The first visit is 1 hour. A full and confidential case history is taken, and note of any current medication. Diet and lifestyle advice may be given as well as a herbal prescription. Herbal medicine is usually in the form of a tincture, a tea or cream may be prescribed as well, and clear instructions are given on dosage. Subsequent visits are 30 minutes and arranged at 2-4 week intervals. The length of treatment varies according to the problem. Dramatic improvement may be seen in 2 weeks, while chronic conditions often take longer. There is always plenty of opportunity to have the treatment explained.
I have a degree in Botany from Manchester University, and 11 years experience working for the NHS as a Scientific Officer in Haematology. The use of plants as medicine fascinated me, and I studied Herbal Medicine for 4 years with the School of Phytotherapy. I qualified as a herbalist in 1996, and was invited to join the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). In 2004 I qualified as a Bowen therapist with the European College of Bowen Studies.
I am also a Buddhist (SGI-UK), and am actively involved in SGI activities promoting peace, culture and education.
A Sustainable Practice
I run my practice by sustainable methods, the herbs are grown as sustainable crops, and I recycle all materials used. The green issue is very important to our future.