What happens at my first consultation?
Listening to you is the most important part of the treatment. Your first consultation normally takes between 40 mins and an hour. I will take a detailed health history, asking you about your current health and any medications you are taking. I will also ask about your medical and family history, emotional state, diet and lifestyle.
Routine examinations include blood pressure and taking your pulse. If felt necessary - and with your consent - I may perform a clinical examination.
I will design a tailor-made prescription for you and advise you about lifestyle and dietary changes which you can make.
Further appointments last approx. 30 mins and tend to occur 3-4 weeks apart.
Please bring any prescribed medications with you or if more convenient a list or packaging.
What form will me medicine take?
Herbal medicines are usually prescribed as tinctures, infusions or decoctions. Topical treatments include creams and ointments.
The most common form of herbal medicine is a tincture. Tinctures are alcohol-based preparations. Alcohol dissolves different constituents than water; therefore, by using both water and alcohol nearly all of the relevant constituents are extracted. Patients often find tinctures convenient to take.
Teas and capsules may also be used.