Herbal medicine is a natural and convenient alternative to conventional medicine that works as a real solution to health problems (rather than just simply suppressing or controlling symptoms).
All that is required, is taking just 1 teaspoon of a specially personalised herbal formula, 3 times a day, to address particular health concerns.
THE BENEFITS OF HERBAL MEDICINE
WHAT IS HERBAL MEDICINE?
Western herbal medicine has a history of over 5000 years of use and efficacy. Essentially European in origin, a variety of Eastern, American and African plants are also now included.
Modern herbal medicine combines this long history of using plants to heal, together with comprehensive scientific research into the plants so as to understand how and why they work, with a thorough medical training.
Due to the complex constituents contained within each individual plant part, many different actions or effects are possible. This makes medicinal plants unique because they not only simply stimulate or suppress functions, but they are also able to be nutritive, restorative, tonifying, soothing, balancing and healing.
We believe that there is a perfect balance of constituents found naturally in healing plants to ensure absorption and utilisation within the body.
Herbalists use whole parts of plants in tea or tincture form and a unique combination of herbs is combined into an individual prescription to address the needs of the patient holistically at the time.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH HERBAL MEDICINE?
Herbal medicine can be used for almost any condition, whether it’s arisen recently (such as a cold) or is chronic (e.g. long standing back pain or I.B.S). It can be used alone or alongside conventional medicine and other therapies and is suitable for all ages.
An example of a range of conditions which can be treated with herbal medicine includes (but is not limited to the following):
Headaches & Migraines
Stress, Addiction, Anxiety & Mild Depression
Women’s health problems
Diseases associated with ageing and
Complex chronic conditions, (such as auto-immune conditions).
WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR CONSULTATION?
A first visit with me lasts for 90 minutes.
During this time I'll ask you many questions about your health; for example about the systems of the body, your diet and lifestyle, family history of similar health issues.
I'll also examine your pulse and tongue (using my traditional Chinese medicine training in diagnostics).
Some of these questions and investigations may not seem directly relevant to the issue that you’ve come to address. But they are actually crucial in providing a very comprehensive picture of your overall health – physical, mental and emotional, and indicate which factors may be unsuspectingly contributing to your central complaint.
At the end of the first consultation, you will be asked to wait while I create your prescription of a combined herb formula and create your personally formulated tincture.
If you prefer, you can also arrange for collection at a time that suits you from the reception at the Dublin Holistic Centre during opening hours. Herbs can be left for collection in Clontarf also at the pharmacist below the Clontarf Holistic Centre, again during their opening hours.
A follow up session if typically needed for severe/chronic conditions, (typically scheduled 3 weeks later), lasting approximately 45 minutes to an hour and will include a review of the health situation, individualised dietary and homecare holistic advice relevant to your health condition and the creation of a follow up bottle where required.
If you would like to find out whether herbal medicine can help you, you're welcome to phone for a no-obligation chat at 087 624 9555 or email Annehughes@live.ie.
Note - If you would like a combined Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine solution please let me know in advance. First sessions in this case take 2 hours (including your acupuncture session). It is often advisable however, if both are required, to have your herbal medication preparation taken in visit two. That was, I can differentiate between the results of the acupuncture session and those from your herbal remedy in the first instance.