During your first consultation, I will take a detailed case history. As well as wanting to know all the details relating to the reason you have contacted me, I will need lots of background information, including the following:
Any medication you are taking
Past health problems
Family health history
Diet and lifestyle
I’ll also ask questions about specific body systems. For example, your digestive system and bowel function; cardiovascular and nervous systems including questions such as do you ever feel short of breath, have palpitations, high blood pressure, get unusually cold fingers and toes; reproductive system including, if you are a woman, detailed information about your menstrual cycle; your skin, sleep pattern, mood and emotional state.
At the end of the consultation I will discuss with you how I feel I can help, and answer any questions you might have. I typically see patients again two weeks after the first appointment, and then on a monthly basis, but this varies according to the individual and nature of the problem.
In between consultations I am available, via email and telephone, for support and advice.
I use plants mainly as concentrated liquid extracts. Sometimes I recommend dried herbs, which are used to make an infusion, or tea. I make up my own herbal creams, ointments and pessaries.
DIET AND LIFESTYLE
I also provide dietary and lifestyle advice, which is the bedrock of good health. If you are not eating well, exercising regularly to the best of your ability, managing stress in your life, and paying attention to rest and relaxation, it will impair the efficacy of herbal medicine. You need to support your body on every level to optimise its healing potential.
I only work with two or three people a day, at most, via Zoom. I like to give myself plenty of time to think about each person and what is going on with them, and also to consider which herbs to use.
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