This is a selection of testimonials from my patients. They are all in their own words. Some of the names have been changed at the request of the patients.
‘I Knew I had emotional issues to deal with and really appreciated Deanne’s understanding’
I approached Deanne after having digestive issues for several years – bloating, flatulence and irregular bowel movements – along with other health issues including an itchy scalp, stubborn weight retention, heavy periods, bad PMS, clotting and feeling generally drained every month.
I knew I had some emotional issues to deal with and really appreciated Deanne’s understanding and approach of treating the ‘whole person’ during our consultation.
After starting the herbal medicine, my symptoms gradually disappeared. Bowel function and digestion is now normal; my periods have returned to normal – no painful cramps and the clotting is pretty much nothing. I also can’t remember when my scalp was last itching, which feels amazing!
With Deanne’s guidance and insight, I began to really understand the impact of what’s thought of as a ‘normal’ diet, and ensuring the right lifestyle changes are implemented. It’s not always been easy to change this, but I’ve persevered and I feel so much lighter and easier in my body.
Thank you Deanne, I feel clearer and better than I have done for years!
‘Following a Chrons disease diagnosis, I spent over a year taking various prescription medication including steroids’
I was in a constant cycle of taking the medication to resolve the flair and then waiting for it to start all over again.
Deanne’s approach was totally refreshing. Together, we looked at the bigger picture, using herbal medication to support my body, initially in conjunction with the prescription meds. This allowed me to enter remission and reduce my prescription meds.
I am now completely free of prescription meds and feel so much better for it. It would be no exaggeration to say I feel ten years younger! I have more energy, I feel better and my Crohns is under control.
Deanne’s approach, supporting and advising me, as opposed to dictating, worked really well for me. We came up with a plan, and made lifestyle changes that worked for me. At the time of writing, I am gradually reducing my monthly herbal tincture, and feeling much better than I thought was possible” Ben Card
Herbal help for genital herpes
‘Deanne had been so supportive and insightful, gathering as much information as possible to inform her choice of herbal remedies to treat me for genital herpes. I am so happy it has worked, it’s given me my confidence back and made me feel good about my body again. I have been so impressed by Deanne’s knowledge of herbs and plants, she is magic!’
Thanks again for all your help Deanne. Emma Bea, 34
‘After three months, I finally got the positive pregnancy test result I had dreamed of for years!’
I honestly can’t thank Deanne enough for her expertise, guidance and kindness. When I first went to see her, my main concern was that I couldn’t seem to conceive. I was aware that was probably largely due to the fact that I needed to heal my body after years of stress, microscopic colitis, various medication, and sleep deprivation due to back pain. Not only was I given tailored herbal medicine, but also advice on diet, lifestyle and general wellbeing. This holistic approach was a huge contrast to my experience with my doctor and I felt really positive about making those changes. After a month, there were definite improvements in my digestive system, and after two months I really started noticing an improvement regarding the pain I was in at night. That has continued to improve. To top it all off, after three months, I was absolutely over the moon when I finally got the positive pregnancy test result I had dreamed of for years! And for that, I can’t put my gratitude into words. I recommend Deanne without hesitation, and will certainly turn to her in the future. Merrewyn Conlay, 33 years.
‘I honestly think coming to see you is the best thing I’ve ever decided to do. I actually feel like I have a life now. Not just trying to get through each day!’
Jenna came to see me after suffering with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – a severe form of premenstrual syndrome – since she was a teenager. Her symptoms, which lasted two out of every four weeks, included extreme anger, irritability, frustration, sadness and desperation. Her periods lasted 10 days with heavy bleeding, cramping and clots. Conventional treatment over the years had included the contraceptive pill, Merena coil and antidepressants. Jenna’s symptoms reduced steadily and she was able to reduce the amount of herbal medicine she was taking from the fifth month, and stop completely after seven months. This is what she wrote three months after that: “I’m free!!!! It’s just amazing. I never thought I’d see the end of it. Thank you doesn’t quite cut it! I honestly think coming to see you is the best thing I’ve ever decided to do. I actually feel like I have a life now. Not just trying to get through each day! I will be keeping hold of your number in case anything rears its ugly head again, but I’m not worried any more, now I know there is something out there that will help me. So glad I met you. And again, thank you so, so much!” Jenna Atkins, age 28
‘I went to see Deanne for help with digestive pain, migraine and immune dysfunction that are typical symptoms of ME/CFS.’
“I began to see Deanne about two years ago, with regard to my chronic health condition, ME/CFS, alongside other undiagnosed autoimmune conditions. I was especially asking for help with unpleasant symptoms of digestive pain, migraine and immune dysfunction that are typical with ME/CFS. Deanne saw me to begin with every five weeks, and I would tell her of any changes in symptoms. Deanne was very methodical in trying me, over a longish period, on different herbal mixes, sometimes just tweaking and changing one herb, to get the best possible results for me without side effects. (My sensitive gut means that some herbs are not possible for me.) Two years on, I am now on a repeat prescription which seems to work best for me. I have seen encouraging improvements over this time, principally with digestive pain, which has decreased considerably, and also the immune issues are less troublesome. Everyone is different and I try to work on other areas of my life also to get the best management that I can. Deanne has always been attentive to listening to me, in order to find the best way forward for me, and has been willing to go the extra mile at times in researching herbs for me to try.” Elaine Stammers, age 64
‘My prostate symptoms are more or less under control, without any of the side-effects I’d been experiencing with conventional medication.’
“Although my benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms were definitely eased by using conventional medication, I found the side effects quite debilitating. I am convinced that my sleep patterns were disrupted by the meds. Given that frequent night-time calls to the loo are one of the more obvious symptoms of an enlarged prostate, the last thing you need is a chemically-induced sleep disturbance. I am very happy to have switched to a herbal remedy. It took a little time working with Deanne to figure out the optimal maintenance dosage, but having done so, the prostate symptoms are more or less under control, and without any of the side effects. “ Richard Harrison, age 68
‘Blood test after blood test, doctor after doctor, it seemed no one had the answer. After my first appointment with Deanne, I walked out of the room with a feeling that no other medical professional had ever given me…hope.’
“Blood test after blood test, doctor after doctor, it seemed no one had the answer. At my wits’ end I decided to get in touch with Deanne. After my first appointment with her I walked out of the room with a feeling that no other medical professional had ever given me…hope. Deanne pays great attention to every last ailment within your body and really listens to what you and your body needs. She treats your body as a whole, taking a great deal of time examining possible underlying causes, rather than looking for a quick fix to mask your symptoms. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field of work and I would not hesitate to recommend her to others! Deanne has worked with me to successfully alleviate symptoms, boost my energy levels and most importantly, she has lifted my spirit! Thank you Deanne.” Jadine Hocking, age 21
‘I was diagnosed with breast cancer and secondary bone cancer… Two years on, using herbal medicine, change of diet, exercise and stress reduction, I am feeling fine.’
“I was diagnosed in 2014 with breast cancer and secondary bone cancer, with an estimated life expectation of five years. With conventional treatment, I was told I might gain an extra six months. I tried the medication for a few weeks and felt awful – not how I wanted to feel for the next five years and then die. I therefore decided not to take the drugs and go the alternative route using herbal medicine, change of diet, exercise and stress reduction. Two years on, I am feeling fine. Who knows the future?” Anne Gogan, age 68
‘After a course of herbal medicine and losing a small amount of weight, I do not now need medication for high blood pressure.’
“My blood pressure had increased to the extent that it was suggested I started to take (possibly permanently) conventional medication to reduce it. After an initial consultation with Deanne I had a herbal remedy for this instead. The situation has resolved itself after a course of the herbal medicine and losing a small amount of weight and I do not now need any medication at all.” Kathleen Dewar, age 65
‘After one month of herbal medicine, my hot flushes had reduced. After another couple of months, I wasn’t getting the night sweats and was sleeping well.’
“I started seeing Deanne due to hot flushes and night sweats, not sleeping well and feeling absolutely exhausted all the time. I’d also lost my libido. I am a really busy mum of three, with my own business, and just wasn’t able to cope. After one month of herbal medicine, my hot flushes had reduced. After another couple of months, I wasn’t really getting the night sweats any more and was sleeping well again. I’d still get the odd daytime hot flush, but could cope with this. Also my libido returned! After six months, I stopped taking the herbal medicine, but my symptoms returned, so I am now continuing to take it. Deanne has explained this may be necessary until I have gone through menopause, which can take a few years.” Christine Giles, age 45
‘I am still amazed at how quickly the herbs worked where nothing else had. Deanne’s diagnosis and treatment has made a massive difference to my health and quality of life.’
“Last winter, following a series of viral infections, flu and tonsillitis, I developed a sudden unexplained digestive problem, with nausea, diarrhoea, fever, bloating, vomiting and weight loss. Having suffered for several months without improvement, I was feeling completely worn out, and despite various blood tests and examinations my doctor could find no obvious explanation. I was booked in for a scan at the hospital, but with a long waiting list. In the meantime, I decided to see Deanne. I was immediately reassured by her calm, professional and informed approach: she took time to build up a clear picture of my symptoms in order to reach a diagnosis and prescribe an effective combination of herbs. Within days, these brought a noticeable improvement, and within weeks my gut was functioning as normal. I was able to cancel my hospital appointment and have felt fine ever since, for which I am grateful every day. I understand that problems with the gut are particularly receptive to herbal medicine as you ingest it and it goes straight to work, but I am still amazed at how quickly the herbs worked where nothing else had. Deanne’s diagnosis and treatment has made a massive difference to my health and quality of life. Whether or not you have encountered herbal medicine before, I would highly recommend consulting Deanne – she really knows her stuff!” Claire Jennings, age 39
‘I got in touch with Deanne as I had badly swollen ankles and lower legs. The medicine Deanne prescribed resolved the problem in a matter of days.’
“I was first put in touch with Deanne as I had badly swollen ankles and lower legs, which had been treated rather disdainfully by my local doctors’ practice. I found Deanne easy to talk to, and understanding of my concern. The medicine she prescribed resolved the problem in a matter of days. While we had been talking I had described the breathlessness and palpitations I had also been experiencing, and at Deanne’s suggestion asked for a blood test for my thyroid. This proved to be the trouble. I also discussed with Deanne my concern regarding Allendronic Acid, which I had been prescribed for my fairly severe osteoporosis, and with which I was not comfortable. At Deanne’s suggestion, and with my doctor’s agreement, I stopped taking this supplement. A year on, I feel much better and happier with the herbal medicine, and despite a couple of falls have not broken any bones in this time. Only a bone scan will show if there has been any change in the structure of my bones, but I am not due for one for another year. No matter what the outcome of a scan, I will continue to put my trust in Deanne as I prefer the more gentle approach and the lack of tiresome side effects.” Mary Price, age 85
‘Deanne’s knowledge and continual support, coupled with my own dedicated commitment to lifestyle changes, meant I was able to cancel my impending operation.’
“When I first visited Deanne, I had been dealing with some fairly problematic health challenges for which surgery appeared to be the only option open to me. However, after a series of appointments supported by a course of herbal medicine (tailored to my specific requirements), I found myself able to take back control of my own body. Her knowledge and continual support coupled with my own dedicated commitment to lifestyle changes, meant I was actually able to cancel the impending operation. Our sessions also gave me the opportunity to look at my overall health; it amazed me how often “random” concerns actually linked-up to form a bigger picture. I am immensely grateful to Deanne for helping me turn my life around and it is very reassuring to know she is still only ever a phone call or email away if I need her.” Melanie Mills, age 41
‘I have been on herbal medicine for 18 months, and it is proving incredibly effective. I use it to stabilise my mood, counteract my high blood pressure and improve my digestive system.’
“I have been on herbal medicine for 18 months, and it is proving incredibly effective. The great value of herbalism is that it is person specific, and far removed from an ‘off the shelf’ approach to health. I am using it for three reasons: to stabilise my mood; counteract my hypertension (high blood pressure); and improve my digestive system. It has supported me wonderfully through a year’s psychotherapy, and continues to support my process. Deanne herself, with her holistic approach, has been very supportive throughout this time. Our periodic meetings are therapeutic – I treasure both her medical wisdom, and her insight and empathy.” Ashan Stammers, 70 yrs
‘At times I am completely hay fever-free! I have sneezing fits and sore, itchy eyes once in a while, but really not a problem.’
After suffering for many years with hay fever, throughout spring and summer, Valerie decided to try herbal medicine for prevention of her very debilitating symptoms. When the pollen count was high, Valerie would have to stay indoors for a week or more unless she took medication. After taking a combination of locally sourced, anti-allergenic plants for a few months prior to the start of her hay fever season, Valerie was amazed to find her symptoms were much reduced. She followed the same herbal protocol the following year, and the results were the same. “At times, I am completely hay fever-free, and can even work in the garden. I have sneezing fits every once in a while, and sometimes sore, itchy eyes, but really, not a great deal of a problem. Hardly worth mentioning. All is very good.” Valerie Spargo, age 67
‘After just a few days of taking herbal medicine, my anxiety had lessened considerably and I began to feel much more relaxed.’
“I made the decision to seek out a medical herbalist when I developed high blood pressure and anxiety, due to some difficult circumstances I was experiencing at the time. During my first appointment, Deanne put me at ease while we talked about my physical, emotional and mental symptoms. At the end of a very comprehensive session, she made me a herbal mixture. After just a few days of taking this, my anxiety had lessened considerably and I began to feel much more relaxed. I returned for a further appointment during which my symptoms were once more thoroughly reviewed. I am very pleased with the results and I have not needed to resort to drugs of any kind, which was one of my primary goals. I wholeheartedly recommend Deanne for her professionalism, her ability to get to the root of a problem and her diagnostic skills. She will always be my first port of call if I need help in the future.” Cherry Williams, age 64
‘Deanne has transformed my mental health’
“I am severely schizophrenic and Deanne has transformed my mental health. I am now much happier! I am so grateful for the herbal medicine and the new lease of life Deanne has given me.” Emma Smith, age 36
‘I’m so pleased that I was able to use a natural source rather than a synthetic hormonal one’
“Making that initial appointment with Deanne was the best thing I could have done. Almost from week one, the general ‘fug’ I was in lifted. The depression and irritability, continual headaches and tender breasts I was experiencing, premenstrually, disappeared over the next few months. At each consultation, Deanne would assess how I was feeling, and sometimes change the herbs in my tincture. I also had regular email ‘check-ins’ in between consultations, which I found very supportive. I’m so pleased that I was able to use a natural source rather than a synthetic hormonal one to rebalance me in mind and body. Without wishing to sound dramatic, herbal medicine really turned my life around – and I think my partner and children would agree!” Rachel Rose, age 33