HERBAL MEDICINE

Jitka Klimesova

BSc. (Hons), MNIMH

 info@herbatheka.com

www.herbatheka.com


My practice offers a holistic approach based on one to one consultations to treat common ailments and support your wellbeing. The treatment usually consists of bespoke herbal preparations for internal and/or topical use, supplements, dietary and lifestyle advice.


The first consultation will take between 1-1.5 hours, where the following areas will be discussed with the aim to establish the root causes of the concerns and best suitable treatment(s):

* present symptoms and complaints

* past medical history 

* prescribed and over-the-counter medications

* lifestyle and diet 

* clinical examination (if applicable) 

* referral and further tests (if applicable)

* management and treatment protocol 

 

Treatment protocol usually consists of the herbal tincture blend, which is a mix of carefully chosen individual herbs specific to your own needs (usually 2 weeks supply until the next follow up consultation). Other forms of herbal preparations such as teas, capsules or other supplements may also be indicated. If the requirement is a topical treatment this would be in the form of oils, creams or aromatic waters. Nutrition also plays a significant part of the treatment plan, therefore therapeutic dietary recommendations will be highlighted in your treatment protocol as well. 

Follow up consultations last 30mins, and the following will be discussed:

* review on presenting symptoms and its progress

* dietary adjustments 

* clinical examination (if applicable) 

* referral and further tests (if applicable)

* management and treatment protocol adjustments 

Treatment protocol will be reviewed and appropriate adjustments may be made according to the individual’s response to herbal preparations. 

 

The number of visits depends on the individual case. 


What is herbal medicine and whom is it for?

Herbal medicine (herbalism or phytotherapy) is an ancient complementary therapy and branch of a profession focusing on a holistic approach to improve one’s wellbeing, prevent disease and/or to treat ill-health. The holistic approach emphasises the uniqueness of an individual as a whole person by focusing on the physical and mental wellbeing, establishing the factors and underlying causes of the manifesting symptoms in order to support their own healing process. Qualified medical herbalists will provide respectful and non-judgemental assessment of one's needs and aims to offer the most suitable treatment options.  

 

In the past, herbalism was mostly based on the traditional use of plant remedies (so-called folk medicine) providing the foundations of allopathic medicine. However, contemporary herbalism is nowadays based on scientific evidence of the plants' complex chemical compounds — also known as phytoactive compounds, their properties and medicinal actions on human physiology and thus pathophysiology. 

 

Herbal preparations available include tinctures, which are liquid extracts of dry and/or fresh herb parts such as flowers, berries, leaves, stems or roots concentrated in precise ratios of water-alcohol solutions. Apart from tinctures we prescribe dry herbs in form of teas, powders, capsules and tablets, aromatic waters, topical creams, gels or balms.

 

Herbal medicine treatment can be used as an alternative to conventional treatment (if appropriate) or alongside it, and is suitable for all ages under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. In addition, herbal medicine complements other therapies such as acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, bodywork, nutritional therapy and many more. 

Herbal medicine is suitable for various chronic and recurrent conditions, and some acute conditions. Treatment response and it's effectiveness depend on the type of condition and the individual. 

 

Conditions that are effectively managed by herbal medicine include, but are not limited to: 

skin conditions such as eczema, acne, dermatitis 

gastrointestinal conditions such as constipation, IBS, Crohn’s disease

metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, thyroid dysfunctions, obesity   

cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, anaemia

musculoskeletal conditions such as CFS, pains, osteoarthritis  

neurological conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress, migraines 

respiratory conditions such as asthma, hay-fever

gynaecological conditions such as PCOS, PMS, fertility issues, menopause

autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, psoriasis, coeliac disease. 


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