Herbal & Holistic medicine in the 21st century

Restoring the roots of wholeness with compassion and Nature's wisdom

Frequently Asked Questions

My Ethos

Whoever you are, whatever your issue may be; my role is to help you be who you want to be. There are no impossible circumstances; only new ways of possibility. 

I've helped thousands of people over the past two decades. Transforming their lives from existing to thriving. There is no magic wand, only you; and me helping you rediscover your life. It's time to ask yourself, "Who do you want to be?"

Everyone who works with me finds their own unique way to move beyond their stuff.

Whether it is a long term life issue, an embarassing itch or an emotional upset...

You no longer have to suffer in silence; or just live with it. You no longer are alone.

Imagine your life free from anxiety, stress or fear...

Consider your life blessed with peace, choice and opportunity; even for just a few moments.

Are you ready to create the next chapter in your life? 

 

How to find Herbal Spirit

 I currently work from The Holistic Room, NVCA Centre, 8 West Street, Rushden, Northants, NN10 0RT

 Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday by appointment only

 

Herbal Spirit also provides a mobile practice, on Tuesdays & Fridays. Telephone EFT sessions and Distant Reiki treatments are also available.  

The mobile practice is ideal for working with small children, those with mobility issues and for Corporate clients.

 All home and corporate visits require a minimum of 48 hours notice to book.

 

 

Herbal Spirit is based in Rushden, Northants and easily accessible from:

Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest and Bedford

Knuston, Irchester, Wollaston and Wellingborough

Higham Ferrers, Stanwick, Raunds and Thrapston

Irthlingborough, Finedon, Kettering and Corby

Northampton, Long Buckby and Daventry

Bozeat, Olney and Milton Keynes

 

What happens when you visit me as a Herbalist and Therapist?

As with other professional therapists, the first step is to contact me and ask any questions, book your first consultation with me and fill in a questionnaire prior to your first visit.

The questionnaire, which I normally send by email (or by post), before your consultation, allows you time to consider where you are in life, any current health concerns or symptoms, your overall lifestyle; as well as what you want to change or improve in life.

Your initial consultation will normally last up to 90 minutes; though for children this is commonly an hour. During this session, I will take a full medical and life case history by going through the questionnaire, recording any current medication, any medically diagnosed condition, past and pending operations as well as details of life experiences and habits. The first consultation allows you to explore any issues with diet, lifestyle, family medical history and emotional well-being.

Using these questions, examining your tongue and taking your pulse (when using herbal medicine especially) helps me to identify the root causes of any imbalance with health and lifestyle. I use the diagnostic methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as energetic tools to decide which herbs are best suited to you, your constitution and health conditions. The herbs that I work with can be native and peculiar to the UK and Europe, as well as originating from China and the Americas.

However, any conventional pharmaceutical prescription, vitamins and supplements you take have to be taken into consideration to determine any potential herb-drug interactions; before deciding what herbal prescription is suitable for you.

 

I recommend a unique treatment strategy which can include a personalised herbal prescription, relaxation techniques, dietary suggestions and lifestyle changes.

Good communication between us, as Herbalist/Therapist and patient/client is essential. Whenever any holistic treatment is received, it is advised that you inform your GP or doctor. Normally with your consent, I inform your doctor that I am treating you (especially when we work with herbal medicine); unless you prefer your doctor not to be contacted. Though it is important to remember that only a medically qualified doctor can legally diagnose a medical condition. On occasion, you will be advised to seek additional advice or treatments from other therapists or your GP.

  

What is Herbal medicine?

"Herbal medicine is among the most ancient forms of treatment known and the medicinal use of plants is common to all cultures and peoples of the world. The Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, dating back to 1500 BCE, describes more than 700 herbal remedies including Aloes, Caraway seeds, Castor oil and Squill. A medical manuscript, Wu Shi Er Ming Fang, dating from 2nd century BCE listing some 224 herbal medicines was discovered in 1973 in a tomb at Ma Huang Dui in Hunan Province, China. The Atharva Veda dating from about 1200 BCE is recognised as a major source book laying down the precepts of Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine from India. There was significant exchange of herbal knowledge in the ancient world. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was tutored by Egyptian priest doctors. Dioscorides, a Greek doctor attached to the Roman armies of Claudius and Nero, compiled ancient and contemporary herbal knowledge in his famous herbal De Materia Medica that for more than thirteen centuries remained one of the principle medical textbooks throughout the civilised world. The Greek herbal achieved its final form in the work of Claudius Galen who was physician to the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius.

The medicine of medieval Europe was significantly advanced by herbal skills brought back to Europe by the Crusaders who learnt their medicine from their Arab adversaries who had themselves synthesised the knowledge of ancient Greek and Persian medicine. For many centuries plant remedies were the main medicines used to treat disease throughout Europe and many famous herbals were published in English in the 16th and 17th centuries. Some, like those of Culpepper and Gerard, are still well known today. However, with the dawn of the scientific age came the slow decline of plant-based medicine accelerated by the widespread introduction in the eighteenth century of minerals and metal-based remedies into medicine such as arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, copper, tin and gold. With the discovery of antibiotics, corticosteroids and other major modern drugs, the vast majority of herbal remedies used by doctors for many centuries became relegated to mere footnotes in the official pharmacopoeias. They remained however the remedies of choice of UK herbalists of all traditions." EHTPA website  

                                  Panax Ginseng Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

 

Is Herbal medicine safe?

In the right hands, herbal medicine is safe. Herbalists use whole plant materials when producing an herbal prescription, retaining the herbs natural balance, maximising the healing potential of the plant(s) used and making it easier for the body to use. Using the whole plant minimises the possibility of side-effects, which occur with misuse of herbal medicine or with personal sensitivity to plant constituents. Unless indicated, most mild herbs are of equivalent toxicity to most common foods. Just as certain individuals may have reactions to certain foods; so a small proportion of people will react adversely to some herbs (however, this is rare).

It is important to realise that many modern pharmaceutical drugs (at least 50%) originate from isolated plant extracts that are commonly synthesised in the laboratory. Both herbal medicines and modern pharmaceuticals have a part to play in your healthcare choices. When professionally practiced, herbal medicine is much more than replacing drugs with herbs; it aims to provide you the patient with the best choices to balance and restore your health.

 

How long will it take for my Herbal Prescription to work? 

Unlike conventional medicine, no herbal prescription that you are given will be a magic bullet; however it will be unique to you and your needs. How long it takes for your herbal medicine to rebalance your health really is up to you. This is my professional and personal answer; and I'll explain why.

It depends on two main significant factors - your age and how long you have been unwell.

Let's imagine you're represented by a candle at the beginning of life, it doesn't matter what colour or shape you are; you are full of energy and shining bright. As we go through the challenges and joys of life, the candle burns down, depending on how intensely we want to shine will depend how quickly your candle burns.

Naturally babies, children and young adults (usually) have more energy than adults and the elderly; which is why younger people respond to pathogens and the environment quicker than adults. Therefore, they get unwell quicker and then become well quicker with the right care and support (whether herbally or pharmaceutically). Adults, whether they are parents, workaholic executives or the elderly tend to have less energy than the younger generation. Eventhough they may be more resilient to poor health, adults take longer to change and become well. The older generations tend to develop more complex, chronic conditions which take longer to treat. So, if you are in your 50s it may take you longer to recover than a person in their teens (in theory).

Illness and poor health should not be seen as a punishment; it should be perceived as a lesson and blessing in disguise. If we pay attention to ourselves individually as well as our family and friends needs, our jobs, homes and bank balances; then we are more likely to be more proactive when it comes to health and well-being. Though the majority of adults do not pay attention, or choose not to, or wait until it's worth bothering their doctor with. Health and life is about balance, so when we ignore the physical and emotional signals we give to ourselves; we manifest poor, imbalanced health. 

With any health condition, the rule of thumb according to Constantine Hering's Law of Cure is "For every year that a condition has created poor health, it will require a month of holistic treatment." This will be modified by a patient's age, diet, lifestyle and environment they live within physically and emotionally. Herbal medicine or any other holistic therapy you choose to work with or receive are catalysts; whether you allow you to become better is always your choice.

 

How to know the Herbalist is qualified? 

Contemporary professional Herbalists all receive extensive training, and complete at least 3 years of intensive study, which includes supervised clinical training, pathology of disease and human physiology; before they qualify as a Herbalist. They also study botany, pharmacology, herbal therapeutics and clinical methods. Once qualified, continuous professional development (CPD) becomes a part of every professional herbalist's practice and development. All herbalists adhere to a professional code of ethics and conduct. Different practitioners will use varying methods of diagnosis according to their herbal tradition e.g. examining the tongue, palpating the pulses or using iridology to examine the eye.

Qualified, professional herbalists are found amongst several professional bodies in the UK. These include the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners (URHP), the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the Association of Master Herbalists (AMH) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).

Though you will also find independent Herbalists (such as me) working in your Community. I stepped away from my Professional Association to distance my Herbal practice from its political opinion.

 

 

 

What are Reiki & Seichem?

Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEY), which is connected with the earth element, was rediscovered in Japan in the late nineteenth century by Dr Mikao Usui and it is taught through initiation. Reiki energy can be experienced as hot or cold, just like the surface of the planet. It can be benefit physical, mental and emotional health; and it grounds the other Seichem (pronounced SAY-KEM) energies. Seichem healing vibrations are Sakara, Sophi-el and Angeliclight, which correspond to the fire, water and air/angelic energies respectively. These were rediscovered in the late twentieth century and are also taught through initiation as part of the RASA professional association. Many members of RASA, myself included, were part of the Tera-Mai professional association.

The Tera-Mai self-development and healing system was developed by Kathleen Milner (USA) and it includes hands-on healing and distant or absent treatment that works on the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Depending on the healing energy that is channelled through the Reiki and Seichem practitioner by the healee, the healing energy is experienced as hot, cold, tingling, wave-like or a gentle breeze; it balances the energies on all levels. It is based upon an ancient healing system that dates back at least 2500 years; that involves channelling spiritual energy. Reiki & Seichem are simple, yet effective forms of channelled healing that use all four elemental vibrations or energies.

 

 

 

Meridian Therapies - a brief history

Meridian Therapies (which includes EFT™) are simple, yet sometimes profound healing techniques. The main principle is that emotional and physical issues are associated with blocks or disturbances in the body's energy (or Qi) flow. In a similar way to Acupressure, the blocks can be released by tapping or lightly massaging, selected points of the body while focussing your mind on the issue. Meridian Therapies (and EFT™) are more psychologically based than Acupressure (Shiatsu) or Acupuncture.

Clients are taught to tap their acupoints, using key phrases or affirmations to focus their minds. This gives the person an opportunity to re-wire (or harmonise) the brain's neurology and shift their perspective of the issue or memory. The change can often be dramatic, leaving most people more relaxed, even smiling; and with new insights into the situation that has been troubling them. Meridian therapies are sometimes referred to as Energy psychology or Meridian-based Psychotherapy. These are umbrella terms for various techniques developed by different people such as Emotional Freedom Techniques™ (EFT™), Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Be Set Free Fast (BSFF).

The principles behind Meridian Therapies and EFT™ were discovered by Dr Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist of more than 40 years experience, who had made it his life’s work to find a way to cure people of unfounded fears, phobias and anxieties. Being a thorough and true explorer, he left no stone unturned, discovering some techniques by combining standard psychology, hypnotherapy and acupressure which revealed significant results with his patients. He called his discovery Thought Field Therapy (TFT), on the grounds that thoughts related to the energy field in the body-mind, and that changing this energy field by tapping on meridian points could release negative or imbalanced emotions rapidly and easily. Dr Callahan refined and researched his method, and today TFT and many of its descendants is the subject of serious scientific study and have already gained widespread acceptance.

Gary Craig, one of Dr Callahan’s students came up with the brilliant idea to tap all of the meridian points in a sequence; so whichever point or points were the correct ones, they would be covered by default. He created a technique that everyone can learn to use very easily and quickly. This streamlined technique is known as Emotional Freedom Techniques™ (or EFT™).

 

Changes in legislation are the reasons you find disclaimers on this website. The majority of people who choose to use any of my services are aware of what they are requesting help and guidance for. If there are any questions that they have I answer them to the best of my ability; or refer them to the relevant people who can. Most people wouldn't consult an IT consultant for their plumbing to be fixed would they? So if you have medical or legal concerns, I will suggest that you speak with the relevant professionals. In a more open-minded society, I would hope that a doctor would refer herbal questions or complementary queries to me or other professional therapists; we can live in hope.