Why see a practitioner of botanical medicine?

Modern bio medicine is awe-inspiring. Watching teams of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health practitioners, alongside the advanced technology that together save lives is a true triumph of scientific evolution. But Western bio-medicine isn’t perfect. Often, systemic monetary constraints get in the way of seeing a patient’s picture as truly holistic, and there just isn’t enough time to give patients the personal attention they need. Often people end up on a handful (or more) of pharmaceuticals that aren’t addressing the root cause of their illness. It can be hard to feel truly heard, as the short appointment times just don’t offer us the depth we need to explore our complex bodies.If there is one thing that all practitioners of botanical medicine could agree on, it is that we take the time to listen. Because we have longer sessions (1.5 hours on average) we can get an idea of your full picture, connecting the dots of physical symptoms, and linking them with emotions and wider environmental factors.

Botanical medicine is wonderful for:

  • Getting to the root cause of long-standing health issues
  • Maintaining a level of health (preventative healthcare)
  • Looking at the link between your emotions and your symptoms

Botanical medicine is holistic in the sense of connecting mind and body, but also in connecting the patient and their environment. In our modern world it has become difficult to spend time in nature and eat from the wild, but by ingesting the phytochemicals in our medicine we reclaim some of this connection. We look for ways to connect you back to the natural rhythms of sleep, food, and social connection, should these have been disrupted.

People often ask me what kind of conditions you can come to a herbalist for, and the answer is anything. Chronic or acute, emotional, spiritual or physical. If I sense that the case is beyond my scope I am trained to make referrals where necessary. Often, a useful role that a herbalist plays is preparing you for your visit to your GP, ensuring that you have the right questions ready to ask. After your GP visit we can help explain anything that was unclear, and help explain the implications of any test results (including blood work). Not only does this help you in understanding your condition, it also takes some pressure off the health system.

For me, there is no right or wrong medicine. Each type of medicine flourishes in different aspects, and when we are able to harness both, fully educated about our options, then we are looking towards truly dynamic healthcare system which is empowering for the  patient.