Herbal medicine has been practised since ancient times and according to the World Health Organisation is still the most commonly used form of medicine across the globe. The healing power of plants was discovered by our ancestors through experimentation and observation and in recent times, science has allowed us to identify the chemical constituents within plants, providing us with a more advanced understanding of plant medicine and it‘s uses.
As we have always relied on plants for food and nourishment to sustain the body so we may think of herbal medicine in the same way. Herbal medicines are made from various plant materials including leaves, flowers, roots or berries and contain an array of phytochemicals. Many of these phytochemicals are strongly antimicrobial, help fight disease and boost the immune system. The aim of treatment is to establish the underlying cause of an illness rather than treating the symptoms alone and to rebalance and strengthen the system overall.
Medical herbalists undergo a rigorous four year training which includes diagnostic skills and 5oo hours of clinical training. They are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics, have full professional insurance and part-take in continuing professional development.
Herbal medicine be used effectively and safely to treat everyone including infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly. Most ailments whether short-term complaints or a long-term illness may be treated successfully with herbal medicine and dietary changes. Medical practitioners are increasingly referring patients who have chronic health problems that conventional medicine finds difficult to treat. Herbal medicine works very well alongside orthodox treatments, often by simply helping relieve physical and mental symptoms caused by illness.
Some of the conditions that may benefit:
|Skin||Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Fungal Infections|
|Respiratory||Coughs/Colds, Asthma, Hay Fever, Bronchitis, Sinusitis|
|Circulatory||High/Low Blood Pressure, Poor Circulation, Varicose Veins|
|Digestive||Indigestion, IBS, Crohns, Peptic Ulcers, Constipation|
|Gynaecological||Hormonal Imbalances including Irregular/Painful Menstruation, PMS, Menopausal Symptoms, Fibroids, Endometriosis.|
|Others||Migraine, Insomnia, Stress, Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune conditions, Prostate problems, Allergies & Food Intolerances, Urinary Tract Infections, Thrush, Low Energy.|
The first consultation takes between 60 and 75 minutes. A full case history is taken in order to build a complete picture of the person. This may also include a physical examination.
The second appointment usually follows within two weeks, with subsequent appointments occurring monthly or so - these should last about a half an hour. Prescriptions may be reassessed and adjusted at each visit.
A course of treatment may involve specific dietary and lifestyle advice as well as an individually designed prescription. Practical, comprehensive advice for healthy eating with daily and weekly menu plans is included. A supplementary nutrient programme may be required and is tailored to the individual.
Herbal medicines are mostly prescribed in the form of tinctures. These are alcohol-based extracts of medicinal plants which are taken in small doses in water. Herbs may be prescribed in other forms including teas, capsules or creams. These are of the highest quality and are made from organic fresh plant material wherever possible. A range of Biochemical and Functional tests are available to provide more accurate information on the presenting conditions.
The length of treatment depends on the individual and condition concerned. Acute complaints may respond quickly while chronic and long term complaints may require a longer period of treatment.
With the appropriate changes in diet and a personalized nutritional programme positive changes may be seen within the first two weeks. It is important to remember that herbs have a gradual, accumulative effect and work more slowly than conventional drugs generally however their long-term benefits are long-lasting.
Jennifer is a registered practitioner with Foresight - The Association for the Promotion of Preconceptual Care.
Foresight has put together a thoroughly researched preconception programme which addresses all the key infertility areas of concern in prospective parents. By improving natural health in both parents fertility is enhanced along with successful pregnancies. The preconceptual approach of Foresight can help with overcoming some of the issues in connection with conception, pregnancy & birth including Infertility, Low Sperm Count, Secondary Infertility, Miscarriage, Birth Defects, Low Birth Weight, Premature Birth, Post Partum Depression and Breast Feeding.
With the use of questionnaires, hair analysis and tests a programme tailored to your individual needs may be devised which will include advice on diet, nutrition, supplementation, and herbal medicines if necessary.
For more information on Foresight and how this programme may benefit you please follow the link: http://www.foresight-preconception.org.uk/.
I have been involved in the health industry for almost 20 years training initially as a Holistic massage therapist.
I completed my BSc Health Science: Herbal Medicine degree at the University of Westminster in London which included over 500 hours of clinical training. After qualifying I returning to practice in Ireland and subsequently undertook my training in Nutritional Therapy as I wanted to further my knowledge in nutrition and diet, experience proving that the two therapies naturally complemented each other.
By drawing on my extensive experience and knowledge I have been able to develope a range of innovative consultations and health care programs to suit your individual health care needs. This ensures you receive the highest level of health care and furthermore gets results.
I am a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the British Association for applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
I look forward to working with you!
|Jennifer Derham||BSc MSc NIMH CNHC|
Nutritional Therapist & Medical Herbalist
Fulham Health Clinic, Dr Jefferies and Partners
286 Munster Road
Jennifer presents information-packed evenings on the following health conditions:
and much more.