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Herbal Medicine

medicinal herbs in the gardenHerbal Medicine is a safe, natural and highly effective form of treatment for health problems in both adults and children.
Although often described as an alternative treatment or a complementary therapy, Herbal medicine is actually the most widely practiced form of medicine today, with over 80% of the world’s population relying on herbs for health.

It is often noted that a significant proportion of orthodox western medicines were originally derived from herbal medicines, actually over 25% of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by GP's today are plant based!

The main differences between orthodox and herbal medicine is that orthodox medicine chemically reconstructs single elements within a plant, either by being individually extracted, or synthesised unnaturally in a laboratory.

Herbalists however, continue to adhere to the philosophy that the synergy of the whole plant, 'as nature intended', is more effective than any one of it's isolated constituents. The active component of the plant is balanced by these other constituents, which actually support the beneficial action and reduce any negative side effects.

All pharmaceutical drugs are only symptomatic, i.e. only treat symptoms  rather that treating the cause of the disease which every patient has experienced at some time in their life. Herbal medicine given time will get to the root cause of the problem which will lead not only to the elimination of symptoms but to the cure of the disease it's self.

Therefore, herbal medicines rarely produce unwanted side effects that can be caused by orthodox medicines, additionally in most cases herbal medicine can also work alongside orthodox medicines in a supportive role aswell,
also minimizing the harsh side effects that far to often accompany pharmaceuticals.

Today, the modern western medical herbalist combines the knowledge and wisdom gained from the traditional use of herbs, along with the latest scientific research to provide well-balanced, safe, effective healthcare and treatment for the patient.

We treat the cause not the symptoms.

Experienced medical herbalist Charles Powell, is trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors or your GP,
However, he takes a much more holistic approach to illness and disease, treating the whole person with the intention of addressing the underlying causes of the problem.

The aim is to find the underlying cause of the illness in order to identify and treat it rather than just the symptoms alone. This is because orthodox treatment and suppression of the symptoms via some isolated chemical extracts or
synthetic pharmaceutical drugs, does little more than to ease discomfort temporarily.

Where as Charles will search for the underlying cause in order to rid the body of the illness or disease it's self, through the use of carefully prescribed herbal medicines and may also include additional dietary and lifestyle changes depending on the patient.

As well as being a qualified Medical Herbalist (BSc Hons), Charles can provide invaluable knowledge through his training in Diet and Nutrition which is explicably linked to general health and wellbeing. Charles also studied Allergy Testing at the Institute of Allergy and Environmental Medicine and can also offer Alergy Testing for foods and chemicals if required.

Who can benefit from Herbal Medicine?

Patients of all ages, from infants to the the very elderly, can find benefit from herbal medicine. Those already receiving treatment from their doctor may also be helped, and are prescribed only herbs which do not adversely interact with other medication. If appropriate, and with the patient's consent, GP's or consultants are kept fully informed of the herbal regime.

Types of conditions treated in Herbal Medicine.

Many conditions will respond well to the range of herbal medicines available to the qualified practitioner. Herbal medicine is particularly suited to chronic conditions where the body's vitality has been sapped in one way or another.

Conditions which are typically treated by a medical herbalist include,

  • Allergies, Hayfever and Sinus Problems
  • Arthritis and Rheumatism
  • Asthma, Bronchitis & Lung Disease
  • Children's Health, Advice and Disorders
  • Coughs and Colds
  • Cystitis and Urinary Disorders
  • Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorders
  • Digestive and Bowel complaints
  • Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne and Skin Conditions
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Heart and Circulatory Disorders
  • High and Low Blood Pressure
  • Infections and Immune Deficiencies
  • Insomnia
  • Low Vitality and Energy
  • M.E. and Chronic Fatigue
  • Menopausal and Peri-menopausal Complaints
  • Natural Alternatives to HRT
  • PMS and Gynaecological Conditions
  • Pregnancy Health
  • Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Problems

Please note this is not an exhaustive list but rarther a comprehensive list of common conditions treated.

What to expect at your consultation

The Initial consultation lasts about one hour and includes taking a full medical history.
A physical examination will be carried out if necessary and an assessment of the condition will be given.
General advice on dispensing of the herbal treatment and advice on nutrition and lifestyle will also be included.
Subsequent Consultations will last for 45 minutes plus time for dispensing of medicine.
All herbal medicines and supplements are charged in addition to the consultation fee.

For many patients, their first visit to a medical herbalist can be a life changing experience and a chance to experience true healthcare. Your medical herbalist is a genuine, caring partner in health from the cradle to the third age. Many people come to appreciate the power of correctly prescribed, natural herbal medicines dispensed by a highly trained medical professional.

Patients are often amazed at the opportunity and time given to discussing their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing in depth, and the sense of freedom and empowerment it gives them.  Combined with the knowledge of an experienced healthcare partner the results speak for themselves.

Herbal Treatment and Prescriptions

Herbal medicines may be prescibed for internal or external use and are dispensed on the premises.
if appropriate, vitamins and/or mineral supplements may be advised along with personal appropriate nutritional advice.
Most medicines are dispensed as liquid alcohol and water based tinctures, additionally creams or lotions may also be prescribed along with dried herbs or Teas.

Each prescription is unique and will be tailor made to the individuals needs after the consultation.
The patient can then take the medication at home as advised by the herbalist.

Charles practices at various clinics around the UK,
please click on the links below or visit our Clinics Page for more information and to book an appointment.

Chelsea Natural Health Clinic (Chelsea London SW10)

Nottingham Road Clinic (Mansfield, Nottinghamshire)

Arnold Natural Health Centre (Arnold, Nottingham)

Hyde-Barker Health (Newark, Nottinghamshire)