Chinese Herbal Medicine
We often recommend Chinese Herbs for women with fertility and gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, irregular menstrual cycle and heavy or very painful periods. Chinese herbs are very useful for women with short and light periods and for women over 35 who are trying to conceive. They can help in cases of sub-clinical hypothyroid and low progesterone or oestrogen.
All of the herbs have been used for centuries in China and the surrounding countries, and today we base our therapy in that traditional knowledge. It is important that you are treated by a practitioner who has trained to a high standard, is a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) and complies with the UK laws. These laws have banned the use of ingredients which come from endangered animals or minerals. Chinese Herbal Medicine is never given alongside IVF or hormonal medication. All our patients stop taking herbs before they take their first IVF drug.
Our nutritionist can assist you to find the best dietary regime for your needs and your personality. Jane uses natural products such as sea vegetables and healing foods as well as supplementation from the best quality products. Nutritional therapy looks at allergies and intolerances as well as helping you build up vitamin and mineral reserves though an improved diet. We are not as much interested in what to cut out as in what to add in! We see this as positive nutrition.
Western Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. The medicine given to patients are made exclusively of plants, many of which are native to Britain and which have been in use for many thousands of years.
Members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) are trained in the philosophy, priniciples and practice of herbal medicine and medical science over as number of years. Herbalists try to establish the root cause of your health problem by looking at current health issues, previous medical and family history, medications, diet and lifestyle. This helps the herbalist to treat you as an individual person rather than a collection of symptoms. The ultimate aim is support the body's innate ability to correct imbalances and to heal itself through the safe and appropriate use of herbs.
Your herbal medicine will be individually formulated to match your unique requirements. This normally takes the form of a liquid medicine blended from herbal tincures, but could also be a cream, lotion, tea or nutritional supplements if these are appropriate for your treatment. Herbalists may also make dietary recommendations, request further investigations from your GP or suggest lifestyle changes.