Herbal Medicine

Practitioners of modern herbal medicine (phytotherapy) combine a knowledge of the traditional properties of medicinal plants, which has been passed down and developed through the generations, with a rigorous scientific approach. The vast body of research into medicinal plants and their effects on the human organism that has been built up over the past few decades provides definitive proof of the pharmacological properties of many herbal medicines – for example, the beneficial action of saw palmetto and nettle root in benign prostate problems.

This doesn’t mean, however, that high-quality plant extracts should simply be used as a kind of substitute pharmaceutical drug, aimed at a specific disease. Modern phytotherapists (who undergo several years of training at university level) are taught always to respect the unity and integrity of the individual patient, and to set any specific illness or disorder in its context, taking into account the patient’s overall physical condition, as well as his or her mental and emotional state, general lifestyle and environment. Experience shows that this thorough approach, although it takes time, gets much better results over the long term than a ‘quick fix’.

Thus, herbal medicine may be used for a wide range of disorders, including digestive, respiratory, nervous system and musculoskeletal problems, as well as gynaecological conditions such as PMS and menopausal issues. Read more about specific conditions treated at: https://www.modernherbalmedicine.co.uk/herbal-medicine.

A first consultation lasts up to 1 hour 30 minutes, and a follow-up 45 minutes to 1 hour. During the consultation we will look at the questionnaire that you have filled out beforehand, and explore in depth any physical, mental or emotional problems that you are experiencing, or that you have experienced in the course of your life. All this will allow me to produce a ‘timeline’ that reveals connections between apparently random or disparate symptoms, and to relate these to underlying imbalances in your ‘terrain’. As part of this process I will also carry out a physical examination, and will usually recommend certain blood tests, including those for a Biology of Functions. The timing and frequency of follow-up consultations will depend on the nature and the severity of the disorder.

The herbal medicines prescribed come in a number of different forms, but for the convenience of the patient I most frequently use fluid extracts and tablets, as well as essential oils dissolved in a suitable medium.

In addition to the above I also provide Buteyko Breathing Therapy click here for details

Meet the practitioner

Colin Nicholls BA DipPhyt MCPP MBBA