CLINIC OF HERBAL MEDICINE
Margaret Noonan,pharmaceutical analyst & medical herbalist
Enterprise Youghal, Office 6, St. Mary’s College, Emmet Place, Youghal, Co. Cork
For a personal consultation with Margaret Noonan please call 087 6417392
What is Herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine — also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine — refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine.
Advances in clinical research as well as improvements in analysis and quality control have led to a resurgence in interest in herbal medicine and have brought it back again to more mainstream use.
What happens in a personal consultation?
The first consultation will take a full history of the condition that the patient wants to treat. The herbalist will ask about the patient’s medical history, current lifestyle and other aspects of the patient’s health. Physical examinations are carried out where necessary and subsequent shorter consultations are arranged every 2 – 4 weeks initially to assess the progress of treatment.
How long does a consultation last?
The first consultation usually takes about one hour and subsequent consultations will be shorter depending on what is being treated.
How does the treatment work?
Every patient is given a treatment plan, uniquely tailored to the individual patient. The treatment plan includes detailed advice about diet, nutritional supplements and other helpful measures. The herbal prescription usually consists of a blend of herbs in the form of a tincture. In some cases other preparations such as tablets, teas or creams may be prescribed, but in all cases the medicines are convenient to take and require little or no preparation.
Are herbal remedies safe?
Herbal medicines have an excellent safety record in trained hands. When individually prescribed and combined by a trained medical herbalist they can be more deeply effective than over-the-counter remedies.
What Can Herbal Medicine Treat?
There are few health conditions in which herbal medicine cannot offer some help. Many from serious to mild can be treated by the proper use of herbal medicine.
Commonly treated conditions:
Digestive: e.g. Indigestion, ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndromes, reflux.
Respiratory: e.g. Asthma, coughs, colds, bronchitis, ear infections.
Hormonal: e.g. PMT, painful periods, menopause, thyroid and fertility problems.
Rheumatic: e.g. Gout, arthritis, painful joints.
Psychological & Emotional: e.g. Insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress and fatigue.
Skin: Eczema, Acne, Ance Rosacea
Allergies: e.g. Hay fever, Candida, food intolerances.
Immune System: e.g. reduced immunity, recurrent infections, fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue
Circulatory: e.g. High blood pressure, angina, varicose veins, high cholesterol.