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  • The Flu
    Do you always seem to go down with something when the cold and damp winter approaches? Do you suffer from SAD (Seasonally Affected Disorder) when the dark evenings draw in?
  • Coping with pain
    There is no human alive who has not experienced some sort of pain or other, and coping with it depends on exactly which sort they have. Pain is nature's way of telling us something is wrong (no Brownie points for guessing that!), but without it we would ignore the broken wrist, the skin burn, the wonky hip etc. and carry on heedless of the consequential damage.
  • Some experiences of Cancer Patients
    It is not often that the subject of cancer is mentioned in publications by herbalists or any of the therapists who are outside the orthodox medical profession. The simple reason is that while it is illegal for us to treat cancer as a disease, we actually aim to treat the whole person who happens to have cancer, often with remarkably positive results. It still remains a charged subject and the 'C' word crops up almost as an attempt at denial. Is there anyone who doesn't know of someone suffering from this condition?
  • Digestive Problems In  Pregnancy
    Herbal medicine has much to offer in treating most of the discomforts of pregnancy. Every woman is wary of taking medicine during this time, but herbs have been used successfully since time began. Let's look at some of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy.
  • Herbal Potions
    Many of you who are interested in health matters will have been inundated by complicated diets, detox programmes and keep fit regimes ad nausium. Good luck with these, BUT having listened to my patients, they have asked for some really effective and totally natural remedies that they can do for themselves - much more fun!
  • Avoiding Hospital Bugs
    The best way to avoid hospital bugs is to avoid hospital, but occasions do arise when it is necessary. We Herbalists believe that many bugs (pathogens), only take hold when the soil is right for them to breed. That is, when the immune system is at a low ebb, or the different body functions such as the circulatory system are in a poor state due to lifestyle or hereditary factors. Infants and the elderly are particularly prone. So the stage where a hospital stay is inevitable usually means that the above factors are already present and the patient's health is depleted. However, even a healthy person can fall prey to MRSA if it is introduced directly into the bloodstream - see below.The much publicised MRSA stands for.
  • D E T O X
    What does it mean to detox? Most people know that it is a method of getting rid of toxins that have built up in the system, especially after overindulging in rich food and drink over the festive season, or eating stodgy food during the winter.
  • Berries
    "Berries?" I hear you say, and yes, we do use berries in herbalism. Look around you in this glorious autumn and spy rosehips, blackberries, sloes (from the blackthorn bush), raspberries, bilberries (find them on acid heathland), to name a few. Some, of course, are poisonous such as the Yew, Holly, Nightshade and yummy-looking Belladonna.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    More and more people these days are experiencing digestive problems, which can include a whole range of symptoms. Apart from constant indigestion and 'heartburn' there is bloating after and/or before meals, abdominal pains, grizzly tummy, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, flatulence (wind), and unpleasant spasms in the gut. The usual label for these complaints is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, (or IBS), but other indications are hiatus hernia, inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • IRIDOLOGY - A Diagnostic Technique
    Like most herbalists, I use a variety of methods to diagnose patients' problems - the usual ones being the same as a GP would use, such as monitoring blood pressure, urine analysis etc., but also looking at the nails, skin and the tongue can tell me all sorts of stories! Iridology is another method to add to the list which, surprisingly, not many people know much about.
  • Supplements - To take, or not take?
    Supplements have become a 'must have' addition to many people's shopping list. BUT, how essential are they to our wellbeing? How do we know whether we need them and if so, which ones to choose?