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A few answers to questions I've been asked...

What should I anticipate at a Reiki Treatment?

During a Reiki treatment session you remain fully clothed, you You will either be on a treatment couch or in a chair and it is advisable to wear comfortable clothing (you can bring clothes to change into if needed).

If I am working hands-on on your head/face area I will usually use a Tenugui towel (a soft cotton Japanese cloth) over your eye and brow area, the cloth promotes optimal relaxation and hygiene.

What sort of issue would a person go to a medical herbalist for?

A person may go to see a medical herbalist for many reasons, for acute (short-term), subacute (between short and long-term) and chronic (long-term) conditions. If you have specific questions about your unique situation please do contact me. I would be happy to book a short chat with you on the phone to see if herbal medicine may be able to support you at this time. If you then proceed with a herbal consultation, the initial herbal consultation process is very in-depth and provides a lot of information to a herbalist about which approach may be best for an individual patient. 

The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) have put together a lovely area on their site which explores this:

What should I anticipate at my first appointment?

Your initial herbal consultation involves an in-depth case history during which I will ask you a variety of questions from those about your health to diet, exercise, sleep and more. With your permission I may also conduct some non-invasive physical examinations such as checking your blood pressure, pulse and temperature, or feeling your tummy and listening to your lungs etc.

What does a Medical Herbalist learn about when they train?

Medical herbalists or phytotherapists learn a range of subjects during their studies. My course was a 3 year full time BSc Honours course at Middlesex University between 2005 and 2008.

During my degree I learned a variety of subjects such as:

  • Human and Clinical Sciences, Anatomy and Physiology

  • History of Herbal Medicine and Herbal Therapeutics

  • Pharmacognosy (Plant Sciences)

  • Materia Medica (Medicinal Herbs) and Herbal Safety

  • Clinical and Diagnotstic Skills

  • The Therapeutic Relationship and Holistic Body Massage

  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Management

  • Herbal Practice (Clinical Training)

  • Herbal Practice (Dispensary Training) 

How are the herbal medicines you use made?

That depends on the type of medicine and the supplier used.

Some herbalists use herbs that they have grown and prepared themselves, other herbalists us medicines that are produced by professional herbal suppliers.

I purchase from a variety of respected herbal medicine suppliers who have ethical practices and high standards of manufacture.

There are a variety of preparations from alcohol based tinctures through to powdered and dried herbs, creams, oils, pessaries and so on.

What sort of learning have you undertaken in women's wellbeing?

I have journeyed for many years with feminine centered wellbeing modalities. The trainings I have understaken have explored a variety of areas such as:

  • Female Anatomy and Physiology and the Endocrine System

  • Understanding of Womb Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

  • Menarche, Menstrual, Fertiltiy and Menopausal Journeys

  • Emotional Trauma and Wounds of the Womb-space

  • The Role of 'Life-force' Energy and Creativity

  • Breathing Techniques, Body Movement and Dance

  • Feminine Archetypes and Body Maps

  • Trauma Informed Awareness in Practice

  • Empowering Women in their Healing Journeys

  • Feminine Centered Space Holding

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