To be a safe practitioner, it is necessary to understand pathophysiology, phyto-chemistry of herbs, the emotional state of patients, herbs suited to particular medical conditions and herb interaction with pharmaceutical drugs.
My BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine degree was acquired in the United Kingdom, with training focussed heavily of differential diagnosis to thoroughly perform medical analysis of the patient condition.
I conduct consultations by taking blood pressure readings, pulse analysis, tongue analysis and deeper medical examination should that be required (eg., cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular skeletal, cranial nerves, abdominal examinations).
I focus on being holistic and a cost effective option for patients who visit my clinic, which can include young adults who have suffered with medical conditions for several years. I consult elderly individuals who receive free prescription medicine, but seek additional advice from me and pay for herbal medicine to improve their quality of life.
I still find that the public is generally unaware that Medical Herbalists exist in the UK, so I may make a point of performing face-to-face visits to neighbourhoods, to discuss the benefits of herbal medicine.
Over time, I have learnt practitioner skills from different herbal medicine traditions (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Unani/Tibb), to be an open-minded and a resourceful practitioner. I have a patient list from diverse ethnic groups, which thrives on trust in me.
People with skin problems, thyroid imbalance and chronic fatigue are particular welcome and due to my love for sport I am an Inter X Therapist. This additional skill set gives me another angle to treat joint pains and sport injuries using interactive neuro-stimulation technology, alongside herbal medicine.
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