Herbal medicine is the most ancient form of medicine that uses plant materials, like leaves, barks, roots and flowers, to encourage body, mind and spirit regain health. Herbs can be taken in the forms of alcoholic tinctures, infusions, powders or capsules. Before being able to formulate a mix tailored to the person’s specific needs and constitution, an initial consultation looks at the person’s presenting symptoms and medical history. An energetic diagnosis is then performed using tongue, pulse and iris inspection. This helps me to assess the state of the body from a holistic point of view and match suitable herbs to the person’s unique constitution.
Iridology is a diagnostic tool that examines the pigments and structures present in the iris, the coloured part of the eye. Iris structure and colour is genetically influenced and is unique to the individual, in fact it is more reliable than fingerprints at assigning identity! I look at how fibres are arranged and what pigments are present, to see what organs might need support and where the strengths and weaknesses lie. Iridology is part of the herbal consultation and guides me towards a more personalised herbal formula.
I may incorporate naturopathic advice as part of the treatment plan. This might include therapy with Bach flower remedies, simple homeopathic remedies, Tissue Salts, nutritional advice and hydrotherapy. Naturopathy, or Nature Cure, is a healthcare system and way of life that looks for the root cause of disease, rather than focusing on the symptoms. The person is seen as a whole with their physical, mental and spiritual realms interlinked and working together to promote the body’s own healing potential.