Is herbal medicine safe?

If treated with respect and used properly, it is very safe. It is unusual for there to be any unwanted side-effects with prescribed herbal medicine.
Qualified herbalists are trained in the safe use of herbs.  When preparing your prescription, herbalists consider your own unique health circumstances, any drugs you are currently being prescribed plus all the latest safety data on the herbs in your prescription.  The level of training and consideration given to our patients mean that medical herbalists have an excellent safety record.

Note. If in doubt about any herbal medicine, always consult a qualified Medical Herbalist.

How long is a course of treatment?

Depends entirely on the individual. Two people with the same sort of complaint could need herbal medicine for very different lengths of time. Factors that influence this include the person’s health backgound and the severity and length of illness. The aim is always to restore health so that herbal medicine is no longer needed, rather than having treatment to just to control symptoms.

Can I take herbal medicine if I’m taking medicine prescribed by my doctor?

Yes. Very rarely is herbal medicine not advised for this reason. Some herbs cannot be taken at the same time as certain drugs, but such herbs can be avoided and other ones used instead. This is a very good reason for seeking treatment from a properly qualified medical herbalist.

Is herbal medicine suitable for everyone?

Yes, if used properly, including babies and pregnant women. Children can respond particularly well to herbal medicine.