| Who should see a herbalist?
The old ways of medicine are especially good at helping people with problems that are not getting better by themselves. Modern conventional medicine is good in a crisis and for accidents and emergencies but taking drugs long term often doesn't work so well when the core issue is that the body's natural, self-healing ability is being impaired and the person needs to increase their health and strength to start winning their own battles!
It is certainly wise and perfectly fair to ask a herbalist who you are thinking of seeing 'have you had positive experience treating... x, y or z'. If they have been in practice for a while, then they probably have seen people with the exact same kinds of problems you are experiencing and it is also quite likely that they have had positive experiences in helping those people. Herbs tend to work -- that's why we've kept keep using them... for millennia!
What to expect.
When someone comes to see me they need to allow a good hour for their first visit. The main thing I focus on at the beginning is what is troubling them the most right now. Then we go from there to fill in the picture of how it all started and what else has been happening.
I talk with people and I also talk with their bodies by listening to their pulse, looking at their tongue and analysing their blood (more about that below). Based on all this I work out what I call the first step - getting the right herbs to help that person shift what has been stuck. The second step is something they need to do or change right now to start dealing with the cause of what has been making them sick. It may only be a small change at the beginning but, when done right, these two steps start a process that has been seen to transform a great many people's health.
Just about everyone has to come back for a second visit, many need a third... some people need more support than others and there are no fixed protocols but, and this might seem strange, the truth is that I actually want people to need as few visits as possible and to have to take as little medicine away with them as possible! I say strange because you would think I was in business to get lots of repeat business and sell lots of herbs but I learned a long time ago that if I am purely and solely just there for healing then everything else takes care of itself -- and it does.
What has happened in the past often gives much insight into what is happening now. For many of us, our biography becomes our biology.
If you have detailed information to convey about your medical history, you are welcome to make some notes to bring to your appointment. If you have past medical reports or lab tests, you are welcome to bring them too.
Pulse and tongue diagnosis
Pulse and tongue diagnosis are an integral part of my diagnostic work-up.
All doctors of the past were herbalists and we had to figure out what was going on without lab tests. The arts of tongue and pulse diagnosis were at the forefront of every medical tradition – from the ancient Greek to the Chinese, Indian and Arabian traditions. They are just as valuable tools now as ever.
Live blood analysis
Live blood analysis is a particularly useful tool for getting an impression of the overall health of an individual.
It is not used to diagnose illness or disease but rather is an aid, similar to the tongue and the pulse, that helps us to better understand what is going on.
After swabbing the finger to remove any surface debris, a tiny sample of blood is virtually painlessly taken using a disposable device.
This sample is then gently applied to glass slides to ensure the cells receive minimal damage and we can see the blood as close to its natural state as possible.
A special, clear oil is then dropped onto the blood which enables 'immersion microscopy' to achieve extremely high magnifications of more than 1000x.
Blood is an ideal diagnostic medium. Every drop of blood is the same as all the other drops and looking at the blood whilst it is still live is a true 'window' into the body.
On the spot tests
There are several other procedures that can help fill in the picture when required. These include testing good vs. bad cholesterol levels, checking if there is any diabetes or clotting risk, reading blood-iron, sugar or uric acid levels, taking blood pressure, temperature, blood oxygen levels, hydrogen testing from the breath (useful for assessing bacterial overgrowth in the gut) and physical examination of the spine and abdomen.
We operate a fully stocked herbal dispensary as an integral part of our clinical practice. Most of the medicines are made on the premises starting from the highest grade raw dried herb material.
Herbal extracts are the dark, concentrated liquids that you take in drops or mls each day. Combining different extracts together enables a formula to be tailor made exactly for each patient.
The flavour of extracts can be much reduced by diluting the dose with a small amount of water (approx. 5-10 mls), swallowing it quickly and immediately following up with a small drink of water or other liquid.
Teas and decoctions
Teas and decoctions are also potent and proven ways to convey the medicinal benefits of herbs. A tea is soaked or ‘infused’ in boiled water and a decoction is simmered in boiling water. People get detailed instructions on how to prepare their tea or decoction if these are recommended.
Nutritional supplements are sometimes used for a specific time, particularly where there are clinical signs of a deficiency. Likewise, a few, selected herbal medicines can be used in pill form and in recent years we have developed a small range of herbal pills that give highly concentrated doses in a most convenient and economical method.
It is exceptionally rare for a person to get an 'adverse reaction' to a herb as you would commonly see with drugs but we commonly will see people experiencing a rapid change in their symptoms or the way their body is feeling after using herbs. We encourage our patients to contact the clinic if they have any concerns.
How much does it cost?
~ Clinic Fees
| ~ First appointment
|~ Follow-up visits
|~ Short appointments
~ Diagnostic Services:
|~ Microscopic blood analysis
|~ Haemoglobin (blood-iron levels)
|~ Uric acid
|~ Coagulation (clotting risk)
|~ Glycation (diabetes risk)
|~ Cholesterol panel
~ Prescription medicines
All prescription medicines are charged as per costs plus an ethical mark-up for our time in manufacturing, preparing etc. Wherever possible we obtain raw, organic and premium quality herbs that we then process into extracts, capsules etc. ourselves. This means that we can a) be 100% certain of the quality of our medicines and b) cut out all the usual middle-men and provide strong treatment programs at a greatly reduced cost to what they would be otherwise.
Fees need to be paid at the time of the appointment though we also accept payment by internet banking on the same day. Eftpos is available (including Visa and MasterCard credit cards),
We are open every week from Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5:30pm. Call Danielle to make an appointment or for any other general enquiries.
~ Phone: (03) 356-1118
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