Herbal Treatment

I see clients with a wide range of complaints who wish to use herbs as an alternative to, or complementary to, medical drugs, at my practice in Santa Eulària des Riu, Ibiza. Consultations can also take place via Skype for those who live too far away, or who cannot come to the practice for whatever reason. Contact me to book an appointment, either at the practice or online.

Herbs as medicine

Herbs, along with massage, must surely be the one of the oldest forms of medicines used by human beings. Herbal medicine is very effective and certainly remains relevant today.

Rosmary. Illustration from A Modern Herbal by M. Grieve (1931).

How herbs are used

Herbs may used in various kinds of preparations both internally and externally. Herbs can be used in two different ways:

  • To treat symptoms or conditions. This is similar to conventional medical practice except that herbs are used instead of pharmaceutical drugs.
  • To treat the underlying physiological imbalances which in the long term have predisposed to the symptoms or condition. The sum of these imbalances is sometimes referred to in herbal medicine as the “constitution”. My understanding of this takes insights from the systems of traditional medicine of India, China and ancient Greece.

In practice, the best approach is to do both. Thus, I will typically prescribe the fewest herbs necessary to treat:

  • The main symptom.
  • Other related symptoms.
  • The constitution.

Herbs are entirely complementary to other modalities of natural healing such acupuncture or osteopathy, and are best used in conjunction with dietary or lifestyle changes. Remember that if you do not change the things that caused the problem to arise, it will not go away, and if it does it will recur!

What can be treated with herbs?

The range of conditions which can be effectively treated with herbs is wide, and the number for which herbs may make a useful contribution is wider. Please contact me to find out if I can help with your ailment.

Herbal medicine is not homeopathy

Herbal medicine uses substantial doses of herbal material. Homeopathy is a completely different treatment, using highly diluted material that has undergone a special process said to make it more “potent”. I do not practice homeopathy.

Safety first

It is important that I gain a complete picture of your medical history before prescribing herbs. Some herbs are contraindicated in certain conditions, and many herbs may interfere with certain kinds of medications. Thus, at your interview I will ask you about your any illnesses that you have and the medicines that you are taking.