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 Why bother with herbal medicine at all…..?

 

How many times have you sat in the GPs consultation room and thought:

“are you actually listening to me? “

or “why haven`t you examined me?”

or ” how more minutes have I got before you turf me out?”  

 

That is if you are able to get an appointment at all of course. I have worked within the NHS for many years and I understand that it is stretched to it`s limits – it is literally bursting at the seams. There is no denying that it has its place in healthcare. however there is an argument for saving the resources for those suffering with life threatening conditions.

But you may question – why should I pay to see a herbalist when I can see a GP for free?”

In today s fast paced stressful world“is there really time to be bothering with bottles of tinctures or herbal teas?”

We`ve all heard  the holistic mantra, lets treat the entire person not just the disease “but is there actually any merit to it?”

 


Is it time to start investing in your health?

The short answer is YES – the symptoms below are an indication that something is missing within your health care. Whether this has something to do with your diet, or your stress levels, or lack of fitness, or genetics, or environment; it is my role to delve into your lifestyle choices and coach you on optimal self care.

Of course added to this I will be prescribing the herbs necessary to affect this change and aiding your body to heal itself.

Anxiety, acne, depression, menopause, period pain, infertility, insomnia, weight loss, stress, adrenal fatigue, eczema, chilblains, asthma, allergies, colic, headaches, hot flushes, hypothyroid, high cholesterol, diabetes, prostate enlargement, arthritis, sciatica, IBS, cramps, coughs, colds, cystitis, PCOS

These are some of the conditions which have been presented to me over the years…… If you can recognise yourself in any of these conditions and would like some help – contact me for more information.

 

anxiety, acne, depression, menopause, period pain, infertility, insomnia, weight loss, stress, adrenal fatigue, eczema, chilblains, asthma, allergies, colic, headaches, hot flushes, hypothyroid, high cholesterol, diabetes, prostate enlargement, arthritis, sciatica, IBS, cramps, coughs, colds, cystitis, PCOS

 

 

 


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After having a discussion on the preventative benefits of Cinnamon on blood sugar and cholesterol levels, – I thought I would have a look for some solid evidence.

The most relevant recent review is at http://www.annfammed.org/content/11/5/452.full

In this review 10 trials (total of 542 patients) were analysed  and  the conclusion  was drawn that “Based on currently available literature, cinnamon may have a beneficial effect on fasting plasma glucose, LDL-C, HDL-C, and triglyceride levels in patients with type 2 diabetes” and if it works for them why not as a preventative for everyone.

There are a number of issues relating to research into cinnamon as pointed out in the limitations in the review – firstly there are a many varieties of cinnamon some seem to be more active medicinally than others. I tried to establish which variety are available in the spice section in UK, only Schwartz state in their blurb that it is the Cassia variety which unfortunately is the cheapest but the least active medicinally – the cynic in me thinks that the others available will be the same.

The most active medicinally is the Ceylon variety or Cinnamonium zeylandicum so if possible try and source this type.

Secondly dosage is an issue – it s estimated that you should use about half a teaspoon a day to achieve maximum results, this could prove tricky if you are not able to tolerate the taste but personal experience is to start small and work your way up, you will soon be at that dose.

Thirdly it is unable to establish how long to treat patients for, however as it is a preventative why not use it continuously or perhaps at a lower dose.

Interesting reading and as there are little reports about side effects etc – why not start including about half a teaspoon of cinnamon in your daily diet.

Add it to cereal, oats, fruit salad, yoghurt, smoothies or curries. Or visit your local herbalist of course – they could prescribe it as a tincture or a capsule at optimum dosage.


If anything it is certainly less controversial than statins….

Remember do not stop taking medication without first consulting your health care provider for further advice!