There are very few conditions, either acute or chronic, which cannot be helped by herbal medicine either as a primary treatment or in conjunction with conventional medicine or other treatments and is especially useful in chronic illness. To name but a few conditions commonly treated with herbs :
- Circulatory : high blood pressure, fatigue, varicose veins, poor circulation
- Rheumatic : aches and pains, sciatica
- Digestive: indigestion, ulcers, IBS, candida, constipation, diarrhoea
- Skin : eczema, dermatitis, acne
- Hormonal : menstrual, menopausal, thyroid, infertility, pregnancy
- Urinary : infections, cystitis
- Emotional : insomnia, anxiety, depression, palpitations
- Respiratory : coughs, colds, asthma, sinusitis
- Allergies : immune deficiencies
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As a general practitioner Julia works with women experiencing difficulty with some symptoms around the menopause, and sees the effect menopause can have upon women’s physical, mental and emotional health; and how this in turn can impact upon their ability to deal with daily life, their relationships with family and friends, and their work. All these aspects need to be considered when using herbs to promote healing.
Woman’s suffering tends to be internalised, leading to loss of self-esteem, and a decreased feeling of general well-being which can then result in low energy, guilt and depression.
Better understanding our cycles enables us to be in touch with ourselves and remind us how our emotional landscape and energy levels are affected by physical changes.
Many plants can have a positive effect on the woman’s cycle and herbs have always been important as a woman’s way of healing.
It is important that the treatment is safe and free from side-effects in the long term and that any underlying causes of the discomfort are explored.
By providing a safe and nurturing space, we will identify and explore herbal options and strategies which will enable you to make choices appropriate to you health and natural ways of dealing with symptoms of menopause.
“Menopause affects millions of women, and its symptoms can severely upset a woman’s day to day life.” Professor Mark Baker, Centre for Clinical Practice Director at NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence).
"Around 80% of women experience some symptoms, which typically continue for around 4 years after the last period. But for around 10% of women, symptoms can last for up to 12 years. These symptoms range from hot flushes and vaginal dryness to long-term conditions including osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. A recently opened public consultation on the diagnosis and management of menopause by NICE stated that “The effects of menopause are often misunderstood and underestimated… When women seek medical help for their symptoms, there is considerable variation in what is offered to them…(and recommends) tests (that) can be used to diagnose menopause, and advice on offering holistic, individualised care that takes into account the woman’s symptoms and preferences.” NICE 1/6/15.
How herbs have helped me!
“My hot flushes disappeared over night I couldn’t believe it”
"The herbs made such a difference to my night sweats they went in 4 days I feel more energized now I’m not waking at night and not so irritable”
“I am a nurse and was suffering with menopause symptoms I could not take HRT because of headaches and a clotting disorder so had to find an alternative. A friend recommended Julia she really helped me with both problems. I don’t have any headaches or night sweets any more and have loads more energy.”
“I came to see Julia at a time when I felt I'd tried every avenue to address my early menopause symptoms and was exhausted, weepy and ungrounded. I have now been seeing her regularly for about 3 years. Over this time, I've felt incredibly lucky to have met her, not only for her wealth of medicinal herbal knowledge, but also her hugely positive and 'big picture' outlook. I've found her insight into the plant world an invaluable ally and have noticed my health and well being steadily improve over this time. I always look forward to seeing her and trust her knowledge implicitly. Combining herbal tinctures alongside massage has been a fantastic and nourishing way to get to the bottom of what I (my body and being) really needed.”
I am a qualified ITEC masseur in holistic massage with 20 years experience. I use a wide variety of techniques many of which have their roots in the Swedish system. I also use massage as part of my treatment when using herbal medicine and giving nutritional advice.
Massage can be defined as the systematic and manual manipulation of the body's soft tissue for therapeutic purposes promoting relaxation, health and well-being. A typical full-body massage session lasts for about one hour.
On the first visit clients may be asked a number of questions concerning general well-being, medical conditions and injuries that the therapist should know about, in order to determine if there are any contra-indications (physical conditions that would prohibit or limit a massage treatment).
Here are a number of benefits of massage:
- Massage can help improve joint mobility
- It helps to break down scar tissue and decrease inflammation and in so doing help to restore the range of motion to stiff joints.
- Massage can improve muscle tone, elasticity and balance, reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints.
- Massage relieves muscular stiffness, tightness, and spasms.
- Massage also increases blood flow and improves circulation by bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle. This reduces muscle fatigue and soreness.
It promotes rapid removal of toxins and waste products from the muscle.
Massage improves circulation by removing waste products, dilating blood vessels` and by mechanically assisting venous flow back to the heart. The technique can also help with improving the circulation to the skin, encouraging nutrients and cell regeneration.
The massage also helps improve fluid retention, lymphatic drainage and strengthen the immune system by increasing white blood cells thus promoting well being and good health.
Massage an also help with digestive problems increasing peristalsis helping to relieve constipation, colic and gas. Regular massage can not only reduce the stresses of everyday life by relaxing both mind and body but the physical manipulation helps the body release endorphins which helps elevate ones mood, leaving the client a sense of wholeness.