Consultation

In terms of your herbal prescription, usually herbs are taken as tinctures in warm water before food.  However, this may change fortnightly or in response to your requirements.

You may be prescribed a combination of herbs and lifestyle changes.   Claims cannot be made as to their efficacy as clinical trials have not been carried out on combinations or formulas. 

The consultation is the first step to getting well and where we will work together and begin to unearth the root causes of your condition.

During your first consultation I take details about your past and present medical history, diet, lifestyle and any medication you may be already taking.  I also take your blood pressure and recommend any further tests or referrals that are appropriate to your condition.  This takes approximately an hour, sometimes two for Lyme’s clients .

After the consultation we agree an appropriate treatment and if required a follow up appointment, usually between 2-4 weeks later.  This allows us both to monitor your progress and if needed adjust the treatment plan as appropriate or in response to any test results.

The herbal treatment will then be prepared at Julia’s dispensary at the Albion clinic (based in Brighton) and sent to you. The treatment may come in the form of a tincture, infusion, cream or tablet.

When supporting people with Lyme disease, Julia use her 17 years of working as a medical herbalist to tailor make individual prescriptions, she often uses the Stephen Bruhner Protocol and supports people taking Cowden or Byron White formulas.   Julia regularly works alongside GPs in her Lyme work and will liaise where necessary.


Conditions Supported

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

Herbalists use whole plant preparations and have a holistic approach to treating the whole person, rather than just isolated or synthesised constituents which only treat the symptoms.


Herbal consultation

£60 per hour 

During your first consultation I take details about your past and present medical history, diet, lifestyle and any medication you may be already taking.  I also take your blood pressure and recommend any further tests or referrals that are appropriate to your condition.  This takes approximately an hour, sometimes two for Lyme’s clients .

After the consultation we agree an appropriate treatment and if required a follow up appointment, usually between 2-4 weeks later.  This allows us both to monitor your progress and if needed adjust the treatment plan as appropriate or in response to any test results.

The herbal treatment will then be prepared at Julia’s dispensary at the Albion clinic (based in Brighton) and sent to you. The treatment may come in the form of a tincture, infusion, cream or tablet.


Massage

£50 (just massage, does not include herbal advice)

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.


Lyme support

When supporting people with Lyme disease, Julia use her 17 years of working as a medical herbalist to tailor make individual prescriptions, she often uses the Stephen Bruhner Protocol and supports people taking Cowden or Byron White formulas.  

Julia regularly works alongside GPs in her Lyme work and will liaise where necessary.

After a consultation we will discuss an appropriate treatment and give some dietary advice. If the consultation is in Brighton Julia will then prepare a herbal preparation or send them by post.

We would need from you.

  • Brief history of past medical history
  • Results from any recent or relevant tests
  • Medical and surgi3 day food diary
  • List of any medication and supplement they are taking
  • List of any antibiotics they have used and for how long.
  • 2 additional form from us.

 I always do individual protocols for people with Lyme disease.

Many of my clients live abroad and ask if I can see them via Skype.  I can do this but require an initial face-to-face consultation.  There is much information that can be missed when consulting via Skype and it is essential for me to meet my clients in person in order to take a full medical history, effectively do any physical examinations that are necessary and to tailor the protocol to each client. 

If you are happy with your Lyme treatment and in a position to do so some of my clients choose to partially or fully sponsor clients who wouldn’t be able to afford to see me.

Please get in contact if you would like to help in this way.

Initial lyme consultation 2hr £150

Postage charges  -  are posted first class.  The charge is the cost of postage plus a nominal packing fee. 

Dispensary Fee without consultation  -  £2 - £3 (depending on prescription)


Menopause

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.”


For further information contact Julia on 01273 549427 | 07968 366783