Julia develops holistic protocols that address the many layers of a condition. Her knowledge of herbs is excellent and she’s passionate about helping people to get better.
I was only with great reluctance and a certain amount of cynisism that I made an appointment with Julia.
At the age of 58 I suddenly developed debilitating migraines which, at their worst, could last for 3 days and I was lucky to get 2 weeks without one. Apart from the terrible physical pain and nausea there was also a psychological effect - any outings, holidays, appointments or social events were marred by the thought "Am I going to be o.k?" My GP could only offer me medication once the migraine had started and had no suggestions as to why they were occurring. I spent a year having accupuncture, another year having homeopathy and 4 months on chinese herbs all of which had some effect but nothing like a cure.
I made an appointment with a medical herbalist as a last resort because I had tried everything else and, because of my history, with very low expectations. Straight away, for the first time in 4 years, I went 3 months without a migraine. Nine months on I have only had two very mild headaches. I had started to think that I would have to live with migraines forever - now I don't.
I have been a client of Julia Behrens for approximately two years. I first consulted her when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had been prescribed strong medication by the rheumatologist to which I reacted badly. After several failed attempts to find something suitable, my daughter (also a client) suggested that I consult Julia. Within weeks of seeing her and taking the tincture which she prescribed for me, I began to feel better-less pain and more mobility. A subsequent blood test showed a marked decrease in inflammation. This impressed my rheumatologist, so much so, that she supported me in following the herbal protocol advised by Julia and agreed to not to prescribe conventional medications but to monitor my progress.
I have not looked back since. Only once have I had to resort to conventional medication when I had a really bad flare-up and that was just for a period of 3 weeks. I have subsequently been diagnosed with Sjogrens Syndrome and Julia is also treating me for this. She is especially helpful with the symptoms of fatigue, which can be overwhelming.
She is a great support and comfort to me and is always prepared to listen. Each time I meet with her, she engages very closely with my current progress and adjusts my herbal tincture to deal with any new problems that I may be experiencing. She is also very open to learning if I present with something she has not come across previously. I feel that meeting her has enabled me to live a reasonably normal life and for this I am very grateful.
I first went to see Julia, as I was going through the peri menopause and was unable to take HRT. I was suffering from extreme fatigue, night sweats, heart arrhythmia's and poor concentration. Her initial consultation was very thorough, which was reassuring. I was given herbal medication to take 3 times a day.
Within less than a week my night medication to take 3 times a day. Within less than a week my night sweats had stopped, within a month or so, my other symptoms had either stopped or were improving considerably. I have now been taking my herbal medication for 1 year. I have lost a 1.5 stone, I go running and cycling, my mood is great and I am thoroughly enjoying life.
Claire Nurse Hove
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 have been seeing you as a herbal medicine client for over three months now, for Lyme Disease.
I wanted to feed back to you on my treatment with the herbs and some of the changes I have noticed in recent times.
The first improvement, after 3-4 weeks, was the reduction in fever/chills and fatigue. This meant that I was able to 'get off the sofa' and start to resume normal life again, albeit with small steps forward.
In the last month, my bladder function has improved hugely. I was needing to use the toilet to pass urine between 9-12 times a day, which made me feel so depleted and also de-hydrated, as the lyme bacteria had evidently gathered in the bladder. The herbs and the herbal tea (especially nettle/horsetail) have provided relief from this; which has also helped me to sleep through the night as well. I still have insomnia t times, but my sleep patterns are much improved.
I was also overcome with anxiety, palpitations and fear from the first few months after being diagnosed with Lyme. It was a scary journey and the antibiotics seemed to excacerbate these feelings. Talking things through with you, about the many symptoms of this complex illness; and working with myself to be patient and mindful on my journey to healing and recovery, has slowed me down and enabled me to feel less fearful and to overcome my anxiety about whether I will ever feel better.
Some days are better than others, as the headaches, neuro symptoms and tiredness still get on top of me at times. But I am starting to feel less 'brain foggy' and more energised, as a result of taking your herbs, and this has taken the edge off of my fears and helped me to stay positive and believe in my recovery. The de-toxing methods which you have recommended have been key, as the liver and gall bladder have a lot to cope with when the lyme starts to leave the body.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
I first heard the name Julia Behrens a few years ago while waiting for an appointment and got talking to the lady that was sitting next to me. We started talking about 'womans problems ' and particularly about the dreaded hot flushes when going through the menopause. She mentioned that she was taking some herbal medicine that had changed all this and at the time I had tried everything you could think of without any major improvements.
She said she was seeing Julia at the Albion Street clinic so I wrote this down and looked up the phone number soon as I got home. Well, I haven't looked back since that day and I want to say how happy I am with the wonderful medicine I now take . Before this , I was suffering the most awful hot flushes, waking me up at night and generally making life very uncomfortable.
Since taking this fantastic mixture, life is very different and although I get the occasional hot flush , it's nowhere near as bad as the ones I used to have. Would highly recommend this to any other ladies in a similar situation! Huge 'thank you' to Julia Behrens !!