Stockport Herbalist

What is Herbalism?

Herbalism is a time-honored medicine practice which is formed around the beneficial effects and uses of plants and plant extracts.
 
It is well known that many plants are extremely beneficial to the well-being and maintenance of health in humans and animals. We are probably all aware of the calming effects of plants such as Lavender and Valarium.
 
A herbalist will be aware of many other beneficial effects from a much wider range of plants. Herbalism can be considered a very natural and in tune medicine practice and can aid a huge range of ailments
 

What can a Herbalist treat?

Herbal medicine is the use of plant preparations to treat a wide range of complaints including:
 
Digestive Disorders
Cardiac
Respiratory Condition
Hormonal
Glandular Issues
Joint, Muscle and Skeletal
Skin & Nervous Complaints
Both Chronic & Acute Conditions can be treated
Other ailments a Herbalist can help with;
High Blood pressure
The standard blood pressure from a medical point of view is 120/80. Although low blood pressure is sometimes a problem it is high pressure or hypertension, that is the more common problem. Anything over 140/100 is considered high and many factors such as stress, smoking, weight problems, excess coffee and alcohol and high cholesterol are all considered to affect blood pressure.
 
Any programme to reduce blood pressure will always look at lifestyle and diet factors. However, a number of herbs can help with general cardiac health as well as specifically hypertension and is one of the most common reasons people seek the help of the herbalist.
 

The Menopause

Like all times of transition, the menopause can throw up symptoms both physically and emotionally as a result of a number of complex hormonal changes,
 
HRT is a popular answer to these problems. However various reports have cast doubt on the long-term use of HRT, and in the end, it is just stalling the inevitable.
 
Herbal treatment helps the body to adapt to a new balance of hormones and also give relief to the symptoms while this is achieved.
 
Insomnia 
Insomnia is a surprisingly common occurrence, with some estimating 30% of the population suffering some difficulties.
 
Sleep is essential to both body and mind and impaired sleep, altered sleep patterns, and other disturbances can impair the physical health and mental wellbeing of the person.
 
Sleeping pills can be effective in the short term but are not designed for long-term use as they are addictive, have numerous side effects and can cause unnatural sleep patterns. As a result, people enter a vicious cycle of taking a pill to get to sleep, awakening groggy and using caffeine to get going making insomnia worse.
 
The root cause of the problem needs to be identified and a practitioner will look at the varied causes such as stress, poor digestion, and physical discomfort amongst others so this can be addressed alongside re-establishing the correct sleep pattern.
 
Male Infertility
When a sperm count is done both the motility and morphology of the sperm is taken into account but a figure of 20million healthy sperm plus is considered a fertile sample. However, very often it can be in the low teens which doesn’t make conception impossible but difficult.
 
There are a number of things that can be done including diet, lifestyle, and supplements that will be advised.
 
There are also a number of herbs that have a proven result of raising sperm counts by 2 to 6 times over a period of three months which can obviously change the odds dramatically.
 
A consultation will address all these factors in full confidentiality.
 
Gout
Gout is a member of the arthritic family of conditions. It occurs when the body is not expelling sufficient toxins and so uric acid is deposited in the joints and crystallizes. It is these crystals in the joints that creates the pain and inflammation.
 
Because the acid and crystals are heavy they tend to be deposited in the lower extremities first. Hence the big toe and ankles suffer initially.
 
Although it was historically linked to rich living, there can be many factors that lead to the poor elimination. The task of the herbalist is to identify through a full consultation the reason that the toxins are being retained and then giving advice and prescribing herbs that are very successful at cleaning the bodies systems, leading to long-term and not just symptomatic relief.
 
Cannabis Addiction
Prolonged and regular cannabis use can lead to health problems such as energy loss, sluggishness, disturbed sleep pattern and personality changes. There are also the smoking-related problems when mixed with tobacco. However giving up for some people is not that easy, but help is at hand. We have developed a programme that can be adapted and tailored to the individual who wants to give up, that addresses many of the problems encountered.

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