Wendy Kelly is a qualified member of
the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
Members of NIMH are fully trained and work within the ethical guidelines set out by NIMH. They study the philosophy, principles and practice of herbal medicine and medical science and take a holistic view of health and illness.
Getting to the root of the problem
Medical Herbalists are like health detectives - they are trained to look for the root of the problem and treat this rather than the symptoms alone. This can help break the cycle of poor health and get you back on track to a healthier you. Herbalists take overall health and wellbeing, social factors, current medication and family and medical history into consideration to form a better picture of you as a person and not just a collection of ailments.
Who can take herbal medicine?
In short, anybody! People of all ages and from all walks of life can benefit from herbal medicine. I see babies, teenagers, octogenarians and everything in between! People consult herbalists with the same health concerns they would present to their GP. Everything from skin trouble, hormone imbalances, digestive complaints and sleep problems, to joint issues, chronic illnesses and respiratory conditions, to name but a few.
What happens in a herbal consultation?
Your first consultation will last for up to an hour. This gives plenty of time for us to discuss your health concerns, carry out any clinical examinations (e.g. blood pressure) and take a full case history. We will also take a look at diet. Once all the information has been gathered, I will share my thoughts, pass on any dietary and lifestyle advice and write your unique herbal prescription.
Your herbal medicine will be individually formulated to match your unique requirements. This will normally mean a liquid medicine blended from herbal tinctures but you could also be given additional herbal cream or lotion, herbal teas or nutritional supplements if these are appropriate for your treatment. The medicines are made up in a herbal dispensary at the Kirkcaldy Herbal Clinic, or in D.atkinsons herbal dispensary so can be made as you wait for Fife or Edinburgh patients or sent out the day after 'Kitchen table clinic' appointments directly to your home or preferred address.
The course of treatment will vary depending on the individual but follow up appointments are usually made for between 2-6 weeks after the initial consultation. This allows for adjustments to be made to the prescription and assessment of your progress. The longer you have been ill, the longer it will take to regain balance, however most people feel some benefits fairly quickly. "I feel better within myself" is a common remark.