Consultations

All consultations are strictly confidential and are available on tuesdays and thursdays.

John Earnshaw BSc (Hons) MCPP

The first consultation for an adult usually lasts for one to one and a half hours with subsequent visits lasting 20-30 minutes. During this time a detailed medical history will be taken which will involve discussing any past and present medical conditions, details of any prescribed or over the counter medications, family history, diet and lifestyle factors, anxieties and concerns. Any appropriate examinations (such as taking blood pressure) may be performed to help judge the extent of the condition.   This will be the end of the initial consultation and the practitioner will arrange a time for you to pick up or have your medicine posted out to you, usually within 1-2 days of the consultation.

Using the information you supplied in the consultation and any notes from the examination the practitioner will put together a herbal prescription for you, this maybe in the form of a tincture, a tea, herbal tablets, a cream, oils or any other herbal preparation that the practitioner deems appropriate.  Along with the medicine will be a prescription sheet outlining what herbs are in the medicine in the form of common and scientific name along with part of the plant used and also information describing each herbs purpose with regard to your condition.  There may also be a note containing advice relating to diet and lifestyle that maybe useful to the patient.

The follow up consultation usually takes place two weeks after the first and gives the practitioner the chance to find out how well the medicine is being tolerated and how the patient is progressing, at this point the practitioner may make slight changes to the medicine to optimize it for the patient.  Herbs can sometimes work quickly, but in most cases the patient must be prepared to take the herbal medicine for a number of months to gain maximum benefit, timescales will be discussed at your initial consultation.  Subsequent consultations may be held on a monthly basis, for longterm chronic conditions 3-6 monthly gaps between consultations maybe appropriate.

Many people want a quick fix for a medical condition that may have taken many years to develop, it is unreasonable to think that conditions like this can just disappear overnight with a "miracle" herbal cure, so be patient.

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