Example Cases

Who_CoupleInfertility


A woman in her late thirties came to me after trying unsuccessfully for a baby for many years. She had already had the standard tests and no problems had been identified with either her or her partner, leaving them not knowing where to turn. Following a detailed medical history I prescribed herbs and dietary changes. Within three months, and much to everyone’s delight, she fell pregnant.

Who_PregnantVaricose veins and constipation during pregnancy


A young woman, six months pregnant, consulted me who was suffering with painful legs, the beginnings of varicose veins and constipation. She had a preference for natural medicines, so sought a herbalist. It was sensible that she consulted me rather than self-medicating, as several herbal medicines are contra-indicated in pregnancy; for example, some laxatives can increase the risk of miscarriage. After carefully reviewing her symptoms and medical history, I prescribed safe herbs chosen to strengthen the veins and ease the bowels. I also provided her with a herbal cream to reduce stretch marks. Within two weeks she was considerably better, with no relapse of symptoms during the rest of her pregnancy.

Who_InfantA mother suffering with mastitis


A mother suffering from mastitis consulted me as the pain was becoming unbearable. She knew that all the doctors could offer were antibiotics, and having managed to avoided them all her life, she did not want to start now, especially as she was breast feeding. I provided her with a herbal tincture and directed her to apply it externally to the affected breast using a clean flannel (effectively creating a poultice) several times per day. Relief was almost immediate, and by keeping up the routine for several days the mastitis completely cleared up.

Who_InfantA baby with conjunctivitis


A new mother came to me with her three month old son, who had had conjunctivitis in one eye since two weeks old. The eye was red and sore, and had not resolved despite their best attempts to treat it with salt water and breast-milk. I provided them with herbal drops, which to be mixed in a little warm water then dabbed on the eye with a clean cotton pad. Remarkably, after only a single dose administered in the clinic the eye improved throughout the day, resolving fully by evening. They kept the remainder of the drops in their medicine cupboard in case of relapse, but fortunately never needed them again.

Children with molluscum contagiosum


I have successfully treated many children suffering from molluscum contagiosum – several were referred by a local GP. Molluscum contagiosum consists of multiple wart-like skin lesions caused by a virus, and can be especially persistant when the immune system is weakened. I prescribed dietary changes to boost their immune status and a lotion to dab on the spots. In each case the lesions cleared in two or three weeks.

Children with ear ache


Children often get ear ache caused by infections of the middle ear. The standard treatment with antibiotics is often ineffective, in some cases the problem gets worse rather than better. I have treated many such children effectively through a combination of dietary changes and herbal medicine, often leading to complete resolution in a few days..

40 year old man with prostatitis


The following is a good example of a more complicated case which illustrates how follow-up visits allow adjustments to the regimen as required. It also illustrates the collaborative nature of my approach, as the man in question moves from initially feeling helpless to eventually feeling confident he can manage his own health.

A man came to me with on-going prostatitis. He had first noticed genito-urinary pain three years earlier and had undergone inconclusive investigations indicating bladder infections. The pain had continued, including discomfort on urinating, as well as bloating and discomfort after meals. His weight had been going up and he was suffering from piles and headaches. I carried out a urine test – there was considerable blood in the urine. My approach was to change his diet to reduce the bacterial growth, provide him with a tea of herbs chosen for their bladder soothing and urinary tract cleansing effects. I also put him on a live pro-biotic.

Two weeks later his symptoms were improving, but not resolved. He stated that the herbs were making a striking difference – making him feel more like his old self – “sprightly” as he put it. He reported that the herbal drops I gave him for moments of acute pain took ten minutes to work, then stopped the pain completely. He was enjoying his new diet, feeling much better after meals, and was losing weight gradually.

On his forth visit, two months after he first came to me, he stated there were “huge improvements in everything”. However, it was clear now that he had an inflamed gall bladder. I combined specific herbs to address this. At the fifth visit he had had a partial relapse following a hospital procedure that required his bladder to be forcibly inflated with water. However, he no longer felt threatened by a set back as he saw that my approach was working and he could now identify foods that aggravated his symptoms and felt empowered to take charge of his own health by adjusting his diet.

By the sixth visit he was looking and feeling great. He was now managing his condition to the point where it was no longer dominating his life. He had developed the confidence to keep himself healthy, and knew he could get in touch if any problem recurred.

Who_InfantA baby with conjunctivitis


A new mother came to me with her three month old son, who had had conjunctivitis in one eye since two weeks old. The eye was red and sore, and had not resolved despite their best attempts to treat it with salt water and breast-milk. I provided them with herbal drops, which to be mixed in a little warm water then dabbed on the eye with a clean cotton pad. Remarkably, after only a single dose administered in the clinic the eye improved throughout the day, resolving fully by evening. They kept the remainder of the drops in their medicine cupboard in case of relapse, but fortunately never needed them again.