Tag Archives: Herbal Medicine

A natural alternative to HRT

Herbal Medicine has become a popular, safe and effective alternative for women with debilitating menopausal symptoms, particularly in the light of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study of 2002, which suggested that health risks may exceed benefits during prolonged hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

The effect of the initial publication of the WHI resulted in a decline in HRT use of around 50% in the UK. Recent research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA, one of the world’s foremost medical research centres, states that “the study of alternative therapies for menopause symptoms is a rewarding and important area deserving of further inquiry”. The NHS is also listing several herbs in their leaflet on alternative therapies for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.
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Boosting Immunity

People often wonder how they can avoid catching colds, flu and other infections, which seem to abound at any time of year. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves sitting in close proximity to someone in the train, who has a streaming cold and is sneezing the virus into the carriage. Apparently, the average sneeze produces around 40,000 infectious droplets, which are spread at a speed of around 135ft per second. Then there is the workplace, where viruses and bacteria seem to thrive and nobody can shake them off. Even the air-conditioning in planes can be a source of infection; and children often bring home infection from school. So what to do?
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Cats’ Minor Heath Problems

Deborah Grant
Deborah Grant

As a devoted cat owner, you are probably very keen to help improve your cat’s health and well-being. Did you know that Herbal medicine can safely treat over 50 common conditions suffered by cats?

Common complaints ranging from allergies to arthritis can be helped by using safe, cutting-edge herbal supplements and extensively researched veterinarian herbal medicine, licensed by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. Herbal Medicine is becoming increasingly popular and more and more cat-owners are turning to it as a safe and gentle alternative to pharmaceutical drugs with their sometimes unpleasant side-effects. Many of the common health problems, which you would normally take to your vet, can usually be effectively tackled with a drug-free approach.
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Ask The Medical Herbalist

If you have a health concern, The Whistler invites you to ask our local Consultant Medical Herbalist, Deborah Grant, for advice. Email your questions to: whwhistler@aol.com

Q. I have been suffering with rheumatoid arthritis for the past 10 years but am reluctant to take the anti-inflammatory drugs suggested by my doctor. Can herbal medicine help?

A. Rheumatoid arthritis can be treated effectively by Herbal Medicine and diet. Patients are usually delighted at the reduction in pain and stiffness in their joints. Mobility is also improved. Appointments are monthly for 3 months and then every 3 months. Herbal medication costs approx £10 per week.
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Q: I haven’t slept properly for months now and it’s getting me down. I feel so tired all the time. I have a very full-on job and lots of pressure so must get some sleep. Can you help?

A: You have been running on adrenaline for too long. I suggest you are treated for stress and given a tonic to restore your adrenal function. The medication costs £10 per week.
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Q: Every month I get really bad PMT for a week. On a short fuse and very tearful. Hard to keep it together in the office and have over-reacted to several situations recently.

A: The biochemical changes that occur premenstrually can impact the emotions. Herbal medicine can be very effective in rebalancing the hormones and in getting you back on an even keel.
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Q: After being prescribed three antibiotics for cystitis, it didn’t clear up. My doctor said it’s interstitial cystitis and there’s no cure. Can you help?

A: Yes. Herbal treatment rebalances the body and calms the inflammation thus allowing healing to take place.
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Q: I suffer from migraine. Sometimes I’m laid up for 3 days. Can herbal medicine do anything for this?

A: Yes. After looking at the patient’s diet and lifestyle, I prescribe medicine to help prevent migraine. This approach works well.
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Q: My skin is ruining my social life. I have acne on my face and back. Cream from the doctor made my skin red and dry. As soon as I stop using the cream, the spots come back again.

A: Acne can be caused by hormonal imbalance or a problem with the elimination of toxins by your liver. Herbal Medicine can get rid of acne. Diet also needs to be looked at.
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Q: My sister is often tearful and doesn’t want to go out anymore. She broke up with her fiancé recently but never talks about it. I read that herbs put people in a better mood.

A: It seems as if your sister is suffering from depression. Herbal Medicine can help. She would notice a difference within 7-10 days.
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Q: Every month I get really bad PMT for a week. On a short fuse and very tearful. Hard to keep it together in the office and have over-reacted to several situations recently.

A: The biochemical changes that occur premenstrually can impact the emotions. Herbal medicine can be very effective in rebalancing the hormones and in getting you back on an even keel.

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