Your initial appointment, although lasting for up to an hour, will probably pass quickly as there is a lot to cover in that time. Your Medical Herbalist will ask you lots of questions about your presenting complaint as well as gathering information about previous health problems, medication, diet, family history and lifestyle factors. This detailed enquiry helps your Medical Herbalist to rule out any underlying health problems that may require referral back to your GP for investigation. They may take your blood pressure, test your urine and are trained to carry out clinical exams if this aids their diagnosis of your complaint.
Through this thorough assessment they will be building up a picture of you, your health and your constitutional traits so that they can develop a treatment plan to help steer you back to good health. All the time they are seeking to discover and treat the root cause of your illness and not the symptoms alone. At the end of the consultation they will formulate your own unique herbal prescription and give you advice about your diet, nutritional supplements and lifestyle.
You will then come back over a period of weeks or months, depending on your complaint, for shorter follow up appointments to assess your progress and fine tune your treatment as your health improves.