LEONA RALPH BSC (HONS) MNIMH
Leona qualified from the University of East London with a BSc First Class Honours in Herbal Medicine and received the Arthur Barker Award from the National Institute of Medical Herbalists for best graduate.
Leona holds clinics at The Ark Healing Centre, Haverfordwest and in Narberth Natural Health Centre as well as from her home in Milford Haven.
Ring 07552 966585 to book an appointment.
Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional uses are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP. However, Herbalists take a holistic approach to illness, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They are able to prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments.
Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual – a Medical Herbalist recognises that no two patients are the same.
What happens during a consultation with a Medical Herbalist?
During your first consultation with a Medical Herbalist, the Medical Herbalist will build up a picture of you and your health by:
- Taking your full case history
- Asking about your family’s medical history
- Discussing your diet and lifestyle
- Finding out about any medication or supplements you use
This allows your herbalist to assess the underlying causes of your illness and formulate a mixture of herbs tailored to your individual needs. It may also be necessary to take your blood pressure or arrange for other tests to be done.
Your individual treatment plan will include herbal remedies and, where appropriate, dietary changes or nutritional supplements. Most herbal medicines are given in the form of a liquid tincture that is taken in 5ml doses of two or three times daily. You may also be prescribed a herbal tea, tablets, ointment, cream or lotion.
After the initial consultation, three or four shorter consultations are usually necessary to assess your progress, followed by check-ups every three to six months, depending on the nature of your condition. Because herbal medicines work in a gentle and subtle way, they can take longer to work than orthodox drugs, but their effects are long lasting and there should be no side effects.
It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has – Hippocrates
Full information on Leona’s website at: www.thepembrokeshireherbalist.co.uk