The Consultation and Treatment

I currently practice at The Natural Health Practice, 2a Spicer Road, St. Leonard’s, Exeter EX1 1SX.

If you would like to book an appointment, or discuss how Herbal Medicine might be of benefit to you, please contact me for a free no-obligation chat.

Your first appointment

Your initial consultation will generally last about an hour and a half, in which I will take a full medical history, including lifestyle, diet and any other underlying factors such as emotional state. At the end of the consultation, with your permission, I may do some simple investigations, such as pulse, blood pressure and urinalysis as well as other physical examinations where appropriate. It is helpful if you can have the results of any recent investigations (blood tests, X-rays etc.) with you, as well as details of any medication you are currently on.

Individual Management Plan

Following your initial consultation, I will propose an individual management plan, which may include referral to a doctor or other qualified practitioner for further investigations or treatments, as well as a treatment strategy and advice on lifestyle and dietary factors.


If Herbal Medicine is appropriate in your case, I will prepare a prescription that is tailored to your individual needs. The medicine may come in various forms, including tinctures, loose-leaf teas, lotions or creams.  A prescription may consist of a single herb or herbal extract, or a blend of herbs, specifically formulated for your situation. The herbs and herbal extracts which make up the prescription are sourced from reputable suppliers and organically grown products are given preference wherever possible.

Follow-up appointments

After our initial meeting, I will usually arrange a follow-up appointment after 2 weeks, lasting approximately an hour. This is to assess how the treatment strategy is working and to make any necessary changes to your individual management plan. Thereafter, further follow-up appointments may be scheduled at regular intervals as necessary.


  • Initial consultation – £50
  • Follow-up consultation – £35
  • Herbal Medicine – Prices may vary according to the number and type of medicines prescribed.
  • If you are unwaged, you may be able to benefit from a concession of up to 25% on the consultation fee but not the medicine. Additional concessions are available for full-time students. Please contact me for details.


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Mayflower or Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)