Medical Herbalism

Practitioner: Julia Behrens

Appointments: Mondays, Wednesdays and weekends.

Julia

Julia is a qualified Medical Herbalist graduating with a honour's degree from the College of Phytotherapy in 1999. A Member of the College of Practitioners of Phototherapy (MCPP) and with diplomas in Nutrition and Therapeutic Massage, Julia has taught at the School of Herbal Medicine, lectured at Westminster and East London Universities, consulted for the WWF and Neal's Yard and runs a range of courses, walks and workshops in Herbal Medicine and plants.

Committed to raising awareness about plants, healing, and sustainability, Julia has also published in the European Journal of Herbal Medicine for the WWF and Plantlife.

Julia makes many of her herbal preparations herself and as far as possible the herbs she uses are organic and from sustainable and traceable sources.

The focus of Julia’s work is to help improve the body’s own natural ability to heal itself by using herbs, nutrition and making life style changes so that the body has a chance to enhance its own vitality and strength. Herbs can be used in numerous ways, to help reduce inflammation, co–infections, regulate hormones, replace certain nutrients depleted in the body and help protect the body by enhancing the immune system and reducing the side effects of medication or symptoms from ill health.

Julia has attended numerous conferences across Europe concerned with Lymes Disease, immunity, fertility, digestive and musculoskeletal disorders, has engaged in personal research and collaborated with healthcare professionals across the board.

Alongside a passionate interest in all aspects of health Julia has a particular interest in and experience of women’s health issues, Lyme’s and co-infections, which has arisen from her multi-systemic approach to medicine and response to client and GP referrals.

Consultation

During your first consultation Julia will take details about your past and present medical history, diet, lifestyle and any medication you may be already taking. This will take approximately an hour and sometimes two hours for Lyme’s clients. Julia will also take your blood pressure and recommend any further tests or referrals that are appropriate to your condition.

After this consultation Julia may discuss the appropriate treatment with you and make a follow up appointment which is normally between 2-4 weeks later. This allows Julia to monitor your progress and amend your treatment plan as appropriate or in response to test results.

The herbal treatment will then be prepared at Julia’s dispensary at the Albion Clinic (based in Brighton) and sent to you. The treatment may come in the form of a tincture, infusion, cream or tablet.

When supporting people with Lyme’s, Julia use her 15 years of working as a medical herbalist to tailor make individual prescriptions. She often uses the Stephan Bruhner Protocol and supports people taking Cowden or Bryon White formulas. Julia works alongside Dr Simmons in her Lyme work and will liaise were necessary.

The use of medicinal plants aims to help:

-Strengthen the immune system via the gut to enable the body to react well to treatment.

-Reduce inflammation in the body and inflammatory cascades.

-Keep pathogen loads down e.g. viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic

-Manage underlying co-infections, side effects of antibiotics and metal toxicity.

-Help with the detoxification of the body: It is important to keep bowels moving and the body hydrated and rested.

-Support the nervous system and well being of the client: gentle supportive life-style changes are recommended, including plenty of sleep and gentle exercise. Acupuncture and massage are can also be helpful.

In terms of your herbal prescription, this may change fortnightly though herbs are usually taken 5ml teaspoon, 3 times a day, 20 minutes before food in warm water.

Claims cannot be made as to the efficacy of the herbs prescribed, as clinical trials have not been carried out on combinations or formulas.

To watch Julia in a film doing a herbal walk and explaining more about what she does, visit her website at www.herbal-consultant.com

Prices

Standard first consultation- 1 hour £60

Lyme’s initial consultation - 2hr £140

All follow up consultations - ½ hr/1hr £40/£70

1hr Massage- £50

1hr Massage and follow up consultation £60

Phone consultation - £30

Post - £5

Dispensary charge - £2

Tincture 100ml - £8 - 9

There is a full cancelation fee if client do not give 24hr notice.

Costs of other tests recommended vary by test, are payable to the laboratory directly and are not included in the consultation fees.

herbalism

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of plant remedies in the treatment of disease. It is the oldest and most widely practised form of medicine. Whole plant preparations are used to treat the whole person. Herbalism can be used as a preventative medicine as well as a supportive treatment to improve the general health and vitality of the patient. It is suited to people of all ages and most conditions can be helped by herbal medicine.

Julia holds a diploma in nutrition and gives dietary advice when necessary.

Julia also runs short courses - Introductions to herbal medicine first aid.

Please make cheques payable to Julia Behrens and send to 40 Stanmer Villas Brighton, BN1 7HP.

Please contact Julia for more information julia@herbal-consultant.com

01273 549427

07968 366783

www.herbal-consultant.com