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Practitioners at the Urban Fringe Clinic:

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Tuesdays - Fridays 11am - 6pm

Saturdays 10am - 2pm (appointments only)

Herbal Medicine is the original medicine. In the modern context, in the West, herbs are used as part of a holistic healthcare model, where the patient and not the disease is treated, using natural medicines. The aim of treatment is always to work with the body's own defences to work towards a cure or long term management of many conditions and common maladies.


Western herbal medicine is characterised by a person-centred approach, where the patient rather than the disease is the focus of the practitioner's attention.

The patient

is assessed through a thorough case history, taking account of family history, personal health history and lifestyle choices.

The therapy

is directed at the causes, not just the presenting symptoms. Treating the body as a whole involves working not only with the physical, but also the mental and emotional aspects.

The practitioner

uses the information obtained during the taking of the case history to make an assessment of the vitality and constitution of the patient. The choice of herbs in the prescription is based on this assessment.

The prescription

rather than being based simply on the diagnosis of a disease or condition, is determined by an understanding of the significance of the signs and symptoms in that individual. Prescriptions may vary substantially between individual patients apparently presenting with a similar condition.

Herbal treatment

is commonly backed up by appropriate advice on lifestyle, particularly nutrition, and the practitioner works at all times to create a positive ambience of mutual trust in the therapeutic relationship.

Herbal Medicine can be used on its own or alongside other treatments for a wide range of common health problems. The support we offer includes:

  • Stress related illness: poor sleeping patterns, emotional problems, anxiety and mild depression
  • Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, heartburn, liver and gall bladder conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Allergies, food intolerances: dietary assessment, hay fever
  • Heart and circulatory conditions: High blood pressure, cholesterol, oedema
  • Musculoskeletal problems: arthritis and other joint problems, fibromyalgia
  • Hormonal conditions: menopause, PMT, infertility, thyroid problems, blood sugar problems
  • Respiratory Problems including asthma
  • Skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, acne, urticaria and other rashes
  • Low immunity: recurring colds and flu - like symptoms
  • Low energy: feeling tired all the time