David Hammond BSc(Herbal Medicine), MNIMH, MCPP, CGP
30 Cumberland Mansions
Shenley Church End
Western Herbal Medicine is based on a mixture of traditional knowledge, passed down by word of mouth and in herbals, from the Greeks and the Romans via Medieval Britain and Europe, and modern scientific research.
Plants have been on this Earth much longer than Humans, but suffer from the same sorts of problems that we do. Any gardener will tell you they suffer from viral infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections etc. They also have to deal with toxins, such as heavy metals in the spoil or salt from the sea, and radiation from the sun. Over millions of years they have evolved substance that they produce themselves to deal with these problems. We use some of these for our own purposes.
Western Herbal Medicine is a holistic therapy, which simply means that we look at our clients as complex human beings, where the body, mind and spirit are all linked. Thus, if someone comes to me with a skin condition, then I will seek the source of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms. If it is clear that the problem is not coming from the outside, then it must be coming from the inside, so that is the place to look!
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied herbal medicine at the University of Westminster, gaining a 2:1 in 2008. In the same year I was awarded the National CAM Student of the Year award by the industry awards body.
I completed my clinical hours and started my practice in November of that year.
I am a member of two professional bodies for herbalists. The oldest and the largest, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, and a more specialised body, who's members are particularly interested in promoting modern scientific research into herbal medicine, the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy.
Since qualifying, I have worked with hundreds of clients, of both sexes and all ages (3 weeks to 92 years).
ASA rules prevent me from telling you about the conditions I have dealt with. However, they are many and very diverse!
In 2012 I trained as a GAPS practitioner, a therapy that fits well with my herbal practice. I was personally trained by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, the inventor of the therapy.
Other available therapies
GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
I recognised a pattern of disease in a sizeable minority of my clients, a pattern of something deep and long standing that I could not understand. The universe quite literally drew my attention to a book by Natasha Campbell-McBride that detailed many of the signs and symptoms I had seen in the clients, proposed a cause and offered treatments. Just at the right time I was told that Natasha had started training therapists and, despite the course being oversubscribed ten fold, I was selected and was amongst the first batch of GAPS therapists to be trained in the UK. This was in March 2012.
My fees for the initial one hour consultation are as follows:
Luton & Milton Keynes £50
Medicines will be charged for as an additional cost. Actual costs vary, but typical costs are £7.50 to £10 per week for a herbal mixture, designed and dispensed by myself on a bespoke basis for you.
Following the initial consultation, most follow up consultations take place by telephone. You can tell me how you are getting on, as well as any changes to medications etc, There is no charge for these consultations and it keeps the cost down. Practical reasons, ethical reasons, safety and legal reasons make an initial in depth face consultation essential.
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