Lorraine Luke MAR
The Life Centre
15 Edge Street
The Gym In The Tower (3rd Flr)
St. Charles Hospital
07973 262 593
Fully qualified and insured Medical Herbalist and Reflexologist based in West London, I prescribe herbal medicine for a number of conditions. Western Herbal Medicine focuses on the use of plants from the British Isles and Europe and are mainly prescribed in tincture form (a liquid blend of herbs in a small amount of alcohol), loose herb teas and/or tablets/capsules. These different methods of prescription mean that it is suitable for children and those who are unable to consume alcohol due to religious reasons. It is important to be aware that herbal medicine can be even more effective when the client incorporates suggested dietary and/or lifestyle changes into their treatment plan.
What do I need to tell a practitioner when I appear for a consultation?
A detailed medical history will be required. I need to know what your complaint is e.g. migraine, insomnia, period pain, etc. so that I can be fully informed of your condition and possible treatment options.
What other information is required?
You will need to tell me about any past surgery/medical treatments you have had, including any surgery/treatments which are due?
Do I need to tell a practitioner about my family history?
Yes. A family history of an illness such as diabetes may predispose you to it, even if you do not have it at present. If you have a family history of diabetes, your diet, lifestyle and the way you handle stress will be all the more prevalent.
What about the prescription medicine and supplements I am on now?
You will need to provide a list of medicines and supplements you are on, so as to avoid any contraindications with herbal medicine.
I drink 3 coffees a day. Will I have to change my diet and lifestyle?
The idea of a treatment is to reduce the offending symptoms in order to make you feel better and put you in control of your health. A varied diet and everything in moderation is the key to good health.
What else occurs in a consultation?
A physical examination may be required, but this is dependant on your complaint. Therefore if you are complaining of tummy problems, I will need to feel your tummy area, much like your GP would.
Is herbal medicine suitable for children?
Yes. There are herbal medicine alternatives to alcohol, such as glycerites which contain sugar, capsules and tablets. Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Are herbal medicines safe?
As a natural medicine, herbal medicine is only safe in the right hands, which is why we encourage everyone to visit a practitioner. There can be negative interactions with prescriptive medicine when people do not have the right information, hence why buying over-the-counter medicines is not advised without guidance.
How do I take the Herbal medicine
The most efficacious form of herbal medicine is in tincture form. This is comprised of the plant herb which has been preserved in a little alcohol. Around 5ml of tincture with a small amount of water or juice added is required to be taken around 3 times a day. For convenience, this can be adjusted to 7.5 mls twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. Capsules or tablets will be prescribed accordingly.
In addition I am a Reflexologist, working in the day unit of a North London hospice with cancer and stroke patients. In my private practice I find a number of clients with varying problems from stress to autoimmune conditions. All see amazing results with regular reflexology treatments, which also has the added benefit for those who are self-conscious about undressing or have reduced mobility, as only shoes and socks need to be removed. Medical trials have shown that Reflexology reduces stress and encourages relaxation. It can also improve circulation throughout the body, as the feet are a reflection of the body.
What happens in a Reflexology consultation?
A brief medical history will be taken. You will be asked to remove your socks and shoes in order to make your feet available for treatment. I will wash my hands thoroughly to ensure a proper hygiene protocol. While lying on the treatment couch your feet will be wiped with wet wipes in order to remove any sweat, creams or natural oils produced by the skin. Please be aware that wet wipes can feel slightly cold.
Once reclined on the treatment couch, a light cream will be applied to your feet unless you request not to have this. The lighting will be turned down and soothing music will be played. This is to create a relaxing atmosphere.
The level of pressure applied to your feet is variable depending on your medical history. For example, a client with fibromyalgia will have a very light pressure applied to their feet, as they are already susceptible to pain. Reflexology uses the fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to the feet. Practitioners work through systems of the body e.g. the nervous system, the digestive system, urinary system, respiratory system, etc.
Does it hurt?
What feels like crystals to the Reflexologist can accumulate in various parts of the foot where there are blockages in the body. Reflexologists will work to break up these areas during the treatment. If discomfort is experienced the Reflexologist will hold the area until it dissipates. The next time the Reflexologist goes over this area, any discomfort should have either disappeared or be less painful.
The whole process takes around 45 minutes. At the end of the treatment you should feel more relaxed.
Please call to speak to me if you are unsure how either of these treatments can help to manage your symptoms.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc in Western Herbal Medicine from Middlesex University in 2006
Level 3 Diploma from the International Institute of Reflexology in 2013
I previously ran busy herbal medicine clinics at Farmacia, based in Selfridges and Harrods, Central London.
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Herbal medicine (medicines will be charged as an additional cost)
Initial consultation: £90 for 55 mins
Follow-up consultations: £75 for 30 mins
Children (under 16): initial consultation - £70 for 30 mins
Herbal medicine blend - from £8 per week 100ml
Dried herbs - from £6 per 100g
£80 for 55 mins
Offer: Pay for 5 sessions & get the 6th session free
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Maps & Directions
Herbal Medicine: Monday 2-5pm at the Life Centre. Other appointment times are possible. Also Reflexology at the Gym in the Tower. Please call me to book.