Caroline Drew BSc MNIMH, CPP
Chartwell Apothecary @ Natural Healing Clinic
1 Lodge Lane
01959 928227 / 07910 172196
I qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 2004, and now practice at an Integrated Natural Healing Clinic in Westerham, Kent
What conditions do you treat?
I use botanical medicines to support all ages from new born babies into old age and everything in-between. I might see a baby with a chesty cough, not sleeping well, followed by a lady suffering the symptoms of menopause and then a teenager who is suffering from acne exacerbated by exam/study stress. So it can be very varied. There is always help that can be offered with botanical medicine.
How long does it take?
My initial appointment takes 1 1/2 hours during which time we will complete an in-depth medical history together. I will then prescribe a unique prescription and then make up the medicine ready for my patient to take home with them. This will take a further 15 - 30 minutes.
I also like to see my new patients for a 1/2 hour follow up appointment after one week to check on progress and to explain the prescription. It might be necessary to adjust the medicine before then making up a further months medicine.
How much does it cost?
My initial appointment is Adult £68.00 Child £38.00
Follow up appointment is Adult £32.00 Child £25.00
Prescriptions are charged separately
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my Batchelor of Science Degree in PHYTOTHERAPY in 2004 from University of Wales.
I have been in Private Practice as a Consulting Medical Herbalist since 2005.
I am a member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists NIMH, and The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy CPP, which are both professional bodies representing our profession.
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My Consulting Fees are:
Initial Consultation lasts 1 1/2 hours £68.00 £38.00
Follow up Consultation lasts 1/2 hour £32.00 £25.00
The cost of medication normally works out between £8.00 - £12.00 per week depending on what is prescribed; can be in the form of tinctures, teas, creams, powders and capsules.
A friend recommended I went to see Caroline after I developed a nasty, angry eczema and was feeling somewhat drained and exhausted due to a number of stressful events all occurring at the same time. My nerves literally felt like they were “jangling”. Caroline was really approachable, straight forward and kind and having taken a full medical history and talking through my current symptoms she mixed me up a personal supportive medicine, plus some skin oil and suggested a number of supplements I might find beneficial. After a few weeks I felt a lot calmer and gradually my skin condition improved. Caroline altered the medicine a few times over a few months and developed a special skin ointment which was very soothing. I found Caroline very caring and open to working with me to find what worked and what didn’t and I would not hesitate to consult her again in future.
I brought my daughter to see Caroline as she had been experiencing difficulties with hormonal imbalance and mood swings, including anxiety, for a few years. These things were affecting her ability to work well at school and I was very concerned as GCSEs were approaching. Caroline was incredibly kind and supportive and my daughter found her very easy to talk to. She made up some herbal medicine for my daughter to take three times a day and within a month we started to see improvements all round. Her mood became more balanced and her period pain was much more manageable. Many people have commented to me that she seems in much better spirits generally and I know this is all due to the herbal medicine. It really has been an amazing support and I can't recommend Caroline enough.
Having had the misfortune, over the years, to contract Shingles, ME and the final insult, Herpes, I came to the conclusion that my body was not very strong when it came to viruses, So, I consulted Caroline to see if there was a herbal remedy that would boost my immune system, to enable it to fend off any invading viruses. She made up a tincture for me and I can, hand on heart, report that I do not get any Herpes flare ups.
I know it is not a coincidence because I happened to have a few verrucas (viral again) when I started taking the tincture and they have completely disappeared.
Wanted to thank you for solving the problem of irritation caused by the winter months, elastic and dry skin. I have been using your itchy,scratchy cream since Christmas and 'wow' what a difference ! I can sleep at night! Beforehand the irritation from the warmth of the bed drove me crazy, and no other creams seemed to work, but I have found that just a little applied at night and in the morning to my shins and back has done the trick.
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
I am available for consultations Monday - Saturday either before 10:00 am or after 14:00.