Veda West BSc BA MSc MNIMH
I am an experienced medical herbalist holding an MSc (with Distinction) and a BSc (1st class) in herbal medicine. I see people with a wide range of health problems, but have a special interest in endocrinology (i.e. thyroid and diabetes), women's health problems (i.e menopause, PMT and PCOS), and emotional support (i.e. anxiety, depression and stress). I am an experienced lecturer and I am a writer for the Advanced Herbal Medicine Course (aimed at educating herbal practitioners and healthcare practitioners) - Herbal Academy of New England.
Herbal medicine takes an holistic approach to health care, using plant-derived medicine to treat the whole person and not just the symptoms. It emphasises the individual and the importance of tailoring treatment to suit each person's needs. A unique combination of several herbs are prescribed to support each patient. For example, if treating a chest infection, antiseptic herbs would be used to clear the infection, as well as herbs which are expectorant (which means that they thin mucous in the lungs allowing it to be coughed up more easily). Herbs which support the immune system and adrenals may also be used, as well as herbs which support other organs/systems to aid elimination.
Herbalists believe that using the whole plant is more effective than using individual constituents, and that any potential side effects are reduced. However, some plants should be avoided in people with certain health complaints and who are taking certain drugs. Medical herbalists are trained to use plants both safely and effectively, and consider both your health problems and the medication you are taking.
The aim of the treatment is to address the cause of the problem and not simply treat your symptoms. Herbalists are trained in diagnostic skills, can use a wide range of medicinal plants, and are also able to recognize when a condition is best referred to other healthcare practitioners.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MSc and BSc in herbal medicine. I was awarded a distinction for my MSc and hold a 1st class honors degree in herbal medicine. My degree training involved the study of anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, clinical diagnosis, pathology, physiology, nutrition and clinical training.
My clinical training involved 500 hours in which I conducted consultations under the supervision of a clinical tutor (an experienced herbalist). To achieve my degree I needed to demonstrate to a medical doctor and a herbalist (the President of N.I.M.H.) that I could diagnose illnesses, perform clinical examinations, create a prescription protocol, and use herbal medicines both effectively and safely.
I studied at the University of Central Lancashire and the course is accredited by N.I.M.H. (The National Institute of Medical Herbalists).
I was awarded The Phyto Products Award for Pharmacology for the year 2008-9 by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (N.I.M.H.). I won my award for my dissertation work; in which I analysed the role and mechanisms of action of phytoestrogens (plant oestrogens found in plants such as Red Clover and Soya) in breast cancer.
The National Institute of Medical Herbalists
The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) is the UK's leading professional body representing herbal practitioners. The Institute is self-regulating and is run on a voluntary basis. The Institute maintains a register of individual members, sets the profession's educational standards and runs an accreditation system for training establishments, maintains mandatory programmes of professional development, provides codes of conduct, ethics and practice, has a complaints mechanism and disciplinary procedures, represents the profession, patients and the public through participation in external processes such as regulation of the profession and herbal medicine.
Other available therapies
personalised healthcare, diet/nutrition and lifestyle
First Consultation (40-60mins) £40.00
Second and Subsequent £30.00
Consultations (20 mins)
Tinctures per 100 ml
(approx 1 weeks worth): £7.50
Creams 60g £5.75
Teas 100g £7.50
I tend to make your prescription up immediately after the consultation. Repeats can be collected from either of my practice addresses, or posted out.