Wednesday, 31 October 2012


It's a National Bug Busting Day today.

Herbalists recommend a rinse with Quassia to get rid of headlice
Every so often a patient asks me how to get rid of headlice. Usually it's their children that have them and keep getting them, but sometimes it's an adult. 

Regular wet combing with a nit comb as advised in the above link will certainly help, but sometimes they can persistent. One primary school teacher had headlice for almost a year and was at her wits end when she finally came to see me.  

So what can you do to get rid of headlice? 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, the debate over risk/benefit of mammogram screening grows.

Mammograms do not prevent cancer. They simply detect it. Even if you have had a clear mammogram, there is a lot you can do to make sure that you do not develop any form of cancer. 

There is now a good body of evidence showing the protective effect of eating fruit and vegetables on many common cancers. 

Make one small change
If you just make one small change at a time to improve your health, it can make you less susceptible to developing a chronic illness of any kind.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Today, 10th October, is the WHO World Mental Health Day. 

This year's theme is depression.

Over 350 million people in the world suffer from depression. 

A recent MORI survey, reported on the BBC website, found that British workers  are the most depressed in Europe.

In its mildest form depression can be feeling low in spirits but it doesn't interfere with normal your everyday life - at least not to any great extent. Depression can make everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe it can be life-threatening with thoughts of suicide.

There are different types of depression, and different reasons why people experience depression. There is no single cause, and different things can trigger depression in different people. 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Back to school

September: the time for new terms at school and university.  The days get shorter, night’s begin to draw in, the weather changes. The beginning of autumn can be a time when people come down with a virus. Whether it’s children going back to school and getting a sore throat, or students heading off to university and getting 'freshers flu', symptoms such sore throats, headaches, feeling feverish, and coughs, can leave you feeling quite miserable. 
If you know you’re likely to get a sore throat or a cold in autumn, it makes sense to start taking herbs like Echinacea, and supplements like vitamin C and zinc before you become unwell. 
If you’ve already got a cold, taking Echinacea and Vitamin C can help the body fight off the symptoms. Rest and drink plenty of fluids. Elderberries also help. 
Colds and similar viruses should be short-lived, but if they last any length of time, or you or someone you know gets them frequently, then you should seek professional help. 
While no-one can guarantee that you won’t come down with a cold, there is a lot a herbalist can do to help you become more resilient and less likely to succumb.