Catherine King – Medical Herbalist BSc (Hons) BA (Hons)
I trained as a medical herbalist in Lincoln, completing three years of study and five hundred hours of clinical practice, to be awarded a First Class Degree (BSc Hons) in Herbal Medicine and the Arthur Baker Award for best graduate. My study of herbal medicine evolved from an interest in natural and holistic forms of medicine and healthcare. Whilst honouring the necessity of conventional western medicine, herbal medicine can treat the underlying cause of illness; treatment considering the whole person, not just their symptoms. In this way, more long term and sustainable resolutions can be found to some health challenges. Thus, for some long-term chronic conditions and the maintenance of general health, herbal medicine can provide a credible alternative to allopathic medicine.
Although I had used alternative healthcare for myself and my children for many years, when it came to selecting a discipline for my own study and practice, I was drawn to herbal medicine as it encompassed many essential elements that I was looking for. It is a practice in which evidence is drawn from many sources. Knowledge is drawn from folk or traditional use of herbs and from our own unique relationship with plants and trees which can inform our knowledge of their healing potential. More recently and significantly, scientific research informs the practice, thus providing ‘credibility’ and evidence of effectiveness. Indeed, around 80% of the world population uses herbal medicine as a primary source of healthcare and approximately 40% of conventional medicines are plant based.
Herbal medicine has allowed me to explore new areas of health care management and pursue my original career path as a substance misuse counsellor with additional tools to support clients through their journey of behavioural change both on a physical and psychological level. For information about treatment for dependency please visit the ‘Dependency’ page.
My skills have extended to the treatment of a wide range of conditions, such as depression and anxiety, skin disorders, fertility and menopausal symptoms and digestive complaints. I also have a special interest in ‘mountain medicine’, the use of herbs for increasing stamina and strength in altitude conditions and to enhance athletic performance. I am trained in auricular acupuncture, EFT and ‘talking’ therapies which I employ to support patients in their journey back to health. Details of these can be found on the ‘Supporting Therapies’ page.
Please contact me to discuss your health needs and arrange a consultation.
Herbal medicine and acupuncture have effective treatment outcomes for many conditions and I often refer to acupuncturists to optimise treatment outcomes for patients.
Please see testimonials from those who have benefitted from herbal medicine.
I am a member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). The Institute promotes the benefits, the efficacy and the safe use of herbal medicine with members treating hundreds of thousands of patients every year.
By choosing an NIMH member as your herbal medicine practitioner, you can be confident of their high standards of training and professional conduct.
What is a Herbalist?
NIMH (National Institute of Medical Hebalists’) states that Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional uses are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP.
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicines are medicines made from different combinations of plant parts, either leaves, flowers or roots. Each part can have different medicinal uses and the many types of chemical constituents require different methods of extracting the active constituents. Both fresh and dried plant materials are used, depending on the herb. Medical herbalists are particular about sources herbs from reputable manufacturers in order to maintain quality and sustainability.
Your herbal medicine maybe provided as:
- Infusions: dried or fresh herbs steeped in boiling water
- Decoction: usually harder plant material (bark, roots), boiled on the stove for longer than infusions
- Syrups: herbs incorporated into a thick, sweet liquid
- Tinctures: alcohol based solutions. Vinegars and glycerites can also be used.
- Powdered capsules.
- Mouth gargles
Your herbal medicine maybe provided as:
- Poultices: moistened herbs kept in place by a cloth for localised healing
- Lotions, ointments and creams
- Compresses: a soft cloth wrung out of a hot or cold infusion or decoction and applied to the affected area
- Infused oils
Why See a Herbalist?
A fully qualified medical herbalist would have undergone years of training, supervision and continued professional development. Many will be members of a professional body, ensuring professional standards. Whilst supplements may be bought over the counter, a herbalist will be trained to make a unique blend of herbs to treat the patient’s condition constitution as a whole. A professionally trained herbalist would also be aware of the potential of drug/herb interactions and prescribe accordingly.
Often, herbal medicine and acupuncture have effective treatment outcomes for conditions.
To find out more details on how acupuncture may help you alongside herbal medicine please contact one of our partner therapists:
I practice in locations around York and Scarborough. Home visits are also available in York and the surrounding area.
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Clinic times and details may be found below.
York Yoga Studio
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O'Sullivans Complementary Health Clinic
51 Northstead Manor Drive
Tullivers – The Five Minute Herbalist
£55 | 60 – 90 minutes
The initial consultation can last up to one and a half hours and will involve an in-depth assessment of your current healthcare concern, past medical history and relevant psychological health. The consultation could involve a medical examination and a taking of blood pressure and pulse.
£35 | 30 – 40 minutes
This consultation will involve a review of treatment, evaluation of progress and consideration of future prescribing and treatment.
Please be aware that I reserve the right not to treat patients if I assess their medical condition to require urgent medical attention, or if consider herbal medicine not to be appropriate for the condition.
£7 per 100ml (Typically one week’s supply)
£6 per 100g dried herb for tea
£7 per 100mg cream
10p per Capsules
Repeat prescription with no consultation: additional £2.
Postage and Packages fees will apply for medicines sent by post.
Drug and Alcohol Intervention
Consultations for drug and alcohol support may require more time as these will be structured interventions. The initial consultation will last between sixty and ninety minutes, with follow ups appointments lasting between forty-five and sixty minutes.
£75 | Initial consultation
£65 | Follow-up consultation
Home visits within a ten-mile radius of York will incur an additional £10 charge.