Welcome to Heathcote Valley Herbal Medicine.
Yes, that's my garden. When it's in full bloom and the grass is cut! In the morning, the scent is divine. At one time there were over one hundred rose bushes. There are considerably fewer now as the garden undergoes its changes. I have a small herb garden where I grow a few select herbs and try out some new ones. But I digress with all this garden talk!
You're here about the clinic. It's been in operation for nine years. During that time I have prescribed many a tincture, pottles of herbal supplements, & buckets of Bach flower remedies. Nutritional advice, nutritional supplements, & lifestyle advice have flowed in abundance. They still do. Through it all I've concocted my own set of creams, balms, salves, syrups, and draughts for sleep, anxiety & coughs. Over and over I was told, "You should sell these." In my literal brain, I'd think, "I just did." Then one day it clicked.
Herb Nerd NZ products are now available at markets and online. They are made from organic ingredients with no preservatives and no other additives. I choose the herbs. I have the privilege of wild crafting herbs on a local organic farm. I order from reputed suppliers & growers. I infuse the oils. This takes time. Sometimes up to twelve weeks. I craft these products drawing on my herbal experience, my clinical observations, my science background, and my love of herbal medicine. I am excited to share them with you. They are pretty darn fine products. And while they might not be pretty they'll get the job done.
That's all fine and dandy. But how are you to know which to use and what will work for you? Maybe you need something specifically designed for your needs. That's where a one on one consultation comes in.
What is Herbal Medicine?
It is the use of plants for the treatment of disease and the maintenance of health. Phytotherapy is another word for it. Herbs can gently assist you towards health while working on the underlying causes of your health concern. Herbs can be used alongside your prescribed medications. If you follow your prescribed treatment plan, herbal medicine can help you.
Remember too, that herbal medicine takes time. While a cold can show changes in a matter of hours, a chronic condition, such as fatigue, can take several weeks or months to show improvement.
Herbs are used as:
• Infusions (a fancy word for tea)
• Tinctures (alcohol or glycerine extracts)
• Topical applications.
It’s always best to get advice from a medical herbalist or naturopath. Just because it is a plant, doesn’t mean it’s automatically safe. Especially if you are taking prescription medications or have allergies. Not many people would take medicine without consulting their doctor. It’s the same for herbal medicines. Please ask us. We love to help.
Because of the myriad of supplements available, it is difficult to know which ones are best for you and which ones are of good quality. Professional grade products are usually more expensive as they must adhere to strict guidelines ensuring the appropriate herb is used, the correct part of the herb, and that the dose is of therapeutic value. Even the capsule and the bottle are tested for quality and safety. Well, that's great, but so what?
Let's use Echinacea as an example. It is well known to help with immunity. The therapeutic part of the plant is the root. Cheaper products bulk up their product by using both the root and herb. More plant material for them means more product at a lower manufacturing price. More money for them. Hurray! But It diminishes the therapeutic value of the product. You may find that some supplements don't work or you have to take a lot of them. It could be that they are using the wrong part of the herb, substituting the herb with something cheaper, or using the whole herb when only one part of it is therapeutically viable. But honestly, how are you to know?
That’s where your natural health care provider can help.
What can herbal medicine treat?
Herbal medicine can assist with the treatment most health concerns. Some examples include skin problems, digestive complaints, headaches, aches & pains, arthritis, colds & flu, tiredness, erectile dysfunction, PMS, insomnia, or just not feeling yourself. Herbal medicine can have a supportive role in cancer therapy, radiation treatment, pre- & post-surgical conditions, and for the maintenance of your current health.
It can be tailored to work alongside your physician’s prescribed treatment. Should you require the skills of another health care professional, you will be referred.
What happens when I book an appointment?
Our clinic is located in Heathcote Valley, in Christchurch. You drive up the lane, following the Echinacea flower sign and park in the drive. You will be surrounded by roses and bird song, depending on the season.
You bring in your list of supplements or medications you are taking and any blood test results. Once inside and a herbal tea is decided upon and we have a chat.
It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well it is. We chat about your health. The reason you’ve come. Remember we're medical herbalists. We love to hear about your headaches, your sleeping habits, your bowel habits, your cough, your aches and pains. We really do. And this takes time.
From our conversation, blood tests may be ordered or a blood glucose taken.
And then, herbs, supplements, diet, lifestyle suggestions, and/or Bach flowers are recommended.
We like to send out a written treatment plan two days later. You get information based on our conversation, treatment aims, and a reminder sheet on how to take your herbal medicines.
Your first appointment is usually an hour. An hour and a half is booked just in case.
A follow up appointment in two weeks is booked. At that appointment any concerns or changes can be made. But please, don’t wait that long if you have a question. I’m available by phone, email, messenger, or text during business hours.
Appointments after that can range from weekly, monthly, or six weekly. It really depends on you health, your wellness, and treatment plan.
If you would like to book in to see me that would be grand. I look forward to meeting you.
Call or text on: 027 861 1499
Email Sandra at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Messenger: Herb Nerd NZ
Hours of Operation
By appointment only, Tuesday - Friday. 9 am to 5 pm
Evening appointments Tuesday or Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Prescription refills can be picked up.
Prescription deliveries from NZ Couriers, tracked & traced.
How much will all this cost?
Your first appointment: $85.00. 1-1.5 hours
Your follow up appointment: $45.00 45 minutes
After the first two appointments:
$85.00 1 hour
$45.00 ½ hour
$22.50 - 15 minutes
After your first two appointments:
Phone Call: $1.50 per minute of consult time (We don’t charge for pleasantries or regular conversation!)
Email advice : $1.50 for consult time (again, we don’t charge for pleasantries or regular conversation.)
Eftpos available, no credit cards at this time.