Welcome to Heathcote Valley Herbal Medicine.
Yes, that's our 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. There is a small herb garden where a few select herbs grow. But enough about that!
You're here about the clinic.
Heathcote Valley Herbal Medicine has been in operation for nine years. During that time many a tincture, herbal supplement, & Bach flower remedy have been prescribed. Nutritional advice, nutritional supplements, & lifestyle advice have flowed in abundance. And they still do.
We are located in, you guessed it, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch. Near the riding school. We work out of our home so when you book an appointment you get the address and instructions on how to get here. Very easy, just follow the Echinacea logo. It's always happy to help.
We have a dispensary of herbal tinctures from MediHerb and PhytoMed. Tinctures are the alcohol extracts of herbs. They are potent, effective medications. A tincture is customised for your health concern and is an easy way to take several herbs in one go. Because it is made just for you, the remedy fits you rather than the other way around. The usual dose is 5-7 mls twice a day. The price is based on volume. A 300 ml tincture is $82.00 which will last between twenty and thirty days. Other sizes range in cost from $55.00 for 200 mls to $30.00 for 100 mls. The price remains the same regardless of the number of herbs in your tincture.
Our professional grade supplements include MediHerb, Orthoplex, Eagle, Metagenics, Researched Nutritionals, & Thorne. These are the tablet, capsule, or liquid forms of herbs, herbal combinations, vitamins, minerals, or amino acids. The prices are too varied to list here. The products are tested for quality, the proper herb and the proper part of the herb being used, purity, and even the containers are tested for safety. Because they are professional grade, the number of tablets prescribed will be lower than the supplements you find at retail or online outlets.
Herbal teas are sourced from reputed growers and herbal supply companies where they are quality tested for purity and efficacy. We choose organic, organically grown, or spray-free herbs. Because they are of a professional grade, our teas can be used up to three times and still retain their medicinal value. This means you make a cup of tea. Then you can re-use those herbs for a second cup of tea. Even with the third cup you reap the therapeutic benefits. We package our teas in biodegradable, compostable kraft bags by econic. They look like they are foil lined, but they are not. You can put them in your worm farm or home compost bin, but take the label off first. Have a look at www.econic.co.nz for more information.
We offer functional testing from Doctor's Data, US BioTek, Great Plains Laboratory Tests, Precision Analytical Tests, dnalife, Labrix, Dunwoody Labs, SiBOtest.nz, & Lipid Technologies. These are comprehensive tests for heavy metal loads, hormone levels, genetic methylation or detoxification problems, bone health, and much more. These are offered at our cost price. You can book in for a follow up consult for test interpretation. These tests can help with supplement selection, dietary adjustments, and exercise regimens.
Lifestyle advice ranges from remedies for low stomach acid, to diaphragmatic breathing, to sleep promoting tips, to getting started in the herbal world. Again, this is tailored to your needs.
Our hours are Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm with evening appointments available on Tuesday & Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. For more details scroll to the bottom of the page or click "Book Now."
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?
You will be given our address. After checking it out on Google maps, you drive up the lane looking for the Echinacea logo sign. Follow the signs and park in our drive. There is plenty of room for you to park your car and there are no stairs to climb. Once out of your car you will be surrounded by roses and bird song, depending on the season.
Remember to bring in your list of supplements or medications you are taking and any blood test results from the last six months. 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 suggested or ordered. You can take the list to your doctor or you can take a prescription directly to the lab and pay for the tests yourself. Either way.
Herbs, supplements, diet, lifestyle suggestions, and/or Bach flowers are recommended.
We like to send out a written summary of your visit. 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 can be booked. At that appointment any concerns or changes can be made. Please, don’t wait that long if you have any questions. We're available by phone, email, messenger, or text during business hours.
Appointments after the two weeks 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 that would be grand. We look forward to meeting you.
Call or text on: 027 861 1499
Email Sandra at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Messenger: Herb Nerd NZ
Use the online booking system. It's that green button that says, "Book Now."
Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday. 9 am to 5 pm.
Evenings by appointment only. Tuesday or Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Prescription refills can be picked up at clinic.
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
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.