Consulting a Medical Herbalist

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Find a Qualified Herbalist?

A professional medical herbalist with training in clinical herbal medicine will be a member of a professional body. This is indicated by initials, after his or her name, such as CPP. This means that he, or she, has undergone degree level training in medical sciences as well as botanical therapeutics, has insurance to practise herbal medicine, and ethical standards of practise..

Anne is a fully qualified and insured consultant medical herbalist and has been in practice since 1993. She is a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. Until 2010 Anne was Principal Lecturer at Middlesex University in London, teaching on the B.Sc.(Hons) Herbal Medicine. She is keen to promote interest and research in herbal medicine and occasionally offers talks and herb walks. For herb products made by Anne see the Holt Wood Herbs website at

How is Treatment Provided?

Treatment with herbal medicine is based on each individual case and is tailored to meet the patient's needs. At the first consultation, a detailed case history will be taken. Anne can take account of any prescription medication you take. A preparation of selected herbs will be made up to suit your particular medical condition. Advice on diet and lifestyle may also be provided at the consultation. During the ensuing weeks or months there will be follow up visits to make adjustments to your herbal mixture, and provide advice as your condition alters.

Typically, you will be given a mixture of herbal tinctures. This mixture is usually taken in teaspoonful doses in hot water up to three times per day. Tinctures include some alcohol which acts as a preservative. Children are given reduced doses. Herb teas, tablets or ointments may also be prescribed. Herbal preparations are dispensed on the premises at the end of each consultation, or posted first class. Where a repeat herbal mixture is requested, without a consultation, a dispensing fee will be charged.

What Conditions Might Be Treated?

People consult herbal practitioners for a wide variety of complaints, and the following examples are of conditions which might be treated with herbal medicine:
* Allergies

* Catarrh and Sinusitis
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Constipation and Indigestion
* Cystitis and Urinary Disorders
* Digestive and Bowel Conditions
* Eczema
* Hay Fever

* Inflammation
* Insomnia
* Period Pains and PMT
* Stress and Anxiety

What About Diet?
Advice can be given to help ensure a balanced diet and to maximise nutrients in everyday food. Suitable supplements can be discussed, or further food sources of particular nutrients identified. Food intolerances can also be discussed.

How to Make an Appointment?

A first appointment usually lasts about one hour, enabling a full case history to be taken. Follow up appointments last about half an hour. If you are unable to attend, please give at least 24 hours notice, otherwise the full consultation fee will be payable. For general enquiries, or appointments in Crediton, phone (01363) 777531 where an answer phone message can also be left.

Directions for Appointments in Crediton

Crediton is on the A377 between Exeter and Barnstaple. There is a regular bus service (number 50) from Exeter to Crediton, stopping at the end of Dean Street. Trains also run from Exeter to Barnstaple, stopping at Crediton within 10 minutes walk of Dean Street.

If you are travelling by car from the Exeter direction through Crediton, look for a zebra crossing close to the large parish church. You will find Dean Street is immediately on the left just after the zebra crossing. It is a narrow street with single yellow lines and parking is only possible to drop off passengers. However there is parking available at the end of the street a few minutes walk away.

How Much Does It Cost?
First appointment £48.00
Follow up appointment £25.00
Dispensing fee
(for repeat prescription) £4.50
Herbal medicine (per 100 ml) £9.00

Reduced fees apply to children for consultations.