Herbal medicine There is evidence that says specific herbal remedies may help to prevent or relieve side-effects of cancer and its treatment such as difficulty sleeping, nausea and skin reactions from chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine. At The Haven we use plants or mixtures of plant extracts from Western herbal medicine to treat a wide range of health conditions. We do not offer Chinese herbal medicine. Many drugs used in medicine today are made from single plant extracts. With herbal medicine remedies rely on the delicate balance of many constituents held within the whole plant, not just one single active ingredient. You will usually have several consultations over several months. At the first consultation, which lasts an hour, the medical herbalist takes a full case history, including drug history, emotional state, diet and lifestyle. Blood pressure is taken and a physical examination made. The medical herbalist will try to identify the causes of your symptoms and then select safe herbal remedies to improve and restore the function and balance of the body. Herbal remedies may be boiled in water and taken as a tea. They may also be taken as tablets, creams, gels or ointments. Herbal Medicine is available at London, Leeds and Wessex Havens.