Ruth Chapman has worked as a Medical Herbalist in Wexford for many years now and has deservedly built up an outstanding reputation in her field. We frequently refer customers to Ruth. Although we have a basic herbal knowledge and sell many highly effective over the counter herbal remedies our understanding of herbs can’t match that of someone like Ruth who has undergone four years of rigorous study to become a practicing Medical Herbalist. Ruth offers free monthly consultations in Only Natural.
My interest in Herbal Medicine stems from a love of plants, which I learned from my father, and from my longstanding commitment to natural health. The two came together for me in Herbal Medicine; it was a perfect match! I feel privileged to have attended the greatly respected Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, where, alongside high educational standards, there was a true commitment to the essence of herbal medicine – The Plants. We were lucky to be taught by the top herbalists in the UK. The degree was four years full time study, and while it was exhausting, demanding and challenging, it was also very thorough and inspiring.
Our studies included both the conventional medical training of anatomy, physiology, disease and diagnosis along with a rich training in both the science and tradition of herbal medicine with great emphasis on the energetics of herbs and the constitution of the person.
The Wexford Herbal Medicine Clinic is based on the outskirts of Wexford town where I see people of all ages from babies to the elderly with a huge variety of conditions. Just to give you some example of the typical problems people may come to the clinic with, there are digestive problems such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, reflux or heartburn and IBS; women’s health concerns, in particular menopause, fertility issues, period problems, endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. I also see patients with recurring infections such as cystitis and chest infections, as well as skin problems such as leg ulcers, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Very often patients come to me with problems of insomnia, depression and anxiety.
Some of my patients need to take conventional medicine for their conditions. Part of my training as a Medical Herbalist enables me to safely prescribe herbs to patients who are taking medication, often for long-term conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or serious illnesses including cancer. People come for help in managing such conditions and also for help with side effects of the drugs they have to take.