Health and Herbs Mission Statement
Dr Clare’s team integrates pharmaceutical and herbal medicine. This model of collaborative medicine offers the best of both approaches.
After medical school Dr Clare went on to do her GP training and entered general practice in North London. Taking the opportunity to study for a BSc in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University she qualified as a medical herbalist in 1999 and returned to Ireland to establish a Primary Health Care collaborative medicine clinic.
Although herbal medicine is core to Dr Clare’s training and expertise she also works with and highly values other complementary healthcare disciplines including Nutrition, Acupuncture, Psychotherapy and a wide range of hands-on physical and energetic and spiritual treatments. Please refer to our therapist’s pages for further information.
Dr Clare’s Qualifications and training
Medical School: University College Dublin
GP Training: London
BSc Herbal Medicine: Middlesex University, London
Hon. Clinical Fellow: National University of Ireland Galway Medical School
At her clinic in Galway, Dr Clare works with fellow medical herbalist Lara Jonasdottir to provide the highest standard of herbal medicine clinical care.
Lara has an equivalent Clinical Herbal Medicine BSc as Dr Clare and has completed advanced general herbal studies with David Winston, a highly acclaimed author and herbalist from the U.S., and a post-grad Diploma level study with Dr Aviva Romm MD in Healthcare for Women using natural medicines. She is currently studying a Master’s Programme on Teaching Clinical Medicine in National University of Ireland Galway. Lara has an independent clinical practice with a joint clinical review meeting monthly with Dr Clare.
Prescribed herbs are dispensed from Dr Clare’s Herbal Dispensary at Health and Herbs in Galway.
Any herbalists associated with the clinic are members of the Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists (IIMH.org). This is the only professional register of herbalists in Ireland with BSc Herbal Medicine (or equivalent) entry requirements.
Healthcare Vision for 2025 for Ireland and the U.K
This vision specifies Ireland (Rep) and the United Kingdom as they are the only jurisdictions in Europe where you can consult a medical herbalist with a scope of practice to diagnose, clinically examine, prescribe and make herbal medicines. These rights have been challenged consistently since they were permitted in Tudor times. (These rights are also prohibited in the U.S.)
- You will use herbal medicines confidently for everyday health problems
- You will have the basic herbal medicine first aid supplies in your medicine cabinet for family health issues. You will be aware of the limitations of simple herbal remedies
- You will be able to consult a well qualified medical herbalist for most mild to moderate or recurring health problems that require a consultation and individualized prescription
- Your medical herbalist will be part of your medical team, working in collaboration with your family doctor, hospital consultant and other medical providers
Dr Clare’s Herbal Apothecary Mission
- Education: We teach the value of herbs for health and happiness
- Quality herbal products: We provide a one stop shop of herbal apothecary, information and advice about herbal medicines
- Herbal medicine clinic appointments: Appointments are available with well qualified medical herbalists in Galway
- If it is not possible to attend our clinics in person we offer Skype/telephone consults
How will our vision be achieved?
Education: Dr Clare’s Academy offers an on-line Foundation Course in Herbal Medicine.
Dr Clare is a regular speaker at international academic conferences.
Health and Herbs offer advice and speakers at lifestyle exhibition shows.
Dr Clare speaks as a recognized authority on radio and on TV to enthusiastically raise awareness of the benefits of herbal medicines.
Dr Clare is writing the first of a series of books. The first book covers the choices we make in health care and how they are informed. It is due to be published in 2017.
Dr Clare offers clinical teaching to herbalists of all levels of qualification at her clinic. Education is the key to high clinical standards.
Products: By registering with Dr Clare’s practice we can send you herbs direct. Dr Clare’s Blends’ offer formulated solutions for particular common health problems or you can purchase individual herbs. You are required to inform us of medication you are taking from the pharmacy, either over the counter or prescribed by your doctor so that we may provide appropriate advice.
What can I expect from Herbal Medicines?
The most appropriate role for herbal medicines is mild to moderate health problems. These include; irritable bowel syndrome, chronic sinusitis, allergies including eczema, hay fever, asthma, all hormone related problems, early osteoarthritis, recurrent infections etc. It also includes wellness issues such as fatigue, stress and feeling unwell when all the medical tests are ‘normal’.
Acute infections and painful conditions can also benefit from a herbal approach in collaboration with a pharma medicine or surgical approach where indicated by a well qualified herbalist.
For severe health problems where there is structural damage to tissues (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cysts on the ovaries, inflammation of the stomach, persistent pain and swelling of any structure etc.) herbs will take longer and they will commonly be used alongside your prescribed medication in the context of a herbal consultation.
Without addressing nutrition and the stressors that accompany severe chronic health problems you limit the success of all medication including prescribed medication.
Herbs can reduce the side effects of medication and enhance their effectiveness.
Herbs can help with non-core disease effects such as stress, anxiety, insomnia and digestive problems that often accompany severe chronic illnesses and reduce your quality of life.
These non-core problems often exacerbate the disease.
The best news about herbal medicines is that they are effective, have very. very few harmful side effects, and many beneficial side effects.
Dr Clare and all of her clinical team wish you the best health and safest healthcare for you and all your family.