First NHS Clinic of
Herbal Medicine Opens
Article By Ann Walker
of UCLH NHS TRUST PRESS AND COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
Professor David Bellamy
and Dr Saul Berkovitz at the opening ceremony
The first NHS ‘Western’ Herbal Medicine service was opened by Professor David Bellamy at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (RLHH) in April 2008. This new Clinic is part of a concerted programme to broaden the scope of the RLHH in order to offer patients the full range of natural medicine therapies.
Modern Western Herbal Medicine combines the traditional knowledge of the medicinal use of plants which has been accumulated over millenia from cultures throughout the world, with modern insights from research into the pharmacology and clinical applications of herbs.
Herbal medicines can be of value in a wide range of conditions including fatigue, digestive, joint and skin problems, allergic conditions and hormonal imbalance. With few exceptions, herbs can be used alongside conventional medicine,. Herbs are particularly suitable for conditions where the side effects of drugs limit the use of modern medicine.
The RLHH Herbal Clinic accepts both NHS and private referrals. NHS referrals require a letter of referral from an NHS General Practitioner or NHS hospital doctor. Private referrals can be made by a doctor or by the patient him or herself, or a parent or guardian. Contact Dr Saul Berkovitz by letter at the following address: Western Herbal Medicine Clinic, The Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, 60 Great Ormond Street, London, WC1N 3HR