Deanne is a fully qualified medical herbalist who uses plants to treat the person who has a disease, rather than the disease the patient has (to paraphrase Hippocrates)!
HELLO, my name is Deanne Greenwood BSc (Hons), MCPP. I am a medical herbalist practicing in Helston and St Keverne in Cornwall. My training combined orthodox medical knowledge with the scientific understanding of plants and herbal therapeutics. Through that, I learnt that it is necessary to get to the root of ill health instead of simply alleviating the symptoms, if one is to truly heal. And that it is necessary to support the whole body – the whole person – as part of that healing process. I therefore believe that diet and lifestyle advice, and the empowerment of the individual, is as important as herbal medicine in a person’s journey to physical and emotional good health and wellbeing.
As a woman with a lifetime’s experience of the hormonal rollercoaster (!), I have a special interest in women’s hormonal health, from menarche to menopause – although I see patients with a very wide range of complaints including:
- Depression, anxiety, insomnia, low energy levels
- Arthritis and other musculoskeletal pain and inflammation, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders
- Asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis
- Constipation, flatulence, IBS and other gut disorders
- Persistent coughs and colds, hay fever and other allergies
- Dermatitis, eczema, acne
- Heavy, painful periods, PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, cystitis, candida
- Hot flushes, menopause, prostrate problems
As well as being fully qualified and insured to practice, I engage in a professional training scheme known as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that helps keep me up to date with the latest scientific developments in medical and herbal research.
Whatever your health problem, I would love to hear from you and be given the opportunity to help you recover. I honestly consider it a privilege to share my knowledge of herbal medicine, and be able to help people return to good health and wellbeing.
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine has been used for hundreds of years and many pharmaceutical drugs currently prescribed by doctors were originally derived from plants and herbs – aspirin from the bark of the willow tree, for example. Plants and herbs have many different properties, including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic and laxative action, to name but a few.
If you have a serious medical condition, you should always consult your doctor, but herbal medicine may be used in addition to conventional care.
Many people ask if there is any scientific evidence to support the efficacy and safety of herbal medicine. There is, and it is increasing all the time. Recent examples include:
- St John’s wort for mild-moderate depression
- Ginkgo biloba for senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, tinnitus, poor memory
- Black cohosh for menopausal symptoms including hot flushes
- Boswellia serrata for osteoarthritis
- Willow bark for low back pain
- Nettle for urinary problems associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Hawthorn for reducing high blood pressure
I truly believe that if you want to improve your health and quality of life, you have to take the first step. You have to take control of your health and your life. If you believe, as I do, that herbal medicine can help you, your healing process starts with making an appointment to see me. The sooner you do that, the sooner we can start improving your health, and your life – together.
What happens in a consultation?
During the first consultation, I will take a detailed case history about you and your state of health, past and present. I’ll need to know about your family’s medical history, too.
There’ll be questions about your digestion, bowel function, sleeping and eating patterns, your menstrual cycle and reproductive system if you’re a woman, and more. I will take your blood pressure, and may need to conduct further examinations such as listening to your heart and breathing using a stethoscope, manipulating your joints or gently feeling your abdomen. Please be assured, I am fully trained and qualified in these diagnostic techniques.
How do you take herbal medicine?
I use herbs mainly as liquid tinctures, which are taken in small amounts before meals, with a little water. Sometimes I recommend dried herbs, which you prepare and drink as a tea. I also make up my own creams and ointments, for external use.
Diet and lifestyle
I always offer dietary and lifestyle advice as part of a consultation, as I believe this gives you added tools to work towards your recovery and will help you stay in good health!
Where do I practice?
I work at three health practices in Cornwall – in Falmouth, Helston and Penzance – and also see patients at my home on The Lizard if that’s more convenient. I may be able to do home visits for those who have difficulty travelling, for any reason.
The herbs I use in my practice are all purchased from reputable wholesalers, are organic where possible, and prescriptions are made up by myself.
If you’d like to call or email me to discuss how I might be able to help you, before making an appointment, please feel free to do so. I look forward to talking to/meeting you and helping you along the path to recovery.