Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It’s used in all societies and is common in all cultures.

I became a Naturopath because of my love for herbal medicine and how they have such amazing effects on people’s health

I am qualified to practice Western Herbal Medicine, which is based on European herbal medicine traditions. I chose this system because of the herbal medicine I was exposed to growing up. My mum was quite crook with pneumonia when I was young and spent a long time recovering from it and the garlic and horseradish tablets that she popped really helped her clear everything up, and it’s still one of my staples in our medicine cupboard!

I look at plants as a medicine. They contain active ingredients that have actions and can affect the body.

~ Alisa

Why I love herbal medicine

Plants contain active ingredients, called phytonutrients, and it’s these ingredients that help modify and improve our bodies and health and is becoming more validated by scientific investigations that seek to understand the active ingredients of the plant.

Plants are as individual as the people I’m supporting on their health journey. They contain a wide variety of active ingredients and can be used in various combinations and strengths depending on what the person in front of me requires.

All herbs have their own specialties

Even though herbs contain a lot of ingredients that have different actions, they all have their own special superpowers.

One of my favourites is Withania, which works well on supporting your adrenals and nervous system. I like to say that I’m prescribing a “Mum Hug” in the bottle when I’m using this – it comforts and relaxes you and at the same time you feel like your energy is being restored.

Other common herbs, like Dandelion Root, Turmeric, Licorice are also commonly available in shops like Withania. However, they do still come with cautions which is why I firmly believe that if you want to use herbal medicine to help yourself, it’s best to go to someone qualified so they can give you the right (and safe) herbs for you at that time at therapeutic doses. It’ll save you time and money in the long run.

Why I like to prescribe herbs

Herbal medicine allows me to easily adjust my formula as my client’s symptoms are improving and their health goals shift. I usually only prescribe a particular herbal formula for 2 weeks or so before assessing it to see if it needs to be tweaked. For example, if their digestive symptoms have calmed down then we can switch it up to then focus on supporting their adrenals and improving their stress and energy levels. As much as I love making liquid herbal formulas, they do taste foul – so I also can prescribe tablet herbal formulas as well if it’s an easier option for people to get them down. Sometimes though, when I’m writing up a health plan for someone, there’s a few things that we need to include in order for them to feel better – so instead of prescribing 2 or 3 herbal tablets, I offer a bottle of liquid herbs that can everything that they need. It’s more specific to them and more cost effective.

What makes my herbs so special?

Both my liquid and tablet herbs are all practitioner grade, standardised extracts. What that means is that they’ve been tested and have great quality ingredients and I know exactly how much I’m giving someone, so I can replicate the formula again and it’ll be the same.

I make sure they have been ethically sourced and, unfortunately, there’s a few herbs that I have decided to no longer use because they’re now endangered. Like the False Unicorn RootYes – that is its real name!

How I use herbs in the clinic

I prescribe herbal medicine either via liquid tinctures, where I can create a formula specific for your needs at that particular time.

I also have tablet herbal formulas for those who don’t like the taste of the liquids (not great tasting – they’re medicine, not food!). Again, these are high quality practitioner-only products.

What I like to prescribe herbs for

Typically, I use herbs, in the short to medium term, to get people back on track. During this time, my clients are also gradually changing their diet and lifestyle to help them reach their health goals.

Depending on a client’s need, I might also use supplements that contain both herbs and nutrients to try and tick as many boxes as possible so they’re not taking heaps of pills.

I use herbal medicine when required in my Naturopathic treatment plans available either ONLINE or in my clinic located at 165 Lake Street Cairns.

Naturopathy Consultations

My aim is to provide you with the best quality care and advice.

In order to do that the appointment structure is so we can get as much information as possible and it also allows me time to be able to accurately prescribe dietary and lifestyle changes and supplements if necessary.


New client package - $195

Initial consultation (1 hour)

This is basically a fact-finding mission to get as much information around your health and all the aspects that impact it.

I will not only ask you the reason you’ve come, but also ask questions about your other body systems to gain a broader, holistic view of your current health state.

Typically, most people will leave this appointment with some dietary directions, and if necessary, herbal or nutritional supplements.

I may also refer you to have some blood tests to gain a deeper picture of what is going on and address any underlying nutritional deficiencies or hormonal imbalances. This may ideally need to be completed before your second consultation (Report of findings) which will be held 1-2 weeks after your initial appointment.

Second consultation – Report of Findings (30 minutes)

This consultation is held ideally 1-2 weeks following your initial consultation.

At this consultation you will receive your treatment plans that I have put together after going through all the information from your initial, as well as incorporating action plans based on your blood test results (if applicable).

Here you will receive:

  • Your treatment plan to help achieve your health goals,
  • Your Iridology report and photos of your eyes, as well as
  • Any dietary information, lifestyle suggestions and other information that I feel you would benefit from.

We will discuss which steps would be the best for you to take to get you back on track and feeling better and also select the options that you feel would be the most manageable.

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Follow up consultations

Follow up appointments time and frequency vary greatly from person to person. Depending on the agreed treatment plans, a person’s financial situation and life in general! – I try to be as flexible as possible to help support you!

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