London herbal HIV support

hiv herbs


WHAT WE DO: In July 2009 medical herbalists Marcos Patchett & Lynne Hulka set up the UK's first regular clinic dedicated to providing complementary herbal medicinal support in the form of western herbal medicine for people living with HIV, every other Saturday at The Archway Clinic of Herbal Medicine. Lynne and Marcos are fully qualified and trained in herbal pharmacy and HIV pathology. They prescribe herbal remedies which are compatible with prescription medicines, and provide appropriate phytopharmacological support for some HIV-related problems. Wherever possible all herbal prescriptions are administered with the knowledge of or in liaison with HIV consultants, GP's, or mainstream medical care providers. All clients are advised to continue their orthodox biomedical monitoring & treatment; this is a complementary service. WHY WE'RE HERE: Many HIV+ people in the UK already use over-the-counter herbal medicines such as Milk Thistle (Carduus marianus). In fact over 70% of HIV+ people worldwide already use some form of herbal medicine. Unfortunately many herbs can interact with prescription medicines, and over-the-counter herbal treatments may not be appropriate. For these reasons it is important that anyone living with HIV in the UK who would like to attempt to use herbal medicines to relieve HIV-related symptoms or drug side-effects sees a qualified medical herbalist. HOW WE DO IT: Marcos & Lynne each have over 7 years’ postgraduate experience supporting HIV+ clients with herbal medicine. All the herbal medicines prescribed in the clinic have a long history of use, an excellent safety record, and are supported by some pharmaceutical research data. Clients are given clear explanations, and prescription details are available on request. Client progress and treatment effectiveness is monitored: •Thorough case histories kept for each client; •Medical test results recorded and compared at each consultation; •MYMOP (Measure Your Medical Outcome Profile) questionnaires completed after each visit to assess symptom changes and wellbeing.



Western Herbal Medicine (WHM) in HIV: Does it work?

There are currently no human clinical trials on the efficacy of herbs & WHM as a supportive therapy in HIV in European populations, so there is a lack of 'gold standard' proof of efficacy. However there are a few comparative studies on the use of herbal medicine (as opposed to vitamins or over the counter remedies) in Asia and Africa in HIV+ populations which indicate benefit, and there is much laboratory research which is suggestive of benefit from various herbal remedies.

For more details - an introduction, commentary and some annotated research abstracts, read this.

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