Traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbal
with Sebastian Pole
Neal’s Yard Remedies, 7
Northumberland place, Bath, BA1 5AR
What is Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbal
Ayurveda and Chinese Herbal Medicine are the
traditional medical systems of India and China. They are time tested
and effective medical systems using herbs, foods, massage, meditation,
seasonal living and relaxation as central tools on the path to helping
you achieve the best possible health. They have an extremely safe
history and are renowned for producing long-lasting benefits to
I have trained extensively in India and the UK in
Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine and am registered with the main
representative professional bodies; the Ayurvedic Practitioners
Association and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. I have been in
practice since 1998 and work as a general practitioner treating a broad
range of conditions. I work as a general practitioner and specialise in
dermatology and digestive disorders.
What to expect in a consultation?
The first meeting will last about an hour and
involve an in depth consultation about your medical history, family
medical history and your current health issues. This will involve me
asking you questions about your diet, digestion, energy levels, sleep
and predominant emotions. I will also take your pulse and inspect your
tongue to gain further insight into the internal balance of the organs.
The answers that you give and the information that I receive from
‘reading’ you help me to draw a picture of your unique and
individual health presentation. You may come with a named
‘disease’ but it will be treated according to your own
particular constitutional strength and manifestation of that problem.
There is a saying in Traditional Medicine, ‘Same
disease many treatments, different disease same treatment.’
This means that, for example, two people with the same named disease,
such as ‘insomnia’ would be treated not with the same
‘sedative’ medication but with unique treatments, as their
presentations of insomnia will be different. Conversely someone coming
for treatment for ‘constipation’ may receive the same
treatment as someone wanting treatment for ‘migraines’ as
the problem may have the same cause but just manifests differently in
each of according to our own health tendencies and constitutional
Traditional medicine is unique, personal and
individually tailored for you.
At the end of the consultation I will make a
diagnosis and then prescribe some herbs, dietary advice and some
lifestyle suggestions. The herbs may be in a tincture, powder, tablet
or tea form and they actually don’t taste that bad! They will
need to be taken 2-3x/day.
How often do I need to come for
I will need to see you at least once a month
whilst treatment is progressing.
How long does treatment take?
This is difficult to answer as it depends on many
factors such as how long you have had a problem, how well you manage to
incorporate changes and how much stress you are under but you should
certainly be experiencing benefits after a few weeks.
Do I have to give up all my favourite
This depends on if they are benefiting your
health or not. My job is to give you the best advice that I can so that
you can achieve the best health. I will tell you what you need and then
the choice of what you do is up to you.
How much does treatment cost?
The first consultation costs £50 and it is
£30 for follow ups
The herbs will cost about £1/day
If you would like an appointment please ring the
If you have any further questions please contact
me on Sebastian@pukkaherbs.com