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Holistic healing centre

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine is the use of plant remedies in the treatment of disease. It is the oldest form of medicine known. Our ancestors, by trial and error, found the most effective local plants to heal their illnesses. Now, with the advancement of science enabling us to identify the chemical constituents within these plants, we can better understand their healing powers.


Herbalism, in this country, is now classed as an ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’ discipline but is still the most widely practiced form of medicine worldwide with over 80% of the world’s population relying on herbs for health.


Medical Herbalists are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors but take a more holistic approach to illness. The underlying cause of the problem is sought and, once identified, it is this which is treated, rather than the symptoms alone. The reason for this is that treatment or suppression of symptoms will not rid the body of the disease itself. Herbalists use their remedies to restore the balance of the body thus enabling it to mobilise its own healing powers.


The first consultation will generally take at least an hour. The Herbalist will take notes on the patient’s medical history and begin to build a picture of the person as a whole being. Healing is a matter of teamwork with patient, practitioner and the prescribed treatment all working together to restore the body to health. Treatment may include advice about diet and lifestyle, as well as the herbal medicine. The second appointment may follow in two weeks; subsequent ones occurring monthly – this will depend on the individual herbalist, the patient and the illness concerned.


The herbalist's approach

What can herbal medicine treat?

Herbal Medicine can treat almost any condition that patients might take to their doctor. Common complaints seen by herbalists include skin problems such as psoriasis, acne and eczema, digestive disorders such as peptic ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion.


Problems involving the heart and circulation like angina, high blood pressure, varicose veins, varicose ulcers etc. can also be treated successfully as can gynecological disorders like premenstrual syndrome and menopausal problems, also conditions such as arthritis, insomnia, stress, migraine and headaches, tonsillitis, influenza and allergic responses like hayfever and asthma.


Please note that David Foley only sees clients in Derry specifically for the Gynae clinic, and reasons listed above. For more information, contact his clinic in Letterkenny, The Natural Way on +353 74 912 5738, or The Gatelodge on +44 28 7136 4080




Women's Gynae Clinic

About the Women's Natural Health Clinic



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The Gatelodge, 91 Strand Road, Derry. BT48 7NW

(028) 7136 4080

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 Reception  Opening hours


Monday          9am - 4pm

Tuesday         9am - 6pm

Wednesday   9am - 6pm

Thursday       9am - 6pm

Friday             9am - 5pm

Saturday        9am - 3pm


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The clinic is available with David Foley, MNIMH MRCHM.


We provide a comprehensive range of female healthcare in a sympathetic, caring and interactive manner. All treatments are given wholly-natural medicines formulated into vegetable capsules, tinctures or sachets with no pharmaceutical drugs used. The inherently holistic nature of this approach is particularly well suited to female health conditions and often achieves results where conventional medicine has been unsuccessful or has undesirable side effects.


Our methods of practice are also ideal for women who wish to follow an entirely natural approach to their healthcare. Our services are for females of all ages and include:


    Reproductive health

    Infertility treatment programmes


    Monitored cycle fertility assessment

    Post-partrum programmes

    Menopausal programmes


For more information, visit: www.naturalgynae.com; Contact The Gatelodge on 028 7136 4080 to book your appointment.


Clinic is on the second Thursday of every month.