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What you can expect from your consultation with Chris Etheridge
All consultations are carried out at Chris’s London or Epping clinics. Your first consultation will last approximately 90 minutes. (Repeat consultations are approximately 30 minutes.)
The consultation process
During the consultation, Chris will have an in-depth conversation with you to learn about your past medical history, diet, lifestyle, social and family history, emotional state, any current prescription drugs or supplements, and the individual systems in your body (heart, lungs etc). This allows him to assess how your body is working as a whole, to build up a complete holistic picture of your health.
The relaxed consultation atmosphere gives you plenty of time to have a genuinely two-way discussion about your immediate symptoms or disease, together with any possible underlying causes. You are invited to ask as many questions as you like throughout the session.
Chris will then check your blood pressure and resting pulse rate, and conduct any other relevant medical examinations of, for example: the lungs, the heart and cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system, the urinary system, blood cholesterol and blood sugar. Further diagnostic tests may be advised and can be arranged, if appropriate, to reach a fully rounded diagnosis. (Click here for a list of available tests.)
Personal written report
Chris will write a full report for you after the consultation, so you can relax without having to worry about taking notes or retaining any information. The report includes detailed suggestions for beneficial dietary and lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements and herbs for your unique circumstances, together with any relevant research and information sheets related to your specific diagnosis. This report is a service which is unique to Chris’s practice methods, and is included in the consultation fee.
After your consultation
Chris will create a comprehensive holistic treatment plan for you and prepare your personal report. Once you have read the report, you can contact him with any comments or questions you may have. With Chris’s guidance, you can then construct a health regime together that is practical for you and that you are happy with, as well as exploring possible ways of adapting your lifestyle to benefit your health further.
Medicines and supplements
After you have agreed a treatment plan, Chris will dispense your medicine and order any relevant supplements, which can be mailed to you or collected in person. Herbal medicine is dispensed in a variety of forms, depending on the patient’s individual needs: tinctures, teas, tablets and creams.
Sources of herbs
The majority of Chris’s herbs are obtained from MediHerb, a premium company. MediHerb has stringent testing regimes to ensure the purest and best quality herbs, and to guard against adulteration and the substitution of incorrect herbs, which can happen with some cheaper high street and supermarket brands. Monthly follow-up consultations can then be arranged, to find out how you are getting on and to adjust your treatment as required.