Date(s) - 14/02/2020
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Haelan Centre: Crouch End
Visit The Haelen Centre One of North London’s longest established Health and Healing Centres located in the heart of Crouch End since 1954
We now offer full consultations for chronic and other medical conditions that cannot be addressed in a mini consultation.
ABOUT WESTERN HERBAL MEDICINE
Herbal Medicine is the oldest form of medical practice. Western herbal medicine has its philosophical roots in the Greek and Latin traditions. The traditional knowledge of the use of herbs have been passed on through herbals written by philosophers and major herbal experts such as Culpepper, Avicenna or Hildegard of Bingen. Nowadays western medical herbalists incorporate the latest scientific research of how herbal extracts interact with our bodies at a molecular level, together with traditional philosophies. In this way they are able to create herbal blends specifically formulated for the needs of the individual patient.
SEEING A MEDICAL HERBALIST
The First Consultation
In the first consultation of one hour, the medical herbalist finds out about your constitution, your lifestyle and diet. If necessary a physical examination will be carried out. You will also be asked about all supplements and medications you are taking. The herbalist will then make a diagnosis and will blend different herbs in the form of a tincture specifically formulated for your needs. All possible interactions between the herbal treatment and your prescribed medication are taken into account. If appropriate a herbal tea or external applications in the form of creams, oil or baths will be suggested as well as dietary and lifestyle advice. Where necessary, further testing and an appointment with your GP will be recommended.
The Follow up
After the first consultation, you will need to see the herbalist about once every one to two months, depending on the condition. In the 30 minutes follow up consultation the herbalist checks progress and where necessary she/he amends the prescription as needed. The length of the treatment may vary according to the individual circumstances. It generally takes one month of herbal treatment per year of illness.
You can still book for a mini consultation with our herbalists to address minor health issues such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, mild hayfever, travelling gut disorders, mild stress or for a general health tonic. If in doubt please ask the herbalist which consultation suits you best.
To book an appointment with our Medical Herbalists please call:
020 8340 4258 extension 3 during shop opening hours
or email [email protected] at any other time
We stock about 90 different herbal tinctures, mostly from england and europe, but we also have some indian, chinese and american plants. Wherever possible – approx 85% – our herbal tinctures are made from herbs organically grown or wild harvested in England and from organic alcohol. To make herbal tinctures, herbs are macerated in a mixture of alcohol and water for a set amount of times and them strained. Some of the active compounds, such as alkaloid and hormonal modulating compounds, dissolve better in alcohol, therefore tincture can be more active than herbal teas.
Herbal creams and oils
The base creams of the Haelan Dispensary are made in small batches by a herbalist in Suffolk. She uses fresh herbs and natural ingredients and the least possible amount of preservatives (some preservatives are needed as creams without them would not last longer than a few days). Base creams are mixed with essential oils and tinctures by the medical herbalists to suit the needs of the individual.
OUR MEDICAL HERBALISTS
All our medical herbalists are qualified and have experience in supporting a wide range of conditions. You can pop in for mini consultation for acute ailments such as common colds, infections, skin issues, IBS, hayfever, menopause among many others. In the full consultations they can develop a complementary health treatment plan to support people with chronic conditions such as those affecting the endocrine, metabolic and nervous systems as well as for digestive, respiratory, skin and cardiovascular problems.
Current Medical Herbalist at the Haelan Centre is Sophia Forrester
For Clinic times, contact details and information about the other Haelan Clinic practitioners see The Practitioners page.
What to expect
You can pre-book a full one hour consultation (by appointment only) or pop in for a mini consultation for acute ailments such as common colds, infections, skin issues, IBS, hay fever, menopause and many others. In the full consultations, medical herbalists can develop a complementary health treatment plan to support people with chronic conditions such as those affecting the endocrine, metabolic and nervous systems as well as for digestive, respiratory, skin and cardiovascular problems. All Healan Centre medical herbalists are qualified and have experience in supporting a wide range of conditions.
Contact and Bookings
History of the Haelen Centre
In 1971, the shop was officially acquired by the partnership of Nino Booth and Peter Woodhead. Haelan is Old Middle English for Healing.
The partners set out to establish a wholefood shop based on the criteria outlined in the Haelan Centre Policy Statements. The early days were difficult and challenging, especially so, as few people understood what was meant by wholefoods. Throughout the 1970’s the business grew steadily and the first major growth in the market began, as other stores began to open around London. In 1981, Nino Booth acquired the sole rights in the business and by 1983 the shop had expanded into the premises next door at 37 Park Road.
From the beginning, Nino saw the potential of the wholefood movement, and was convinced that one day, such ideas would be accepted widely enough so that the shop would be successful as a High Street store. In 1986 he was able to realise this conviction by the move to our present location in the very heart of Crouch End. In 1986, the first floor was re-developed to provide a more suitable environment for the sale of alternative and complementary medicines, and enlarged and improved herb department as well as a larger range of ancillary products. In 1989, Nino was able to fully restore the original services of the business, by opening The Haelan Clinic, thereby offering to the local community easier access to professional alternative and complementary health treatments.
The Haelan Centre has undergone a bit of a transformation, with the new refitting work – both inside and out – being undertaken at the beginning of 2002. All the recent work done to the Centre was planned and commissioned by Nino, before his death. It is a great shame that we missed his delight in the final outcome. We intend to carry on Nino’s good work and continue to make improvements so that we may offer a pleasant and comfortable environment for all who come to the Haelan Centre.