What to look for when seeking Complementary Therapies


Whilst we don’t generally recommend alternative treatments, we get asked about complementary therapies a lot so we thought we would ask Simone Reddington from the Apothecary at the Tannery in Woolston to put together a checklist for you.



Is your practitioner qualified?

This is the first step to choosing a good practitioner. Because the natural health industry isn’t government regulated people can call themselves a Naturopath or a Herbalist or whatever they want without the full training.  The natural health therapist should have their qualifications available to see plus also belong to a registration body which means they will have initials after their name as well.

We prefer people to stay away from anyone making outlandish claims about their products or service. If it doesn’t make sense – stay away. Ask how the therapy works and about any evidence. Herbal and nutritional therapies are probably going to be fairly common sense but anyone waving crystals or using diluted remedies isn’t going to be able to help with your physical issues, emotional perhaps but physical – no. If you do want our recommendation, we vouch for the Apothecary, at the Tannery in Woolston.They are all qualified Medical Herbalists and Nutritionists and prefer to use scientific and evidence based products where possible. Their training is in both the traditional and researched usage of herbal remedies, diet and supplements. They offer 60-90 minute appointments for $120 which should give you a good base to work from with them. Expect to spend $200 at an appointment including your herbal remedy and any nutritional supplements they advise, alongside diet and lifestyle changes that you can do at home. They do follow up appointments to make sure their programme is working for you and they will help you to implement diet and lifestyle changes. However they prefer to have you treated in 3 appointments or slightly longer if it is a chronic case.  We are assured they use up to date science and evidence as a base and where necessary will check to see if your medications may interact with any of their herbs.  We are happy to work together with patients who also choose to use herbal remedies prescribed by qualified practitioners.We have talked with The Apothecary owner and she says they get the best results for the following problems:

  • Digestive Issues - Such as Irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, bloating & constipation
  • Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome & Weight loss – With long term diet and lifestyle recommendations rather than herbal remedies
  • Hormonal fluctuations - Including PMS symptoms, menopause and heavy bleeding
  • Immunity - Issues that have become chronic i.e. recovery after a viral illness as well as things for sore throats and cough, frequent colds, low immunity, allergy response

Whilst we don’t recommend alternative therapies for acute situations, The Apothecary may be able to help alongside pharmaceutical drugs or to assist with the management of chronic conditions in some cases.

Their details:

The Apothecary

19/3 Garlands Road



Prices quoted are correct as at September 2017


This is not a paid advertisement but is instead the result of a productive discussion during which we realised that the people at the Apothecary had skills which we did not  After a testing discussion, we felt sufficiently confident in their qualifications and ethics to refer patients who wish to use herbal remedies to them.


All images (c) The Apothecary.

Article by Simone Reddington

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