Herbal Medicine can deliver support and effective treatment strategies to people experiencing a wide range of health  problems. The Herbal Barge Clinic offers professional and confidential  consultations,  in person and via zoom.

Follow the links below to find out more about what herbal medicine can treat,  what to expect from a consultation, pricing and information about the practitioner.  

Please note, this practice is currently only taking new patients via the student training clinics. These can be in person or online. You can book in via the Calendar page; training clinic days are highlighted in yellow ( in person) or orange (online).

What can Herbal medicine treat?

Herbal medicine practitioners can treat many condition that patients might take to their GP.. Sometimes herbal medicine  will be an alternative and sometimes it will be an adjunct to prescribed pharmaceutical medicines. 

Trained herbalists will be aware of any possible herb/drug interactions. If you are currently taking conventional medication, you will only be prescribed herbal remedies that ...


The thorny question of fair pricing!

There is no system that easily balances the tension between an aspiration that quality, skilled herbal medicine care is accessible to those who need it, and the aim for the herbalist to earn a living. The goal of this is beyond the reach of an individual practitioner – but it is good to be mindful of the objective!

For now, this is the sliding scale I am ...

What to expect from a consultation.

The first consultation may last up to two hours (online an hour and a half), so that a full case history can be elicited. You will be asked about your current symptoms, your previous medical history, previous and current medication, your general health, diet, and lifestyle. If the consultation is in person, it may include a physical examination. When the consultation is in person, medicines wil...


Herbal remedies may be given in the form of tinctures (plant preparations in alcohol), herbal teas, powders, capsules, pills, syrups, ointments or creams.

Some medicines are sourced from sustainable and ethical suppliers; others are hand made from plants harvested by the practitioner and helpers.

Remedies are usually personal - tailor made to suit each individual's unique circumstances. Thi...


The Herbal Barge is owned and run by  herbalist, Melissa Ronaldson.

Melissa is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; she qualified with a Bachelor of Science in Herbal Medicine in 2000 and has been in practice ever since.

This herbal practice has been varied and diverse. Melissa was based for many years at a mental health and arts project in Hackney; she has worked...