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NATURAL MEDICINE CENTRE

VETERINARY PRACTICE

HERTS AND LONDON

NEWS

October 14, 2014.

VET USES CANCER TREATMENT TO RELIEVE JOINT PROBLEMS IN DOGS.

A leading vet has started prescribing a long-established cancer treatment to transform the mobility of dogs suffering from joint problems.

Richard Allport, a vet for more than 40 years with practices in Potters Bar and Bayswater, discovered that CV247, a cancer treatment invented in the mid-1990s, has a dramatic effect as an anti-inflammatory.

"CV247 is mostly used as a treatment for cancer in dogs - but its composition of primarily natural constituents I've found has a clear and positive effect on dogs suffering from joint mobility issues," said Richard.

"I prescribe it as a treatment for cancer and related issues, and I noticed that around 80% of the dogs prescribed CV247 quickly became far brighter and perkier in their demeanour.

"When I looked into it, it became apparent that the majority of the constituents of the treatment contributed towards an anti-inflammatory effect - a bit of an old-fashioned 'tonic' - which often gave dogs more mobile joints, made them feel better in themselves.

"That feelgood appeared to be a hugely positive contributor to a dog reacting positively to treatment for cancer and related issues. Dogs don't analyse how they feel: but they feel better before they get better. Dogs react to the way they feel at that moment.

"Traditional drugs and treatments are very effective for the right patient at the right moment, but I would urge pet owners to try natural medicine whenever possible - they'd be pleasantly surprised by the results, and will instantly recognise the absence of drug-related discomfort, particularly in older and more sensitive or vulnerable pets."

Ends

More information:

Iain Macauley

07788 978800

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Notes:

Richard Allport qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 1973.  After ten years as a veterinary surgeon in general practice, he began to specialise in holistic medicines.  In July 1996 he opened the NMC as a referral centre for pets, offering treatments with acupuncture, homoeopathy, flower essences and herbal medicine for pets. Richard is a past president of the British Association of Homoeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, and holds the qualification of Veterinary Member o the Faculty of Homoeopathy (VetMFHom).  He is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists, and the European Herbal Veterinary Medical Association.  Richard has written several books on natural medicines for pets, writes regular columns in Dogs Today and Cat World magazines, and has appeared regularly on radio and TV programmes.

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Natural Therapies for Pets

acupuncture


Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese art of inserting fine needles at selected points in the body. The Chinese believe that energy flows through the body along channels or meridians and by inserting needles at points along the meridians, the energy flow can be stimulated, sedated or balanced. This is the basis for treating a whole range of diseases. It is particularly applicable to arthritis, back problems and muscular and nerve disorders, but can be used to treat almost any condition.
Most animals tolerate acupuncture sessions very well, and feel little or no discomfort. Needles are sterile and are used once only, so that there is no risk of infection to the patient. The needles are left in a place for anything from five to twenty minutes, depending on the problem being treated.
Response to acupuncture therapy is usually good, at least 75% of patients receiving acupuncture show improvement in symptoms.

 

bach flower therapy


The Bach Flower essences are named after Dr Edward Bach. He was a well respected bacteriologist and homoeopath, who turned his attention to the healing powers of a wide range of flowers and trees. He discovered that the healing properties of flowers corresponded to the mental and emotional state of the patient concerned. For instance, the Bach Flower Mimulus helps patients who have specific fears, such as fear of noise or fear of the dark. Because physical illness is often linked with the mental and emotional state of a patient, Bach Flower therapy will not only relieve mental and emotional problems, but also physical illness and disease.
The essences are in the form of liquids that are either given directly by mouth, or diluted first and then given orally, or in drinking water. The remedies are safe to use, and no side effects are seen. Cats seem to respond particularly well to Bach Flower Therapy, but any species of pet can benefit - even birds!
 
 
herbal medicine (phytotherapy)


Herbal Medicine is probably the oldest system of natural medicine used by man. Nothing could be more natural than harnessing the healing powers of the herbs and flowers around us to cure our diseases and those of our pets. Animals in the wild have an uncanny ability to seek and eat plants which will help when they are ill.
Modern drugs are often isolated extracts of herbs, or are more likely to be synthetic derivatives of these substances. Aspirin (derived from the bark of the Willow tree) and Digitalis (derived from the Foxglove) are two drugs still in common use today with herbal origins. However isolated extracts and synthetic compounds are more likely to cause side effects and have less total healing power than the herb itself. Herbal medicines are gentler, safer, yet no less effective than their conventional counterparts.
Herbal remedies are now available in tablet form, making dosing easier as tablets are often more acceptable to pets than traditional herbal tinctures or teas.

 

homoeopathy

In the late 18th century a German physician, Dr Hahnemann, discovered a new system of medicine - homoeopathy. He found that minute doses of certain poisonous minerals and herbs could cure the symptoms which the poisons themselves would normally cause. So, for instance, a 'homoeopathic' dose of Arsenic will relieve symptoms of food poisoning, whereas giving Arsenic itself would cause similar symptoms to food poisoning. This is known as the law of similars, or more simply, 'like cures like'. Although often produced from poisonous substances, a homoeopathic remedy is so diluted as to be safe to use and is very gentle but powerful in its healing effect.
Homoeopathy is a holistic therapy. At a homoeopathic consultation, information is obtained about the patient as a whole and not only the specific problem present at the time. Remedies are chosen which correspond with the individual nature of each patient, including likes and dislikes, as well as the way in which the specific illness is affecting the patient. So two patients with the same disease may need completely different remedies. Homoeopathy is particularly effective for chronic problems such as eczema, colitis, bronchitis and arthritis, which conventional drugs may be unable to deal with.  
 

osteopathy

The therapeutic effects of manipulation are well known for human back and joint conditions, but are equally effective for pets. Back problems are surprisingly common in pets, often leading to weakness in the hind legs. Back and joint problems may occur as a result of accidents and injuries, congenital defects, arthritis, and for many other reasons.
Joint conditions that are unresponsive to conventional treatment may respond to osteopathy. Relief from pain, increased mobility, and decreased stiffness, are all effects that can result from osteopathy, which can help symptoms of spinal problems, and most forms of joint and muscle disease.

Osteopathy for pets is available from Barbara Sherringham , who has been with the Centre for over twenty years

healing

In a sense, healing, (often known as Spiritual Healing or Faith Healing), is the purest form of treatment for illness. It involves no pills, no needles and no equipment. The laying on of hands to heal disease is of ancient origin, and in all societies and cultures people with healing powers are acknowledged.
Most reputable healers abide by the code of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, which was drawn up in conjunction with the Royal Collage of Veterinary Surgeons. It ensures that healing is carried out in a professional and ethical manner.
Healing can help any illness or problem from which our pets suffer, and can often help in 'incurable' diseases such as cancer. Even if a cure is not achieved, animals will almost always seem to feel better after healing sessions, with a reduction in any pain or discomfort.

Healing is available from Helen Hilliard, who has been holding healing sessions at the Centre for almost twenty years.
 

nutritional therapy

'You are what you eat' is a philosophy that applies as much to dogs as it does to humans. As more and more dogs are developing health problems which can often be directly related to poor nutrition, it is becoming increasingly necessary to return to Nature's simple, safe and effective methods to cure many of their ailments. A healthy diet with the addition of specific nutritional supplements can be vital in helping the healing process. Richard will advise on any change in diet and any supplements that will be beneficial as part of the consultation. We can also recommend the services of a specialist adviser on canine nutrition, Kristina Johansen

 

 

 

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Natural Therapies for People

Healing

In a sense, healing, (often known as Spiritual Healing or Faith Healing), is the purest form of treatment for illness. It involves no pills, no needles and no equipment. The laying on of hands to heal disease is of ancient origin, and in all societies and cultures people with healing powers are acknowledged.
From where the healing powers were derived is a matter of opinion and debate. However, all healers feel that they act as a channel for the healing energy, rather than doing the healing themselves. Most reputable healers abide by the code of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, which ensures that healing is carried out in a professional and ethical manner.
 

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Staff

 

When you call the NMC by phone you will be greeted by Susan Lee our practice manager or one of our helpful reception and advice team, Andrea Gautier and Anne Betteridge, who are all ready to answer any enquiries and book consultations

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Pet Therapists:

 

Richard Allport, for acupuncture, homoeopathy, flower therapy and herbal medicine.

Richard Allport, qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 1973.  After ten years as a veterinary surgeon in general practice, he began to specialise in holistic medicines.  In July 1996 he opened the NMC as a referral centre for pets, offering treatments with acupuncture, homoeopathy, flower essences and herbal medicine for pets. Richard is a past president of the British Association of Homoeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, and holds the qualification of Veterinary Member o the Faculty of Homoeopathy (VetMFHom).  He is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists, and the European Herbal Veterinary Medical Association.  Richard has written several books on natural medicines for pets, writes regular columns in Dogs Today and Cat World magazines, and has appeared regularly on radio and TV programmes.  

 

Barbara Sherringham for osteopathy

Barbara Sherringham, BSc (Hons) Ost Med, DO, MRO, ND, is an experienced osteopath with a special interest in the treatment of animals.

 

Helen Hilliard for healing

The Natural Medicine Centre is pleased to have the services of Helen Hilliard available. Helen was a friend and colleague of our previous healer, Charles Siddle, who passed over in December 2000. Helen now continues his work.

 

Kristina Johansen for Specialist Dietary Advice - Dogs Only
 
 

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People Therapists

 

Helen Hilliard for healing

 The Natural Medicine Centre is pleased to have the services of Helen Hilliard. Helen was a friend and colleague of our previous healer, Charles Siddle, who passed over in December 2000. Helen now continues his work. 

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NATURAL MEDICINE CENTRE

For everything you need to know about natural medicines and therapies for pets (and we even treat people too!).

Holistic and homeopathic vet in Herts

The NMC was set up in Potters Bar twenty years ago to specialise in natural treatments for pets.  Its director, Richard Allport BVet Med. Vet MFHom MRCVS, has thirty years’ experience in treatment with homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicines for pets.

 

Holistic and homeopathic vet in London

Richard also sees patients in West London on Wednesdays each week at the Bayswater Referral Centre.

 

Treatment for dogs, cats and rabbits

Does your dog suffer from eczema, colitis, arthritis or epilepsy? Is your cat affected by asthma, cystitis or viral disease? Has your rabbit got dermatitis or chronic snuffles? These are just a few of the conditions that often respond well to natural medicines.  

For information on how natural therapies can help your pet, for details on consultations at the centre or by ‘phone, to find information about natural medicines online, or to contact us for advice, click on the relevant section. For a history of the centre and more information about Richard Allport read more below or browse our site to find out more about homeopathy and other holistic therapies for pets.

 

HISTORY OF CENTRE

The Natural Medicine Centre was opened in July 1996 in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, UK and was one of the first veterinary centres to specialise in natural therapies for pets.  The director, Richard Allport, qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 1973.  After ten years as a veterinary surgeon in general practice, he began to take a special interest in holistic medicines.  In July 1996 he opened the NMC as a referral centre for pets, offering treatments with acupuncture, homoeopathy, flower essence and herbal medicine for pets.  Richard has been joined by other therapists so that the centre now offers osteopathy, nutritional advice and healing for pets.

The NMC now also offers natural treatments for people. Healing only is available at present but watch this space for therapsts in other disciplines coming soon.

Richard also visits a referral centre in Bayswater, London, UK once a week; and consultations are also available by telephone for those unable to travel to Potters Bar or Bayswater, if there is no other holistic vet within reasonable travelling distance.

Richard is a past president of the British Association of Homoeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, and holds the qualification of Veterinary Member of the Faculty of Homoeopathy (VetMFHom).  He is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists.  Richard has written several books on natural medicines for pets, writes a regular column in Dogs Today magazine, and has appeared regularly on radio and TV programmes.

Advice about your pet's health

You can consult Richard Allport at Potters Bar or Bayswater, or by telephone if you have no qualified holistic veterinary surgeon available within reasonable travelling distance. For ethical reasons, your own veterinary practice will need to provide a copy of the medical records of your pet to Richard and agree to him treating your pet.

This agreement and the records may be posted, faxed, or e mailed.

We will also need you to complete a patient record form - a questionnaire about your pet – this can be e mailed to you or you can download it HERE. Richard can then give advice on natural remedies and supplements which are likely to help with the problems from which your pet is suffering.

All necessary natural medicines will be supplied by the Natural Medicine Centre.  Meeting the patient in person is always preferable to a consultation by ‘phone, however, many patients have been successfully helped by such ‘long distance’ advice.  For consultation fees see details in ‘Consultations for pets’

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FAQ Items

 

What happens after my initial consultation?
Following the initial consultation we aim to provide the best service possible for you and your pet. Your next consultation, or date to call us with a report, will be arranged at the time of your first consultation.

If any problems or concerns arise at any time during treatment, do contact us for further advice and help. If the receptionist on duty cannot answer your query at the time, she will take the details and call you back as soon as possible.

Following a report on progress, or query about treatment, Richard will normally send a reply via the reception desk. Should you need to consult with Richard by phone, this can be arranged - leave your details with reception and Richard will call you back. Return calls are usually booked at a specific time during consulting hours. Please leave a landline number if possible.

Cost of these services:
Advice given via reception within one month of last consultation/No charge
Advice given at other times (via reception) £27.50
Telephone consultation £55.00

 

Does the NMC accept pet insurance claims, and does my pet insurance cover natural therapies?
At present the majority of pet insurance companies include cover for natural therapies, but level of cover does vary. We are happy to complete insurance claims forms and forward them to insurance companies. The centre does not claim fees directly from insurance companies - all fees must be paid to the centre, and then reclaimed via the insurance policy. Claims forms are completed as quickly as possible, usually within a week of receipt. There is no charge for this service, but fees are charged as follows:

    Your insurance company requires extra information, or the claim has to be resubmitted for any reason………………………………£10.00
    You require a copy of the claim for your records, or ask us to keep a copy of the claim     ……………………………………………………£5.00

 

Is Parking Available?

Potters Bar - There are several parking spaces directly in front of the centre (free parking for 30 minutes,50p for an additional 30 minutes). If a space is unavailable there is parking in side roads in the vicinity of the centre, such as Highview Gardens (a right hand turn off Southgate Road when coming up from M25, just before the centre) where some spaces are available, except between 2pm and 3pm as in other side roads.

Bayswater - Parking is meter only in Alexander Street and adjacent side roads. Meters are mainly ‘pay by phone’

 

Can I Pay by Credit Card? Payment of our charges is required at the time of treatment. We accept payment by cash, major credit and debit cards (and AMEX from March 2017), and cheques (made payable to R. ALLPORT), but please note that we are unable to accept payment by card for sessions with individual therapists other than Richard Allport.
Please note that we charge a fee for appointments not kept - 50% of consultation fee - unless 24 hours notice is given.

 

Return and refund of unused medicines
Any medicines/supplements that have been supplied by us can only be accepted for refund if:

    They are unopened
    They have been supplied within the previous month

A handling charge of £5 will be deducted from the total refunded

 

Are any of the therapies mentioned in this site available for people?
Yes, and some others too. Please refer to our Therapies for People section.

 

How can I make a comment/complaint about the NMC?
The centre is proud of the high standard of service it offers. If you have any comments or complaints about the centre; please write to the Practice Manager at the above address. Any complaints will be fully investigated, and a written reply will be sent as soon as possible. Prices and all other information correct at time of going to print.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS Payment of our charges is required at the time of treatment. Fee for appointments not kept - 50% of consultation fee (unless 24 hours notice given)

Prices and all other information correct at time of printing. Prices include VAT at current rate.
 
 

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Consultations For People

Healing

 Helen Hilliard

Alternate Tuesdays 1.00-6.30

What for: Any illness or problem including back pain, depression and often 'incurable' diseases such as cancer. Even if a cure is not achieved, you will almost always feel better after healing sessions, with a reduction in any pain or discomfort.

Price/Length: Each consultation £25.00 - 15mins approx

Frequency: Depends on nature of the condition, however once weekly for several weeks is the norm

 

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Consultation for Pets

Consultations at Potters Bar and Bayswater with Richard Allport

Consultations times: Mon, Tues 9.20-6.20 & Thurs 9.20-1.20 at Potters Bar
                              Wed 11.10-3.20 at Bayswater

Fees: Initial consultation ............. £220.00
         Subsequent consultations ….. £110.00
                 
For most therapies, the follow up consultation is between a month and six weeks after the first appointment. However patients that are having acupuncture will require several sessions at shorter intervals at the beginning of treatment – usually weekly for four weeks. Most patients can then move on to sessions at monthly intervals, or longer. A reduced rate of £75.00 per session is charged for the three sessions following the first consultation. Normally further sessions are charged at the full rate of £110.00, but patients that need frequent sessions will be charged thereduced rate.

Consultations by telephone

You can consult Richard by phone about your pet’s problems, if you have no qualified holistic veterinary surgeon available within reasonable travelling distance of your home, following a referral from your veterinary practice. Prior to the phone consultation we will ask you to complete a patient record form - a questionnaire about your pet – which can be posted or e mailed to you.

Fees: Initial consultation …........... £165.00
         Subsequent consultations ….. £55.00

After your consultation

Following the initial consultation at Potters Bar, Bayswater or by telephone, we aim to provide the best service possible for you and your pet. Your next appointment will be arranged at the time of your first consultation.
If any problems or concerns arise at any time during treatment, do contact us for further advice and help. If the receptionist on duty cannot answer your query at the time, she will take the details and call you back as soon as possible.Following a query about treatment between consultations, Richard will normally send a reply via the reception desk. Should you need to consult with Richard by phone ask reception to arrange a telephone consultation – Richard will call you at a prebooked time during consulting hours. You can also e mail for advice, but it will take longer to receive a reply.

Fees for these services:

Advice given within a month of last consultation via reception or by e mail: No charge

Advice given at other times via reception or by e mail: £27.50

Telephone consultation: £55.00

 

Consultations with our associates

Osteopathy with Barbara Sherringham

The therapeutic effects of manipulation are well known for human back and joint conditions, but are equally effective for pets. Back problems are surprisingly common in pets, often leading to weakness in the hind legs. Back and joint problems may occur as a result of accidents and injuries, congenital defects, arthritis, and for many other reasons.
Many joint conditions that are unresponsive to conventional treatment will respond to osteopathy. Relief from pain, increased mobility, and decreased stiffness, are all effects to be expected from osteopathy, which can help not just spinal problems, but most forms of joint and muscle disease.


Barbara Sherringham, BSc (Hons) Ost Med, DO, MRO, ND, is an experienced osteopath with a special interest in the treatment of animals.

Consultations available at Potters Bar only

Consultations times:   Thursday afternoons (other times are sometimes available)


Fees:    Initial consultation …............. £55.00
            Subsequent consultations ….. £45.00

                 
Some patients may need one treatment only, but most longstanding conditions will need a series of sessions

 

 

Healing with Helen Hilliard

In a sense, healing, (often known as Spiritual Healing or Faith Healing), is the purest form of treatment for illness. It involves no pills, no needles and no equipment. The laying on of hands to heal disease is of ancient origin, and in all societies and cultures people with healing powers are acknowledged.
Most reputable healers abide by the code of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, which was drawn up in conjunction with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. It ensures that healing is carried out in a professional and ethical manner.
Healing can help any illness or problem from which our pets suffer, and can often help in ‘incurable’ diseases such as cancer. Even if a cure is not achieved, animals will almost always seem to feel better after healing sessions, with a reduction in any pain or discomfort.
Helen Hilliard was a friend and colleague of our previous healer, Charles Siddle, who passed over in December 2000. Helen now continues his work.

Consultations available at Potters Bar only

Consultations times:   Alternate Tuesdays 1.00-6.30
                               
Fees:    Each consultation ….. £25.00


Some patients may need one treatment only, but most longstanding conditions will need a series of session

 

 

Specialist dietary advice with Kristina Johansen (dogs only)

‘You are what you eat’ is a philosophy that applies as much to dogs as it does to humans. As more and more dogs are developing health problems which can often be directly related to poor nutrition, it is becoming increasingly necessary to be able to analyse diets and improve the nutritive content.
Kristina Johansen graduated with distinction in Advanced Canine Nutrition from the Companion of Animal Science Institute in Canada. The course is a three year study in animal nutrition, anatomy, physiology and disease. Additionally she has completed electives in canine cancer, cardiovascular disease, orthopaedic disorders and kidney, endocrine, gastrointestinal and metabolic conditions.
Via her website www.elmoskitchen.com Kristina offers a number of dietary services – analysis and review of your dog’s current diet and medical history, formulation of a personalised diet plan for healthy dogs or those with medical conditions, customised home prepared raw and cooked diets and general advice on diet and nutritional supplements.


Charges vary depending on service provided, please see Kristina’s website for full information – and do let Kristina know that you came there on our recommendation.

 

 

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