My training in Western Herbal Medicine combined biomedical study of anatomy & physiology with a holistic view of the wider social, environmental and psycho-emotional influences on health & disease. Find out more about what herbal medicine is and what it can treat here
As a herbalist I always aim to bring myself fully to the space, and be as genuine and present as I can. I will listen fully to your concerns and lived experiences without judgement. I offer guidance and advice about treatment, while supporting you to make your own choices.
I hold a Diploma in Herbology from the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, and a first class Herbal Medicine Degree from Lincoln University where I graduated top of my year with the ‘Prize for Herbal Medicine.’ I am a registered herbalist and professional member of The American Herbalists’ Guild (AHG).
Since graduating in 2015
I love to learn, and am passionate about exchanging skills and knowledge with others. Since qualifying as a Medical Herbalist I have continued to expand my knowledge through training courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including: a Permaculture Design Certificate, First Response in Emergency Care, COSCA Counselling Skills & Suicide Awareness.
I am committed as far as I can to using local herbs which are grown, gathered and processed in ecologically responsible ways. The herbs you receive after your consultation are a combination of the following:
Some herbs from suppliers are imported, we try to keep these to a minimum
Costs of Treatments:
I am passionate about herbal medicine being accessible to those who need it, while balancing my need of an income. I offer appointments on the basis of a sliding scale, which means that you pay an amount relative to your ability to pay. The scale is:
£25 to 60 for an initial appointment (60-90 minutes)
£15 to 30 for follow up appointments (30-45 minutes)
Herbal medicines are charged separately. If the cost of treatment feels out of reach, please do discuss it with me and I hope to be
able to accommodate you.
Costs of Herbal Medicines
The average cost for medicines is £8-10 per week, with individual pricing as follows:
Postage (if desired) £4.00
All of the money for the herbs goes directly to supporting Grass Roots Remedies’ low income community clinic in Wester Hailes. You can find out more about it here
“I have been a patient of Ally Hurcikova now for 3 years. She mixed personalized tinctures to support my Emotional health. They had an impact in a few short days, if not instantly.
Her consultation style and gentle manner make her a wonderful and professional practitioner of Herbal Medicine. I am pleased to be in her care and highly recommend Ally Hurcikova.”
“Ally is a highly skilled medical herbalist with a very gentle approachable way and excellent intuitive skills for asking the succinct questions on consultations. I have known Ally for 3 years as a one of her clients, as a colleague and as a person who I have encouraged many of my clients to see.From my own experience and feedback from clients, I know she prescribes v good remedies, from teas to tinctures and other things that help in so many ways to ease pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, skin issues, IBS,depression, stress arising from chronic severe illnesses etc.
She works alongside pharmacological medicine and embraces always the holistic approach. She is also very empowering in all her connections.You leave a consultation always feeling heard, that you have just spent quality time with someone who is your ally and working to share her skills to support you. Edinburgh is very lucky to have her working here.”
“I highly recommend Ally, she has an immense knowledge and enthusiasm for herbal medicine. Along with this she brings a great awareness and compassion to her consultations. Her medicine, advice and support is of great help to me on my journey back to health.”
“I really enjoy time with Ally and I find her knowledge and curiosity about plants and people inspiring. If you would like to explore how you can use plants as medicine, I wholeheartedly recommend Ally as a guide!”
some 18 years ago I completely lost my hearing on my left ear. Last year I had to travel by plane, after landing I was completely deaf on my both years. After return home, went to my doctor. His only help were infusions, which did not help at all. Went also to a oxygen tank for 15 sessions, a minuscule improvement. Than finally I got from Ally a medicine. It has no name, only the ingredients are listed. Small bottle with a darker liquid inside. My dose was 5ml 3 time a day. After a week or so, my hearing gradually improved. Of course slowly. So ever since last November I am addicted to it – it helps me not only with my hearing, but also with my blood circulation. So I call it magic medicine
Ally is warm and easy to talk to. She works with such wisdom and good quality herbs. I find her reassuring, knowledgeable and creative with what she offers. Her approach to herbs feels very embodied and practical as well as educational. I have been well nurtured and feel richer for having seen Ally. This has helped me enormously with recovering from insomnia and anxiety. – HS
I have been coming to see Ally with my son who is 16 and has additional support needs for a couple of years now. Ally listens very carefully to us both and is very sensitive to my sons needs especially, it feels almost like a counselling session! She does not lead, she just asks questions to clarify the physical or psychological symptoms we are having and then suggests a course of herbal treatment as appropriate. The herbal medicines have been very suitable for us both as we tend to be oversensitive to other drugs so the herbal treatment gently but directly helps the problem. The project has enabled us to access herbal treatment at an affordable cost. We would really recommend the clinic and Ally to others. (J.M)