Dr Clare’s team integrates pharmaceutical and herbal medicine. This model of collaborative medicine offers the best of both approaches.

After medical school Dr Clare went on to do her GP training and entered general practice in North London. Taking the opportunity to study for a BSc in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University she qualified as a medical herbalist in 1999 and returned to Ireland to establish a Primary Health Care collaborative medicine clinic.

Although herbal medicine is core to Dr Clare’s training and expertise she also works with and highly values other complementary healthcare disciplines including Nutrition, Acupuncture, Psychotherapy and a wide range of hands-on physical and energetic and spiritual treatments. Please refer to our therapist’s pages for further information.

Dr Clare’s Qualifications and training

Medical School: University College Dublin

GP Training: London

BSc Herbal Medicine: Middlesex University, London

Hon. Clinical Fellow: National University of Ireland Galway Medical School


Clinical Director

At her clinic in Galway, Dr Clare works with fellow medical herbalist Lara Jonasdottir to provide the highest standard of herbal medicine clinical care.

Lara has an equivalent Clinical Herbal Medicine BSc as Dr Clare and has completed advanced general herbal studies with David Winston, a highly acclaimed author and herbalist from the U.S., and a post-grad Diploma level study with Dr Aviva Romm MD in Healthcare for Women using natural medicines. She is currently studying a Master’s Programme on Teaching Clinical Medicine in National University of Ireland Galway. Lara has an independent clinical practice with a joint clinical review meeting monthly with Dr Clare.

Prescribed herbs are dispensed from Dr Clare’s Herbal Dispensary at Health and Herbs in Galway.

Any herbalists associated with the clinic are members of the Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists (IIMH.org). This is the only professional register of herbalists in Ireland with BSc Herbal Medicine (or equivalent) entry requirements.


Healthcare Vision for 2025 for Ireland and the U.K

This vision specifies Ireland (Rep) and the United Kingdom as they are the only jurisdictions in Europe where you can consult a medical herbalist with a scope of practice to diagnose, clinically examine, prescribe and make herbal medicines. These rights have been challenged consistently since they were permitted in Tudor times. (These rights are also prohibited in the U.S.)

  •  You will use herbal medicines confidently for everyday health problems
  • You will have the basic herbal medicine first aid supplies in your medicine cabinet for family health issues. You will be aware of the limitations of simple herbal remedies
  • You will be able to consult a well qualified medical herbalist for most mild to moderate or recurring health problems that require a consultation and individualized prescription
  • Your medical herbalist will be part of your medical team, working in collaboration with your family doctor, hospital consultant and other medical providers

Dr Clare’s Herbal Apothecary Mission

To Provide:

  •  Education: We teach the value of herbs for health and happiness
  •  Quality herbal products: We provide a one stop shop of herbal apothecary, information and advice about herbal medicines
  • Herbal medicine clinic appointments: Appointments are available with well qualified medical herbalists in Galway
  •  If it is not possible to attend our clinics in person we offer Skype/telephone consults

How will our vision be achieved?

Education: Dr Clare’s Academy offers an on-line Foundation Course in Herbal Medicine.

Dr Clare is a regular speaker at international academic conferences.

Health and Herbs offer advice and speakers at lifestyle exhibition shows.

Dr Clare speaks as a recognized authority on radio and on TV to enthusiastically raise awareness of the benefits of herbal medicines.

Dr Clare is writing the first of a series of books. The first book covers the choices we make in health care and how they are informed. It is due to be published in 2017.

Dr Clare offers clinical teaching to herbalists of all levels of qualification at her clinic. Education is the key to high clinical standards.


Products: By registering with Dr Clare’s practice we can send you herbs direct. Dr Clare’s Blends’ offer formulated solutions for particular common health problems or you can purchase individual herbs. You are required to inform us of medication you are taking from the pharmacy, either over the counter or prescribed by your doctor so that we may provide appropriate advice.


What can I expect from Herbal Medicines?

The most appropriate role for herbal medicines is mild to moderate health problems. These include; irritable bowel syndrome, chronic sinusitis, allergies including eczema, hay fever, asthma, all hormone related problems, early osteoarthritis, recurrent infections etc. It also includes wellness issues such as fatigue, stress and feeling unwell when all the medical tests are ‘normal’.

Acute infections and painful conditions can also benefit from a herbal approach in collaboration with a pharma medicine or surgical approach where indicated by a well qualified herbalist.

For severe health problems where there is structural damage to tissues (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cysts on the ovaries, inflammation of the stomach, persistent pain and swelling of any structure etc.) herbs will take longer and they will commonly be used alongside your prescribed medication in the context of a herbal consultation.

Without addressing nutrition and the stressors that accompany severe chronic health problems you limit the success of all medication including prescribed medication.

Herbs can reduce the side effects of medication and enhance their effectiveness.

Herbs can help with non-core disease effects such as stress, anxiety, insomnia and digestive problems that often accompany severe chronic illnesses and reduce your quality of life.

These non-core problems often exacerbate the disease.



 The best news about herbal medicines is that they are effective, have very few harmful side effects, and many beneficial side effects.

Dr Clare and all of her clinical team wish you the best health and safest healthcare for you and all your family.

Dr Dilis Clare


Biographical Info

Dr Dilis Clare is a leading authority on Herbal Medicine in Europe. Dr. Clare is a qualified GP and medical herbalist. She offers the best of both orthodox and herbal medicine. She is the clinical director at her integrated health clinic, Health and Herbs.

Her background in Family Medicine combined with her Clinical and Academic Credentials in Herbal Medicine mean that you are assured of the highest level of medical care.

She brings knowledgeable and dynamic presenting to undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, seminars, conferences and special events.

Dr Clare has graduated from University College Dublin Medical School (MBBCh, DRCOG) and from Middlesex University BSc(Hons) Herbal Medicine. She has been in full time Integrated Medical Care since 1999. She is also an Honorary Clinical Fellow at National University Galway, College of Medicine.

The clinical team at Health and Herbs offer the highest levels of training in the various disciplines of natural medical care. Our approach is always to integrate natural healing with any necessary pharmaceutical treatments.

Dr Clare works with a team approach, tailored to your individual needs. She is available for consultation by appointment only. Please ring for more information or to book an appointment.


Dr Clare’s Sleep Mix for our baby has saved our sanity! After a year of very little sleep we are all now sleeping soundly. I’m amazed at how quickly we saw improvements. I recommend seeing a herbalist for a baby who doesn’t sleep.
— Emma G. Mayo. Mother of a 13 month old.
The last month or so I have found, sometimes on waking, that I am on my side. What a wonderful surprise after months of only being able to sleep on my back.
I can’t thank you enough Dr Clare. I attribute your herbal remedies, specifically designed for me at consultation, as core to the significant improvements in my quality of life and well being that have occurred since my first consultation.
Amazing Doctor, lovely staff and clinic, highly recommend a visit if you are feeling under the weather Dr Dilis or one of the team is sure to sort you out. They solved my daughters throat issues with one of their fantastic blends, when the hospital recommended a tonsillectomy. Go for it you have nothing to lose and all to gain. A truly fantastic service. Highly recommended.
— F. Brown
Dr Dilis Clare is a leader in her field of medicine. Those that have availed of her services speak highly of her professionalism and duty of care for them. She is involved in research and education and is continually updating and developing her knowledge.
— T. Corry
Dr. Clare treated me for general sadness and heartache after my mum passed away. Infertility was part of my history so she gave me something to “give me heart”. After two months taking my tonic we became pregnant and the cycle of life went on.
— (Anon, Galway)
You won’t remember me but I saw you just over 12 months ago trying to conceive for 2 years. I conceived the first month following commencing a tonic and dietary advice from you and was having acupuncture with Aine Delaney...
...Anyway, I was just thinking about you the other day and wanted to let you know how grateful I am to you for everything. I have a beautiful, healthy five month old daughter and had a dream pregnancy with her. It’s interesting, I was a self-proclaimed “bad vegetarian” but with dietary improvement and admittedly some supplements as advised by you, I have physically felt amazing over the past year. My haemoglobin was actually higher at 28 weeks than it was at booking! I also had a long history of depression and always imagined that I would be a sitting duck for post-natal depression but with a bit of attention to prevention, I have been totally fine and have really enjoyed my maternity leave. You also directed me to the book “The Black Dog” which I found amazing and have directed other patients to it since (I’m a GP). Anyway, thanks again for everything.
— H.T. Dublin
… I couldn’t believe the miraculous effect your words had on me .The swelling started to go down and the pains started to recede once I heard that I didn’t have arthritis. The power of the egoistic mind is phenomenal I’m convinced of making a full recovery and hope to get once again deeply involved in my life which will be positive also for my kids. Thanking you most sincerely.
— (Anon, Galway)
My thyroid was low from having a baby eight months ago. The thyroid tests I had taken were fluctuating. I had low energy, mouth ulcers, migraine. The tonic took six weeks to work but I gradually improved. I was advised less gluten foods, more fruit and vegetables and essential fatty acids.
— MK Galway City.
Using Valerian Relax Blend for Autism makes life easier. It helps with meltdowns due to being out of routine and doing things he doesn’t want to. He goes through phases of more intensive meltdowns and the headbanging increases. At these times the Valerian Relax Blend and Applied Behaviour Analysis techniques really help.
Also, the Valerian Relax Blend along with the Digestive Blend and Digestive Enzymes help with his constipation.
— A.M. Galway
Dr. Clare helped me so much with a digestion problem that was extremely embarrassing. After following her advice, I don’t have to worry any more about “hiding” my stomach noises – and I feel great!
— (R.F. Galway)
My son suffered from excessive sweating and was miserable, he started becoming very unsociable. Michelle recommended Sage to help him and it worked wonders. The other day he gave me a hug and said “Thanks Mum!
— (Galway)
Dr Dilis Clare, GP and Medical Herbalist, she is a very good doctor and employer.
She as a strong knowledge over field. As an employee I enjoyed working with her, as a patient I’m enjoying her natural medicine especially the teas and as a client I enjoy the service and the herbs. Natural, quality, dignity and respect is her weapon.
— Niko
Such a great result for my son aged 18 months. He’s back to being a vibrant, healthy boy after months of being sick on and off. Thank you, Dr Clare
— SF Knocknacarra, Galway
I had taken boswellia for several months and had great results for back, shoulder and neck pain. No side effects either
— Anne