Medical herbalist, massage therapist and doula
I am a qualified practising medical herbalist and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) since graduating from the University of Wales in 2008. This 4 year BSc degree course covered training in general medicine as well as herbal medicine, supplemented by additional clinical training at the Universities of East London, Middlesex and Westminster and a Clinical Examination course at The British School of Osteopathy.
I am also a qualified massage therapist with 16 years experience and have specialist training in pregnancy massage.
I am a qualified birth doula (recognized member of Doula UK) who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) through pregnancy, childbirth and the early post-natal period.
I chose to study Western Herbal Medicine because it combines a holistic approach with a valid scientific rationale and as a Medical Herbalist I can draw on centuries of empirical evidence whilst also relying on modern research. I am committed to a programme of continual professional development and regularly attend seminars and further training courses. I have a particular interest in gynaecological and fertility issues, pregnancy and postnatal care and I am continuously undertaking additional training to further enhance my practice in these areas.
Herbal medicine is appropriate for most of the conditions for which you would visit your GP and I have experience treating people of all ages for a wide range of health problems, however other particular areas of specialty include: emotional wellbeing, anxiety, depression, stress and tension; chronic fatigue and post viral syndrome; digestive disorders, food allergies and intolerances, and hormonal imbalances.
I take a holistic approach to your treatment. I will ask you lots of questions and will also give you plenty of time to be listened to. I aim to understand the background and any patterns relating to your health issues. No two cases of any particular medical condition are the same since each person with that condition is different. It is essential to the success of herbal treatment that your unique constitution and circumstances are assessed and accounted for.
I strongly believe that herbal medicine should be accessible to all and that part of a herbalist’s role is education and empowerment – working within the community to help people improve their own health.
I take part in regular outreach work and for the last 3 years have worked with Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts Dig-In Project (www.ywt.org.uk/digin) to provide workshops on ‘Homegrown Herbal Medicine’.
I also offer a variety of themed workshops and seminars on Herbal Medicine.
For more information please visit my website www.bespokebotanicals.co.uk.