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My story

I'm a West Sussex-based, fully qualified Medical Herbalist with MSc (Distinction, 2017) in Herbal Medicine, a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, UK (NIMH).

As such, I am professionally trained and insured to make natural prescriptions as well as create bespoke herbal blends and tinctures to support your body on its healing journey. I studied functional hormonal, female health and gastro-intestinal testing to be able to provide my patients with the best personalised care possible.

 

Having been constantly referring to Nutrition and Functional Medicine studies from my Herbal Medicine Masters Degree I decided to deepen them. That led me to a new path of becoming a Nutritional Therapist, which I’m doing now through a special top-up Post Graduate course for experienced practitioners from the Institute for Optimal Nutrition (accredited with University of Portsmouth).

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I help women to make sense of the seemingly unconnected or ‘mosaic’ symptoms, creating havoc in their lives, and offer treatment regimes in a form of individual blends of herbs, vitamins and minerals, dietary and lifestyle advice to achieve their health and wellbeing aspirations:

be it a healthy baby and fulfilling enjoyable life.

My approach

Holistic wellbeing


From the first free introductory call a patient is triaged by me personally, not by my assistants, to define the most suitable modus operandi for their situation. The first consultation with me is an hour long conversation, including pre-screening health form, relevant physical examination (when in person), revision and discussion of existing blood test results and suggesting further functional investigations.

 

At this consultation I shall be taking a thorough health history, paying attention to the emotional aspects of the story and the events surrounding the onset of the physical condition.
 

Modern physiology has evolved from a solely neuropeptide science into a multi-disciplinary approach considering cellular, emotional and phycological events all subjected to the same scrutiny.
 

Herbalists have historically viewed a person as a unified whole, aiming to restore the balance.
 

We are trained to look for imbalances from a holistic point of view.
 

Systemic structured work, with defined goals and clear milestones


Having a solid business background and an MBA, I know what “deliver” means.
Working with me is a mutual commitment to 12 weeks long package, or longer if required. In the very beginning we will discuss your health and wellbeing goals and I will map out for you the path towards them including relevant functional testing, herbs, vitamins, nutrition, lifestyle.

 

Some of the packages include ‘Five Element Emotional Balance Coaching’® Sessions.
 

Being “in my care” means supportive accountability: we shall have regular check-ins to make sure planned changes are being accommodated and you are on track towards your wellbeing.
 

As one of my teachers rightly suggested:
“There is a contract between the practitioner and the patient firmly in place. The patient seeks help, commits to the process and agrees to make necessary lifestyle changes to make the treatment effective. And the practitioner honestly fulfils his obligations as stated in the Oath.”

 


In the past several decades, Functional Medicine, which I
studied during my Herbal Medicine Masters Degree, has made
a real breakthrough in creating a model of care which looks into
functionality of bodily systems before the organic changes
of a serious disease take place.

During the time that a bodily function, e.g. digestion,

menstrual cycle or sleep, is showing the early signs of disorder,

a lot can be corrected via nutrition, herbs and lifestyle.
 

To support this ‘functional imbalances’ paradigm  a lot of work has gone into creating new, comprehensive and reliable laboratory testing tools to catch such imbalances early.

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Recommendation of  relevant functional testing


The route from health to illness is nearly always a continuum -
health declines gradually. Often it takes years for a disease to
settle, and we often don’t know what to do with those little
warning bells sounding in the tiresome, but manageable
symptoms, when our bodies are trying to say: “Help, please!”
and most frustrating of all, the tests from the GP come back
“normal” or a medication for the symptoms is offered - usually
painkillers.

 

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Person Checking Data

As a healthcare professional I’m trained to understand those
parameters indicative of imbalances. I work extensively with
various diagnostic testing providers globally to support
my patients in getting to the root cause of their discomfort
and creating truly bespoke supporting regimes, based on facts.
We also use functional testing to monitor their progress.
There follows a non-exhaustive list of the most frequent tests I
work with. Each patient is offered a bespoke combination that
would be most suitable for them.

Functional Tests examples

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The DUTCH Hormone Test


The DUTCH Hormone Test is a comprehensive hormonal panel (home test kit) which reveals how exactly your hormones are affecting your bodily functions, how they were transformed by your body and utilised. The lab analysis alerts us to hormone levels which are too high or too low, which hormone levels give cause for concern and which are running out of control.

Nutrigenomics with Lifecode Gx

Nutrigenomics is a branch of genetic studies that analyses and suggests the optimal and bespoke nutrition plan for a particular individual and their needs. It considers the effects of food choices on your metabolism and how your genotype influences nutritionally-related imbalances. For example, some people have a gene “switched on” that makes their vitamin D receptors less effective, thus such a person would always need more vitamin D.

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Extensive Thyroid Testing

One of the most overlooked root cause of health issues is undiagnosed thyroid conditions. Quite often it is necessary to run a full panel of thyroid hormones including antibodies and the so called inactive form of thyroid
hormone to have a full picture before commencing changes.

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Nutritional Status Evaluation


I work with the Genova laboratory, whose tests assess a broad array of macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as markers that give insight into: digestive function, toxic exposure, mitochondrial function, and oxidative stress. They achieve this by evaluating the way organic acids,
amino acids, fatty acids, oxidative stress markers, and nutrient & toxic elements are metabolized in the body. Doing this test can significantly enhance personalised supporting protocols. saving hundreds of pounds
on products, which you might not need.

Invivo Vaginal EcologiX

The vaginal microbiome is a key ecosystem in the body, which is very dynamic and active, especially during our reproductive years, due to our monthly hormonal fluctuations. 

Dysbiosis in that area, has been linked to a multitude of conditions, including bacterial vaginosis (BV), miscarriages, preterm delivery, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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The symptoms, women experience may be driven by various factors, including changes in the microbiome composition and should not be categorized without proper investigations. Analysis and monitoring of the vaginal microbiota is extremely important for health and is used to inform treatment plans and lifestyle factors.

 

However, a starting point of working with me in most of the 1-2-1packages is a 3-7 day Food Diary or an analysis of the nutritional value of your food via a specialist professional software, available for you to upload as a free app. This is followed by the development of a nutrition gap covering plan, which can range from some tips and advice to the creation of a full meal plan.

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Analysis of the nutritional value of food

and the proposal of an individual

nutrition plan


UPDATE TEXT The route from health to illness is nearly

always a continuum -
health declines gradually. Often it takes years for a disease to
settle, and we often don’t know what to do with those little
warning bells sounding in the tiresome, but manageable
symptoms, when

 
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Clinical Herbal Medicine

I practice very scientific, research-backed clinical Herbal Medicine, integrating traditional medical models with modern evidence-based herbal medicine and nutritional support.

As a Medical herbalist, I’m well trained in clinical science and functional medicine.

Herbs are amazing in their complexity and versatility. Working with them evokes the presence of Vital essence, which to me it's the taste of Life itself.

Working with me, might not be a quick fix, but you will not have to keep coming back with something that was only temporarily suppressed.

 
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The Five Elements  Wu Xing System -

as the basis for emotional well-being

 

Five Element System  (Wu Xing) is one of the key
frameworks for Classical Chinese Medicine.

 

Each Element reflects a natural force that makes itself known in Nature via the change of seasons, and through our body, our mind and our emotions.
According to this teaching, presenting symptoms are messengers of deeper imbalances, just as, for example, constipation might relate to an unwillingness to let go of something
that is n0t serving one anymore.
The aim of Five Element System is to help you attain balance and live in harmony with yourself, your true Nature and the world around you.

I offer ‘Five Element Emotional Balance Coaching’® sessions

as part of Signature Programmes or as stand alone sessions.

 

Professional credentials

2022 - 2024  Post Graduate Diploma in Functional Nutrition with Institute for Optimal Nutrition (endorsed by University of Portsmouth)

 

2014 - 2017 – School of Health and Life Sciences, Master of Science (Distinction), Middlesex University, London

Stand Alone CPD practitioner programs:

2022 - "Fertility Support Naturally " 12 months Mentoring Programme with Fertility Nutrition Centre. 

2022 - The Full Blood Count Analysis Mastery Training Programme 

2022-  Nutrigenomics Practitioner Certification Programme, Lifecode Gx

2021 Dr. Datis Kharrazian Institute “Gut Health Course”; “Food Sensitivites Course”.

2016-2018 Five Element based Restoring balance with plants' energies professional course – exploring emotional and spiritual implications of unwellness.

2016-2022 Immense CPD exposure with focus on Herbal Therapeutics, Functional Medicine and functional testing via CAMAS, NIMH, Regenerus, Invivo, Bionutri, Natura EDU, SAFM etc.

2019 - International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine

Attendance of Herbal Conference via National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 2019 and 2020.

2004-2009- MBA with Open University Business School

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