I use the term vitalist to describe the tradition of medicine I practice.
Vitalism is an approach used very much in the history of medical herbalism, in fact, if there were ONE simple expression of what vitalist means it would be that we are reliant on the natural LIFE FORCE in the individual... the soul, spirit, psyche - an inherent, innate VITAL property to do the work of the healing.
Holistic and Functional Nutrition
As a naturopath, I believe our best medicine comes from the food we eat, and at the same time, I know that medicinal plants have been an integral part of the daily diet of the healthiest cultures of the world - just think about the abundance of herbs in traditional cuisines globally.
I offer you guidance on what to eat made from whole food that is also therapeutic and biologically active. I do not advocate any specific diet, but instead, create individualised nutritional advice based on each persons constitution, symptoms and dietary needs whilst holding the values of seasonal, local and whole foods as pillars of my practice.
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food!
Clinical Herbal medicine
Herbal medicine is an intriguing biochemical conversation between people and plants used in health and healing. The human connection to the use of plants as medicine is nearly as old as humans themselves. As a naturopath, I smooth the way through understanding the composition of plants and how they work in the body.
A healthy relationship with medicinal plants goes beyond pills and potions and integrates into our daily life. There are multitudes of ways we can prepare medicinal plants which can be easily be incorporated into our diets, such as teas, medicinal hummus, pesto and even chocolate!
While I focus on safety parameters, modern evidence base & science, I am always mindful of offering herbal experiences tailor-made for the individual.
What I work with
(please note whilst I work with a multitude of unique ailments, illnesses, symptom pictures, the emphasis is always on the person and not the disease. I am happy to work collaboratively with your GP and other healthcare providers)
Anxiety, depression, fatigue, burnout.
Sleep disorders, headaches, migraines.
Autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's.
Cancer - support alongside chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery
Digestive health, irritable bowel, food allergies & intolerances, SIBO, Crohns, ulcerative colitis, FODMAP dietary support
Hormonal issues - PMS, period pain, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PCOS, natural fertility, pre-conception care, recurrent miscarriage, support alongside IVI, IVF, ICSI, donor eggs or sperm or surrogacy. Peri-menopause/Menopause.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding support.
Babies and children: colic, teething, cradle cap, nappy rash, constipation, diarrhoea, fever, recurrent and chronic infections, earache, autism & autism spectrum disorders, hyperactivity, immunisation support, special diets.
Prostate issues, erectile dysfunction, reproductive dysfunction, andropause.
Coughs, colds, flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis, asthma, bronchitis.
Osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, SLE.
Dermatitis, eczema, acne, skin infections, leg ulcerations, urticaria.
Cystitis, non-specific urethritis, kidney problems.
High blood pressure, cholesterol, angina, cardiac support, metabolic syndrome.
Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, Addison's disease, Cushing's syndrome.