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I am a herbalist, iridologist and allergy therapist working in Norfolk, UK since 1997. I am an honorary fellow (retired) and past council member of  the Association of Master Herbalists (AMH), and co-edited our professional journal for many years. I am also an Associate member of the British Naturopathic Association. Together with three other herbalist friends, I organised the annual gathering for herbalists and herbal students - Herbfest  www.herbfest.co.uk for seven years.  For around 15 years I co-edited, and wrote many articles for The Herbalist, the journal of the Association of Master Herbalists and the United Register of Herbal Practitioners.

Previously I worked as a biomedical scientist for the NHS for 18 years in haematology where I gained a Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (FIBMS). I also worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau for a few years, and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies (BAHons).

I have also completed studies in flower remedy therapy which I add to treatment where appropriate, and have studied Ayurvedic (Indian) and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine. I gained a diploma in Allergy Therapy in 2004 with The British Institute of Allergy and Environmental Therapy and have found this aspect of therapy to be very useful for most of my clients.

Many of the herbs I use are very easily grown in this country as I tend to prefer native herbs. The herbs I buy are from reputable companies who care about their products and are, wherever possible, organic or even biodynamically grown

I qualified as a Western herbalist in 1997, and also use elements of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese herbal medicine in my work. I use flower essences, applied kinesiology and tongue diagnosis in my practise - all useful tools in determining which areas of the body to treat.

After 22 years in practise I have now retired as a practising herbalist, but I will continue to teach and write for at least a few more years. I have a wealth of knowledge based on my experience of several thousand patients and feel that this knowledge should be passed on whenever possible.

I have put a list of other local recommended herbalists on my contact page.

Books: 

my books are available direct from me, via Aeon or via Amazon

Inflammation, the source of chronic disease: how to treat it with herbs and natural healing

published by Aeon 2022  www.aeonbooks.co.uk/product/inflammation-the-source-of-chronic-disease-how-to-treat-it-with-herbs-and-natural-healing/95096/ 

Inflammation is a major scourge of modern life and most people are affected by it to one extent or another. It is the underlying reason for all the major chronic diseases we see today and is the result of many different pathological processes which then result in a range of conditions from allergies, diabetes to cancer. It also has a big impact on mood and mental health.

 Inflammation, the Source of Chronic Disease is about acute inflammation which has transformed into chronic inflammation - unresolved inflammation that does not have a useful or positive outcome in the body, and is positively damaging to the body.

 The book takes a holistic approach and goes beyond the use of anti-inflammatory medication which only treats the result of and not the cause of disease, and can also become part of the problem if used long term. It explains the inflammatory processes, the causes and risk factors and details a wide range of chronic inflammatory diseases. It explores how to treat the underlying causes of the inflammation, in order to get a proper resolution and a return to health, through the use of diet, herbs and natural medicine. A materia medica is provided at the end of the book.

 This essential book is aimed at herbalists, naturopaths and nutritionists, but is also written in a way that is accessible for therapists and anyone interested in the subject.


Sleep, the elixir of life: how to restore sleep with herbs and natural healing

published by Aeon 2021 www.aeonbooks.co.uk/product/sleep-the-elixir-of-life-how-to-restore-sleep-with-herbs-and-natural-healing/94984/

Insomnia is a major problem for many people, and a minor one for most. In the author's 22 years of herbal practise, at least half of the people seen have had some kind of sleep issue. It may be waking at 5am, when they would rather not, or it may be impossible to get to sleep, or if they do go to sleep they wake every hour.

 Sleep problems are inextricably linked with whole body health - fix one and the other gets fixed too. The way to fix it will vary from one person to another and requires detective work to establish the problem which will then offer the answer.

 Read a magazine article, or an internet feature, or most books on sleep, and you will learn all about sleep hygiene and also maybe about a few sedative herbs such as valerian or chamomile. However most people with sleep problems are very well aware of all these things and they just haven’t worked for them. There are also the books on sleep where one person has found the way that works for them so they evangelise this one way for everyone else.

 Sleep: The Elixir of Life is different from all the rest because it looks at all the many reasons for poor sleep - such as stress, pain, digestive issues, urinary problems and hormones - and goes through ways to treat them and hence solve the sleep problem. The methods used to treat them include herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle changes, flower remedies and essential oils. This book is all about finding a way through an individual's health problems to fix sleep in the best way possible, by actually treating the cause of the problem.