I worked in biomedical research and gained a Doctorate in Immunology in 1986. I continued working in research on composting, plant growth and soil microbiology for 12 years as Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams University.
More recently I've worked as an Academic Mentor and Teaching Assistant at Archway Learning Trust schools in Nottingham, supporting children with special educational needs. My interest in herbal medicine began in 2016 when I used Lycopus herb to successfully treat my own hyperthyroid condition.
Following study, in 2018 I gained an Advanced Master Herbalist Diploma from The Centre of Excellence. Since then I have used Herbal Repertories and internet research (usually Google Scholar) to gain the most up-to-date and scientifically validated approaches to help medical conditions using Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Ayurveda.
Recommendations for treatments are always based a number of scientific sources. I take responsibility for finding sources of individual herbs, and for how they should be used. Clients' own medical providers should also be consulted.
Adaptogenic herbs are now widely used to help reduce the effects of stress and I will frequently recommend these as they have wide-ranging benefits and minimal harm.