Amanda Newman BSc (Hons) mNIMH
Medical Herbalist & Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Amanda graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Herbal Medicine and is a member of the UK’s leading professional herbal medicine body, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).
Amanda’s interest in natural health can be traced back to her teenage years when persistent digestive issues and fatigue were affecting her quality of life. Her determination to regain her health led her to explore natural solutions and find respite from the conditions the doctors had been unable to help with.
Encouraged by the success she had in treating herself, she enrolled with the world-renowned University of Westminster to learn about the world’s oldest system of medicine. Amanda now offers her expertise to those seeking a holistic approach to healthcare.
Amanda’s empathy and warm nature, combined with her professional knowledge ensure that you are fully supported. Health Coaching is also available to enhance your results even further.
Herbal medicine is medicine made from plants, either the whole plant or sometimes parts of it, for example leaves, flowers, roots or bark. It has been the main source of medicine used by people for thousands of years. There are many herbal traditions around the world, but members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists are trained in Western herbal medicine.
Western herbal medicine has itself developed over the centuries and links can be traced back to Graeco-Roman, Arabic, European and American cultures. Although there is a foundation of traditional use to Western herbal medicine, modern use also includes current scientific research and Institute members are trained in the same clinical examination skills as conventional GPs.
Western herbal medicine focuses on the patient and the cause of their illness rather than the symptoms that they have. The choice of herbs that a practitioner prescribes is based on detailed information given to the practitioner by the patient and the result of any clinical examination carried out during the consultation. This allows a bespoke, personalised prescription to be created. (https://nimh.org.uk/_resources/what-is-a-herbalist/)
Most of us know that eating healthy food and exercising regularly is going to have a positive impact on our lives, from having more energy to losing the extra weight that has crept on over the years. But, if that’s all there is to it, why do most people find it so hard to do?
The answer is, at least in part, because habits that are detrimental to our health are difficult to break, because, whether we realise it or not, we’re getting some kind of enjoyment or reward from it. A simple example is eating chocolate. It’s full of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and milk (that contains hormones and antibiotics). These ingredients can affect blood sugar regulation, and contribute to tooth decay and obesity; but the payoff is, that it tastes so good, many are willing to eat it anyway.
So, what’s the relevance here? The point is, it’s this reward that impedes our progress, and determination alone just isn’t enough to change a behaviour we no longer consciously want to engage in. Feelings of deprivation can fuel our desire for the foods we’re trying to avoid, and comfort and familiarity can derail attempts to stop unhealthy habits.
A lifestyle you’ll love, not a diet you’ll despise!
With health coaching, we don’t focus on what you can’t have. Instead, you’ll be introduced to healthy practices that are achievable and foods that are enjoyable. You won’t have to figure out complicated diets and can prepare recipes the whole family can eat. But it isn’t all about food; there’s so much more to healthy and natural living practices. For example, finding effective but natural personal care products and cosmetics; alternatives to toxin-laden mattresses, and cookware that won’t harm you like the toxic materials in many non-stick interiors.
A Health Coach provides support and empowers you to make informed decisions about your own health. The Health Coach facilitates the change but cannot do the work for you. Identifying and changing habits that don’t support your health requires your participation to be successful. Exploration of your motivation for change is an important part of health coaching. Goal setting and accountability increase the likelihood of reaching your goals and form part of the coaching process.
You will be empowered with the information and skills needed to work toward your health goals and experience life with increased energy, happiness, and vitality.
Amanda Newman’s practice is Santi Clinic and she practices from within the Southdown Clinic.
Visit Amanda’s website: www.santi.clinic
To book a consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07948 296 013 quoting “Consultation request” and your name.