I am an experienced Medical herbalist BSc (Hons), and have completed a Ba in Social Anthropology. The combination of these two pathways has led me to what I love to do now, working with plants and people.
My overall aim is to help you get back on track and feel better, looking at the whole picture not just one symptom.
I am a firm believer in integrated health and the benefits of taking a holistic approach. I strive to find the root cause of a person’s illness rather than just purely addressing their symptoms.
I believe that plant based medicine and modern medicine can work hand in hand and there exists a place for both. I has completed training in functional medicine and believe in finding integrated health solutions unique to the individual. I use a combination of modern science and traditional knowledge to inform your treatment plan.
I look at not only your symptoms, but the the bigger picture, what you eat, your stress levels, your exercise and movement. In my experience, these factors all combine to produce your overall health and wellbeing. If one area is out of balance this will impact other areas of your health and wellbeing.
Targeted herbs and nutrition can help your body back into balance ..and to feel you again.
My aim is to help you THRIVE rather than just survive…and to support you to take realistic and empowering steps back to health and feeling good again.
My interest in medicinal plants stems from working on an Amazonian rainforest reserve in Ecuador after completing a degree in Anthropology and Spanish at Sussex University, Brighton. In Ecuador, I assisted the local Shaman in the propagation of medicinal plants from the rainforest and observed the medicinal qualities of plants used in a community with little access to Western drugs. I was so impressed in the therapeutic qualities plants could have that I decided I had to learn more about their diverse properties and how they could be used therapeutically as a natural form of medicine.
Subsequently, I returned to the UK and completed her BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine at the University of East London. The course consists of modules including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology, differential diagnosis and herbal therapeutics. It places emphasis on possible herb/drug interactions and which plant medicines may be used safely with conventional medications.
My dissertation on herbal medicine and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) was awarded a First Class Honours. An article based on my research has been published in the internationally acclaimed and peer reviewed, Journal of Herbal Medicine, by Elsevier.
Rooney, Sara and Pendry, Barbara A. (2014)
‘Phytotherapy for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A review of the literature and evaluation of practitioners’ experiences’,
Journal of Herbal Medicine (doi:10.1016/j.hermed.2014.05.001).
National Institute of Medical Herbalists
I am a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (www.nimh.org.uk) the oldest organisation of herbalists in the UK.
I have been a member of NIMH Continuing Professional Developing team for 8 years and love being involved in helping organize and deliver a high quality program of professional post graduate training seminars and courses to complementary health practitioners.
I have completed training in Functional Medicine– ‘Nutrition head to toe’ and am enrolled in the applying functional medicine training program. I regularly attend conferences and seminars and have a particular interest in women’s health.
I am completing a Post graduate training in the use of Medicinal Mushrooms with Fred Gillam. I find the synergy of herbs and mushrooms fascinating and very effective natural medicine. The research is fascinating and I believe medicinal mushrooms have a big part to play in future healthcare.
I am an contributing author the herbal academy and have published articles on various topics including ‘Two Herbal adaptogens for Adrenal health’ and a three part series on ‘Oestrogen Excess ‘ and ‘Polycytic Ovarian Syndrome’ and also ‘Natural solution to the menopause’. I also wrote the advanced training course on herbal medicine for pregnancy and fertility.
I have also contributed to Om Yoga and lifestyle magazine and the early hour.
Wild Roots Calendar
I collaborate with a wildlife artist and yoga teacher on the Wild Roots Calendar based in Brighton.