Sara is a firm believer in integrated health and the benefits of taking a holistic approach. She strives to try to find the root cause of a person’s illness rather than just purely addressing their symptoms. She believes that natural medicine and modern medicine can work hand in hand and there exists a place for both. She has completed training in functional medicine and believes in finding integrated health solutions unique to the individual, and working in partnership with the patient to make nutritional and lifestyle changes to improve their health in the long term.
Sara’s 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, she 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. Sara was so impressed in the therapeutic qualities plants could have that she decided had to learn more about their diverse properties and how they could be used therapeutically as a natural form of medicine.
Subsequently, she 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.
Sara’s dissertation on herbal medicine and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) was awarded a First Class Honours. An article based on her 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).
She is a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (www.nimh.org.uk) the oldest organisation of herbalists in the UK.
She is a member of the Professional Training Board of NIMH and is involved in helping organize and deliver a high quality program of professional seminars to the members.
She completed training in Functional Medicine– ‘Nutrition head to toe’ workshop last year and is enrolled in the applying functional medicine training program. She regularly attends conferences and seminars and has a particular interest in women’s health.
She is an contributing author the herbal academy and has published articles including ‘Two Herbal adaptogens for Adrenal health’ and a three part series on ‘Natural solution to the menopause’. She also wrote the advanced training course on herbal medicine for pregnancy and fertility.