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 believes in finding integrated health solutions unique to the individual.
I look at not only your symptoms, but the the bigger picture, what you eat, your stress levels, your exercise and movement. These factors all combine to produce your overall health and wellbeing.
Targeted herbs and nutrition can help your body back into balance ..and to feel you 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 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.