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Practitioner Profiles

Rosalind Blackwell ND MRN MCPP LCSP (Phys) PG Dip Nutritional Medicine

Naturopathy, Medical Herbalism, Remedial Massage and Manipulation Therapy, Clinical Nutrition, Functional Immunology

Rosalind (not Rosa, that is the business name) is a Doctor of Naturopathy, (full member of the GCRN, not a GMC doctor), medical herbalist and clinic director. She completed her 4 year training as a herbalist at the then School of Herbal Medicine, Tunbridge Wells in 1986 and as a naturopath at the then British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 1994. She is also qualified in massage and joint manipulation and holds a diploma in remedial massage and manipulative therapy. She did the Masters course in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey graduating in 2014 and she holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Medicine. She is trained in Functional Immunology and Micro immunotherapy. She has been in practice for over 30 years.

  • Member of the General Council and Register of Naturopaths
  • Member of the British Naturopathic Association part of GCRN
  • Member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy
  • Member of the College of Medicine
  • Member of the London and Counties Society of Physiologists
  • Member of the British Society of Ecological Medicine
  • Member of the UK group of Micro Immunotherapy Practitioners
  • Trained in Cogence Functional Immunology under Dr Sam Yanuck, this is the most in-depth and lengthy course for doctors and other health professionals with a background in Functional Medicine, Herbal or Naturopathic Medicine  

    Rosalind has a broad training in traditional naturopathic techniques and Western herbal medicine but also has orthodox scientific training in phlebotomy and IV nutrient infusions. She liaises with medical colleagues who are members of the BSEM in some instances when appropriate in treatment of certain conditions. She is familiar with and routinely orders all basic blood tests and uses specialised laboratories (Viva Health (now incorporating the old Bioab), Genova for nutritional and functional tests, for example mitochondrial function, DNA and toxin tests when required. The Doctors Laboratory, London is used for routine blood tests when required. She has trained in Functional Immunology with Cogence Immunology and the use of micro immunotherapy. She keeps up to date with regular CPD training and conferences in naturopathy, herbal medicine and Functional Medicine as well as attending many training days and conferences with the BSEM London.

Rosalind has a particular interest on chronic conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome. The science on many of these conditions has progressed and it is important for practitioners to keep updated. It is also important for doctors and practitioners to realise that whilst the Internet is a wonderful creation and source of knowledge, there is also a lot of misinformation too! Rosalind approach to health is based on a deep understanding of physiology. Many symptoms are due to the intelligent response of the body to either toxic chemical, physical or emotional stressors. A poor diet laden with chemicals is an example but environmental toxins are a real problem for many today. If we reduce any stressful burden and supply good nutrition it is a good start. Physical stress can include spinal impairment fo blood and nerve supply. Correction of these can make huge changes. Adrenal and thyroid problems are often involed in poor health but these illnesses are not usually gland specific, they are the collateral damage from years of ongoing damage caused by physical, chemical or emotional stressors and an autonomic nervous system that is permanently in fight/flight mode. In the USA 50% of deaths are caused by pharmaceuticals! This is when they are taken in the prescribed, correct dosages not accidental mishaps. Whilst a drug maybe lifesaving or essential sometimes the casual reliance on pharmaceuticals leads to further ill health as the cause has never been corrected. No one is ill due to a chemical drug deficiency. 

Rosalind qualified many years ago as a reflexologist and aromatherapist but also studied with Dr Daniel Penoel MD (France) and Pierre Franchomme on the medicinal uses of essential oils or Aromatic Medicine and subsequently ran training courses with him for medical herbalists. Later she was able to use this knowledge and clinical experience in teaching and was appointed lecturer in Aromatic Medicine, a module on the first University BSc course in Phytotherapy at Middlesex University, a position she held for two years. 

She travelled to America in 1998 where she attended several training courses. One was with Majid Ali MD (who has been such a positive influence) on intravenous nutritional therapy, ozone treatment, chelation and high resolution microscopy. Rosalind also attended specialised training in nutritional medicine including intravenous nutrition in Seattle, USA in conjunction with Bastyr University, with Dr Jonathan Wright MD and Dr Alan Gaby MD from whom she also learnt about bio-identical natural hormones. She spent some time in a hospital setting where she was able to practise intravenous technique. She regularly attends training seminars on Ecological and Functional Medicine. She has done advanced studies in herbal medicine with Dr Jean-Claude Lapraz MD (France) whose research and clinical work focuses on the neuro-hormonal aspects of disease progression and is called Endobiogenics. Rosalind has recently done refresher courses in IV nutritional therapies and has trained in the Patrica Kane (PK) protocol which is a treatment that focusses on normalising the cell membrane and detoxifying the body. It is also called Phospholipid Exchange. Rosalind has trained with Cogence Immunology and has done their extensive course for clinicians as well as training in European Micro immunotherapy.

Nicola Bradshaw BSc (Hons) Psychology, Diploma Herbal Medicine MNIMH

Medical Herbalist 

Nicola completed her 4 year training as a herbalist at the Betonica School of Herbal Medicine after graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology. Nicola has spent time in the Amazon rainforest working with native herbs to treat children there. Nicola is studying Functional Immunology methods and is liasing with Rosalind on patients that she sees at the clinic, she is available on Thursdays and Fridays.