Why I became a Herbalist and Naturopath
By Sarah Murphy, photo right
As a teenager I suffered horribly with acne. Having no idea about the underlying causes I tried every lotion and potion under the sun to try to help myself, to no avail. My GP put me on the contraceptive pill in an attempt to balance my hormones. I’m certain that this was a turning point for many of the subsequent health issues that were soon to follow.
I quickly began to have mood swings and felt depressed and low. I suffered endless bouts of thrush, had problems with my periods, and was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. My skin problems had been exacerbated and I was suffering with anxiety and panic attacks. It was a pretty miserable state of affairs for a young teenager.
When I was introduced by a friend to a naturopath I was totally bowled over and fascinated to discover that it was actually possible to work with plants, herbs and nutrition to address all kinds of ailments naturally. At first I was sceptical, but as soon as I embarked on a programme with the naturopath, all my doubts were swept aside. From that moment on I decided to learn everything I could about natural therapies.
I decided to attend an Open Day at my then local Manchester branch of CNM, the College of Naturopathic Medicine, to find out about studying Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. What amazed me was how comprehensive their course was. Not only would I get to learn about modern western herbalism, but to look at other traditional systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda. I enrolled there and then.
I was told that this course would change my life. At the time I thought these were bold words, but without having taken that course, both my health and my life situation might have been very different indeed. Not only did I have the exciting possibility of studying all the things I loved, I had finally opened up a way to empowerment and discovered that it was possible to help myself.
What I loved most about the course was its sheer diversity. Each month I would rush to college with eager anticipation about what I would learn that day! It was amazing to learn from people who were at the forefront of knowledge in their field.
The course led to me having my dream career as a qualified Naturopath and Herbalist, and the fulfilment of spending every day doing something that I love. Today I run a busy clinic and I am fortunate to be able to help people from all walks of life. With the explosion of information around the topic of natural health, I truly believe there has never been a better time to be involved in the traditional, yet utterly modern discipline of Herbal Medicine. I simply can’t imagine living a life without herbs or the naturopathic knowledge that I’ve gained.
Sarah Murphy is a graduate of CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).
CNM is the UK’s leading training provider in a range of natural therapies, with colleges across the UK, Ireland, and in Finland and the USA.
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