Katherine Bellchambers MNIMH Medical Herbalist
I'm Katherine Bellchambers, The Nottingham Herbalist and my mission is to help women feel well and enjoy life by sorting out their hormonal problems from teens to post menopause.
My business was awarded an equivalent of an Oscar in late 2015 – we are back at the top of our game, which is where we were before I allowed my personality and business to be affected by my health issues – physical and mental. The support that Katherine gave me meant that I was able to refocus and regroup and expand my team and grow even further.
Hi I'm Katherine
I grew up with plants (thats me in the blanket). My mother (with the cool 60s spectacles) was an amazing gardner and taught me all about wild flowers and what they were for. My first hard backed grown up book was the observer book of wild flowers. I still have it and it has pride of place on my book shelf. It is a little battered as my 5 year old self was more enthusiastic than careful.
Since then my love of wild plants, weeds or, as I prefer to see them, herbs has grown and flourished and now I use that knowlege to help people improve their health and free themselves from the exhausting problems of ill health.
Why I'm passionate about herbal medicine
I have two grown up children of my own. When they were born i wanted a more natural approach so i started to learn about essential oils, nutrition and herbs. I used raspberry leaf in my pregnancy and had two uncomplicated births that lasted 4 hours in the first instance and 2.5 hours in the second. I felt the daily ritual of picking those leaves and brewing them up nourished more than just my uterine muscles. It was a deeper connection with nature and my pregnancy. I love sharing that connection with my patients.
Best of Both
Over the years I used herbs to deal with colds, flu, chest infections and all manner of familiy issues. However I have the greatest respect for modern medicine. When you need a doctor you need a doctor and I'm not shy about saying so-Its an important part of being a safe effective practitioner. However looking after yourself naturally can mean many fewer trips to the GP and minimise the impact of medicines they might need to prescribe you when you do.
Herbs can also improve the outcomes if you need to take antibiotics or heart medication for instance. They may also mean you don't need to take medicines for as long!
I trained at first the College of Phytotherapy in Battle near Hastings then at the University of East London. This blog is all about what my training involved.
In short, Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, embryology, therapeutic relationship, phyto pharmacology, materia medica (all about the herbs) clinical medicine, clinical diagnosis and a great deal more. I then did a final clinical examination at the end where a GP and two of the most experienced herbalists in the country watched me take a new patient and prescribe for them to ensure i was safe and effective. So you can be sure i know my plants and my people inside out!
Being a Herbalist
Being a herbalist is the most brilliant job in the world. It enables me to share my love of the natural world and help people to get better, feel better and have the healthy families they so deeply desire.
The fruits of the earth combine synergistically to help on physical and emotional levels. They enable me to treat you as a whole, not just a collection of symptoms. I have the privilege of getting to know the most interesting people and to share their journey.
I'd love to meet you and help you on yours!
Do you suffer with:
Difficulty getting pregnant
PMS and related problems like pain, moods up and down congestion and heavy bleeding
PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
Most people don't know why they feel the way they do but in my experience often the problem is hormone imbalance.
Hormones are the body’s messengers in perfect harmony they create a sense of wellbeing and we easily become pregnant. If even one is out of balance it throws the whole delicate system into disarray. Finding the root cause of your hormonal problem is the key to optimum health and a sense of joy in just being.
Hormones affect whether you are happy or sad, energetic or lethargic, ovulating or not ovulating, in pain or not in pain.
The process starts with a full medical history which gives us a baseline from where I can unpick the knitting of the problem. My patients develop a confidence in my abilities because of the time we spend together and that allows them to relax and engage with the process.
Together we look at your lifestyle, your diet, the challenges you are dealing with and how those affect your health and wellbeing.
We will agree a treatment program and a plan that is acheiveable and i will prescribe herbs that many women have found helpful in the management of their baseline health issues and in promoting fertility health. The health programs at Nottingham Herbalist are designed individually to fit the needs of each client.
No two people are the same so it makes sense that no two approaches are the same.