Amanda Cutbill BA BSc MNIMH
Medical Herbalist and Nutritional Therapist
I am a fully qualified practitioner, holding a BSc honours degree in Herbal Medicine and a member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the main regulatory body for the profession in the UK. I see patients, with a very wide variety of concerns, across 5 clinics in the Cheshire area.
I am passionate about herbal medicine, and the way it can gently and safely resolve even long standing health problems. I first became interested when my daughter suffered major health problems as a young child. This lead to her body being bandaged seven days a week, 24 hours a day. She was being treated by doctors from four different hospitals, however the treatments were ineffective. As a last resort, I started to look at complementary therapies, including consulting a medical herbalist. My daughter's health started to improve, and it became clear the herbal remedies had made a lasting difference. Consequently, I decided to use this experience in a positive way, and went back to university to re-train as a medical herbalist.
The professional training, required to become a NIMH registered herbalist, is largely based upon biomedical science e.g. human physiology, differential diagnosis, pharmacology. This means that I have been trained to make a primary medical diagnosis, and can assess if a herbal remedy may interact with prescribed drugs. This is essential as many individuals take prescribed medication alongside herbal remedies.
All members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (www.nimh.org.uk) have undergone rigorous training, follow a programme of Continuing Professional Development, adhere to a strict code of professional ethics, and their practice is monitored by the Institute. The Institute is also involved in research and consults with the UK and European Governments. I was delighted to be invited to address the 2010 Institute's annual conference on the subject of herbal treatment for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.
As well as running my busy practice I regularly deliver talks, and have contributed to many articles, including for The Mail on Sunday and Men's Health magazine. In 2011 I was commissioned as an adviser on two books published by Reader’s Digest: ‘1001 Home Remedies' and ‘Traditional Wisdom Rediscovered’.
Continuing Professional Development
I am always striving to extend my knowledge. I have listed below some of the courses I have recently attended:
The Bristol Approach to working with People with Cancer
A four day training course at the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre (formerly the Bristol Cancer Care Centre). Many patients who have recovered from Cancer have described how their elation at the news of their remission has changed to concern as their minds turn to ‘what they can do to reduce the chances of it returning’.
Attendance on this course is part of my research regarding the choices available and the robustness of the evidence of their efficacy and safety.
Phytotherapy & Gastroenterology.
A specialist course run by Dr A. Hutchinson, Dr A. Walker, Dr S. Berkovitz and Dr M. Wilcox. My objective in attending this course is to further increase the effectiveness of my treatment for people living with Colitis, Crohn‘s disease, Gastritis, Diarrhoea and Constipation.
The Herbal Treatment of Children
Led by Anne McIntryre FNIMH, the author of several books including Herbal Medicine for Children; Western and Ayurvedic Perspective. Information from her books have been featured regularly in the media and serialized on Radio 4’s Woman's Hour.