Poppy holds a first-class Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Herbal Medicine from Middlesex University in London, and is a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (MCPP). She has six years of clinical experience as a medical herbalist, and holds a certificate in Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) from the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Poppy’s interest in natural medicine began in India where she began studying Ayurvedic medicine. Lately, her interests and research have expanded to include the concepts and theories behind Traditional Chinese Medicine, though her practice remains largely Western. She specialises in treating chronic conditions of the endocrine system, especially gynaecological and thyroid issues, but sees patients with chronic conditions in almost all body systems.
Through her university education, Poppy learned how to integrate conventional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology with holistic medicine theory and practice. Following graduation, Poppy practised in Sheffield before moving back home to the Algarve, where she now offers consultations and herbal treatment from her clinic in Praia da Luz.
About the consultation
The consultation is the herbalist's main diagnostic tool. By giving the patient the time and space to tell their story, we are able to form a picture of the history and progression of an illness, and consider the psychosocial factors that have contributed to an imbalance of health over the patient’s lifetime. Open discussion is also therapeutic in its own right, and many people do feel that ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’.
The initial consultation is 1.5 - 2 hrs and covers the following topics:
history of the presenting complaint
factors which influence the presenting complaint
current and previous medication
information about the patient’s constitution
social and medical history
Follow-up consultations are 45 minutes - 1hr and address treatment progress as well as any new symptoms or concerns. It is common to have the first follow-up appointment 2-3 weeks after the initial consultation, and thereafter at 4-6 week intervals, depending on the severity of the condition and response to treatment.