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 seven 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 is trained as a First Responder, and attends continuous professional development training in diverse areas including herbal energetics, herbal formulation, advanced clinical herbalism and, most recently, Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a certificate in Ayurvedic medicine from her time in India, and specialises in offering a truly personalised, blended form of Eastern/Western therapeutics.
Poppy is adept at treating chronic conditions of the endocrine system, especially gynaecological and thyroid issues. However, due to her 360º approach to natural healthcare she sees patients with diverse conditions in almost all body systems.
Following graduation, Poppy practised in Sheffield (UK) for a year before moving back home to the Algarve, where she now offers consultations and herbal treatment from her cosy sea-view clinic in Praia da Luz.
About the consultation
The consultation is the herbalist's main diagnostic tool. By giving the client 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’.
Poppy then combines her Western medical expertise with her knowledge of Chinese medicine tongue and pulse diagnosis to decide on the best course of treatment for the individual, including functional and conventional laboratory testing if necessary.
The initial consultation is 1.5 - 2 hrs and herbal treatment is usually dispensed immediately following the appointment. Follow-up consultations are 45 minutes - 1hr and address treatment progress as well as any new symptoms or concerns.
Poppy is proud to operate and fund her clinic with a community-centred, egalitarian approach to pricing. Find out more on this page.