BSc. Hons (herbal medicine)
PG.Dip (nutritional medicine)
Welcome to my website. My name is Nikki Hawkes and as a Registered Medical Herbalist, I help people who are looking for safe and effective natural healthcare. I am passionate about using natural medicine, such as healthy food and medicinal plants, to reverse disease processes, restore vitality and help you to maintain or improve your health.
Chronic ill-health is the norm for many people. From asthma to acid reflux, high blood pressure to arthritis and more. Allopathic medicine manages your symptoms with medications, or takes a watch and wait approach. This means waiting till you are ill enough to warrant medications or surgery.
In fact, most people with chronic disease usually have more than one chronic condition. Meaning more medications.
Are you taking prescription medications, and then more medications to counter the side effects of those?
What if there was another way...
Do you want to know about natural healing methods that can improve your health? Or, are you looking for help to recover from a diagnosed medical condition, using plant medicine that works with your body? Or, perhaps you are unwell, but the cause of your symptoms remains unknown.
Whether it's fatigue, pain, stress, bloating or something else. For lasting health, it is vital to find and address the root cause of your ill health. If you have a leaky gut, dysbiosis, blood sugar problems, inflammation, toxins or infection, if your underlying factors are not dealt with then you may never recover your health. Especially if your symptoms are just managed with prescription medications.
My training in herbal and nutritional medicine and functional herbal therapy, means I have a holistic approach to improving your health. Not just addressing symptoms but looking for root causes that are blocking your ability to heal.
The practise of herbal medicine uses a fusion of ancient knowledge with new information from scientific research. So, medical herbalists can provide the best of both worlds. An evidence-based method of natural healing and nurturing healthcare that supports and balances the body's ability to be well and helps you to regain good health.
Herbal medicine can seem very simple but herbs can be both gentle and powerfully effective. Simple herbal teas can contain many active substances or phytonutrients that are compatible with your body's inner environment. Plant medicines don't contain any synthetic chemicals and they can work with your body to promote an optimum state of health and wellbeing.
Medical herbalists are not just experts on herbs, we are trained in diagnostic skills including clinical diagnosis and differential diagnosis. Plus, as a healthcare professional, I can offer private laboratory testing including hormone testing, digestive health, infectious agents, brain health, environmental toxins and more.
As an experienced medical herbalist, it's my pleasure to offer in-depth, one-to-one herbal consultations. Get in touch, and let's work together to find out what is holding you back from your optimal health. And then, work towards rebuilding your health and vitality.
"There were times when I felt worry from certain symptoms and Nikki was only ever an email away to provide a reassuring ear and offer any advice that would help."
"After an extremely stressful period of my life, different acid suppressant drugs from the doctor and antibiotics, my tummy was in a terrible state, I had no joy from using pharmaceutical drugs to help get better and my body was saying enough was enough, I was very down about it and it was affecting my life, that's when I started to look into alternative support and found Nikki..."
"I still have contact with Nikki as I am not a 100% but she has taken me from being 2% of myself to 95% I have been able to get my life back, maintain a healthy weight and be happy again, I couldn't recommend Nikki highly enough she is a very supportive, professional and experienced herbalist who will tailor-make a plan to support your recovery and be by your side the entire way."
"All in all - major progress in a fairly short space of time and all credited to your wonderful help and advice! Thank you so much - couldn’t have done it without you and I’m truly appreciative of all your support, understanding and guidance at what has been, a very trying and emotional time for me."
"Having struggled with chronic heartburn for many years, I knew something in my diet needed to change but could not work it out for myself. After a comprehensive intake process and initial consultation, Nikki suggested a low FODMAP diet, which I had previously avoided because it seemed too difficult. With her support including meal plans and recipe recommendations, I adopted the diet and noticed an immediate difference..."
"Great service, in a lovely relaxed setting. I had a couple of acupuncture appointments for digestive issues, it worked wonders! I was given fantastic advice which I follow religiously..."
"I cannot recommend Nikk's services enough when she has patiently guided me through the minefield of trying to deal with a serious autoimmunity/thyroid disorder. My GP simply didn't want to know and for a long time I was struggling and at a complete loss to know who to turn to for guidance and emotional support..."
"I would have no hesitation in recommending Nikki to any of my friends or to anyone out there who wants to try a more 'natural' approach to healing themselves..."
Everyone has a unique medical history, genetics, lifestyle and preferences. So, health advice should be personalised as well.
The path to wellness is different for each person. Everyone who works with me receives an individualised health care plan that will explain my recommendations.
As well as a bespoke herbal prescription I may suggest some nutritional supplements. I might ask you to make changes to your diet, such as leaving out inflammatory foods. I might also advise lifestyle changes such as including regular exercise or stress management techniques.
There are many different variables. I can support you with guides, recipes, self-care handouts and so on, as required, to aid you on your journey to wellness and vitality.
Herbal medicine is prescribed for an individual. This means that a herbal prescription can be tailored for each and every person; a child, adult, elderly or infirm person. Furthermore, as a medical herbalist, I understand the potential interactions between herbal medicines and prescription drugs. If you take prescription medications you may still be able to take a herbal remedy. But, be sure to let me know about all the orthodox medication and supplements that you take so that I can adjust my recommendations accordingly.
For over twenty years, I have helped people to identify what triggers or perpetuates their symptoms. In clinical practice, I use a combination of herbal medicine, nutrition, supplements, and other natural remedies to help to improve your health and wellbeing. It can take time to resolve chronic ailments. But, I know that it is worth it to get your optimum health back.
As a medical herbalist, I understand that you want to feel like you used to and do what you used to do.
Are you ready to learn how to make the lifestyle and dietary changes that mean you can live a fuller life and feel like yourself again?
Does this sound like what you are looking for? If you would like to know more before you make up your mind. Why not book a free, no-obligation chat so that we can discuss how my methods and holistic herbalism might work for you.
Following a thorough assessment of your current health, we will discuss a treatment plan that works for you. Optimal nutrition will usually form the cornerstone of your plan. However, with years of clinical experience, I know which herb or herbal product can help. As an experienced therapist, I know which medicinal plants to avoid if you take any medication from your doctor.
Acupuncture is a wonderful adjunct treatment to herbalism. They complement each other very well.
I find that acupuncture especially is a great way to promote relaxation and relieve stress. It can also improve your energy levels and help combat pain.
I offer acupuncture treatments in a comfortable atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
Currently, I am offering instant access to my Smooth & Soothe program at the incredible introductory price of just £49.
This program is for people who suffer from acne.
Your route to smoother skin starts with my Smooth & Soothe program. It has all you need to get started, including a four-week meal plan based on the latest scientific evidence. You will also get a collection of valuable resources plus motivational videos to keep you on track.
Nikki Hawkes has an honours degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales (College of Phytotherapy). Followed by a postgraduate diploma in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (MCPP). Nikki is also a registered naturopath and acupuncturist.
Member of the General Naturopathic Council. The GNC is the body that sets the standards for naturopaths in the UK.
Member of the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners. The ANP is the leading professional association representing practitioners of naturopathy, such as naturopathic nutritionists, medical herbalists, homeopaths and acupuncturists.
I am not only an experienced medical herbalist and acupuncturist. Continually adding to my knowledge and continuing professional development is important to me. So, I have trained with several institutions in functional medicine.
Here you can find out more about my clinical training and credentials.
In many ways, functional medicine principles are the same as those used in alternative medicine practices such as naturopathy and traditional herbal medicine. We are looking for the underlying causes of ill health, addressing perpetuating factors and nourishing the body and mind. As a herbal practitioner and functional medicine practitioner, ensuring adequate rest, purpose in life and social connection is vital for my patients.
Want to find out more; let's talk!
Studied Women's Functional and Integrative Medicine Professional Training Program, at The New Medicine for Women Institute
Graduate of the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice Course, with the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Completed the Advanced Diagnostics and Personalised Treatment Level One Course at the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine
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