Afifah Hamilton, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist and GAPS practitioner

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Hello, I am Afifah Hamilton and live near Chichester in West Sussex, UK.

I run a busy clinic, where I treat patients using herbal medicine and clinical nutrition to treat serious and long term medical conditions such as autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

I completed a 4 year full time course at the School of Herbal Medicine qualifying in 1992 since when I have been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and have run my own practice.

I work similarly to an orthodox GP, carrying out standard examinations and clinical diagnoses, but with an eye to underlying causes rather than just treating symptomatically. Unlike a GP I spend a good deal of time with my patients understanding their condition in the broader context of their life, diet and medical history. I create individual dietary strategies to bring about meaningful physiological change, supported by herbal prescriptions, as required, which are tailor-made and dispensed from my extensive herbal pharmacy.

My areas of specialist research include: the ketogenic diet, the palaeolithic diet, auto-immunity, neurological and metabolic dysfunction, cardiovascular problems and reproductive health.


What Patients Say

I know it has only been 7 days since I saw you but I thought as i will be so full on next week I would give you feedback now. I am so grateful to you, I really feel like I am on the mend now and I have had no flair ups to speak of. Don’t worry I will stick to the diet for the next few months as you suggested. I generally feel so much healthier- you are a genius! I will not go back to gluten, sugar and caffeine ever.
SH (Lewis)

I know that if I had not come to you for treatment I would now be without part of my intestine, as that was the next thing my specialist had up his sleeve for me. Now I have normal function and do not need any drugs to enable me to live a normal life. I know it if I eat or drink something that I shouldn’t, as I have a little reaction, but that helps to keep me on the straight and narrow, and it is getting much easier as I know my body so much better now. I am telling everyone how my life has changed for the better and they can see it too, as I am no longer so thin and I don’t have to spend three hours of every day on the loo, and am not in pain the whole time. My consultant didn’t want to know though! Not interested. Thank you so much for your care helping me do this, even when there were bumps in the road.

A S (Pulborough)


Evidence Base & Continuing Professional Development

I am constantly reading and reviewing the latest scientific papers – as you can see from the many referenced articles on this blog. I also participate in regular conferences and summits. Recent training has included:

  • Organic acids testing – urine screening for biomarker metabolites
  • Omega 3 – for neurodevelopment and ageing
  • Dermatology – Bognor GP dermatology group
  • IAOMT: Mercury and heavy metal toxicity – state of the art testing and safe detox
  • Genetic testing – Common polymorphisms (SNPs) and their treatment
  • B12 deficiency & thyroid disease
  • Hormone dysfunction – environmental influences
  • Functional Medicine – 3 day nutrition workshop
  • Genova webinar – comprehensive stool analysis
  • Cyrex – chemical reactivity / food reactivity / blood-brain barrier function
  • Brain function and neurodegeneration – Dr Kharrazian
  • Auto-immune Summit
  • Gluten Summit
  • GAPS practitioner training – Dr Campbell-McBride


If you need help with a health problem contact me for a 10 minute discussion.

01243 868108


Lab Testing and Diagnostics

I have a close working relationship with many local GPs and consultants, recieving and making referrals. I currently work with a number of private labs for the most up-to-date medical testing, including comprehensive stool analyses, vitamin D status, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, hormonal status, comprehensive thyroid panel, autoimmune, dietary and metal allergy testing, and actionable DNA tests.

More information about Afifah

For more information, see my main clinic website: rosemarycottageclinic.co.uk

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