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 a 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 was listening to Radio 4 Any Answers on 18 January 2014, quite by chance, and the question was asked about medical students’ nutrition training. One of the contributors was Afifah. I was impressed enough to send her an email supporting her input and was even more impressed to receive a two page email by way of a reply. Afifah gave me book titles for suggested reading and some pointers to diet improvements. Quite a lot of reading later, I have cut out wheat, and other grains, most carbohydrates, and I can enjoy the food I eat without the pressure of appetite stimulation to eat even more. I no longer graze all day, and can go all day without feeling hungry. The blogs and recipes are equally impressive. What a gem, thanks Afifah.
Mr A H (Bedfordshire)

Meeting Afifah quite simply changed my life for the better. Digestive problems, suffered since my childhood, have been completely healed. Now in my later years, I am free from stomach pain & bloating, I have renewed energy & stamina that makes walking the Scottish hills even more pleasurable. Without doubt this is due to healing that has taken place after adopting the dietary advice Afifah advocated. Her work is always soundly backed by wide and current research, and with her approach of educating her patients along the way, that understanding brings logic to the treatment, making it easy to adopt and maintain. It becomes a very beneficial lifestyle change. I will always be grateful for her help. My overall health is so much better than for many years. Her work is very important. With gratitude.

Rosie Brown (Sussex)


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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