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 saw more than one GP at my surgery and all they did was put me on different birth control pills each time, but I continued to have a non-stop period for over a year. Then I was prescribed antidepressants, which I didn’t want, and the next thing they suggested was that I have a hysterectomy, so my mum brought me to you. I was only 17! You gave me herbal medicine, and showed me how to eat better, and literally within a week my year long period stopped and from then I began to feel more normal again. You explained how the anaemia from the constant bleeding was probably the cause of the depression, and, sure enough, it lifted. Why didn’t all those doctors think of that? They even sent me to a counsellor, who was no help at all and a waste of NHS money. My cycle has been perfect since then, and I no longer eat junk stuff and don’t even need the herbal medicine any more. Imagine if I had not found you – I could have had a hysterectomy if I had just relied on my doctors! I am so grateful to you Mrs Hamilton.
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.
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