Mary Sharma

“As a Naturopath, I am passionate about empowering people to take control of their own health.”

My passion for empowering people to regain and maintain their health can be traced back to childhood when my mother suffered a life-threatening illness and was subsequently prescribed a myriad of drugs. Tired of their debilitating side-effects she became interested in the healing power of nutrition and gradually weaned herself off the drugs and back to full health. From that point onwards, I was given a wholefood diet and experienced firsthand the positive effects that a diet rich in vitamins and minerals can provide. As an adult, my interest in nutrition and healthcare grew when my Indian mother-in-law introduced me to Ayurveda, teaching me about the qualities of different herbs and spices and how they interact with one another to affect our health. This sparked a deep regard for Eastern Medicine and its holistic approach to health and wellbeing that has stayed with me ever since.

In 1994, pregnant with my second child and keen to give my family the best possible start in life, I began training in allergy therapy and nutritional medicine. My nutritional training was naturopathic and encompassed iridology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and 5 element Chinese medicine. I became very interested in understanding the root cause of a disease - rather than simply addressing the ensuing symptoms, as is so often the way with conventional medicine - and went on to train in Homotoxicology, which gave me an in-depth understanding of the immune system. Subsequently, an Ayurvedic course offered me a deeper insight into the understanding of human nature and the causes of disease and I qualified as an Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Consultant in 2012.

As a Naturopath, I am passionate about empowering people to take responsibility for their health. I believe that the body has an innate wisdom to return to health given the right circumstances and an important part of this healing process is to fully understand where the disease itself began. We are all individuals and, as such, will arrive at ill health via different routes; inherited deficiencies, compromised detoxification of the liver, exhausted adrenals, hormonal imbalance, weak digestion, immune deficiency, nutritional deficiencies and blood sugar regulation imbalances all have their part to play. Many of these factors will result in food sensitivities – or occasionally it may be that the food sensitivity has caused the imbalance. My aim is to help my clients make sense of their symptoms and understand their personal constitution in order to take control of their health.

I am particularly interested in hormonal imbalances such as hypoglycaemia, diabetes, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, adrenal exhaustion, pre-menstrual syndrome, menopausal symptoms, obesity and infertility. I run a pre-conceptual care programme in conjunction with the charity 'Foresight' that aims to enable people to have healthy pregnancies leading to healthy babies with the best possible foundations for life.

I am passionate about sharing the knowledge that I have gained over the years with other practitioners and have recently updated the nutrition correspondence course run by The School of Health, allowing it to gain Nutritional Therapist status. I have also written a Naturopathic course covering elements of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine, Unani Tibb and Naturopathic medicine as well as Nutritional Medicine, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and pathology. I am now in the process of writing a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy course.

I keep up-to-date with modern research by regularly attending professional development conferences, seminars and talks.