Mr Meilyr James BSc (Hons) DBTh DAcu AcuC DIr MGNI
Registered Medical Herbalist, Iridologist and Acupuncturist and son of Ms Ifanca Hélène James, a well know natural practitioner. I grew up in the environment of the Herbal Clinic and qualified following a four year course in 2002 at Middlesex University, with an Honours Degree in Herbal Medicine.
Between 2003 and 2007 I tutored for the International Register of Consultant Herbalists and Homeopaths (IRCH) focusing on non-invasive methods of clinical physical examination. I then became a director for the school and module leader for Herbal Materia Medica. In 2004 I was awarded a Diploma in Botano-Therapy by the IRCH.
In 2005, on completion of an iridology course with the Independent School of Iridology, (no longer a school) I qualified as an Iridologist and member of the Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists International.
From 2010 to 2011, I further studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture, at Body Harmonics, Cheltenham. I qualified, with distinction, and have become a member of the Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council.
I am also a naturopath, which involves finding non-drug or surgical ways to regain health and a member of the General Naturopathic Council: a professional body aiming to support and regulate naturopathic practitioners.
I started working in the Herbal Clinic in 2000, first part-time which fitted in with my 4 children, then within a couple of years, full-time. Tending the phone, making medicines, researching and dealing with individual needs, ensures no two days are the same!
Before I had children I worked for many years in the Civil Service – first in Swansea Marine Office dealing with seamen and then in Human Resources in Department of Trade in London. Later, when I had a young family, I became a registered childminder whilst also working part-time as a crèche worker.
I’ve always enjoyed working with people and this has followed through to my occupation at the Herbal Clinic.
One of the enjoyable things here is the personal aspect of the job – we take the time to get to know patients and they get to know us. This helps put people at ease; there’s a relaxed, calm atmosphere within the clinic. We try to ensure that people know there’s more than one route to go down with regard to one’s health.
This job gives me a great deal of satisfaction and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.
Jody Marshall BSc (Hons)
I started work in The Herbal Clinic at the millennium, whilst studying for my degree in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University. At the time it provided me with valuable experience working in a professional setting with the patients and herbs.
I worked for some time as a tutor for the International Register of Consultant Herbalists and Homeopaths (IRCH), organising workshops, giving lectures and writing lessons for herbal medicine students, with the focus on nutrition.
I enjoy promoting a greater understanding of herbal medicine, nutrition and how to care for ones self naturally. This has led me to organise demonstrations for local groups such as Women’s Institute and visit local schools to encourage children to become adventurous with vitalising foods.
My personal interest lies with the traditional Indian system of healing, Ayurveda. The concepts of these teachings give me a rich understanding of the constitution of each individual and how to bring the body into balance. After attending a course on Ayurvedic medicine I have continued to study and incorporate the principles into my own life.
I started work at The Herbal Clinic almost 30 years ago, part-time, intending it to be a temporary post while I looked for other work! My hours rapidly increased and soon I was full-time; often not finishing until late into the night.
I left the Clinic in 1988 when my first child was due and came back part-time in 2000. I felt ‘at home’ as soon as I returned and was welcomed back by many patients who remembered me from the early days.
This friendly atmosphere is one of the main reasons I enjoy working here; over the years I have met so many lovely people.
The nature of the work is very varied so life never becomes boring; I am always learning. It gives me great pleasure to see patients achieve good health and wish more people were aware of the perils of mainstream medicine.