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How I became a naturopath

Nikki Hill, 42, owns Nikki Hill Apothecary and lives in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

I’ve always been interested in health and nutrition together with exercise since a young age.

I studied a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) degree at the Endeavour College of Natural Health in Melbourne, Australia, and have been a naturopath for 17 years.

What led me to become a naturopath

I suffered a lot of period issues when I was a teenager and the only thing the doctor could prescribe was the pill. I took this for a number of years until the unwanted side effects (weight gain, mood swings and bloating) became too much for me.

My sister, who was living in Hong Kong at the time, recommended I see a naturopath. I had never heard of one before but managed to find a practitioner near me. She gave me herbal medicine and taught me so much about my period and health; information that no GP had ever shared.

It spurred me on to wanting to know more about natural medicine and I ended up enrolling in a course not long after and have never looked back!

What is a naturopath?

A naturopath blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.

It is based on the healing power of nature and it supports and stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopaths help you get to the root of the underlying causes of your health issues and guide you on the changes you need to make in order to get well.

We can offer advice on dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and emotional wellbeing. We can also prescribe nutritional supplements or herbal medicine to help treat an array of health conditions.

We’re not anti-medicine

One of the main misconceptions is that naturopaths are anti-conventional medicine, which is absolutely not true.

All medicines have their place. Natural medicines can help treat a lot of chronic issues, whereas conventional medicines are good for a lot of acute, life-threatening conditions.

What I love about what I do

I love helping people feel better and be more in control of their wellbeing. I specialise in fertility and nothing brings me more pleasure than helping couples to conceive naturally.

I set up Nikki Hill Apothecary in 2018 as I wanted to create my own product range to help reach more people with hormonal issues and create products I wish were around when I was a teenager. I also love the retail side of the business and the creative side it has brought.

My advice

Not to be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to do it all alone. And done is better than perfect. I am still learning this one!

Charlotte Harding
Charlotte Harding
Charlotte is a journalist and the co-founder of The Women's Work Collective.
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