Almost any condition can be treated with herbal medicine. In some cases herbal medicine alone might not be sufficient and can form part of a treatment for serious, life-threatening illnesses, providing organ support and nurturing and helping to improve quality of life. Herbal medicine can treat acute and chronic conditions and is effective for almost all disease states, from the common cold to rheumatoid arthritis.
Phytotherapists (doctors in phytotherapy) are medically trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of diseases and includes disease prevention along with compounding and dispensing of herbal medicines.
Doctors Kerry Haarhoff and Sonia Couto have both been trained extensively in South Africa at the School of Natural Medicine at the University of the Western Cape as well as abroad.
Dr Kerry Haarhoff has had an exciting start to her career and has worked alongside major health companies in South Africa while practising part-time. As the youngest member of the Professional board for Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Phytotherapy in South Africa who work alongside the Allied Health Professions Council to regulate natural health professions, Kerry hopes to instigate positive change in the natural medicine realm in our Country. She also fulfils the role of Treasurer for the South African Association of Herbal Practitioners. She is currently in her second year of practice and taken the next few months to travel through Europe and gain some new knowledge. Studying through the Centre for Translational Genomics, Kerry is close to finalising her studies in Nutrigenomics which is at the cuttinng edge of nutrition science. This aspect will bring a completely new dynamic to personalised therapy, being based around your very own DNA. Dr Haarhoff will resume practice from September.
Dr Sonia Couto completed her studies in great style with summa cum laude. Once a year, Sonia travels to Scotland where she gains incredible knowledge from world-renowned Hakim Karim. This experience progressed into workshop based education on health topics across Europe, Cape Town and recently in Vredendal. This is her third year of practice and she has an absolute passion for herbal medicines and teaching people how to live the most healthy version of their lives for their body type. Dr Couto runs multiple workshops based on health from fermantation to even the herbal powers in gin! Follow her on Facebook & Instagram to ensure you don’t miss out on the next event!