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Core State

Our focus is on working with your core state. We work from a set of principles that guide every aspect of our practice, starting with a consultation and a therapeutic approach to help you onwards.

Your core state is your potential as a human being. It is what you are born with and how you have responded to events in your life to bring you to your present state of health. It defines you in terms of tendencies, strengths and vulnerabilities.

Core State is founded on the same principles as many traditional healing systems, where the emphasis is on prescribing treatments following an assessment of an individual’s distinguishing characteristics, rather than focusing on specific diseases. Much of our knowledge of how to use herbs effectively has come from these traditions. In the modern day we are blessed with an explosion of new ideas from medical science, and our understanding of primary traits of an individual is becoming ever more detailed and precise. One thing is apparent: the future of medicine lies in individualised treatments and interventions, backed up where appropriate by the current pharmaceutical approach to symptom treatment.

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What do we consider?

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As herbalists we focus on the following primary areas:

  • Gut health
  • The microbiome
  • Diet and nutritional status
  • Stress management
  • Rest and exercise

How we can affect our core state health follows on from addressing these key functions. Taking this approach is highly effective in influencing health outcomes further downstream, including:

  • Stress related illness: poor sleeping patterns, emotional problems, anxiety and mild depression
  • Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, heartburn, liver and gall bladder conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Allergies, food intolerances: dietary assessment, hay fever
  • Heart and circulatory conditions: High blood pressure, cholesterol, oedema

  • Musculoskeletal problems: arthritis and other joint problems, fibromyalgia
  • Hormonal conditions: menopause, PMT, infertility, thyroid problems, blood sugar problems
  • Respiratory Problems including asthma
  • Skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, acne, urticaria and other rashes
  • Low immunity: recurring colds and flu - like symptoms
  • Low energy: feeling tired all the time


Strategies

Following an assessment with our trained clinicians, our treatment strategies for you are likely to combine dietary recommendations and herbal medicines, to affect your core state key functions and any specific symptoms. Our herbal prescriptions are likely to include some or all of the following:

We may recommend mineral and vitamin supplementation, although we prioritise gut health and diet to optimise natural nutritional status.

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Diet and Nutrition

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We are guided by evolutionary medicine. When we think about foods that we eat we consider the profound dietary changes that have taken place over the past 10,000 years, and greatly accelerated over the past 150 years since the industrial revolution. It is clear that our genome is highly adapted to finding and consuming foods in a Paleolithic environment, living as hunter-gatherers. For many people there is a conflict between what our bodies are really good at processing – those ancient foods – and modern foods. We believe that many modern day chronic ailments are the result of a mismatch between our adapted hunter-gatherer physiology and modern environments and behaviours, including what we eat.


Health

In terms of general health most people feel so much better once they identify and eliminate particular foods from their diet, and replace them with more nutrient-dense foods.

Weightloss

It is very common for people to lose excess weight with relative ease by adopting an evolutionary approach to diet, without having to count calories.

Performance

The dietary approach is now widely recognised by sports people as the number one factor affecting performance.