CNM students and graduates come from all walks of life and backgrounds. What links them is the desire to help others to better
health, and their commitment to having a fulfilling and flexible career.
CNM turned me into a practitioner
I didn’t want to have just academic knowledge, I wanted a course that would teach me to be a practitioner. Faced with fertility issues, I had Acupuncture to increase my chances of a successful pregnancy. I still remember the moment on the Acupuncturist’s couch when I thought ‘I’d quite like to retrain as an Acupuncturist’. I fell pregnant, and my Acupuncture studies were put on hold for 8 years until my second child went to school.
My main consideration in choosing somewhere to study was that they had to be accredited with the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. CNM stood out as it allowed for part time learning. It also required 400 clinical hours to graduate.
When I enrolled on CNM’s Diploma Course in Naturopathic Acupuncture I was unaware of the significance of the unique training which combined becoming a Naturopath with becoming an Acupuncturist. I quickly realised, however, how much attending the mixed classes with other modalities broadened my knowledge, making me aware of how a multi-modality approach can help people more extensively. I feel I am a better and more effective practitioner for it, supporting my clients with additional skill sets and dietary and lifestyle advice to back up the Acupuncture.
CNM succeeded in turning me into a practitioner, and it also gave me a thirst for knowledge, to go on learning and developing.
Since qualifying I have started up my own practice and I love the flexibility it gives me to work around my family. I do a lot of work with pain management for various conditions. I volunteer one morning a week in a hospice, where ‘difficult pain’ patients are referred to me.
The special moments come in my clients’ faces when their pain goes away ten seconds after I have placed the Acupuncture needles in the right locations, or when I review progress with a client and they realise just how much they’ve improved since their initial visit. I also love being able to help my family and friends, who can now experience the benefits of Acupuncture for themselves and see what a worthwhile career it offers.
Claire practices in Essex and can be contacted at email@example.com
Claire, Graduate in Acupuncture
I’m a GP studying Nutrition at CNM
I qualified from medical school in 1991 and have been practising as a doctor since then, currently working as a GP in my own practice in London. I have a career long interest in complementary medicine and an open minded holistic approach to my patients. Whilst conventional medicine is fantastic and lifesaving for many patients, I felt there had to be another way of tackling some health problems without endless prescriptions for drugs, which often seemed to do more harm than good; or fruitless referrals to hospital specialists who seemed to only focus on one part of the body and leave my patient and myself no closer to understanding the problem. I began to suspect that many patients’ problems had a connection with their food or their gut, which was not solved by referrals to dieticians and gastroenterologists. I started looking for a course to help me understand food as medicine.
The idea of a naturopathic approach is what attracted me to CNM. Nutrition is placed firmly in the context of a person’s individual lifestyle and experience. History taking focuses on finding underlying drivers to a problem, and developing individually focussed solutions. I wanted a quality course where I could meet other people, collaborate, share ideas and foster relationships over time rather than a quick fix short course or something online and isolating.
At CNM the structure of the course is well paced, thorough, and standards are high. There are opportunities to critically evaluate the evidence behind the headlines. Lecturers are informed and experienced. I love coming to CNM and have gained so many new ideas and support from my fellow students. I have met many interesting people from a diverse variety of backgrounds. It has set me on a new path which is constantly exciting and rewarding. I find I already bring back small ideas to my own patients and fellow doctors which have had fantastic and positive results. It’s been a springboard for new learning. Food is the medicine we consume three times a day, yet my conventional medical training on nutrition had been very limited. I am constantly amazed by what I did not appreciate before the course.
I feel really positive that there are exciting alternative solutions to managing health through food and gut health. I genuinely feel I am involved in some cutting edge ideas for health in the future.
Dr Laura, Student in Nutrition
Life as a Nutritional Therapist
I worked for years in the IT industry, whilst also qualifying in other natural therapies. The more I learnt about natural health, the more I wanted to become a Nutritionist, as it was clear that our dietary choices have a huge impact on health. I chose to study Nutritional Therapy at CNM because I was keen on the naturopathic, holistic focus of the course. I was also able to study part time and so could keep earning in the meantime.
My inspirational lecturers and hundreds of hours of clinical practice meant that I graduated in 2008 and went on to become a successful Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, or ‘Nutritionist’.
It’s a job I love, and a fantastic feeling to know that I personally have been able to change people’s lives for the better. The concept of food as medicine was familiar to our ancestors, yet today many people are surprised to discover that changes made to their everyday diet can result in significant improvements to their health and wellbeing.
It’s immensely rewarding to get feedback from clients who come to me with conditions including hormonal imbalances, weight issues, digestive problems, stress, joint problems and inflammatory conditions and who afterwards report that they’ve never felt as healthy, or as energetic.
My role as a Nutritionist is to empower my clients to make dietary and lifestyle changes which help them achieve the very best health they can. Every client has a unique constitution and a different set of circumstances, so the content of my day is never routine.
Clients complete a medical symptoms questionnaire and a food diary prior to our consultation. They needn’t be shy. If everyone was perfect no-one would need help!
The initial consultation lasts about an hour and is a chance to gain a detailed picture of the person’s medical history, circumstances, diet and lifestyle, and their health goals. I have to know about the functioning of their digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, about any supplements or medications they are taking, and to take account of test results on blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and food sensitivity, etc.
I produce a full personalised naturopathic plan for my client, including specific nutritional and lifestyle changes to address both his or her current problems and prospects for longer term health. The plan needs to be simple and at a pace which is realistic for them to follow. Half hour follow up consultations are offered as required.
Not everyone waits until they are ill before they come to see me, fortunately. Sports people consult me about optimum nutrition to meet their energy needs. Others want a twice yearly detox programme. Some want advice about what constitutes a healthy diet. I love food and I’m always keen to share a good recipe!
In addition to my clinical work, I also work with natural food companies to produce videos and publicity material explaining the health benefits of their products.
My media work also keeps me busy. I’m a regular guest speaker on nutritional matters for Sky News and Made in Bristol TV. I’ve also featured frequently on the radio, and in national and international newspapers and magazines. Excitingly, I’m also a guest speaker for Bristol University’s undergraduate medical programme, presenting case studies showing how nutrition has helped my clients. There is definitely a role for properly trained nutritional therapists in today’s health-challenged society. I can’t think of a career I’d rather have.
Fiona, Graduate in Nutrition
Why I’m training for a new career
The CNM course is both challenging and rewarding and I am looking forward to qualifying as a nutritional therapist next year and starting a new career and way of life. I started my studies with CNM two years ago after discovering for myself the power of food and nutrition to change my life. I am currently a business consultant and so studying nutrition is a world away from my current day job. I also studied History at university and so I didn’t come from a scientific background.
The CNM course is both challenging and rewarding and I am looking forward to qualifying as a nutritional therapist next year and starting a new career and way of life.
I grew up with a family who were very focused on natural therapies and we had a homeopathic GP. It was therefore very natural for me three years ago when I was diagnosed with fibroids to look to natural therapies rather than just accepting the NHS’s solution of radical surgery.
I changed my diet and lifestyle considerably and within six months all of the fibroid symptoms had gone and for the first time in my adult life I had normal periods. My life today is unrecognisable from what it was – I have lost weight, become far healthier, radically altered my diet and have fallen in love with sport and nutrition. I now take part in marathons, triathlons and cycling events, and sport is an every day part of my life.
I now want to take the opportunity, once qualified, to support and help others transform their lives and health through nutrition. It is incredibly empowering to take control of your health and I’m excited about my future career and the opportunities ahead.
CNM offers both a mixture of lectures and clinical practice and this approach is invaluable in making you feel prepared to start your own practice or work in the field of nutrition in other ways. There is a fascinating mix of students on the course from all different backgrounds with different experiences to learn from, as well as from the lecturers themselves.
Julia, Student in Nutrition
Acupuncture – a meaningful path
Studying at CNM is such an adventure – it’s a great college, the people are amazing. I studied law, but never found working in that area truly interesting. After I had my second child, and was looking to return to work, I asked myself what I was doing with my life. My mum practices Acupuncture in the USA and from her experience I knew that could offer me a meaningful path. My husband and I worked out a plan whereby I could retrain as an Acupuncturist.
I considered various courses but they couldn’t offer what I needed whilst being a mum. CNM was the best option as it offers great classes, and weekend study. It’s really affordable and the teachers are amazing. It’s flexible, too. I completed my first year at CNM studying Biomedicine, and when I fell pregnant with my third child I took a year out to be with my new born baby.
I’m about to start my third year at CNM, which will be heavily focused on clinical experience. I’m really happy with my teachers; they’re very sensitive to the students’ needs and are always looking to help. Studying at CNM is such an adventure – it’s a great college, the people are amazing and what I’m learning has already benefited our family’s health and happiness.
My advice for anyone interested in studying Natural Health is ‘just start’. You’re never too old to learn, and CNM training helps you set yourself up for professional success.
Ingrid, Student in Acupuncture
CNM’s course led to my dream career
As a teenager I suffered horribly with acne and poor skin. Having no idea about the underlying causes I tried every lotion and potion under the sun to try to help myself, to no avail. Without knowing where to turn for help, I visited my GP who then put me on the contraceptive pill in an attempt to balance my hormones. I’m certain that this was a turning point for many of the subsequent health issues that were soon to follow.
I quickly began to have mood swings and felt depressed and low. Along with these new symptoms I was suffering from endless bouts of thrush, having problems with my periods and was also diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. In the meantime, my skin problems had only exacerbated and I was suffering with anxiety and panic attacks to add to the bargain. All in all it was a pretty miserable state of affairs for a young teenage to find herself in.
One Saturday afternoon I was browsing through a local bookshop when I stumbled across a book called ‘Absolute Beauty’ believing it to be about homemade skin care products I bought it and decided to give it a try.
This proved to be a significant turning point in my life.
Upon browsing the content, I was surprised and enthralled to discover the book was based around the ancient science of Ayurveda; something that was almost unheard of in the UK in the 90’s.
From that point on there was no looking back. I decided that I needed to know everything I could about this subject, but in the days before the internet I had no idea where to begin. Again fate stepped in when I was introduced to a naturopath by a friend of mine who had also been struggling with hormonal issues.
I was totally bowled over by this wonderful naturopath and at the same time fascinated to discover that it was actually possible to work with plants, herbs and nutrition to heal all kinds of ailments naturally, and without modern drugs. At first I was sceptical, but as soon as I embarked on a programme with her, all my doubts were swept aside. From that moment on I decided to find a way to get to the root cause of my health issues and learn everything I could about natural medicine.
I decided to attend an Open Day at CNM Manchester to find out about studying Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. It was this one single event that led to me to where I am today. What amazed me was how comprehensive the course was. Not only did I get to learn about modern western herbalism, but the course also looked at other traditional systems such as TCM and my beloved Ayurveda. I literally couldn’t believe that it was possible to study everything I loved.
I signed up there and then.
On the day of the event, I was privileged to speak personally with Hermann Keppler (founder of the College) who told me in quite a matter of fact manner, that this course would literally change my life. At the time I thought these were bold words, but thank goodness I listened to what he had to say as without having taken that course, both my health and my life situation might have been very different indeed. Not only did I have the exciting possibility of studying all the things I loved, I had finally opened up a way to empowerment and discovered that it was possible to help myself. I didn’t have to be resigned to a life of misery.
Not only has the CNM course led to me having my dream career and the fulfilment of spending every day doing something that I love; the knowledge I’ve learned has on more than one occasion been a lifesaver, for myself, and in the fact that I have also been able to help those close to me.
What I loved most about the CNM course was the sheer diversity. The college gave me access to people whose books I had read, and whom had inspired me greatly. I was supremely fortunate to meet people like Anne McIntyre, Peter Jackson Main and Patrick Holford. Each month I would rush to college with eager anticipation about what I would learn that day! It was amazing to meet and learn from the people who were at the forefront of knowledge in their field.
CNM has such a great community, and despite the fact I qualified nearly ten years ago I still feel just as involved and supported today.
With the explosion of information around the topic of natural health, I truly believe there has never been a better time to train in this traditional, yet utterly modern discipline. I simply can’t imagine living a life without herbs or the knowledge I gained from taking this course.
Today I run a busy clinic in Cornwall and am fortunate to be able to help people from all walks of life. I specialise in using western herbal medicine and Ayurveda to support people with a wide range of health issues.
I work closely with people who have experienced life changing traumatic events, as I have personal experience in the area, and offer in person and online skype appointments to support people with a range of anxiety issues.
Sarah can be contacted via: www.thefreelancenaturopath.com
Sarah, Graduate in Herbal Medicine
My Dad’s Acupuncture inspired my career
Back in Australia my family have always utilised natural therapies. My mother was a nurse who re-trained as a Homeopath. When my father was diagnosed as having a serious condition, he got extremely positive results using Acupuncture, astounding his medical consultant in the process. After travelling to the UK, meeting my husband and settling down to start a family, I found natural therapies, such as homeopathy, to be gentle and effective for my children. My grand plan was always to return to work once the children were at school. With no local family support, however, it was a no-brainer to make the decision to be able to work from home, or at least to be available at school pick up and drop off times.
I have a degree in journalism, but I spent a long time thinking about what it was that I was passionate about, before deciding that I really wanted to study Acupuncture. CNM has accreditation from numerous professional bodies which was vital in deciding to study through them, so that I could make a career out of what I had chosen. I found out I could study Biomedicine at CNM here in Belfast and then commute down to CNM Dublin for the next stage of the course which includes Naturopathic Study, and Acupuncture.
The course fits perfectly with my lifestyle. I am able to study during the day whilst my children are at school; and on study weekends my husband gets one to one time with them. It is such a joy to meet other people at CNM who have enjoyed improved health because of natural therapies, and those who are now keen to learn, study and share their knowledge with others.
I can’t wait to qualify and use my knowledge to help family, friends and myself to achieve a better level of health. I am already enjoying the knowledge I learned in the Biomedicine foundation year (which gives the brain a real work out, and is so rewarding to complete). I am so excited about the things I am going to learn this year, and in the years to come. I would encourage anyone thinking of undertaking the course to go for it.
Vanessa, Student in Acupuncture
CNM has changed my lifestyle choices
I’ve always been passionate about the healing the body naturally.After spending 8 years working as a complimentary therapist, I decided to take the next step and study nutrition at CNM. I knew after completing the first lecture that this was what I wanted to do. I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 25. I had my first son naturally by using herbs and receiving acupuncture treatment. During the CNM course I changed my diet and lifestyle. I went on to have two more boys while studying the nutrition course!
CNM has completely changed my lifestyle choices. I love CNM’s approach to treating the body as a whole as opposed to treating a condition.
After completing the course I am now setting up my own business and will practice as a naturopathic nutritionist.
Audrey, Graduate in Nutrition
I wanted to help people with food as medicine
I started the course in naturopathic nutrition with CNM because I have always had a huge passion for food, but always felt there was more to it than the taste, I wanted to be able to help people with what food can do for you. During the course, I not only gained enough knowledge to become a practitioner as I am now, but I also learned how to improve my own diet and lifestyle. I lost a lot of excess weight, started exercising and my skin got a lot healthier. But most importantly, I improved my mood. I am now happy and healthy and love the life I was able to create with my new career.
CNM graduate and Naturopathic Nutritionist at Dynamic Nutrition
Jorien, Graduate in Nutrition
I am so happy that I decided to pursue my studies in Nutrition
I chose to embark on a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition at CNM out of a keen interest in using the right nutrition to support a healthy lifestyle and I was curious to learn more. Over the three years, along with making some great friends, the convenient weekend lectures exposed me to a wide range of fascinating content, hands-on clinical experience and an invaluable support network from the lecturers and staff at CNM. Many exciting new doors have opened for me since graduating from CNM and I am currently studying for my MSc in Personalised Nutrition at CNELM in the UK. I am so happy that I decided to pursue my studies in Nutrition and I am so thankful to CNM for making it happen.
Caroline, Graduate in Nutrition
Cricket Player Turns to Nutrition
As a sports-mad kid growing up in Australia, nutrition was more of an afterthought. I thought, “if you’re active, you’re healthy”. In 2007, I moved to Ireland and began playing cricket for the Irish team. It was then that my attitude towards nutrition started to change. By 2008, the Irish team had become mostly professional players, and the importance of nutrition and hydration became a big role in our preparations for games.
In 2013, I was struck down with painful sciatica and a bulging disc.
I was given numerous steroid injections that had little effect. I did some research, and realised how bad my diet was and that I needed a change. I knew I wanted to heal myself naturally. Immediately, I went on a vegetarian diet and cut out all processed foods. I also started Bikram yoga. After the first week I could feel the benefits of the fresh vegetables, fruits and whole foods. And thanks to my new diet and exercise routine, I had avoided surgery and was able to return to cricket within four months.
One year later I decided to start the naturopathic nutrition course at CNM Dublin. I knew first-hand what the effects eating fresh, whole foods can have on your body. I am enjoying the course immensely and am starting to gather sound knowledge. I have also influenced my three young kids and other family members to improve their diets and overall lifestyles.
My goal after graduating is to help others achieve their optimal health and wellbeing as I have, and I’m really looking forward to it!
Alex, Student in Nutrition
My Lecturers were amazing role models.
Anonymous feedback from our Student Survey.
This is my first online survey and my last, as I have happily completed all my lectures for Herbal Medicine/Naturopathy. I really enjoyed most of the lectures this year for Nat Study. Peter Jackson-Main and Stephen Langley were amazing role models. They are both hugely inspiring and very experienced teachers. I loved their lectures which took me way beyond my expectations. My time has been enjoyable over the last 4 years. The girls in the Dublin office have been fantastic. I will miss them as I will miss my studies but I’m eager to get going with my therapy now and continue to learn about the wonderful expanding world of Plant medicine and Naturopathy. Thank you all.
— Naturopathy Study – Level I (Class ‘Weekend’) Student studying at CNM Dublin
15th July 2016
CNM found a study plan that would work for me.
I had struggled with hormone, skin and blood sugar issues since being a teenager, although I had no idea that these could be related to diet and nutrition. Later when trying to start a family, I picked up a few books which explained the connections between diet and fertility. That was when the penny dropped. After changing my diet and having a course of acupuncture, I fell pregnant with my second child.
I looked into the opportunity to study Nutrition further. As I wanted a career afterwards, it was important to me that CNM’s course was accredited. My son was just three months old when I started the course, but CNM was happy to find a study plan that would work for me.
I loved returning to study. It gave me the opportunity to step out of family life and to enjoy spending time with people with people of different ages, situations and backgrounds, all so passionate about nutrition and natural therapies. CNM lecturers were very knowledgeable and were able to pass on their considerable clinical experience. For me, the most enjoyable part of the course was the clinical practice, learning how to take a set of symptoms and then to understand the triggers to these and really work on the underlying causes, for some great results.
I practiced as a Nutritional Therapist after graduating in 2009, I still practice, although I now spend most of my time running my busy shop and clinic, which I bought in 2012. At Amaranth, in Stockport, we have a wide range of products and therapies on offer. We have three registered nutritional therapists at the clinic (two of whom graduated from CNM and one lecturer from CNM) in addition to holistic therapists, acupuncturists, and a homeopath, and we help promote health and nutrition to the wider community. The store has recently won a number of awards of which we are very proud, including the Best Independent Retailer (UK) 2015 at the Natural and Organic awards and The Best Local shop 2016.
As the shop and clinic owner and a practising nutritional therapist, I have the perfect opportunity to combine my previous career in retail consultancy with my passion for nutrition and health. If you are considering a career in natural health, I would say ‘go for it’. It is definitely one of the most rewarding careers you can have.
Joanne, Graduate in Nutrition
I love the enthusiasm of the lecturers
As a nurse I have always enjoyed helping others. I currently lecture at Edinburgh Napier University where I teach nursing students. About four years ago I just didn’t feel particular great. The skin over my body was bad and my mood was very low. I don’t remember having much input into nutrition as a student nurse, but I did my own research and decided to follow a purely plant-based, mostly organic diet, and to cut out all processed food. Within a couple of months my skin was clear, my eczema gone, and best of all, the cloud which had followed me around each day had vanished. I felt as though a fog had cleared out of my head.
The positive impact of changing my lifestyle was so dramatic that I became greatly interested in nutrition, which is why I am studying the CNM Diploma Course in Naturopathic Nutrition. Because I’m a registered nurse I didn’t have to do the introductory course in Biomedicine. I’ve just finished ‘Nutrition Year 1’. I love the enthusiasm of the lecturers and the wealth of knowledge they have. It’s outstanding.
This course will give me the skills and tools to carry on helping people. I will continue in my post as nurse lecturer, but hope also to run clinics and give talks in local communities. I might even write a book, who knows?
Mhari, Student in Nutrition
I fell in love with the positive atmosphere at CNM
I taught music and Danish for more than 10 years, which I enjoyed, but my voice couldn’t cope with the strain. So when my family and I moved to London, I knew I had to find a new career. Way back I had had some great experiences with Acupuncture on my travels to Asia, China in particular, so I when I saw CNM’s Acupuncture Course I attended an open day. I simply fell in love with the positive atmosphere at CNM and their focus on using natural means to keep healthy and happy.
I have always loved nature and what is natural, so to me Naturopathy seemed like a great partner to Acupuncture. By using my knowledge to advise people on a natural lifestyle and diet, as well as give them Acupuncture, I have since experienced that to be true.
Once I started the course I was hooked. Engaging and passionate teachers and fantastic fellow students have given me some of the best – at times also challenging – times of my life.
I studied while my children were little and I am glad that I managed to make it work due to the flexible study hours. After graduating, I immediately started working hours to suit my current commitments. With young children and a husband who travels the world, it still works. It’s beautiful and really rewarding to share with people what Acupuncture and Naturopathy can do. It makes me happy and humble every day. Sometimes the long and winding path takes you to the most interesting places!
Gry, Graduate in Acupuncture
I learned so much!
I began my journey to better health in 2011 following the diagnosis of my then 7 year old with Type 1 diabetes. Hoping to combat some of the IBS symptoms I myself was suffering due to stress and anxiety, combined with my desire to ensure my family had the best nutrition we could for the sake of my son’s condition, I embarked on a journey to better nutrition.
I was conscious of the growing number of people giving unsolicited advice on the internet. I realised that in an age of growing digital presence, social media was becoming more and more powerful. With such differing messages who could know what information was correct or not? I decided I wanted to return to education and retrain in nutrition so I could educate people correctly and armed with the current and relevant information.
A friend, recognising my passion for nutrition, sent me a link to CNM one day and I just knew I had to go for it! It was everything I wanted in a course – science based, contemporary, holistic and above all, had great course content. Studying with CNM was the best thing I have ever done. I learned so much, met lifelong friends and gained invaluable clinical experience. I would recommend CNM to anyone who wishes to follow their interest in Nutrition and follow their dream of providing people with the gift of good nutrition.
I discovered the power a change in diet could exert over body and mind and became passionate about spreading my new found knowledge with others. I began blogging about my change in diet towards a grain, dairy and sugar free diet: my blog “Irish Paleo Girl” was born! My son’s condition is very stable and our family as a whole is healthier overall.
CNM gave me the knowledge and credentials
Having been told that I may have difficulty conceiving due to endometriosis and polycystic ovaries and was fortunate to have 5 healthy kids naturally, I began to attribute this to a healthy diet and exercise. I guess I have always been interested in health and fitness coming from a family of health fanatics. I studied with CNM to enhance my knowledge and give me the qualification to take this further.
Chauffeuring the kids from one activity to another, I realised the gap in the market for a healthy treat for kids. From this, I developed and launched a ‘smRt bar’ which is now sold in Galway, Dublin, Wicklow, and throughout Ireland. From my studies at CNM, I understood the importance of and lack of iodine in our daily diets from the normal cognitive development of kids to normal growth. It made sense to add organic Irish seaweed which is naturally high in iodine to a healthy treat for kids. However, since launching the product we realised that our product is used by everyone from Irish top triathletes to mums, dad and all health conscious individuals. Thus, we have created a second product, Noribake, which recently got a Great Taste Award!
CNM gave me the knowledge and credentials to stand over our newly launched SmRt bar. We are constantly looking at the health market and trends and are developing new recipes for real health food that is also convenient. My training at CNM has been essential to furthering our brand.
Deirdre Kearney – CNM Graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition
Deirdre, Graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition
I realised I wanted to help sick people
My first experience with natural therapies occurred in my teens after I’d been taking antibiotics for seven consecutive months for a throat infection. The infection was still there and my physical health had seriously deteriorated. On the acupuncturist’s couch just four needles were inserted in my hands and feet. After thirty minutes, I came out of a doze to find my mind buzzing with an alert clarity I hadn’t felt in years.
My body felt solid and heavy, like thirst-quenched earth after rain. I made big changes to my diet and got big changes in my enjoyment of life. About ten years later, I realised that I wanted to help sick people, as I had been helped. I studied naturopathy as well as acupuncture at CNM because I knew that having a repertoire of tools such as foods, natural supplements, herbs and home remedies was invaluable for people wanting to take control of their health as I had done.
When I was gaining experience at hospitals in Beijing, I spoke with my fellow students – a German rheumatologist, a Swedish midwife, an Indian GP and many others. Not one of us could say how exactly the therapy worked but we could see, in the thousands of patients there, that it was highly effective. I practiced for some years with great patient outcomes but I was plagued with the thought that I didn’t fully understand how it worked. I had read popular physics books since I was a teenager and had been studying neuroscience in search of answers since I started training. Doing a science degree seemed like the obvious next step.
For my final year physics thesis, I looked at ‘chaos’ mathematics in electrical circuits and compared this to brain signalling. My research led me to hypothesize that stimulation of acupuncture points organises brain signalling in the way that sleep does. This is why acupuncture, as well as targeting specific symptoms by redirecting the body’s resources to a particular area, can have overall effects. Every treatment is like a rejuvenating holiday. Every treatment can bring more energy, better sleep, a bright relaxed mood, a looser waistband or better performance at work. I really enjoy using acupuncture as a tool to get big results for my clients fast.
It brings me great personal satisfaction that I have become a scientist capable of deep scientific inquiry, but what I still enjoy even more is sharing with my clients the many naturopathic tools I’ve gained through my CNM training so that they can maintain their new-found good health far into the future.
Clare Foley – CNM Graduate in Naturopathic Acupuncture
Clare, Graduate in Naturopathic Acupuncture
My interest for nutrition grew and is now a passion
I previously worked in hospitality where I was exposed to people’s eating habits and was constantly hearing about women struggling to keep healthy or unsure of what to eat. They would binge eat or feel guilt or unease about their food choices. At home, some family members also had some weight issues which I think had an impact on me subconsciously.
I came across an advert for Fitter Food’s book ‘A Lifelong Recipe for Fat Loss’ and randomly bought it as it sounded life changing. Well it was! I started following their paleo-ish guidelines and approach to nutrition, getting into cooking, acknowledging my food intake, and my interest grew further, eventually turning into a real passion for nutrition. Later, I found a CNM advert and went along to their open evening before deciding it was definitely for me and enroling on naturopathic nutrition course.
I love CNM’s holistic approach to health and wellbeing and I was really attracted to how their course includes lots of practical clinical experience to set you up as a confident therapist after graduating.
I am currently nearing the end of my second year and I’m thoroughly enjoying the continual learning and gaining of experience. The impact of nutrition on the human body amazes me even more. CNM offers a great way of understanding this further and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in health based on a naturopathic approach.
Once I qualify, I would like to practise straight away either with private clients, in house coaching, or joining a clinic or other establishment in the health industry. I would also like to do some travelling as one of the best parts of this career can be the flexibility!
Lucy Drennan – CNM Student in Nutrition
Lucy, Student in Naturopathic Nutrition
I’ve always been passionate about nutrition
Having moved from Mexico to Ireland over 10 years ago drastically changed my diet, lifestyle and waistline. My health and energy levels were affected as a result so when I came across CNM’s courses, I knew straight away that I wanted to learn about this topic.
I completed the Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition and that was just the start of this amazing journey!
In Mexico, we strongly believe and use natural therapies so I found the content of the course amazing! I’ve lectured and supervised student clinics at the college and have also completed a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, a Diploma in Integral Obesity Management and a Certificate in Sports Nutrition.
At the moment, whilst taking a career break to look after my children I’ve created Oh! So Nutritious. This is a blog where I share my knowledge to encourage other people to make better food choices, make physical activity a part of their lifestyle, and love their bodies with the view to achieve balance, happiness & wellness.
Karla Bohan – Nutritionist
Karla, Graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition
CNM changed the course of my life
Having spent many years working in the field of Sales, Marketing and Product development within the Tourism Industry, I always had a strong focus on the Asian and African markets; these were the areas of the world I loved to explore, to integrate myself into understanding these fascinating cultures.
What I loved about my learning experience:
Learning from such inspiring lecturers, all unique in their own methods and experiences. It was like plunging head first into unchartered waters and discovering a whole new world existed beneath. The combination of acupuncture and naturopathy is incredibly complementary, and the detox protocols and nutritional/herbal studies at CNM provided me with the skills to treat the whole person from the inside out both physically and mentally. Since completing my studies at CNM, this foundation led me to explore these methods and protocols in greater detail, both in Chinese and Ayruveda medicine – witnessing astonishing results; I am delighted to report the skills learned are in great demand today by many, and keep me very busy indeed.
Tara, Graduate in Acupuncture
I knew CNM was the right place for me
To find a college that taught Herbal Medicine alongside Naturopathy made the course very well rounded. There are so many aspects of natural medicine that complement and strengthen one another and studying Naturopathy gave me a great overall understanding of these and many additional clinical tools I could use as well as Herbal Medicine.
The thing I love most about being a Herbalist and Naturopath is helping empower people to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing. Balance is key for me. I love that this work is a combination of clinical practice, teaching courses and also growing and making remedies from my own plants. Sharing my knowledge of herbs and nutrition to help people better connect with themselves is so rewarding. Patients love being able to come to the farm and see the herbs that are part of their healing.
Learning to relax properly may be the one simple thing I would have seen making a big impact on my patients health. Unfortunately many people do not give themselves the time to fully relax! Our bodies need resting time to heal or unwind from a busy day. Reducing stress through relaxation can have a profound effect on many health conditions. Finding a way to work this into an individual’s lifestyle can be as important as the nutritional advice and herbal treatment they receive.
Embarking on studying Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine is a very exciting thing. You learn so much about yourself over the years and many students truly transform their lives in the process of their study. I found that part time study requires lots of commitment and motivation to work alone but if you love the subject this will all come easily. The tutors are a wealth of knowledge and an inspiration to anyone wishing to pursue a career in natural medicine. Take advantage of this while you can, be curious, ask questions and remain open to taking it all in. Being as proactive as you can in your final year of study and clinics will stand to you when you graduate.
Marina, Graduate in Herbal
Medicine & Naturopathy
I love my job
I have always been interested in the body and how it works. I studied Beauty Therapy when I left school and very quickly specialised in Skincare. I soon realised the limitations of using product in isolation in achieving positive results.
I have a special affinity to the skin. The skin gives away a lot about the health of a person. Also, I’ve seen people come in with severe Acne, Scarring or Rosacea and it really affects their confidence. Treating skin very often demands that you begin to work from the inside out. It’s crucial to look at the food you eat- is it nutritious and can you tolerate it? More often than not an unhappy gut can result in bad skin complaints. Stress and emotional health also play a significant role in skin problems. So even taking just one organ like the skin you cannot help but look at the body as a whole if you have any hope of treating it effectively.
I chose to study with CNM because I liked the quality of the course content and I liked the naturopathic approach which was at the core of each specialised therapy. It makes me think more wholly when it comes to treating the person. I also found my Acupuncture tutor fantastic.
I love my job, it’s so rewarding seeing people return having experienced positive results and feeling better in themselves. I like being of service to others and contributing to the bigger picture.
If you are about to graduate take a leaf out of your own book and adopt a holistic lifestyle. Support yourself, and be your own advertisement!
Emily, Graduate in Acupuncture
I like CNM’s high academic standards
I went to the UK to study at CNM because I could undertake specialist studies in Naturopathic Nutrition and Herbal Medicine. They have been my passion ever since gaining a Bachelor’s in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences at University in India.
Priti, Graduate in Naturopathic
Nutrition and Herbal Medicine
I wanted to do something meaningful
After spending 8 years in property development, I wanted to do something which would utilise my interest in natural medicine. I tried a couple of correspondence courses on the subject but they didn’t work out because I’m better at face-to-face learning.
Shaf, Graduate in Naturopathic
Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and