cnmLouise Loughman, student at the College Of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), is learning how herbs and food can heal your body the natural way…

I once thought disease was the luck of the draw and health was complex. But CNM has taught me there are ways to support and nourish your body to give it the best chance at optimal health. Having undergone cancer treatment at age 12, I became passionate about natural treatments for improving my own health.

My belief in the healing power of food drove me to dive deeper into natural health for illness prevention and recovery. After my cancer treatment, I became a client of a herbalist who spent three years bringing me back to health, following gruelling chemo.

Discovering the healing power of herbs

It was during this time I witnessed the incredible ability of herbs to bring the body back to balance without any added toxicity. Today as an adult, mother and wife, herbal medicine is the first choice for my entire family for any ailments, general immune boosting or seasonal allergies.

CNM really focusses on the healing power of nutrition, herbs, homeopathy and acupuncture. The college’s naturopathic approach to solving patients’ ailments by looking at the whole person rather than just treating the symptoms really resonated with me – this is the type of practitioner I want to be when I graduate.

Other colleges I viewed did not emphasise this. I know at CNM I will gain the best knowledge and skills to be an amazing practitioner so I can make a difference to my clients’ health.

A nurturing environment at CNM

Every lecturer I’ve studied with since starting at CNM has made each subject so interesting and easy to learn. There is a huge practical element attached to the course, which really helps me to grasp the idea behind the theory. There is a wonderful atmosphere in the class and a real sense of unity amongst students.

After graduating from the Herbal Medicine diploma, I plan to continue my study with CNM in the areas of Nutrition and Iridology. My advice to anyone thinking of studying natural therapies at CNM is to go for it – you won’t regret your decision!

CNM has a 22-year track record training successful natural health practitioners, in class and online, with colleges across the UK and Ireland. To find out more, visit or call 01342 777 747.

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