Martin qualified with a double degree (BHSc) in both Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine from the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne, Australia. Following practice as a member of the Chinese Medicine Registration Board (CMRB) of Victoria, he relocated back to the UK in 2010 and runs a busy private practice and clinic in Frome, Somerset. An early clinical internship with Steven Clavey, who’s understanding of Damp and Phlegm is renowned, sparked his interest in how CM views the microbiome and how it is uniquely placed to treat many complex digestive complaints. With personal and familial experience of digestive conditions such as Crohns, IBS and coeliac disease he has long researched the link between internal digestive disharmony and genetic, emotional and environmental factors. As a result, he has a keen interest in the treatment of conditions resulting from dysbiosis of the microbiome and considers that Chinese Medicine is best placed to treat the complexity of such digestive disorders.
Lecture Choice 1b

Understanding Bloating and the Effects of Chinese Herbs on the Microbiome when Treating the Middle Jiao

2pm - 3:30pm, Saturday 3rd November, King's College, London

Bloating and poor digestion are possibly some of the most common symptoms reported by patients in clinic, though many practitioners get overwhelmed by the myriad of herbal and dietary suggestions for such conditions. Martin aims to simplify the approach to diagnosis and treatment of digestive complains by assessing the key factors that affect digestion and highlights how many of our common herbs can positively and negatively affect both the microbiome and proper functioning of the Stomach/Spleen middle jiao dynamic.