Cancellation of involvement in Open Doors Day 2017

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Portland Centre will not be taking part in Open Doors Day this year as advertised. This means we won’t be open on 9th September at Rodney House, as previously billed.

The Portland Centre will continue to operate as normal.

As some of you will know, we keep historical records of Homeopathy in Bristol in our office. We love meeting interested members of the public, and as such, if you wish to view them, please email to book an appointment.

Hot Nutrition Tip: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are starting to ripen in the UK at the moment and it’s a great time to get local produce if you live near a farmer’s market.

Tomatoes are excellent sources of Vitamins A and C. They’re also a key dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene which gives them their beautiful red colour. These nutrients have been linked to various health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Processed tomato products like tomato puree and tomato ketchup contain high levels of lycopene, but take care to check labels as some of these products contain a lot of sugar.

The nutrient lycopene may prevent wrinkles and protect against sunburn. One study showed that people who ate 40 grams of tomato paste a day for 10 weeks had significantly less sunburn than the control group!

It can be helpful to ensure you eat tomatoes alongside an oil such as olive oil, as this can increase the absorption of lycopene.

Some people with sensitive digestions find that nightshades can aggravate their condition, so take care if you have digestive problems. Otherwise, this fruit is a wonderful addition to a summer salad.

Do you love tomatoes? Our Nutrition Lead Helen Cooke does too! Come to see her in Bristol now!

Upcoming Friends for Wellbeing and Homeopathy events

With the NHS Homeopathy Service under increased pressure, the Portland Centre recognises that we need to join forces with the community and other pro-Homeopathy organisations to continue to deliver this invaluable complementary healthcare service.

Tomorrow, 9th August 2017 we’re holding a public forum to discuss recent developments and how we can move forward despite the challenges we face. Do you care about public access to Homeopathy services in Bristol and the South West? Are you concerned about accessibility and how to maintain a fair and inclusive Holistic Healthcare setting? Please come along to Rodney House, 2 Portland Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AL from 7pm – 9pm. All members of the public are welcome and past and present Homeopathy patients are encouraged to attend. You can find out more information here, and join the Friends mailing list here for future events and updates.

That’s not all! We’re excited to announce our upcoming Friends for Wellbeing events, focusing on two wellbeing services delivered by the Portland Centre. On 2nd September,

On 2nd September, Dr Julia Wallond will speak to the Friends about our extremely successful Mindfulness courses – including our upcoming Mindfulness for Cancer course with Penny Brohn and Macmillan.

Then on 7th October, Christina Shewell will speak about an exciting new venture called Voice for Wellbeing. Christina has years of experience as a Speech and Language Therapist and we’re very pleased to welcome her onto the Associate Therapist team.

Both events take place at the Clifton Library on Princess Victoria Street, Clifton Village, Bristol. For more information, visit this page.

Hot Nutrition Tips: Avocados

Summer is a great time to have plenty of salads!

Adding avocados is a brilliant way to make them more sustaining and nutritious. As well as containing 20 different vitamins and minerals they are an excellent source of good oils. Most of the fat in avocado is oleic acid – a heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in olive oil.

Various studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides. Avocados are also a very good source of soluble fibre – this type of fibre can help feed friendly gut bacteria. One average size avocado contains about a quarter of the soluble fibre we are recommended to ear each day.

An interesting study showed that eating avocado can help people lose weight as they keep people feeling fuller for longer which reduces the desire to eat other foods.

Avocados are are also an excellent source of antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin – nutrients which are very important for eye health!

Do you love avocados? Our Nutrition Lead Helen Cooke does too! Come to see her in Bristol now.

PCIM launches new Craniosacral Therapy clinic

Did you know we’ve launched a new Craniosacral Therapy clinic, with Medical Doctor and trained expert Samasuri at the helm?

Craniosacral Therapy is a form of gentle body work that uses a light touch on various parts of the body while fully clothed. Its aim is to help balance the body to promote health. A practitioner uses their hands to ‘listen’ to the rhythms of the body and sense where there might be any areas of illness or tightness. This can then be worked on with the clients help to move towards a healthier state of body and mind.

Craniosacral Therapy

This powerful form of treatment is increasingly popular in Holistic Healthcare. It often appeals to clients due to the comprehensive range of its therapeutic effects and its ability to resolve issues that are not helped by other means.

To find out more about this service and how you can see Samasuri, please visit the service page.

New Creative Writing for Wellbeing course for Autumn 2017

Our long running Creative Writing for Wellbeing course will return this autumn with a few key differences… It’s open to all adults!

If our widely successful Stories I Tell Myself and Others course has caught your eye in the past, but you’ve been unable to attend due to the 55+ criteria, then you’re in luck. Our new course entitled Stories and Reflections will be open to any adult aged 18+ and is due to start on 4th October 2017 at the Redland Meeting House on Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol.

For full details, please visit our service page here.

For a limited time only, early bird tickets are available at just £125 for the full 8-week course. To book your place today and make use of this limited deal, please email or call 0117 317 1482.

Weekly Hot Nutrition Tip: Summer Berries

Summer berries are not only delicious but one of the healthiest fruits to include in your diet.

Summer berries are full of antioxidants which protect cells from damage, lower inflammation and can be beneficial for heart disease and brain function. They also contain high levels of immune-enhancing Vitamin C, which can help to reduce symptoms of hayfever.

That’s not all! Berries contain high levels of fibre and a relatively small amount of sugar compared to other fruits.

Blueberries are a particularly healthy choice as their beautiful deep blue colour is related to high amounts of phytonutrients called anthocyanidins (a type of antioxidant). These are substances which can slow down the ageing process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer.

Do you want to learn more about the medicinal and wellbeing benefits of food such as summer berries?

We’re pleased to offer a new service called Nutrition for Wellbeing, as part of our Associate Therapy team and upcoming Holistic Doctor offer. Find out more about this new clinic here.

That’s not all! On 1st July we’re hosting a special Friends for Wellbeing talk with our Nutrition Lead, Helen Cooke. Come along to find out more about super fruits such as blueberries, and how food can improve your health and wellbeing.

Come along to our Healthy Heart seminar in October 2017

The Portland Centre and the College of Medicine will soon present a seminar titled Managing Stress and Building Resilience for a Healthy Heart (for our Patients and Ourselves). The event takes place on Friday 6th October 2017 from 9am until 5:15pm, at Engineers’ House in Bristol.

Tickets are now on sale!

This whole day seminar is aimed at healthcare professionals, CAM practitioners and students interested in finding out more about stress, resilience, and cardiovascular health from an Integrative Medicine (IM) perspective.

The day will deliver knowledge around models of stress and resilience, information about food and herbs for a healthy heart and some of the ground-breaking work of the Cardiologist’s Kitchen. There will also be an opportunity to experience creative writing, Tai Chi and mindfulness – the day has been designed to satisfy both left and right brain!

Speakers at the seminar include Dr Ali Khavandi (Consultant Cardiologist), Dr Andrew Morrice (GP), Dr Sally Moorcroft (Medical Herbalist), Helen Cooke (Nutritional Therapist), and Dr Elizabeth Thompson (Holistic Doctor and CEO of the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine).

Sound interesting? Get in touch with our Diploma for Integrative Medicine administrator Patti Aberhart for more information and to book your place, by emailing

Portland Centre to present tour of the Bristol Botanic Gardens

We’re delighted to announce that as part of the Friends for Wellbeing series, the Portland Centre will present a tour of the Bristol Botanic Gardens in Stoke Bishop this summer.

Members of the public of all ages are welcomed to join us for a guided tour of the Botanic Gardens by CEO and Holistic Doctor, Elizabeth Thompson, alongside an expert botanist from the University of Bristol. Come along to learn about complementary and natural medicine while enjoying a beautiful green space that has been designed to “to tell stories about plant evolution and is home to four core plant collections.

bristol botanic gardens

Find out more about the Bristol Botanic Gardens here.

This is a series of events delivered throughout the year by experts in the field of Integrative Medicine and Holistic Healthcare, including experienced staff such as Dr Elizabeth Thompson, CEO and the Associate Therapy Team.

An established and active volunteer network, the Friends of the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine regularly meet to discuss and support our services. To support this group and to encourage discussion within the community, we have launched a new series of events called the Friends for Wellbeing.

Find out more about the Friends for Wellbeing here.