Nadia van Frol (Kovalevskaya), PhD

Summary: I am a chemist turned complementary health practitioner.

I grew up in a family of medical doctors and initially wanted to be a doctor, too. As long as I remember myself I have always been seeking the root cause of everything. So, in the end I decided I wanted to study sciences dealing with human health and disease. I got my MSc and PhD degrees in chemistry, with focus on biochemistry. I spent more than ten years in Life Sciences, doing research in leading universities and centres of Europe. I studied mechanisms of drug action and fundamental molecular physiology using biochemical and biophysical methods. I then spent three years in a startup working in genomics and personalised medicine.

All this time, I was witnessing and contributing to progress in the medical field as a researcher. However, as a patient, I kept noticing again and again that something important was missing, something that I really needed. It was not novel technology but a holistic humane approach to patients that was missing. I found it in complementary medical systems and this was what made me feel better in the end. With all respect to modern medicine which fantastically handles zillions of acute conditions, I am convinced that addressing chronic conditions could be seriously improved by introducing diet and lifestyle changes and by looking beyond physical symptoms.

In my own healing journey, instead of choosing a quick fix to my problems I entered the sustainable path of transformative change offered by the traditional Indian medical system Ayurveda. It turned out, that old holistic medical systems that have existed for thousands of years offer a framework that in many cases allows us to address the root cause of diseases.

I am fascinated by the intrinsic self-healing powers that all people have, without exception. It may take a while to remove the obstacles that block this healing intelligence but once they start melting down, the life of the person undergoes a deep transformation and changes towards more balance, more understanding, more attunement to the environment and ultimately to more happiness and calmness.

Qualifications:

  • Ayurvedic nutrition, lifestyle and herbs (Ayurveda Institute UK, 2016-2017, European Institute of Vedic Studies, 2017-2018).
  • Ayurvedic massage (Ayurveda Institute, UK, 2016)
  • Traditional Yoga (Kaivalyadhama Yoga Research Institute, India, 2018)
  • Yoga therapy for women (Birthlight, UK, 2017-current)
  • Yoga for women’s health (Adama Yoga, Russia, 2018-current)
  • PhD in chemistry, specialisation in biochemistry  (Moscow State University, Russia / NIMR MRC,  London, UK, 2003-2007).
  • MSc in chemistry (Moscow State University, Russia, 1997-2003), cum laude

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