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About The Practitioner

Umm Faruq

Dip.SAC (Clinical Herbalist)

Dip.SAC (Clinical Nutritionist)

CFNM (Certified Functional & Nutritional Medicine Practitioner)
IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocate)

MHLaw (Mental Health Law & Practice Specialist)

ICAA (Independent Care Act Advocate)

CSCT (CBT & Person Centred Counsellor)

Level 3 Adult Teacher & Adult Teacher Assessor

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Umm Faruq is a trained Clinical Herbalist, Clinical Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Counsellor, Mental Health Law Specialist and Independent Mental Health Advocate, Adult Teacher, Assessor, author of the book Genuine Recovery A Survivor Perspective (GRASP), and is the founder/director of Muslimah Network charity. Umm Faruq has over 20 years of professional experience (public & private practice) working in a variety of health & social care settings, and she is extremely passionate about promoting natural means of self-help and self-empowerment aimed at achieving beneficial long-term health and wellbeing outcomes.  Umm Faruq specialises in the provision of holistic nutritional assessments and advice, mental health support and advice (including information on legislated rights under the Mental Health Act 1983/2007, the Care Act 2014, and the Capacity Act 2005/DOLs), and counselling. 

About Good&Raw

Using herbs for healing brings us back to one of the basics of life. Natural medicines have been meeting people's health needs for thousands of years as a safe, effective, readily available means of healing. With chronic and degenerative conditions on the rapid increase, more people are taking medication with ever more negative side-effects. As a result, many people are coming to see that the latest scientific drugs are not necessarily the answer.

All advances made by modern medicine are hardly effective at all against chronic diseases or in disease prevention. In fact, many new drugs are becoming less effective against pathogens, like powerful viruses, instead of more effective. Recent research shows that new antibiotics scarcely survive a year before the microbe they were designed to arrest develops, mutates and grows stronger against them. It's a good example of a non-living agent like a drug trying to control a living thing. Most medicines began their journey of development in wartime for wartime emergencies, but this type of medicine often hits the body with a heavy hammer, preventing it from being able to rebuild against slow-growing, degenerative diseases. Furthermore, drugs cannot help the body by supporting and stimulating its immune response. In fact, most drugs, and all surgeries, create bodily trauma along with their corrective benefits.

Two-thirds of the drugs being prescribed are based on medicinal plants, but modern drugs are not herbs; they are chemicals. Even when a drug is derived from an herb, it is so refined, isolated and purified that only a chemical formula remains. Chemicals work on the body much differently than herbs do. As drugs, they cause many effects – only some of which are positive. A pharmaceutical manufacturer (Eli Lilly) once said: "a drug isn't a drug unless it has side-effects."

More and more people are becoming knowledgeable about, and more willing to take, a measure of responsibility for their own health. They are seeing that natural remedies often work far better and for the longer-term with minimum side effects than drugs. As such, the use of alternative therapies, vitamins, herbal and other remedies is increasing dramatically.

Herbs are foundation nutrients, working through the glands and nourishing the body's most basic elements – such as the brain, glands and hormones. Results will seem to take much longer, but this fact only shows how herbs actually work; acting as support to control and reverse the cause of a problem with more permanent effect. Always bear in mind, every person is different with different needs. It takes a little more attention and personal responsibility than mindlessly taking a prescription drug, but the extra care is worth far more in the results you can achieve for your well-being.

Why herbal formulas and not single herbs?

There are several reasons why herbs work better in combination:

  • Each herb formula contains two to five or more primary herbs for specific healing purposes. Since all body parts, and most disease symptoms are interrelated, it is wise to have herbs which can affect each part of the problem.

  • A combination of herbal nutrients

    • encourages body balance rather than a large supply of one or two focused properties;

    • works to gently stimulate the body as a whole; and

    • allows inclusion of herbs that can work at different stages of need.

  • A combination of herbs with similar properties increases the latitude of effectiveness.

  • No two people or their bodies are alike; good response is therefore augmented by a combination of herbs.


What have Good&Raw formulas got to offer that other herbal formulas usually don't have?


  • Good&Raw formulas incorporate (where appropriate) a range of added vitamins and minerals to enhance the benefits of particular herb combinations (e.g. vitamin B-complex, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin C and green algae).

  • Good&Raw formulas are more cost effective due to combining vitamins and minerals to avoid the need to purchase additional vitamins and mineral supplements separately. As such, there are also no fillers, additives or unnecessary ingredients included.

  • Good&Raw formulas can be made bespoke to meet customers’ specific health needs. A good example is if a person has a known negative reaction to a specific herb and would like an alternative herb as part of the formula, or would like to request a formula for a specific ailment.

The Good&Raw range of unique, custom blended medicinal herbs, teas, capsules and formulas are based on extensive health research and insightful knowledge from private practice.


Umm Faruq's medicinal herbal preparations are focused on helping clients target three essential components of maintaining and restoring holistic health & wellbeing:


1. gut health;

2. brain & emotional health; and

3. lymphatic health.

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