My first steps into the world of holistic, natural healthcare and ‘healing without harm' began whilst I was studying for an Honours degree in Human Biology from Kings College University of London. I concurrently took a three year course in philosophy, winning the 2nd Leathes Prize in the Faculty of Life Sciences, to be awarded the Associateship of King’s College, (AKC).

A comment made by a neuroscience professor in a lecture piqued my interest. He said ‘We do have drugs to treat Parkinson’s Disease, but often the side effects are worse than the actual symptoms of the disease, so patients choose not to take the drugs’. This was an astonishing admission. Decades of research had developed drugs that no patient wanted to take because the (side) effects were so bad, that patients would rather suffer the disease than take the ‘medication’.

A chance introduction with a PhD student, who also studying homeopathic medicine, led me to read ‘The Science of Homeopathy’ by George Vithoulkas. The premise of homeopathy seemed implausible (given my Western scientific training), but to satisfy my curiosity, I decided to explore it further, thinking that it would not take me long to pick holes and dispel it. To my enduring great fortune, I discovered that not only does homeopathy work (with no side effects), it treats holistically - mind, body, spirit.

Homeopathy (like all holistic medicine) is based on Natural Laws. It’s proven success over more than 200 years treats not only physical, but also emotional and mental imbalance. The fact that homeopathic medicine is very effective in treating animals and babies/children challenges the belief that it is simply placebo. However, every form of medicine, including Western medicine, has an element of the placebo effect.

After graduating from Kings College, I was awarded a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) to undertake a three-year, full time course at the College of Homeopathy, London, where I qualified in 1994 (MCH). Post-graduate studies followed, for two years at the Dynamis School of Advanced Homeopathic Studies (PCH) (Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy).

My interest in health led to a Master’s degree in Chiropractic (MChiro) which I passed with Merit from AECC University College, becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) after further post-graduate studies, including specialisms in paediatrics.

I am the first (and currently only) Chiropractor to gain full membership (MFHom) of the Faculty of Homeopathy, which has a 175 year history and whose Patron is HRH the Former Prince of Wales, now King Charles III.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) has been a regular part of my professional life for the past three decades, notably in India and Europe. My particular areas of interest include: Wellness, Nutrition, Paediatrics, Pregnancy and Birth, Ergonomics, Sport and Yoga. I write articles and have edited books relating to health. In recent years, I have spent time in India joining colleagues in delivering healthcare to charitable clinics.

In 1996 I completed the ultra-marathon, Marathon des Sables, a 250km self-sufficient foot race across the Sahara Desert. I was one of only three English women who were the first to take part in, and complete, what is dubbed ‘the toughest foot race on Earth'.

Drawing on a wealth of experience and knowledge built up over the past thirty years, I work with patients to bring about long-lasting health (physically, mentally and emotionally) whatever their starting point, health status or health goals, and to do so naturally, without harmful side-effects. I am an Examiner for the Faculty of Homeopathy and Education Consultant for the Society of Homeopaths. I also deliver educational courses and workshops, some in conjunction with BCP Council.

I use an integrated, functional approach to delivering healthcare and encourage patients to maintain a good relationship with their GP.


"I have been seeing Marliese for several weeks and would definately recommend her. She is always profesisonal, whilst being freindly and helping me relax. My condition has certainly improved."

Hazel Stephens

Dr Marliese Symons BSc, AKC, MCH, PCH, MChiro, DC, MFHom