Got The Winter Blues? Meet The Holistic Doctor Who Can Get Your Sparkle Back

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A holistic tonic for the winter blues is on offer at the annual Vitality Show in London – and this year the advice on complementary therapies will be coming from real-life GP, Dr Sohère Roked.

The 14th staging of the Vitality Show, at London’s Earls Court, runs from 21st to 24th March. Amidst the Chill Out Lounge, Day Spa and the intriguingly named Sex Academy, a plethora of exhibitors and experts from the worlds of health, fitness, nutrition and wellbeing will be showing visitors how to feel good, inside and out. Notable among them will be qualified GP Dr Sohère Roked, who is also one of only 10 qualified holistic practitioners in the UK.

The show’s timing could hardly be better. This is, after all, officially a gloomy time of year. Winter has gone on forever, bugs abound and many are still carrying that extra Christmas weight. But what if the feelings of sluggishness, irritability and fatigue are the norm? Great swathes of the UK population are struggling through life, self-medicating with caffeine and reaching for comforting fat-laden and sugary food. Although medically there might not be anything wrong with them, they certainly could feel better.

Whether a spring detox is required or practical advice on supplements, the Vitality Show will have a fitness guru or beauty expert on hand. But given that one in four try complementary therapies and then don't tell their disapproving GPs, it may come as a surprise to find an actual doctor in attendance.

"GPs focus on illness rather than wellness,” says Dr Roked. “Patients often express frustration with this and I thought wouldn't it be great for them to see a real GP who gives medically sound advice but considers more than just medicine?"

Known as The Holistic Doctor, Dr Roked offers a unique brand of healthcare, starting on the inside to look and feel good on the outside, with the GP-endorsed benefits of disease prevention and regeneration of health, naturally. Dr Roked points out that while complementary medicine has a well established and respected foothold in the US and Australia, those in the UK are still cautious.

"The NHS does a great job, but it can take the responsibility to look after our own health away from us. We need to be empowered to take care of ourselves and to understand how the choices we make impact on our health." says Dr Roked.

One of the health and nutrition exhibitors at the Vitality Show, Dr Roked will be offering ten minute vitality consultations and anyone visiting her stall can purchase a copy of her Vitality Plan Guide and be entered into a prize draw for a ten-week Vitality Plan programme (worth £555) which promises to revitalise and refresh even the gloomiest coach potato.

Tickets for the Vitality Show (Earls Court, Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March 2013) are available from To find out more about Dr Roked visit

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