bio HerboloQi’s managing innovator and director of formulations
Meet Phiona Gitsham (Chinese medicine, Australia)
Chinese Medicine, Nutritional Genomics.
Phiona Gitsham began her college level education in health related topics in 1994. Starting with anatomy and kinesiology for dance and movement as part of a performing Arts degree, Phiona then apprenticed for 5yrs with a Native American shaman and graduated with her second degree in 2006: Chinese Medicine. During these extended years of study, Phiona worked as a Chef and for non-profit organizations notably, Greenpeace, MSF and Amnesty international. You’ll see elements of all these influences in her new focus, Bio HerboloQi: integrative Chinese herbal products.
Phiona is also a practitioner of nutritional genomics (nutrition based on your genome). This field is a new and exciting area of specialized nutritional treatments for common genetic polymorphisms (SNP’s) that can negatively affect your health. She integrates this information into customized health plans.
She was the first Chinese Medicine practitioner in Australia to become accredited in this field. Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, she completed a 5 year shamanic healing apprenticeship focusing on shamanic counseling, hands on healing and shamanic journey meditations.
Phiona has co-produced a well known Chinese Medicine podcast for practitioners called Heavenly Qi since 2015 with a colleague, Dr. Clare Pyers. Heavenly Qi hosts many interesting expert guests on Chinese medicine topics, as well as showcasing both Phiona and Clare’s knowledge. Since 2018 they haven’t had much time for more episodes, but this treasure trove of information is available freely to the public.
Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, Phiona began to learn about healing for 5 years as an apprentice to a shamanic healer, focusing on shamanic counseling, Seichim Reiki (hands on healing) and shamanic journey meditations. She continues to learn about healing.
In 2016, Phiona moved to Colorado because of Love Love Love. She and her husband, step daughter, 2 cats, 3 lizards and at least 33 aquatic creatures are looking out at the pretty views of the Rocky Mountains.
While Phiona is undertaking her local Acupuncture License in Colorado, Acupuncture is not available. Phiona has the title of Dr of Chinese Medicine/ Acupuncture in Australia, but the title is different in Colorado for acupuncturists, it is L.Ac.
At this time Phiona is focussing on the launch of Bio HerboloQi in 2019. She has about 20yrs worth of product recipes and ideas to roll out and is loving it.
Bio HerboloQi products are made by Phiona Gitsham (Chinese Medicine, Aus). Created with special techniques sourced from her background in herbal medicine, cheffing and nutritional genomics, Phiona is integrating natural biochemical actives with Chinese herbal medicine to produce targeted, effective topicals and edibles. We use organic and pesticide free ingredients where available and we package everything in high quality violet glass.
We offer wholesale practitioner accounts for licensed practitioners to resell our products in their clinics or stores.
Phiona has a Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She is registered to practice Chinese Medicine with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Registration Association).
Phiona is also accredited in Nutrigenomics & Methylation via the Seeking Health Education Institute in Washington State, USA.
She is currently undertaking the process of transferring her Australian qualifications to become a licensed Acupuncturist L.Ac in Colorado.
While studying in 1994, Phiona began working in hospitality kitchens, eventually becoming a Chef and cooking her way through Chinese medicine university from 2001-2006.