ABOUT

Hello,
Dear One.

I am a homoeopath and an integrative medical doctor (GP). In my practice, I look at the whole family and consider the background and context of the client that comes to see me. I treat them as individuals, considering their specific condition, context and environment. We tailor care accordingly.

What to expect from a consultation:

Before you come and see me, you will have to complete a comprehensive questionnaire that saves us time in the initial consultation. This starts to give you some time to reflect on what brought you to this 
point in health.

Please note at the end of the questionnaire is a 3 day food diary.  Don’t leave this too long.

Also, please note, any cancellations has to be done via email at bookings@drdaphnelyell.co.za.  Please cancel before 24 hrs of your consultation time and for Monday consultations by the preceding Friday 5pm).  When cancelling, please send your bank details.  I will refund you minus the the 5% Payfast fee.

This first consultation is 90 minutes long. During this time, I mostly listen to your story and start identifying areas that contribute to your current imbalances. I would have gone through your answers to the questionnaire and elaborate on areas of focus.

Between the history and questionnaire, we include family and childhood history, medical incidents or significant mental, emotional, occupational, relationships and familial stressors. We cover nutritional history, including specific symptoms of imbalance, contraception, sleep, recovery and exercise or anything else not clear from the questionnaire.

I aim to cover creativity and life purpose if time allows. This is the time where I get to mentally braille you and start noticing the contributors of the symptom story. I look at some of the patterns that are governing your life. How I can support you to start shifting the ones not serving you. I identify areas, habits, relationships and foods that drive stress or inflammation. We look for possible exposure to toxins and heavy metals. We consider what medicine you’ve been on and how it could have contributed to a malfunctioning gut microbiome.

Depending on your specific story, we will decide what the best next step is. Sometimes starting with a homoeopathic remedy or specific herbals will be the best step, other options are blood tests or perhaps a stool, urine or hair sample looking at specific markers of inflammation, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies and possibly heavy metal toxicity.

From here, next steps will be discussed in a follow up consultation (it is your responsibility to book – an hour consultation is best for the first follow up.  Please book this as soon as your first consult is done to avoid waiting too long).  

The first follow up consultation is used to discuss blood results and other test results.  I do not mail you with test results – I find this is a good teaching opportunity as we go through whatever we find.  This also helps guide the future plan.

Together we talk about further follow-ups to ensure we strike a balance of care and guidance. I have seen the best results with patients doing longer care. Sometimes things have only really shifted in eight to twelve months. With others, they’re better in weeks to months. The body sometimes takes a bit longer than our fast-food society would like us to believe, but one thing I have seen, is that the body doesn’t lie and it wants to be well.

Once mental health symptoms are present, I know that the body has either been stressed for a long time or the stress has been severe – usually these patterns take longer to shift.

Commonly, our symptoms are the body’s way of slowing us down in order to repair. It makes you tired in order for you to not waste precious energy, it slows down your thyroid to compensate for your lack of sleep and high stress. The body is wise. It knows what is best. It wants to survive.

I want to be clear that I am not in the vertical hierarchy of patient and doctor. Instead, I view our professional relationship as a horizontal one. If you are looking for a 15-minute quick fix and a script, you’ll be frustrated here. This is deep, heart-centred care. You’ve done whatever you’ve done to bring yourself into a place where the body now gives us symptoms of imbalance. Together we can re-look at poor lifestyle habits, ingrained wrong perceptions and misunderstandings, but the work lies with you. You make the choices on
a daily basis. I am here to hold and guide you.

I am not great at lengthy emails.  I do charge for these.  If you need to send a long email, the problem is usually best resolved in consultation.

When the need arises, I refer to other practitioners. I believe a multidisciplinary approach is very useful when complexity abounds.

Before your consultation

Before you come and see me, you will have to complete a comprehensive questionnaire that saves us time in the initial consultation. This starts to give you some time to reflect on what brought you to this
point in health.

Please note at the end of the questionnaire is a 3 day food diary.  Don’t leave this too long.

Also, please note, any cancellations has to be done via email at bookings@drdaphnelyell.co.za.  Please cancel before 24 hrs of your consultation time and for Monday consultations by the preceding Friday 5pm).  When cancelling, please send your bank details.  I will refund you minus the the 5% Payfast fee.

The first consultation

This first consultation is 90 minutes long. During this time, I mostly listen to your story and start identifying areas that contribute to your current imbalances. I would have gone through your answers to the questionnaire and elaborate on areas of focus.  

There is normally not enough time to discuss a plan yet, we do this once we have a bit more information from the blood tests at the follow up.

Let’s start at the beginning and unpack your story

Between the history and questionnaire, we include family and childhood history, medical incidents or significant mental, emotional, occupational, relationships and familial stressors. We cover nutritional
history, including specific symptoms of imbalance, contraception, sleep, recovery and exercise or anything else not clear from the questionnaire.

I aim to cover creativity and life purpose if time allows. This is the time where I get to mentally braille
you and start noticing the contributors of the symptom story. I look at some of the patterns that are governing your life. How I can support you to start shifting the ones not serving you. I identify areas,
habits, relationships and foods that drive stress or inflammation. We look for possible exposure to toxins
and heavy metals. We consider what medicine you’ve been on and how it could have contributed to a malfunctioning gut microbiome.

Depending on your specific story, we will decide what the best next step is. Sometimes starting with a homoeopathic remedy or specific herbals will be the best step, other options are blood tests or perhaps a stool, urine or hair sample looking at specific markers of inflammation, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies and possibly heavy metal toxicity.

Next steps and long-term expectations

From here, next steps will be discussed in a follow up consultation (it is your responsibility to book – an hour consultation is best for the first follow up.  Please book this as soon as your first consult is done to avoid waiting too long).

The first follow up consultation is used to discuss blood results and other test results.  I do not mail or call you with these test results (unless it’s something urgent) – I find this is a good teaching opportunity as we go through whatever we find.  This also helps guide the future plan.

Together we talk about further follow-ups to ensure we strike a balance of care and guidance. I have seen the best results with patients doing longer care. Sometimes things have only really shifted in eight to twelve months. With others, they’re better in weeks to months. The body sometimes takes a bit longer than our fast-food society would like us to believe, but one thing I have seen, is that the body doesn’t lie and it wants to be well.

Once mental health symptoms are present, I know that the body has either been stressed for a long time or the stress has been severe – usually these patterns take longer to shift.

Commonly, our symptoms are the body’s way of slowing us down in order to repair. It makes you tired in order for you to not waste precious energy, it slows down your thyroid to compensate for your lack of sleep and high stress. The body is wise. It knows what is best. It wants to survive.

I want to be clear that I am not in the vertical hierarchy of patient and doctor. Instead, I view our professional relationship as a horizontal one. If you are looking for a 15-minute quick fix and a script, you’ll be frustrated here. This is deep, heart-centred care. You’ve done whatever you’ve done to bring yourself into a place where the body now gives us symptoms of imbalance. Together we can re-look at poor lifestyle habits, ingrained wrong perceptions and misunderstandings, but the work lies with you. You make the choices on
a daily basis. I am here to hold and guide you.

I am not great at lengthy emails.  I do charge for these.  If you need to send a long email, the problem is usually best resolved in consultation.

When the need arises, I refer to other practitioners. I believe a multidisciplinary approach is very useful when complexity abounds.

Focus areas

I’m here to help you

Gut health forms the foundation of 95% of the care I do. So much of our dis-ease is what we do and/or don’t put into our body. With roughly 75% of our immune system in the lining of the digestive tract, it’s a high return on investment area to focus on. 

This is the focus for auto-immunity, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal problems, sleep, digestive issues, skin disorders, mood disorders and so much more. 

The digestive tract houses a large portion of our microbiome, and this connects to every other organ in the body.

This is a system of glands and organs that communicate through neurotransmitters and hormones delegating a cascade of processes that determines our health, metabolism, absorption, vitality, fertility, sleep, defence and repair.

This cascade can be triggered by the whole exposome (that which you are exposed to on a daily basis – thoughts, relationships, nature, food, water, exercise – you name it, everything impacts you). This can trigger a response from the hypothalamus down or from the gut up.

There are multiple disruptors of gut health that have knock-on effects on the hormonal system, thyroid and adrenals in various ways. 

I sit with women on the whole spectrum of hormonal imbalance. From young women with painful, irregular periods to fertility issues and peri- and post-menopause.

When addressing and balancing hormones, the approach I take is always from the base of the pyramid upwards, starting with the gut.

As we start with the gut, the effect filters through and less and less work needs to be done in order to create balance. Jumping in and starting only with hormones, often creates only temporary relief instead of lasting effects seen on deeper systemic work.

I work with clients to solve acute and chronic symptoms. As is part of the current disease milieu, I’ve drawn more and more auto-immune clients. Autoimmunity is the new silent pandemic growing. The predictions of autoimmunity over the next 20 years are staggering. We need to start listening to what the collective system is showing us. Bodies don’t lie. Autoimmunity points to a leaky gut first, which in turn causes an immune system out of balance. We have to consider addressing inflammation drivers and supporting the body to tip the scale towards an anti-inflammatory state, thereby allowing time for repair and healing.

We create sustainable solutions through medicine, homoeopathic remedies, herbal tinctures, supplementation, nutrition and mindfulness.

While my practice is online, I will be available to support new moms with babies and support them through possible initial digestive bumps with homoeopathic remedies or others as needed.

As kids grow, they’re very resilient, but as their world expands, they sometimes need support. My care is focused on building resilience and supporting them in this process to be adaptable during stressful times. Kids bodies, like ours, only show symptoms when something is not aligned. It’s common, but not normal, to have snotty kids all year round. It’s common, but not normal, to have kids waking frequently with nightmares or having restless sleep. 

If you were nutrient deficient in the pregnancy, chances are your child is too. If you were fully plant-based in the pregnancy, we better get the right support for your child to support them into their full potential. We need the right fats, the right nutrients and possibly some added amino acids.

If you had a caesarean section, we have to focus on gut health and body alignment – I have a couple of practitioners I work with on this.

I focus a lot on food with kids and have seen how commonly making small changes, goes a long way. 

I work with parents to look at nutritional, herbal and supplemental support in order to help them build their immunity. I see both vaccinated and unvaccinated children.



Gut health forms the foundation of 95% of the care I do. So much of our dis-ease is what we do and/or don’t put into our body. With roughly 75% of our immune system in the lining of the digestive tract, it’s a high return on investment area to focus on. 

This is the focus for auto-immunity, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal problems, sleep, digestive issues, skin disorders, mood disorders and so much more. 

The digestive tract houses a large portion of our microbiome, and this connects to every other organ in the body.

This is a system of glands and organs that communicate through neurotransmitters and hormones delegating a cascade of processes that determines our health, metabolism, absorption, vitality, fertility, sleep, defence and repair.

This cascade can be triggered by the whole exposome (that which you are exposed to on a daily basis – thoughts, relationships, nature, food, water, exercise – you name it, everything impacts you). This can trigger a response from the hypothalamus down or from the gut up.

There are multiple disruptors of gut health that have knock-on effects on the hormonal system, thyroid and adrenals in various ways. 

I sit with women on the whole spectrum of hormonal imbalance. From young women with painful, irregular periods to fertility issues and peri- and post-menopause.

When addressing and balancing hormones, the approach I take is always from the base of the pyramid upwards, starting with the gut.

As we start with the gut, the effect filters through and less and less work needs to be done in order to create balance. Jumping in and starting only with hormones, often creates only temporary relief instead of lasting effects seen on deeper systemic work.

I work with clients to solve acute and chronic symptoms. As is part of the current disease milieu, I’ve drawn more and more auto-immune clients. Autoimmunity is the new silent pandemic growing. The predictions of autoimmunity over the next 20 years are staggering. We need to start listening to what the collective system is showing us. Bodies don’t lie. Autoimmunity points to a leaky gut first, which in turn causes an immune system out of balance. We have to consider addressing inflammation drivers and supporting the body to tip the scale towards an anti-inflammatory state, thereby allowing time for repair and healing.

We create sustainable solutions through medicine, homoeopathic remedies, herbal tinctures, supplementation, nutrition and mindfulness.

While my practice is online, I will be available to support new moms with babies and support them through possible initial digestive bumps with homoeopathic remedies or others as needed.

As kids grow, they’re very resilient, but as their world expands, they sometimes need support. My care is focused on building resilience and supporting them in this process to be adaptable during stressful times. Kids bodies, like ours, only show symptoms when something is not aligned. It’s common, but not normal, to have snotty kids all year round. It’s common, but not normal, to have kids waking frequently with nightmares or having restless sleep. 

If you were nutrient deficient in the pregnancy, chances are your child is too. If you were fully plant-based in the pregnancy, we better get the right support for your child to support them into their full potential. We need the right fats, the right nutrients and possibly some added amino acids.

If you had a caesarean section, we have to focus on gut health and body alignment – I have a couple of practitioners I work with on this.

I focus a lot on food with kids and have seen how commonly making small changes, goes a long way. 

I work with parents to look at nutritional, herbal and supplemental support in order to help them build their immunity. I see both vaccinated and unvaccinated children.



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