What is the Society for Endobiogenic Medicine and Integrative Physiology UK?
SEMIP-UK was created by Sabrina Biscardi and some fellow practitioners to bring Endobiogenic Medicine awareness to the UK and provide information and resources, support events, coordinate and organise training for both the public and medical professionals. All practitioners have been training with Dr. Lapraz and/or Dr. Hedayat for many years. Their interest in Endobiogenic Medicine was borne from the fact that this clinical medicine model is based on treatment strategies using primarily phytotherapy/medicinal herbs/botanicals, nutrition and lifestyle changes. More importantly, Endobiogenic medicine provided them with tools to get to the deep underlying causes of “dis-ease”, and a systemic way of approaching an individual in their expression of such “dis-ease”, something that the conventional and reductionist medical model in which they were trained could not provide.
Aside from providing information, events and training to the public and medical professionals, SEMIP-UK’s underlying values are to educate the public in order to foster both self-responsibility for health (which comes from a better understanding of their bodies) and access to alternative options of treatment for the growing complex health conditions of our times.
Sabrina Biscardi is a medical herbalist, endobiogenic medicine practitioner, counselor, systems constellations practitioner and also has training in functional nutrition and various body therapy methods.
She has a BSc (Honours) degree in Herbal Medicine and undertook practical clinical experience at the Stratford Centre for Herbal Medicine and Whipps Cross Hospital in London. She has been training in Endobiogenic Medicine with French doctor Jean-Claude Lapraz since 2010.
Prior to that she received a degree in Psychosynthesis Counselling (a humanistic psychology model) and then trained for 2 additional years in Systemic/Family Constellations with some of the foremost teachers in the UK and Germany. She has been facilitating constellations groups since 2008, and integrates counselling and constellations training into her healing practice alongside Herbal Medicine in order to offer patients a truly global approach to assessing and treating health and well-being issues according to their individual needs.
Her special interests include women’s hormonal health, digestive health and auto-immune illnesses and she is passionate about giving people the tools to help them take control of their health. In a previous life, she worked as an international finance lawyer for over 18 years, the last 10 of which she spent completing university degrees in health-related fields concomitantly to that job.
Sabrina is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK), a member awaiting accreditation of the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners and is also fluent in French, Italian and Spanish.
Endobiogenic Medicine Founders and Developers
Jean-Claude Lapraz, MD is a French medical doctor and co-developer, along with Christian Duraffourd, MD, of what is now known as Endobiogenic Medicine and previously as clinical phytotherapy.
Drs. Lapraz and Duraffourd have been developing this model since the early 1970s, and Dr. Lapraz has spent the last 30 or so years training medical practitioners in endobiogenic medicine as well as rigorously testing the therapeutic capabilities of medicinal plants in a clinical setting, both in private practice and in hospital care.
Indeed, Dr. Lapraz was a consultant in the General Surgery and Oncology Department of the Hôpital Boucicaut in Paris from 1989-1996), where endobiogenic medicine and medicinal plants were included as part of cancer treatment for more than seven years. He also worked with Pasteur Institute researchers, and at other leading institutions worldwide applying Endobiogenic Medicine to a range of medical challenges from fibromyalgia to cholera and leprosy.
Dr. Lapraz participated in the creation of the National Diploma of Clinical Phytotherapy in France in 1982 and has helped set up clinical trainings both in France and abroad including in Belgium, Spain, England, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Ivory Cost, Tunisia and USA.
He has worked in close collaboration with official bodies (including the Ministry of Health and the European Parliament) since 1977, participating in several ministerial commissions and drawing up a report on the state of phytotherapy in France for the Ministry of Health in 1985.
Dr. Lapraz has lectured at many universities both in France and abroad; carried out clinical research, hospital trials, studies and evaluations on botanical medicine; wrote articles and contributed to medical journals; and wrote and published a number of books on phytotherapy and Endobiogenic Medicine.
For specific information on any of these studies, articles and books, please contact SEMIP-UK.
Kamyar M. Hedayat, MD is the president and founder of the American Society of Endobiogenic Medicine and Integrative Physiology. He is the co-developer of international training programs in endobiogenic medicine. He is active in research in integrative physiology. He is medical director of Full Spectrum Health: An Endobiogeny medical center in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was trained at Stanford University in pediatric critical care medicine. He was founder and director of an integrative pediatric intensive care unit. He has been working with Dr. Lapraz, co-developer of the endobiogenic teachings since 1997.
Christian Duraffourd, MD is a French medical doctor and co-developer, along with Jean-Claude Lapraz, MD, of what is now known as Endobiogenic Medicine and previously as clinical phytotherapy.
Indeed, Dr. Duraffourd was a consultant alongside Dr. Lapraz, in the General Surgery and Oncology Department of the Hôpital Boucicaut in Paris from 1989-1996), where endobiogenic medicine and medicinal plants were included as part of cancer treatment for more than seven years.
From 1972 to the present, Dr. Lapraz and Dr. Duraffourd have managed together most stages of their professional career.
Their medical research record is the result of important work conducted in parallel with their practice as general practitioners. They have co-authored most of their publications on topics related to endobiogenic medicine.