Meet Aira Mahandru - Functional Medicine Specialist in Canterbury

Aira Mahandru

Aira is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, certified Walsh Institute Practitioner, registered Nutritional Therapist, Naturopath and mum to two girls.

Aira’s mission is to improve mental health and wellbeing of children so that the whole family can thrive. 

Aira worked in legal sector as a solicitor when her health suddenly deteriorated. Looking back, the signs were there. She just ignored them. She was tired, unhappy, overworked and stressed out. She was still young so she felt she could just push through. Until one day she could no longer get out of bed.

Her hair was falling out. Her stomach became swollen and bloated. She had lost her appetite. All she wanted to do was sleep all day long.

She started looking for answers and found a nutritional therapist to work with. Together they did a stool test and adrenal test. It turned out that her adrenals were ‘flat’. She also carried a gut infection. The symptoms felt more and more severe as her health deteriorated.

With the help of the nutritional therapist she slowly put her health back together. She changed her diet. She took some herbs and supplements. She made sure she slept every day, not only on weekends.

Very soon it became clear to her that she could no longer carry on working in the City. Her job was fairly well paid, respected and secure. But it did come at a price. It was not uncommon for her to come back home from work at night or even in the early hours in the morning, sleep 4-5 hours and go back to work for another 18-hour shift.

Working with a nutritional therapist has left such an imprint on Aira that she decided to leave her well paid secure job and qualify as a nutritional therapist and a naturopath. Fast forward to today, and she is now one of a handful of fully certified Functional Medicine practitioners in the UK.


She now specialises in supporting families with children who have symptoms or diagnoses of various mental and behavioural conditions, including but not limited to ADHD, ADD, ASD, anxiety, depression, anger outbursts, tantrums and more.   

If you would like to find out how to work with Aira, book your free discovery call. 

Aira's Professional Qualifications

Professional Qualifications

  • Fully Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (Institute for Functional Medicine, US)
  • Walsh Institute Certified Practitioner 
  • Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (College of Naturopathic Medicine, London)
  • Diploma in Naturopathy (College of Naturopathic Medicine, London)
  • Metabolic Balance® Coach (Metabolic Balance, London)
  • Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York)

Professional Memberships

  • British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
  • Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

Qualifications - Other

  • Solicitor of England and Wales (non-practicing)
  • Yoga teacher (British Wheel of Yoga registered)
  • BA International Business and Management (Hons)

Medical Seminars and Conferences Attended in last 24 months

  • ‘Childhood Development Disorders Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications’ – Kharrazian Institute
  • ‘Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications’ – Kharrazian Institute 
  • ‘The Microbiome, the Immune System and Early Life’ – Three Major Drivers of Health and Diseases – Nigel Plummer
  • ‘SIBO, IBS and beyond: getting the gut better with first and second line therapies’ – Allison Siebecker and Ben Brown
  • ‘How to prevent and reverse cognitive decline: using personalised medicine to make Alzheimer’s a rare disease’ – Dale Bredesen

Medical Seminars and Conferences Attended in last 24 months

  • Functional Medicine APM – Immune Advanced Practice Module
  • Functional Medicine APM – Cardiometabolic Advanced Practice Module
  • Functional Medicine APM – Detox Advanced Practice Module
  • Functional Medicine APM – GI Advanced Practice Module
  • Functional Medicine APM – Energy Advanced Practice Module
  • Functional Medicine APM – Hormone Advanced Practice Module

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