Natalie Chandra Saunders, BA(Hons), LicAc is a writer, translator and educator specialising in acupuncture and East Asian medicine. Having completed her secondary education, she began working as a Pharmacy Technician, gaining a National Vocational Qualification in Pharmacy Services and a solid understanding of biomedicine. However, she quickly became disillusioned with the pharmaceutical industry and decided to pursue a more holistic career. She enrolled at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in her home town of Leamington Spa in the UK and graduated with a first class honours degree in Traditional Acupuncture in 2007. Natalie set up her practice in Birmingham while working as a volunteer acupuncturist for Freshwinds, a charity providing therapies for people with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. Between 2011 and 2014 she was also the West Midlands Regional Group Coordinator for the British Acupuncture Council. In 2012 Natalie won a scholarship to study Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China.
During her studies, she fell in love with Chinese culture. In 2014, she returned to the country on a more permanent basis. She lived in the northern coastal city of Dalian for over two years, studying herbal medicine, nutritional therapy and Mandarin on her own. During this time she discovered a passion for writing and completed her first book, The Qi of Tea, a treatise on the history and use of tea in traditional Chinese medicine. Returning to the UK, she began working closely with Katherine Berry and developed Menopause: A Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners was born.
Natalie has a special interest in menopause and healthy ageing, particularly the concept of Yangsheng or ‘nourishing life’. She currently lives in rural Wales where she works as a freelance writer and menopause coach, offering face-to-face and online consultations to people around the world.