Jan de Vries Healthcare
Jan de Vries is one of the UK’s leading practitioners of alternative healthcare and operates a Healthcare Clinic in Framar Health's Lisburn Road Belfast Clinic providing treatment and advice to patients, young and old.
Jan de Vries was born in Holland in 1937, he grew up in the very difficult war years of 1940 to 1945. Although he graduated in pharmacy in 1958, he soon turned to alternative medicine.
However, after meeting the famous Dr Alfred Vogel in 1960, who introduced Jan to what is now called 'complementary' medicine, he left pharmacy work to study homoeopathy under Dr Vogel in Switzerland and have worked together closely for 35 years.
In 1961 Jan married a Scottish girl, Joyce, with whom he has had four daughters. In 1970, he and his family moved to Scotland and settled on the west coast in Troon. Here he set up a residential clinic called Mokoia. The clinic flourished and after finding it necessary to move to larger premises, he set up Auckenkyle in Southwoods Road, Troon, where he now sees people from all over the world.
Jan now has a total of four complementary healthcare clinics and three affiliated clinics in the UK and Ireland. One of his affiliated clinics is based in Belfast at Framar Health, 595 Lisburn Road, where he holds a very busy three day clinic every month.
Since 1990 he has been involved in Klein Vink in Arcen, Holland, doing research into the efficacy of herbal medicine for the European Commission.
He lectures throughout the world and is a regular broadcaster on BBC and RTE radio.
Currently he has written over forty books on a myriad of health problems, and writes in many magazines and newspapers, with weekly columns in local papers.
Jan is involved in a lot of voluntary work in under-developed countries and has a great interest in organic gardening and the protection of nature. His work throughout the world has been greatly appreciated and recognition of this work has led to him being given many honorary decorations, e.g. the Dag Hammarskjold Award from the United Nations, the Order of St John, the Order of St Bridget of Sweden and many more.
In 2002 he was made an Honorary Professor of the Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh in recognition of his entrepreneurial activities in the field of naturopathic medicine. His future aims and objectives are to develop the philospohies and education of complementary therapies with the students of the University, while establishing a leading complementary healthcare library of international importance.