Sharon Erdrich

Registered Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, Gastrointestinal Consultant, Functional Medicine Specialist, Registered Nurse

Sharon Erdrich Registered Naturopath & Medical Herbalist is one of New Zealand’s leading natural healthcare professionals. With a Master of Health Science (Hons) and over 40 years experience in the health sector, she offers lifestyle, health and nutritional expertise to students and health professionals as well as to private clients.

In recent years she has specialised in digestive disorders, focusing on supporting people to normalise their diet and gut function and reduce food intolerances. Her extensive experience means she is well placed to support you to achieve your health goals.

Sharon has a busy clinical practice in Auckland.Her Master’s thesis was a dietary study, investigating the role of nutrition in men with prostate cancer, from which two papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals:

  1. An Investigation into the Association between DNA Damage and Dietary Fatty Acid in Men with Prostate Cancer
  2. A pilot study to investigate if New Zealand men with prostate cancer benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet

Sharon also developed a collection of recipes for promoting dietary change for men with prostate cancer, which is available FREE from the University of Auckland’s website.

Sharon has developed a strong interest in digestive health over the years, which ultimately resulted in intense exploration of the causes and consequences of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and the subsequent establishment of SiBOtest.NZ. This is the only breath testing service in New Zealand to offer at-home breath testing for functional bowel disorders and sugar malabsorption testing.

In addition to her busy clinic in Mt Albert, she presents at conferences and runs workshops and webinars, upskilling naturopaths and other functional medicine practitioners.

With an abundance of naturopathic and nutritional knowledge, accumulated over years of working with an inquiring mind in both alternative and conventional medical systems, Sharon is able to support people with an extremely wide range of health conditions. This includes gut imbalances, stress, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, problems associated with mood and sleep, as well as weight management – particularly for the benefit in preventing diabetes and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and much more.

How Sharon Erdrich Registered Naturopath Works

Sharon uses a personalised approach to your health concern. Her preferred modes of working with clients to support the return to good health, and the maintenance thereof, are Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Therapy. Where necessary, she may recommend advanced pathology or functional medicine testing to identify abnormal metabolism and imbalances. These aid in ensuring things move in the right direction for your treatment. Tools used include functional nutritional screening, DNA testinghydrogen-methane breath testing, salivary/urinary hormones, allergy , mineral and/or toxin testing. These are all examples of Functional Testing; using science to aid addressing health challenges by establishing underlying predispositions or imbalances. This enables more accurate targeting of appropriate therapies for each individual.

Background 

Sharon’s journey into natural medicine began in 1979, when as a student nurse she realised that sick people, treated with conventional medicine, didn’t really get better. They just got well enough to function, or be discharged from hospital until the next health crisis. A driving desire to help people correct the underlying causes of their ill-health fuelled her quest for an in-depth understanding of many aspects of natural health care.

Sharon trained at Greenlane Hospital in Auckland and her subsequent career as a Registered Nurse was very broad with experience in Cardiology, Intensive Care, Paediatrics, Oncology, District Nursing, General Practice, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Medicine, Geriatrics and Surgery. This gave her a diverse and deep understanding of a wide range of health challenges that people face. Sharon has held nursing positions in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom as well as in New Zealand. In an interval between health-orientated pursuits, Sharon studied with the Royal NZ Horticultural Society – achieving papers (with distinction) in the National Diploma in Horticulture, testimony to her love of plants.

An experienced lecturer and accomplished presenter with a number of public speaking engagements, Sharon taught at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Auckland from 2003 until 2017, inspiring students in a range of topics. She also taught on the Bachelor of Nursing at Unitec for 3 years and in 2009 the New Zealand College of Massage engaged her to develop and deliver courses for the Bachelor of Health Studies program.

Rich Earth is Sharon’s own range of carefully selected organic and wild Essential Oils and hand-made Natural Skin Care Products. Sharon offers a crafting workshop for those interested in learning to make their own natural skin care products – simply get at least six like-minded people together and a workshop will be arranged for your group. Contact us here to request a booking.

Professional memberships include: Naturopaths & Medical Herbalists of NZ, of which she is the vice-president, full professional member of the Nutrition Society of NZ. She also maintains a current nursing practising certificate. Sharon Erdrich Registered Naturopath


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Qualifications  Sharon Erdrich Registered Naturopath

MHSc (Hons) University of Auckland
PG Dip HSc (Merit) University of Auckland
PG Cert HSc (Nutrition) University of Auckland
ND (Hons) Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Dip Med Herb., Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Registered Nurse, (NZRGON), (Auckland School of Nursing)
Dip Aromatherapy, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Cert Massage, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Certified Metabolic Typing® Advisor (HealthExcel)
Ultra Lite Weight Management Consultant
Cert QRA Practitioner
MINDD-trained Practitioner
Advanced PSYCH-K® Facilitator (Australia)
Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA) Cambridge
National Certificate in Adult Education (NCAE)
DIRECTOR: House of Health Ltd
Awards: Sharon Erdrich Naturopath
  • Master of Health Science – Honours (2015)
  • Top Naturopathic Student (2005)
  • Best Research Paper (2005) “Alternative Therapies for Hypercholesterolaemia – A Comparative Review” in 2003
  • Finalist: Health Practitioner of the Year (2008), NZ Health Industry Awards

Public Engagements & Presentations have included:

2018: Gastroenterology Masterclass, Auckland
2018: Research Presenter, ICNM London
2018: SIBO Update (Webinar)
2017: Research Presenter, APCCN, Adelaide
2017: Research Presenter, ICNM London
2017: IBS, or is is SIBO? Seminar series (Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Napier, NZ)
2016: Keynote speaker, Combined Naturopathic Conference, Auckland NZ.
2015: Guest speaker, NZ Society of Naturopaths
2014: Poster presentation NZ Society for Oncology Conference
2010: NZ National Hepatitis Conference: “Complementary Therapies for Hepatitis C”
2009: NZ AIMA Conference: “The Metabolic Syndrome”
2008: NZ Register of Aromatherapists Annual Conference 2008, “Stress & Aromatherapy“,
2009: (Sept) Breakfast TV, discussing The Science of Smell.
2008: Invited speaker at The Gluten Free Food & Allergy Expo – ” The implications of food allergies for long-term health ”
2008: Nutrition advisor to the TV Program “What’s Really in our Food”

Sharon loves researching and writing about health. Two publications ensuing from her thesis are available in peer-reviewed journals:

Other articles available include:



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My 8 year old son had digestive issues since birth and over the years I had taken him to see numerous specialists and health practitioners – all to no avail.  That is until we started seeing Sharon about a year ago who correctly diagnosed my son’s problem as SIBO and then spent the next 12 months treating him gently but effectively with herbs and other naturopathic medicine.  12 months on and my son is off all medicine’s, eats a normal diet and has normal digestive health.  As a mother this means the world to me!  Thank you so much for all your help Sharon – you’re amazing!

Jodi Donovan