- How often do you feel stressed or overwhelmed?
- Do you suffer from fatigue, insomnia, anxiety or depression?
- You cannot lose weight and not sure why?
- Do you experience hormonal imbalances?
- You are struggling to get your chronic condition under control?
Perth Natural Medicine Clinic
I think it is time you start addressing your health and improve your vitality and quality of life!
Here at Blossoming Vitality Natural Health Clinic, I can assist you with most of your health conditions. Some of my areas of interest are listed below.
Fatigue is a feeling of constant physical and/or mental tiredness or weakness that we are all likely to experience at some stage of life. However, if your fatigue is chronic and it interferes with your daily life, then it must be addressed.
Fatigue is a symptom of dysfunction or disease process in the body and can be caused by a variety of issues including stress, insomnia, nutritional deficiencies, toxicity, poor digestion, hormone imbalances, food allergies and sensitivities, auto-immune conditions, chronic inflammation and poor lifestyle choices. Fatigue is often accompanied by other symptoms such as muscular pain or weakness, poor concentration and motivation, increased susceptibility to infections, appetite loss, moodiness and dizziness, among others.
HPA Axis Dysfunction (AKA Adrenal Fatigue)
Adrenal fatigue symptoms are more appropriately referred to as symptoms of poorly functioning hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA axis). The HPA axis is your body’s hormonal response system to chronic stress. HPA refers to three hormone-secreting glands the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in the brain, and the adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys.
Cortisol is one of the main hormones that we release from the adrenal glands in response to stress. Although short term cortisol exposure can be beneficial, especially in situations of danger, longer periods of high cortisol levels can make us feel “depleted”, since the adrenal glands struggle to produce enough of the hormone. Such depletion can manifest in many physical symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, irritability, heart palpitations etc. Chronic fatigue, discussed above, can then set in.
Adrenal fatigue can trigger a cascade of changes in other hormone pathways (such as insulin release, thyroid hormones and reproductive hormones) which means that many other systems in the body can be influenced and produce even more symptoms.
Thyroid is a soft, small bow-shaped gland, located in the front of the neck, below the voice box or larynx (Adam’s Apple) on either side of the trachea (windpipe). A healthy thyroid gland uses ingested iodine (from food or supplementation) to produce thyroid hormone, which regulates body and brain growth and development, body temperature, energy levels and metabolic functions. Thyroid hormones influence and regulate the activity of all cells and tissues in the body.
There are many thyroid disorders that people may experience, with Hypothyroidism being the most common disorder. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces insufficient thyroid hormone and causes the body’s metabolic functions to slow down, resulting in many different adverse effects on bodily functions. Typical symptoms of an underactive thyroid include weight gain, fatigue, thinning hair, intolerance to cold, low heart rate, constipation, dry skin and even depression.
If the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, this is known as Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, which causes the body’s metabolic functions to speed up causing adverse effects opposite to hypothyroidism. Most common symptoms include weight loss, heart palpitations, intolerance to heat, diarrhoea, protruding eyes, sweating, muscle weakness and anxiety.
Considering the role of the thyroid gland in the body, it is very important to test your thyroid function, especially if you experience any of the above symptoms. A basic test of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is not sufficient and a full panel should be done, to make sure nothing is missed.
Women can experience a myriad of health issues that men would not even know how to pronounce! From PMS, acne, problematic periods, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea and fibroids, to polycystic ovaries, abnormal hair growth, loss of libido, menopause and the list goes on…
Most of these issues stem from hormonal imbalances in the body. The hormones can be disrupted at any stage of woman’s reproductive life by a number of factors including stress, pregnancy, nutritional deficiencies, artificial hormones, thyroid function, hereditary factors and illness.
As these conditions can greatly affect a woman’s quality of life, they must be addressed. This can be done through many natural therapies, including particular nutrients and herbs, diet and lifestyle changes, as well as acupuncture and stress management techniques. Women often respond extremely well to natural medicines, especially for conditions such as irregular or painful periods, acne, mood changes, weight issues and menopausal symptoms. Natural fertility treatments can be life-changing for women experiencing problems with conception or sustaining a pregnancy (see Fertility Clinic).
It is a known fact that men tend to be less proactive when it comes to their health and can sometimes ignore what their bodies are trying to tell them. However, there are many situations where men should take initiative in their own wellness, especially if they want to avoid serious conditions in the future.
Here at Blossoming Vitality, men are encouraged to take charge of their health in order to enjoy life, feel their best and be even more successful in everything they do!
You may require assistance with some of these common conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease and Metabolic Syndrome (pre-diabetes)
- Digestive problems
- Prostate issues
- Depression, anxiety and other stress related complaints
- Fatigue and sleep issues
- Addictions – such as alcohol, nicotine, food
- Hormonal imbalances (including libido and fertility)
We all know how hard it is to avoid stress in this day and age – our lives are getting busier, faster and even crazier… but do we know how to tell when stress becomes too much and starts to interfere with our health and wellbeing?
Stress can impact our health in so many ways and it is important to manage it, before it takes its toll on our wellness. We cannot subject our bodies to chronic stress hormones (such as cortisol and adrenaline) and expect it to function properly.
Scientific studies have confirmed that stress can result in many serious health conditions. These include heart disease, cancer, auto-immunity, infertility, obesity and many others. It is therefore very important to determine your levels of stress and address them, which can be done very successfully using natural medicine.
Conditions such as depression and anxiety are becoming very common. Australian statistics show that almost half of all people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. These conditions can be due to a variety of factors, including nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, trauma, chronic stress, hormonal imbalances, poor gut function, substance abuse, medications, genetic and lifestyle factors as well as chronic inflammation and sleep disturbances.
This is one of the areas where naturopathy offers a different approach to treating a person as compared to allopathic medicine. The person is treated holistically, where all facets of their life and physiology are addressed in order to achieve healing.
You will be surprised to learn that your gut is a separate universe within your body. It houses billions of organisms that can either heal you or cause serious issues in all your other body systems. This is due to the fact that the gut not only determines our digestive heath, but also mental health and immune function. Studies show that around 70% of our immune system located in the digestive tract and around 90% of neurotransmitters are produced in the gut.
Many gut conditions are caused by imbalances of good and bad bacteria, as well as presence of parasites or fungi in your digestive system. How well we digest and eliminate our food also plays an integral role to our whole wellbeing. This is why it is important to address all stages of the digestive system and determine what is causing your symptoms.
The most common digestive symptoms include diarrhoea, constipation, reflux, excessive flatulence, bloating, cramps, pain and nausea. Conditions that naturopathy may help to manage include irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, intestinal polyps, Crohn’s disease, GERD, bloating, heartburn, flatulence, SIBO, parasites, bacteria and yeast infections, constipation, diarrhoea and general digestive upsets.
Children & Babies
Natural medicine is particularly effective when it comes to babies and children. Even though little babies and children get sick often, they are also very resilient and can recover quickly given the right treatment. Naturopathic treatments can also be used to prevent health problems and to boost healthy growth and development. As your child’s long term health largely depends on their current health status, it is important to address any issues as soon as they arise.
Common childhood problems that naturopathy can assist with:
- Newborn complaints such as colic, reflux, skin rashes, eczema, constipation, infections, allergies and feeding problems.
- Childhood issues such as poor immunity, asthma, allergies, poor growth and failure to thrive, nutritional deficiencies, gut dysfunction, emotional and behavioural disorders.
- Pre and post vaccination support.
Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of related diseases in which a person’s immune system produces an inappropriate response against its own cells, tissues and/or organs, resulting in inflammation and damage. These conditions can be organ specific or systemic, where many body systems are involved. The most common autoimmune disorders are Diabetes Mellitus, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease and Pernicious Anaemia, among others.
Because most of these conditions are truly multifaceted, it is crucial to take a holistic approach to their treatment. Naturopathy, therefore, requires thorough assessment to determine the root cause of the condition. Studies show that autoimmune disease is roughly 30 percent genetic and 70 percent environmental, which means that environmental factors must also be addressed. Other factors to consider include hormone imbalances, toxin exposure, nutritional deficiencies, pathogens, poor diet, gut health and inflammation. Natural medicines can be very effective in helping to modulate the immune system response, reducing inflammation and promoting tissue healing.
Do you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body? Our skin is like our second liver and its health is often an indication of an underlying imbalance in the body. Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne are increasingly common and can cause high levels of discomfort to its sufferers by affecting sleep quality, mood, energy and overall wellness.
Most conventional treatments of skin conditions (such as steroidal and antibiotic creams) involve supressing the external symptoms with treatments such as steroids, antibiotics, coal-tar creams and antihistamines. Although such treatments can be very helpful in short term, they don’t address the underlying causes of the skin condition.
Conditions that natural medicine treatments can assist with include acne, dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, rosacea, shingles, cold sores and fungal infections. Depending on the type of the skin condition, certain functional testing may be recommended to determine the triggers.
So many people struggle with losing weight. I had many patients saying that they have tried everything and every diet out there and still unable to shift the weight.
Losing weight and getting into shape requires a whole body approach, including addressing any underlying health conditions that prevent it from happening. It requires addressing the most common reasons for not being able to achieve weight loss – hormonal imbalances, sow metabolism, thyroid dysfunction, toxic overload, poor liver and gut function, nutritional deficiencies and other poor lifestyle choices.
A healthy and sustainable weight loss should not be about starving yourself or go on another shake diet – it should be about changing your relationship with food and making correct food choices. You will be suggested the best nutritional program suitable for your constitution and health status. My goal is to teach you to eat well for your body type and improve your overall vitality, including having the correct “mind-set” for the weight loss journey.
A bio-impedance analysis is included in your consultation fee and it allows determining your body composition and identifying parameters such as muscle mass, fluid content and fat mass. We can also monitor your progress as you embark on your weight loss journey.
Allergies and Food Intolerances
Allergies are very different to food intolerances as they instigate a different immunological response in the body. An allergy is an IgE immune response and occurs as a result of a hormone called histamine being released into the body in response to a substance, known as an allergen. Severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis can occur as a result of ingesting an allergen. Other common allergic reactions in the body include asthma, hay fever, eczema and pruritus.
Food intolerances do not produce an acute allergic reaction in the body and their effect is often accumulative over months or even years. Most common symptoms such intolerances can produce include bloating, IBS, fatigue, migraines, sinus congestion, skin rashes, anxiety, sleep disturbances, behavioural and mood disorders, and general malaise.
Naturopathic treatment approach to both conditions usually involves the removal of allergens and dealing with an over-reactive immune system. While it is easy to identify which allergens cause an IgE response, it get be a bit tricky to identify triggers for food intolerances. This may often require an elimination diet type approach and other functional testing. In general, natural medicines can be very effective in trying to deal with allergies and food intolerances.
Preventative Health + Wellness
A person does not have to be sick or unwell to seek naturopathic treatment. One of the best ways to keep healthy and prevent occurrence of disease is to be proactive and have a regular health “tune-up”. You want to address any small issues in your body before they start causing symptoms. This may include assessing your current nutritional status, exposure to toxins, overall inflammation and oxidative stress, liver function and hormonal imbalances. Of course, there always room for improvement when it comes to nutrient dense and delicious food choices that I can advise you on. Remember, I am here to help your vitality blossom!