A Naturopathic Approach To Protection from COVID-19

Feb 28, 2020

COVID-19 presents with symptoms similar to the common cold (i.e. fever, coughing, shortness of breath) but as it is a respiratory virus, you are unlikely to have a runny nose as a symptom!

80% of people who contract COVID-19 recover, but 20% do go from a mild disease state to a more severe disease state. Fortunately, the fatality rate is only 2-3%, and those who have died may have also died from ‘normal’ seasonal flu (But COVID-19 is NOT FLU!)

Another positive of COVID-19 is that out of 55, 000 people infected in China, only 2% were children AND most children infected in China presented with milder symptoms compared to adults.

The mortality rate from SARS was much higher at 10%, so COVID-19 is not as fatal as SARS, which is another positive!

Common sense hygiene routines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Include:

  • hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds,
  • cough into a tissue or a flexed elbow,
  • avoid touching your nose/mouth
  • avoid contact with individuals with cold/flu-like symptoms

A Naturopathic approach to protecting yourself from COVID-19 would NOT involve boosting the Immune System. A possible way the virus may work is via your white blood cells (macrophages). Hence boosting your immune system may be detrimental to your health.

However, working synergistically with the body’s immune system is likely to protect you, so that if you do contract COVID-19, you may have a shorter duration of the disease state and not as severe as other people’s experience.

Vitamin A is beneficial to the tissue in the lungs, so would be a protective vitamin to take now. Vitamin C also works synergistically with the body’s immune system, as do Shitake Mushrooms.

Keen to improve your health, so that if you or your family do contract COVID-19, you have it for a shorter duration and experience a milder disease state? Book in an appointment with Anita Chakraburtty on 07757 540 436. Anita has over 10 years Clinical Experience as a Naturopath both in London and in Sydney. Anita sees may clients via Whatsapp video/ Zoom or even just a normal telephone call and posts herbs/supplements to their home, So she has treated clients all over the UK!

How Naturopathy may Alleviate the Pain of Endometriosis

Oct 07, 2019

What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?

Do you suffer from heavy painful periods? Are your bowel movements sometimes disrupted close to your period or during your period? Is there a history of Autoimmune conditions in your family? Did your mother have heavy, painful periods? Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue in areas other than the wall of the uterus. It is a debilitating condition, causing severe pain in sufferers and hence absenteeism from work, school, college etc.

What are the causes of Endometriosis?

Excess oestrogen may be a factor in the growth of endometrial tissue outside the womb. Environmental ‘synthetic’ oestrogens in plastic may also mimic biological oestrogen, causing further hormonal imbalances in sufferers. Prostaglandins that relate to pain tend to be raised, and inflammatory mediators increased in sufferers. The growth of new blood vessels in the tissue outside the womb also causes further tissue formation. There may be an auto-immune component in endometriosis too.

As it is such a multi factorial condition, there has to be a multi factorial treatment approach. This may be why the usual ‘Medical Model’ of one size fits all may be unsatisfactory for women with endometriosis. You can’t just deal with the hormones, you have to deal with EVERYTHING!

How can a Naturopath help reduce my Endometriosis pain and Inflammation?

Herbal medicines and Nutritional supplements can help alleviate the symptoms of Endometriosis. Herbs that balance oestrogen and excrete excess oestrogen are beneficial. Anti-inflammatory herbs that may reduce pain and inflammation may also help. Herbs and Nutritional supplements to help balance the immune system may also be of benefit. Herbs that reduce heavy periods may also help sufferers who have anaemia/fatigue due to excessive bleeding.Reducing the formation of new tissue herbally/nutritionally may also be of benefit.

How can I book in for a Naturopathic Appointment?

Anita Chakraburtty has an MSc in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Naturopathy and over 10 years of Clinical Practice as a Naturopath. Based in Balham, Anita also does telephone/Whatsapp Video consults and can post you specific Herbal Medicines/Nutritional supplements for your condition to your home in the UK. Call her now on 07757540 436 to book either a face to face or telephone Naturopathic Consult or email her at anita@multidimensionalhealing.co.uk

How Naturopathy May Alleviate Pre Menstrual Syndrome

Sep 10, 2019

A NATUROPATHIC APPROACH TO REDUCING PRE-MENSTRUAL SYNDROME

PMS is defined as a recurrent set of physical and behavioural symptoms occurring 714 days before menstruation. Often these symptoms are troublesome enough to interfere with some aspects of women’s lives. As regards menstrual pain, heavy bleeding etc dull aching pain can occur 1 week prior to a woman’s period, with more intense pain/cramping in the lower abdominal area happening for 1-2 days around the actual period.

What Causes Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Painful Periods and Food Cravings before your Period?

The reasons for menstrual disturbances are not just about low levels of certain hormones or excess of certain hormones. It is actually about an individual’s RESPONSE to reproductive hormones.

In addition, prostaglandins (hormone-like substances) cause contraction/relaxation of smooth muscle tissue leading to menstrual pain. They also cause fluid retention, breast tenderness, headaches and ‘brain fog’. Shifts in serotonin may cause mood changes, as well as changes in appetite leading to carbohydrate cravings/binge eating.

Heavy menstrual bleeding in some women may lead to anaemia, which then leads to continued heavy bleeding as an anaemic woman may lack the clotting factors needed to stem the flow of menstrual blood.

How Can Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Be Improved Using A Natural Approach?

Fortunately, a Naturopathic approach to PMS may address many of these unpleasant symptoms. Certain herbal medicines may regulate the production of hormones, and improving liver function may help excrete excess hormones. Herbal Diuretics may be used for fluid retention. Antispasmodics may be used for pain/cramps and to relax smooth muscle tissue. Anti-haemorrhagics may be used for excessive bleeding, plus Nutritional supplements for anaemia may improve clotting. Uterine tonics may improve uterine function which may also reduce heavy bleeding as well as menstrual pain.

Would you like to try a Naturopathic approach to improving any symptoms/medical conditions that are impacting your life? Call Anita Chakraburtty on 07757 540 436 and book a 1 hr consult with Anita Chakraburtty.

Anita is a Registered Naturopath and has been Interviewed twice on Wandsworth Radio.Anita completed her Naturopathy degree in Sydney in 2009 and worked there as a Naturopath until 2015 when she moved back to her home in London to practice as a Naturopath in the UK.

How Naturopathy Can Help With Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Mar 11, 2019

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is considered to be the most common liver problem in the western world with 20-30% of the population affected, the vast majority undiagnosed.

NAFLD usually manifests in adults in their 40’s and 50’s. However due to the increase in obesity in teenagers and children, they are also developing NAFLD. It usually displays no symptoms in the initial stages, but as the disease progress, individuals report the following signs and symptoms:

  • Fatigue/depression
  • Discomfort in the upper right abdomen, just below the pectoral area.
  • Metabolic syndrome/Insulin resistance/Type 2 Diabetes/High Cholesterol
  • Dark/thickened skin around the neck, elbows, knees and knuckles (a sign of insulin resistance)

Essentially a vicious cycle is set up. Free fatty acids get deposited in the liver, making it ‘fatty’. As the liver gets fatty, insulin resistance increases and the function of the liver is damaged. This then makes the liver accumulate more fat…and so the cycle causes further liver disruption.

A fatty liver leads to the following processes becoming ‘below par’:

  • Metabolism of carbohydrates and conversion of sugars to fat.
  • Protein metabolism being below par can lead to disruption of the blood’s ability to clot
  • Fat metabolism being below par can lead to high cholesterol/triglycerides and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Bile is produced by the liver to get rid of excess fat. NAFLD disrupts this process, making the liver more fatty.
  • The liver produces male and female hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, so hormones are imbalanced if liver function deteriorates.

A Naturopathic approach to reducing the signs and symptoms of NAFLD would be to encourage beneficial dietary and lifestyle changes, regulate blood glucose, improve liver function, reduce liver inflammation and improve digestive processes. EASY!

Do you, or a member of your family, or a friend have a recent diagnosis of NAFLD? Or do you worry that YOU have the signs and symptoms of the disease?

If you’d like to follow a Naturopathic path to improving your liver function then call Anita on 07757 540 436 or email her at anita@multidimensionalhealing.co.uk to book a 1hr Naturopathy appointment. Anita practices from the clinic Feelgood Balham in South London, but also sees clients outside of South London and Internationally via Whatsapp Video or telephone and posts herbs/supplements to clients.

How Fennel Can reduce Depression & Anxiety in Menopause

Jun 01, 2018

Along with hot flushes, low libido, poor memory and fatigue, some women who go through the Menopause also experience depression and anxiety. Although many women resort to synthetic hormones to deal with the debilitating symptoms of menopause, some are wary of the side effects on their future health.

Are There Herbal and Nutritional Alternatives to Help with the Emotional Ups and Downs of Menopause that have Clinical Evidence?

The herb fennel is traditionally used by Herbalists for gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, cramping and to help nursing Mothers produce more milk. However it is a phyto-oestrogen (i.e. plant-based oestrogen). An Iranian study published in the September 2017 edition of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology evaluated the effect of the herb Fennel on anxiety and depression in post-menopausal women. 60 women were selected and split randomly into a placebo and a fennel group. The fennel group were given 100mg of fennel (in capsules with sunflower oil) 3 times daily, with the placebo group being given just the oil.

Did The Fennel Capsules Have any Effect on Menopausal Anxiety and Depression?

After 3 months only 49 women completed the trial. However those with Anxiety and Depression at the start of treatment did show improvements, based on the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) and the Hospital and Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS). This is one of the first human clinical trials using fennel for anxiety and depression (there have been animal trials showing its anti-anxiety and anti-depressive effects). Although the numbers of participants in the trial was small, fennel may be of benefit as a natural alternative to the emotional roller-coaster experienced by some Menopausal women.

Can I get relief from my Menopausal Symptoms If I don’t wish to Use Pharmaceuticals?

Anita has a Masters Degree in Chemistry, as well as being a Naturopathic Physician. Hence you can be confident that you are dealing with someone who blends Science and Alternative Medicine in order to help improve your physical and emotional symptoms.

Anita has nearly 10 years experience in treating a variety of medical conditions including Menopause. Give her a call on +447757 540 436 to book an appointment now, or email her on anita@multidimensionalhealing.co.uk. Anita is also available for telephone/SKYPE consults and can post your herbal medicine/supplements to your door.

Foods to Boost your Immune System and Improve Gut Function

May 26, 2018

Why do I seem to catch every cold, flu or gastrointestinal bug more than other people?

Your immunity to bacteria or viruses starts in your bone marrow where lymphocytes are made.B cells produce antibodies and T cells kill off your own cells when they become infected. These two types of lymphocytes then move to the thymus (the gland between your lungs) and to the gut to mature. As we age the thymus shrinks, so this can affect our immunity. Caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar and stress can cause disturbances in our gut that may also affect immunity. You can’t get younger, but dietary changes may help boost your immunity.

So, there are foods I can eat that may boost my immunity?

Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut and even yogurt can boost your immunity as they introduce beneficial microbes into the gut. So they benefit the immune system in a similar way to taking probiotics in that the ‘good bacteria’ fight the ‘bad bacteria’. But it’s actually a more complex process, with specific immune responses (lymphocyte, antibodies etc) all being boosted by the proteins in the fermented foods.

There are many publications that have recorded the benefits on the immune system of β glucans which are found in Shiitaki and Reishi mushrooms as well as seaweeds and Brewers Yeast.

A 2017 study on rats published in the Journal of Agricultural Sciences showed that the herb Echinacea purpurea (i.e. root) increased boosted certain immune cells and reduced inflammatory chemicals. Although most Herbalists (like ME!) know that combining the root and leaf/flowers of Echinacea is the best for boosting the immune system.

What about any practical things I can do to help my immune system?

Bacteria, viruses etc can be spread by indirect contact. Many germs can linger on an inanimate object, such as a table top, doorknob or bathroom tap. When you touch a doorknob handled by someone ill with the flu or a cold, for example, you can pick up the germs he or she left behind. If you then touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands, you may become infected. So, make sure you wash your hands with hot soapy water regularly.

Sunlight is anti-bacterial and it boosts vitamin D in your body which is good for the immune system. Even in Winter, if it is sunny, try and spend time in the sunlight with your skin exposed.

If you’ve been suffering with recurrent infections, or an auto-immune condition and it’s impacting your work and home life, email Anita on anita@multidimensionalhealing.co.uk or call her now on +447757 540 436 to book a Naturopathic consultation. If you can't see her in person in Balham or Tooting, Anita can see you via SKYPE/telephone for a 1 hr consult and your personally tailored liquids herbal medicines, nutritional supplements and flower essences can posted to your home or work address.

Spring Your Goals Into Reality with Flower Essences

Sep 11, 2017

it is now Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, and fertility is all around. Birds are singing, trees are blossoming and the clarity of the Spring sunlight is awakening everyone from their Winter hibernation.

Spring is the perfect time to get clear on your goals and to make them become a reality. And guess what? Help and support is there via Flower Essences to help you ‘Spring into Action!’.

Dr Edward Bach (pronounced ‘Batch’) is known as the Father of Flower Essences. A Bacteriologist, who had his research published in The Lancet, he was also a lover of nature and an intuitive. He loved nature and his country walks led to him being entranced by key flowers. He would meditate and get information from the flowers as to their benefits/properties.

Do you lack clarity as regards your Career? Do you have lots of ideas as to what you would like to do, but there isn’t a specific path that is leaping out at you? Wild Oat is the flower essence to give you clear career direction.

Are you a procrastinator? Good at writing your goals on paper, telling your friends/family what you wish to achieve, but tend to lack the drive and motivation to take practical steps? Wild Rose is great for getting you off the sofa and pounding the pavements to achieve your goals.

Do you feel overwhelmed when you think of all the steps you need to take to get to where you need to be in your Career/personal life? Does it feel too hard? Like there are too many obstacles? Too many details to sort out? Elm is a great flower essence for when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Sometimes we can be distracted from our ‘To Do List’ by our minds. We may lack focus, find our minds are daydreaming, not in the present moment. It is only by being focussed in the ‘Now’ that we can act on achieving our goals. Clematis is a great flower essence for bringing us back to the present moment and helping increase our focus.

Flower essences are a great tool for helping us to achieve our goals! They do not interact with pharmaceutical medicines, are good for kids as well as pregnant women.

Anita Chakraburtty is a registered Naturopath and available for SKYPE consults. She has treated many conditions over the years including infertility, anxiety & depression, thyroid issues, high blood pressure, auto-immune conditions, adult acne etc. She can be contacted via email anita@multidimensionalhealing.co.uk and is available on Twitter @AChakraburtty.

How Naturopathy can Boost your Mood and Give you a Fresh Start in 2017

Jan 25, 2017

Most people want to get healthy in the New Year after their Xmas excesses. However, it can be hard if you are sad at being back to work after your holidays etc. You may feel you are taking two steps forward and one step back! So, what quick and easy solutions can you implement to boost your mood, so you stick to your health goals in 2017?

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Natural Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

Jun 23, 2016

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, fronto temporal dementia and dementia with Lewy Bodies. Dementia is more common after the age of 65. There are currently 342,800 Australians living with Dementia. On a weekly basis there are more than 1,800 new cases of Alzheimer’s in Australia. This is expected to rise to 7,400 per week by 2050.

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How Naturopathy Can Help with Fertility

Jun 23, 2016

Infertility is a growing problem and many couples turn to IVF. However, the success rates are generally 30% at best, which means 70% of couples will go through an emotional and physical rollercoaster, and still remain childless.

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The Effect of Processing Methods on the Glycaemic Index of Oats

Jun 02, 2016

Oats are sold in a variety of forms in supermarkets and health food shops, including steel-cut oats, rolled oats, quick-cook oats and instant oats. Whilst wholegrains do reduce blood sugar spikes, the way oats are manufactured does alter its effect on blood sugar. Some oats are better than others!

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