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Good health is about two important principles: fixing what’s wrong, and preventing things from going wrong. We’re complex physical machines. Each one of us is unique. However, there are general principles that can start us on a path to optimising our health.

One of the most important ways you can enjoy good health is to eat the best food. The best food actually differs from person to person, because it has to be the food that best suits and nourishes your body as a unique individual. When your body is able to digest the right foods, it can absorb the nutrients it needs for your health and it can easily eliminate what is left over. In this way, you can maintain good digestion, improve your digestion, or create the best environment for other treatments to help you. We often use Triphala as part of our treatment plan for digestive problems. Common Digestive System Disorders
  • Food allergies
  • Gas and bloating
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diverticulosis
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Reflux (GERD) and heartburn
  • Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Gallstones
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Celiac Disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
Your skin is your interface with the world. It protects your body from infection, and helps keep you in a constant state of internal equilibrium regardless of what’s happening in the outside environment. If you have a skin problem, we begin by searching for the fundamental causes of the problem. A skin problem might signal a deeper health problem. Common Skin Problems and Disorders
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Fungal infections
  • Cold sores
  • Shingles
  • Warts
  • Candidiasis
  • Rosacea and flushing
  • Psoriasis
  • Premature ageing and wrinkling

Inflammation is the body’s natural defence mechanism. When our immune systems recognise that something is wrong or the body is being attacked in some way, they set to work to fix the problem. Chronic inflammation can be an indication that there is a medical condition that needs to be addressed. Pain, fever, fatigue, sores, or rashes can all indicate that inflammation is present in your body.

Some inflammatory conditions can be successfully treated by diet alone; others require additional intervention. Because every person is different, no one can offer general advice.

Some common inflammatory conditions:

  • Arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hay Fever, Asthma, respiratory conditions and allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Upper respiratory infections, such as colds, flu, bronchitis, and ear infections
  • Urinary tract, kidney infections

There can be multiple causes for anxiety, fatigue and insomnia, so it is unwise to try to self-diagnose with the help of friends or the Internet. It can be dangerous to try ‘cures’ at random without a full understanding of your condition.

Any underlying causes must be diagnosed before appropriate and successful treatment can be offered.

Some common conditions that may impact sleep and energy levels include:

  • Adrenal fatigue or thyroid malfunction
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Severe stress
  • Underlying illness such as glandular fever
  • Underlying physical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal or neurological disorders, or respiratory problems
  • Life stress – financial, emotional, work
  • Medication side effects

The physical and mental changes, and a greater risk of disease that occur with ageing can be delayed by a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet.

Ageing falls into two main categories: programmed and damage-related.

  • Programmed ageing: related to the genetic programming that follows a ‘biological timetable’, similar to how growth and development occurs in childhood.
  • Stress is a significant cause of premature ageing. You cannot reduce the impact of ageing while you are under stress.
  • Oxidative stress and worry are major causes of premature ageing.
  • Damage-related ageing: related to both internal and environmental damage, including lack of, and increasing inability to absorb, the nutrients required to maintain health and vitality.

An appropriate nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle can help to slow the ageing process and maintain good health into advanced years.

Many plants and foods have excellent anti-ageing properties, as well as having a positive effect on mood and brain function. One of the products we particularly enjoy for its visual as well as health appeal, is Butterfly Pea Flower Tea.

A woman cannot be fully healthy unless she is in good sexual and reproductive health. Women’s reproductive health needs vary according to their life stage, from puberty, through child-bearing years to menopause and beyond. There are many natural therapies that can help optimise your reproductive health, and Traditional Tibetan Medicine also offers a range of treatments for reproductive problems. Shatavari is a powerful natural treatment that we often recommend to treat reproductive problems. Some common disorders of the female reproductive system are:
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Gynaecologic Cancer
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Interstitial
  • Cystitis
  • Infertility
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Menorrhagia
  • Amenorrhea
  • Low libido (cause beyond reproductive health issues)

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