Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Mum and Baby Clinic in Edinburgh!

The Centre for Holistic Health, an Edinburgh based alternative therapies centre, offers a weekly Mum and Baby Clinic. The clinic runs at 5a York Place Edinburgh on Fridays from 10am to 1pm and costs from £25 to £50. The clinic provides a safe, gentle and non-invasive specialist treatment option for pregnancy, birth and post-natal related conditions.

How many new parents are told “oh it’s just colic, they’ll grow out of it”? Leaving the parents of an unhappy baby, anxious and sleep deprived.

How many mums are assured that their pregnancy related backache and pelvic pain will go away after the birth? Only to find that it gets worse, interfering with the care of their baby.

Osteopathy pregnancyOften, women simply ‘put up’ with pregnancy-related symptoms believing that they are just part of the process. However, many of these common pregnancy ailments are not only treatable but also result in a much healthier pregnancy, birth and baby.

For first time mum Amanda Burnham, a misdiagnosed Pubic Symphysis Disorder (also know as Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain), left her on crutches after a 56 hour labour and unable to hold her baby. Amanda says, "as I was unable to lift my baby by myself or carry her for any length of time, there were also bonding issues and post-natal depression to contend with. I was issued with a pair of crutches, given a support belt and a prognosis of recovery in around 12 months!"

Amanda is now the healthy, pain-free mum of three happy kids, and she wants to share what changed her life with other Edinburgh mums and dads. Following the incredible relief both she and her unhappy baby received after visiting an osteopath, Amanda made the life changing decision to switch careers. She became an Osteopath herself, graduating from the London School of Osteopathy in 2009.

Osteopathy is a gentle manual therapy which is particularly suitable for treating mothers and their babies both during and after pregnancy. Amanda Burnham is registered with the General Osteopathic Council, ensuring patient safety, practitioner competence and fulfilling statutory requirements.

The clinic also offers acupuncture as an adjunct where required. Acupuncture can be effective in reducing nausea, labour preparation and for pain relief. Acupuncture is administered by Charmaine Shepherd, a member of the British Acupuncture Council.

rsz_12228_originalAmanda said, “even in the easiest of births, there is a lot of force involved and, when birth becomes complicated by unusual presentations, interventions, or is very fast or very slow, or ends with caesarian section, these forces can be exaggerated. Some babies enter the world looking bruised and shocked…”

 Osteopaths believe that many problems common to babies such as difficulties latching on or feeding and digestive problems such as reflux may, in part, be due to these compressive forces.

Patients must call into the clinic for an appointment or book online using the online booking system available on the Centre‘s web site www.centre4holistichealth.co.uk. Once an appointment is scheduled for a consultation, the Osteopath will decide on the best treatment strategy for the condition.

Post-Natal check up for mum & baby £50
Follow up session for mum & baby £40
Baby only initial consult/check up £35
Baby only follow up £25
book appointment

For relief for mums, dads and babies, call 0131 556 8440 for a consultation and come to the Mum and Baby Clinic on Fridays between 10am and 1pm at the Centre for Holistic Health, 5a York Place Edinburgh.

The Centre for Holistic Health also offers an Acupuncture Community Clinic as well as the Mum and Baby Clinic. Therapies include: acupuncture, biofeedback, EFT (emotional freedom technique), osteopathy, bodywork, reflexology, homeopathy, herbalism, reiki, massage and Bach flowers. Available at our Centre located at 5aYork Place, Edinburgh.


Amanda Burnham BSc.(Hons) Osteopathy 
Amanda qualified as an Osteopath in 2009 from the London School of Osteopathy following a five year degree course prior to which she worked in the music industry.  The catalyst for her rather drastic career change was a demanding first pregnancy. In addition to working with mums and babies, Amanda practices structural, cranial and visceral osteopathy and also uses Western Medical Acupuncture as an adjunct where appropriate. Amanda comments, "osteopathic treatment does not simply treat the ‘sore bit’ but looks at how and why those symptoms have arisen.  Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance."

Contact details: Centre for Holistic Health, 5AYork Place, Edinburgh,EH1 3EB Tel: 0131 556 8440 Email: info@centre4holistichealth.co.uk

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Acupuncture Community Clinic in Edinburgh

On a budget but need that knee treated? Restricted by time to get acupuncture treatment? The acupuncture Community Clinic may be for you! We run most Thursday mornings between 08:30 and 12 at the Centre for Holistic Health, 5AYork Place.

The CC has for over two years now been available to many who would usually have no access to this alternative therapy. The no-frills treatment means that more patients can be seen at one time, reducing the cost considerably. We believe that health care should be more accessible to all that need it regardless of their financial situation. We will try to accommodate as many patients as we can.

Our community clinic sessions cost £15 whereas private acupuncture sessions in Edinburgh range between £35 and £60 per session.

Multi-bed clinics have grown in popularity in recent years and enabling many more people to access the benefits of acupuncture without excessive costs.  It may not be suitable to everyone, especially if you have a complex condition that needs dedicated time. However, most people enjoy the more social environment where human connections can be made. Please call me at 0131 556 8440 to discuss whether your condition could be treated within the multi-bed clinic”.

Please note that new patients must have an initial one hour consultation in order to take a full medical history (£45) before joining the multi-bed clinic. To find out more, please call the Centre for Holistic Health on (0131) 556 8440.




By Charmaine Shepherd  B.Sc. Biomed., N.dip. Ac, MBAcC
Charmaine Shepherd is an Acupuncturist, Director of the Centre for Holistic Health and Author of Is it all in your mind? 10 Steps to Resolving the Underlying Causes of Anxiety and Depression. Available on Kindle!

Charmaine has a sensitive and holistic approach to health-care. She is dedicated to helping individuals take control of their own health. "I believe in supporting the innate healing ability of the body through the use of natural remedies, nutrition and lifestyle,” Charmaine Shepherd.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Be free from Depression - even if you think you've tried everything!

is it all in your mind by Charmaine Shepherd
Is diet coke driving you crazy? Is bread making you blue? Is milk making you sad? Could chocolate make you happy? Based on her own personal journey coupled with years of clinical experience assisting sufferers of anxiety, depression and panic attacks resulting from the same physiological causes, Charmaine Shepherd B.Sc. Biomed., N.dip. Ac, MBAcC decided to make her expertise available to the world in her eye opening book; Is it all in your Mind? 10 Steps to resolving the underlying causes of anxiety and depression.

Written in an easy to follow, supportive style, the reader will undoubtedly identify with aspects of the authors own journey through depression and anxiety as well as many of the case studies from the authors own therapy practice. This book dispels the erroneous idea that depression and anxiety are all in the mind and with it, the burden felt by those sufferers who have been unable to 'think' themselves better using traditional therapy or through the use of antipsychotic drugs.

The book outlines an easy to follow, 10 step plan designed to empower the reader to identify their own triggers and make small, positive changes to beat their own blues. The book contains a preface, introduction and 9 chapters followed by a synopsis of the 10 step plan and a brief conclusion.

There are other causes; it's not all in your mind. It could in fact, be in your gut! The book begins by defining the difference between anxiety, depression and panic attacks and then goes on to describe how the brain actually works and what makes a person feel happy - or not. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter most closely linked to happiness and as the author points out, this is not exclusively a brain chemical - 90% of serotonin is found in the gut linking intestinal health to happiness, a concept well understood in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Taking the body-mind-soul premise, the author argues that a combination of genetic disposition, early adversity, nutrition, environment and trauma equate to a persons propensity to develop anxiety and depression. Building on the importance of gut health to happiness, the devastating impact of food intolerances are stressed. Yes, bread, milk, fizzy drinks and a whole host of other things you eat and drink could be causing your anxiety and depression. And prescription antipsychotic drugs could be making the problem worse. The author then outlines a plan for identifying the reader's own triggers, including nutritional advice, helpful therapies, tips for emotional wellbeing and lifestyle factors.

Utilizing a truly holistic approach embracing nutrition, lifestyle, environment and energy medicine that can be tailored by the reader to remedy their own individual triggers, relief from depression and anxiety is possible! A must read for those plagued by negative emotions who feel they have tried everything. Try this - happiness could be just around the corner.

Is it all in your mind? 10 Steps to resolving the underlying causes of anxiety and depression is available on amazon.com for £1.92 [kindle edition].

Review by Dr. H.J. Blenkinsop

HJ Blenkinsop PhD is a writer, researcher, web tinkerer, social media meddler, mythology nut, world traveler, and author of Story Master and The Penny Well. She also blogs about life on Chicken Road and is committed to the pursuit of happiness! @hjblenkinsop

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

How to boost your immune system

Boost your immune system to prevent infection, colds and flu. By strengthening the immune system you can reduce your risk of developing auto-immune disorders and cancer.



For more information, check out “Is It All In Your Mind?” 


By Charmaine Shepherd  B.Sc. Biomed., N.dip. Ac, MBAcC
Charmaine Shepherd is an Acupuncturist, Director of the Centre for Holistic Health and Author of Is it all in your mind? 10 Steps to Resolving the Underlying Causes of Anxiety and Depression. Available on Kindle!

Charmaine has a sensitive and holistic approach to health-care. She is dedicated to helping individuals take control of their own health. "I believe in supporting the innate healing ability of the body through the use of natural remedies, nutrition and lifestyle,” Charmaine Shepherd.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Why am I sad? The real cause of your depression

If you feel sad and down for no reason, the cause of your low mood or depression may not be in your mind, but in the foods you eat. Watch this video where we take look at how gut problems affect the production of our neurotransmitters and could lead to anxiety, depression and many other mental health issues. Find out more in Is it all in your mind? 10 Steps to resolving the underlying causes of anxiety and depression By Charmaine Shepherd. Now available on Kindle!


For more information, check out “Is It All In Your Mind?” 


By Charmaine Shepherd  B.Sc. Biomed., N.dip. Ac, MBAcC
Charmaine Shepherd is an Acupuncturist, Director of the Centre for Holistic Health and Author of Is it all in your mind? 10 Steps to Resolving the Underlying Causes of Anxiety and Depression. Available on Kindle!

Charmaine has a sensitive and holistic approach to health-care. She is dedicated to helping individuals take control of their own health. "I believe in supporting the innate healing ability of the body through the use of natural remedies, nutrition and lifestyle,” Charmaine Shepherd.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Don't Drain Your Brain

 

Don't Drain Your Brain - Just Feed It: A recipe for a higher mind

by Dr Gregorio Torchia
The Edinburgh Theosophical Society, 28 Great King Street, EH3 6HQ

7:30 p.m. Thursday 13th February 2014

 
 
Your Brain & Mind are a unique complex connected with your Body&Soul.

The pharmacological power of Food can improve the efficiency of your Brain and your Mind as an essential path to the effective care of  your memory, attention, reasoning, association, learning, language skills and calculation performance. 

Food, a source of natural ingredients, is the key to making your life significantly better.

BackgroundFounder of  a Nutritional Clinic in Rome, then in San Francisco and now in Edinburgh, Dr. Gregorio Torchia's background is in neuro-physiopathology with a focus on epilepsy and brain tumours.

Through studying Kampo medicine in Japan, he decided to dedicate his focus on Alternative and Complementary Medicine, specifically relating to the topic of food  as a provider of medicinal benefits.

Dr. Torchia has attended Global Nutritional Conferences in Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Puducherry India, Bangkok, Paris and Tokyo.
Contact:info@centre4holistichealth.co.uk
0131 556 8440


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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Gluten sensitivity or IBS?

I recently had the opportunity to attend an allergy master class with some of the UK’s leading experts on allergy and intolerance.  In several of the lectures, the connection between gluten sensitivity and irritable bowel syndrome came up, so here is a summary of the more recent thinking that these experts presented.

Gluten sensitivity affects about 1 in 10 people and is characterised by bloating, reflux, bowel changes, loose stools, abdominal pain, mouth ulcers and some neurological symptoms such as headache, fatigue and depression.  Gluten protein is found in many grains such as wheat, rye and barley.  For those who are sensitive, these foods can cause severe disruption throughout the body.

Doctors used to think a person either had the condition called Coeliac disease (CD), which means that you cannot tolerate gluten or they could tolerate gluten.  There was nothing in-between i.e.:

 Normal/CD

However, doctors are now beginning to recognise a wider spectrum of diagnosis.

Normal ——————–> gluten sensitive ——————–> Coeliac

Whereas in the past, doctors believed that if you had a negative antibody test then you did not have CD and you were not gluten sensitive.  Hey, no problem they thought….However, experts are now recognising that there is a spectrum of gluten intolerance and even though an individual may not have full-blown CD, they may still have a gluten sensitivity.

It appears there are people who are gluten sensitive, who when exposed to a trigger (possibly viral) could easily trigger CD.  However, this sensitivity could have been underlying for a while.

Dr Kate Evans, Clinical Research Fellow & Honorary Lecturer, found that in many of her patients who were not considered CD, a gluten-free diet resolved many issues such as psoriasis (17% of her patients had psoriasis).  More remarkably, many of her patient’s neurological symptoms also resolved.  She found that symptoms resolution could take up to 2 months on a gluten free diet. This is because the lectins bio-accumulate in the body, often remaining months after ingestion of gluten has stopped.

Facts about Gluten Sensitivity
Gluten sensitivity affects 1% of the UK population.

Symptoms reported are:         Bloating
                                                Reflux
                                                Irritable bowel syndrome
                                                Iron deficiency anaemia
                                                Diarrhoea

Suffers can have normal Body mass index or be overweight.

So, once again, even for patients who do not have full blown CD, there may still be a gluten sensitivity causing many uncomfortable symptoms.

Normal——> gluten sensitive——>latent——>Coeliac

With full blown Coeliac disease, there is a positive antibody test as well as changes to the way in which the intestine looks under a microscope. However, even if you do not have a positive antibody test or mucosal changes, don’t rule out gluten sensitivity.  It is thought that certain types of infections could trigger a milder form of gluten sensitivity in those who have a predisposition.

Are you Gluten Sensitive?
If you have abdominal pain for more than 3 days in a month, or changes in your stool frequency, I would encourage you to consider gluten sensitivity as a possible contributor.  I would strongly suggest that you ask your GP to for a blood test but be aware that these often produce false negatives, so the only way you can be diagnosed with CD is from a biopsy taken from the intestinal lining.

Once, CD is ruled out, I would recommend starting on a gluten-avoidance diet for a minimum of 2 months to determine whether your symptoms improve.

Gluten sensitivity and children:
Gluten sensitivity in children often shows up as eczema, frequent infection, reflux as a baby, asthma.  In practice, I have seen children who are plagued by chronic infections and skin problems begin to flourish on a gluten-free diet.

In children, also look out for feeding difficulties, back arching, abnormal stools and low appetite.  These are all typical of gluten sensitivity in children.

So is it gluten intolerance or IBS?
Since Coeliac disease is four times more prevalent in IBS population, doctors are recommended to screen all IBS patients for CD.  However, even with a negative antibody and biopsy test, some patients may still be gluten intolerant.  Before being labelled with IBS, make sure that you have ruled out gluten intolerance.

What other symptoms and signs are typical of gluten intolerance?
  • Recurrent oral ulceration
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Auto-immune conditions (such as type 1 Diabetes)
  • Failure to thrive in children
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained infertility
Risks
If you have gluten intolerance in your family, your risk for developing it will be significantly higher.  Also, patients with auto-immune conditions or diabetes will be at higher risk.

Mental effects of gluten sensitivity
In my book “Is it all in your mind?”, I talk about the effect of gut problems on mental functioning.  The gut is often called the second brain because the brain tissues are so similar to that found in the lining of the gut.  The reason for the similarity is that as the embryo develops, one line of cells will divide to then become the brain and the gut.

I go into a lot more detail in the book, but basically many of the neurotransmitters that we normally associate with the brain, such as serotonin, are also produced and used in the gut.

It comes as no surprise then that many patients who suffer from digestive complaints will also be affected by mental changes such as depression, anxiety, poor concentration.

Wheat agglutinin can cross the blood brain barrier and attach to myelin sheaths in the brain’s nerve cells, inhibiting some of the brain’s functioning.  As a result, mental health changes can be significant in gluten sensitive individuals.

I have countless times seen how patients who complain of digestive complaints resolve not only their gut problems on a gluten-free diet but as a side effect notice their mental health greatly improving

What to do if you think you may have a gluten intolerance:
There are many food intolerance tests on the market, but many of them are expensive and unreliable.  Although it isn’t easy, the best test is to try a strict gluten-free diet for a period of 2 months to see whether your symptoms improve.

The gluten free diet:
A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.  Initially a gluten free diet may be frustrating but there are many foods that are naturally gluten free that can be incorporated into the diet.  Although it can be a very big change, remain focused on the good foods that you can still eat – rather than focus on the ones that you can’t.  The effort will be worth it.

Allowed foods:
  •         Beans, nuts and seeds (unprocessed)
  •         Fresh eggs, meat, fish and poultry (not marinated or batter-coated)
  •         Fruits and vegetables
  •         Amaranth, buckwheat, corn, flax
  •         Gluten-free flour
  •         Millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum, tapioca and soy
Problem foods:
  • bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, flour, pizza bases, cakes and biscuits.
  • Gluten can also be found in foods such as soups, sauces, ready meals and processed foods such as sausages.
There is significant evidence that our modern wheat strains can contribute to significant health problems due to its pro-inflammatory affect.  In fact, undiagnosed CD is associated with a four-fold increased risk for premature death, so the seriousness of consuming gluten for these individuals is evident.

Conclusion:
Gluten sensitivity can cause a range of digestive, neurological and systemic symptoms and should be considered in anyone with long-standing unexplained chronic problems.  A gluten-free diet in many cases can eradicate many of the symptoms in gluten sensitive individuals.

For more information, check out “Is It All In Your Mind?” 

By Charmaine Shepherd  B.Sc. Biomed., N.dip. Ac, MBAcC
Charmaine Shepherd is an Acupuncturist, Director of the Centre for Holistic Health and Author of Is it all in your mind? 10 Steps to Resolving the Underlying Causes of Anxiety and Depression. Available on Kindle!

Charmaine has a sensitive and holistic approach to health-care. She is dedicated to helping individuals take control of their own health. "I believe in supporting the innate healing ability of the body through the use of natural remedies, nutrition and lifestyle,” Charmaine Shepherd.