Improve your gut health with the help of a selective range of herbs and probiotic and nutritional medicine
How important is the gut health?
Recent scientific studies have revealed that our digestive system plays a very important role far beyond simply digesting food.
Our gut is of vital importance for the immune system. Research has shown that 70% of the whole body immune tissue resides with the gut (2). Impaired gut lining is closely related to the development of a whole range of autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis. (Refer to Immune Disorders page on our website for further information).
Evidence is also now emerging to show that our gut can greatly affect our emotions through a bidirectional link between the central nervous system (CNS) and the enteric nervous system (ENS) of the body (1). An unhealthy gut can disrupt this link leading to mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression, and sleep issues. Hormonal imbalances and weight issues have also been shown to be closely related to gut health.
Focus on the digestive system is paramount and fundamental to our treatments offered at Spring Health.
How do I know my gut is not happy?
There are number of specific signs and symptoms suggesting an unhealthy gut. These include:
constipation or diarrhoea
food allergies or sensitivities
moodiness including anxiety and depression
skin problems such as acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
Our approach to help you restore your gut health
At Spring Health we use an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to treat your gut.
On initial consult, we develop a clear diagnosis based on Functional Medicine (various pathology testing) and Chinese Medicine. We then form a treatment plan that may involve acupuncture, nutritional medicine/ supplements and Chinese herbal medicines. Your treatment plan is adjusted accordingly through out the time we work together, based on your presenting signs and symptoms as we progress through treatment.
Functional pathology tests are available at Spring Health
Functional pathology tests can be arranged at Spring Health. These pathology tests are useful to establish if you have:
abnormal liver function
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Andersen, K & Kuhn, K (2017), What The Health, Netflix Documentary, New York.
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