MEHER CLINIC NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017

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Ah, the festive season…so festive! All that food, drink and good times with loved ones, fun times. We hope you all enjoy yourselves over the season but we want you to look after yourselves as well. Too much rich, indulgent food and a few too many alcoholic drinks can be a burden on your liver and gastrointestinal tract.

There a few different homeopathic remedies that can help support your system over the holidays which is why we have made up a formula suited to a wide range of gastronomic indulgences. We call this the Alcohol Protection formula and our clients keep reordering it. If you think you might over indulge this Christmas and New Year’s, give us a call and one of our friendly staff will can help you, help yourself.

It’s time to talk about Stress again

In recent years stress levels and emotional trauma have dramatically increased for almost everyone.  At Meher Clinic we are regularly being asked for help to cope with these increasing pressures.  With our ever increasingly busy lives, time seems to be going faster and slipping away. People are finding that there is not enough time to do all that they have to do and at the end of the working day there is not enough time for themselves.

While a certain amount of stress is part of modern day life, an overload of stress and/or difficulty coping with stress can have profound effects on the body. Excessive stress causes an overproduction of noradrenalin – a chemical which can cause constriction of blood vessels, increased heart rate and hypertension etc. It also causes an increase in cortisol production – this is a major anti-inflammatory chemical which has far reaching effects on the body eg. adrenal and endocrine exhaustion. Excessive production of these chemicals has a suppressing action on the immune system. 

The following are some of the stress related diseases and/or conditions made worse by stress – coronary artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, immune suppression, headaches, muscle tension, asthma, hay fever, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, impotency, menstrual irregularities, eczema, acne, diabetes, chronic fatigue, overeating, depression, anxiety, insomnia etc.

Personal and world events can cause emotional stress in the form of grief, upset and uncertainty which contribute to stress overload that many people find themselves struggling with. Some people find themselves slipping into feeling flat or depressed and just not coping.

The following are some self-help suggestions for stress overload that you can try at home

  1. Exercise is probably one of the best physical stress-reduction techniques available.   It very much improves your health, reduces stress and helps many of our ailments. It also relaxes tense muscles and helps you to sleep.  Fast walking for ½ hour per day for four days a week or more is particularly beneficial.
  2. Make time and space for yourself.  Everyone needs this, take the time out you will be more productive in the things you have to do later. Put a “Feel Good factor” into your life; Make a  list of ten things that you have really enjoyed doing over the last 5-10 years. They can be simple eg. walking on a beach, listening to music, spending time with your partner,  going to the movies, watching a sunset, eating chocolate etc. Tick off the ones you have done recently (say in the last 3-6 months) – it can be a surprise just how few of the “feel good” things you have done recently!  Commit yourself to doing many of the unticked things, soon ... 
  3. Manage your time. Assess the value of your time, and how effectively you are using it. Focus on your priorities so that you know which tasks should be done, which ones could be delegated, and which ones can be dropped.  Use the time you have more effectively.
  4. Put things in perspective. Assess the situation in front of you, it usually helps to talk and share your problems, you may need the help of a counsellor. Try to change only the things which you can change and leave the rest. There is no point in worrying about things which are out of our control. The important thing is to change ourselves and the way we look at things so that our attitudes can cope with the inevitable problems that life throws up.  Accepting ourselves as we are and being content with our lot even if it is very difficult. There is a connection between these difficult situations we go through and our personal growth.
  5. Learn to relax – this can be assisted by relaxation CDs, music, books etc.           
  6. Self-Suggestion can be used to directly. Put positive affirmations and suggestions that are beneficial for you into your unconscious (Use a relaxation method to get into a relaxed state). Suggestions can be simple affirmations that undo any negative thinking or past experience. You can use them to make adjustments or reinforce confidence to help to achieve goals that you have set. Once you have decided what you want to use in suggestions, spend a little time working out a form of words for each suggestion that is short, positive, and powerful. Repeat this to yourself when you have reached a relaxed state. Effective use of suggestion can: build confidence, reinforce goals by etching them into your mind, reduce stress, motivate and energise when you are feeling sluggish. Suggestion can be used without the deep relaxation, for example you might make a suggestion tape to play when you are driving, while still wanting to remain alert. Using suggestion with relaxation just makes it more effective.
  7. Meditation helps focus and quieten the mind to produce a feeling of peace; this is especially helpful when we live in a world that has so many distractions.  The techniques are simple and effective. Here are two methods: -
    a) Sit in a comfortable chair or cross legged. Relax using above techniques, focus attention on your breathing, feel the air passing in and out of your nostrils.  Slowly reduce the rate of breathing. You can repeat either aloud or in your mind something that is meaningful eg. Love, Peace, Calm, Ommm etc.
    b) Sit and relax as above. Concentrate your vision on an object say a flower, a china bowl or a candle etc. Again, you can repeat something meaningful to help concentration. If your mind wanders just return your attention back to the object. Start practicing for 5 –10 minutes a day.
  8. Inspiration – Try to get lost in the moment. Look for people, books and DVDs which can give you inspiration, hope and direction. Take heart, there is much more to this world than meets the eye.
  9. Make a Change - Do something which takes you out of the ordinary everyday life. Go for weekend or holiday away from your routine life. Do something that pushes you and gets you feeling something fresh and alive is happening.  
  10. Keep going - No matter how tough things get we all have to put on a brave face and keep going forward. It’s a time for being close together and a time to nurture and help others who aren’t coping as well as we are.

What we do at Meher Clinic for stress

We are especially interested in treating stress, emotional upset, grief, anxiety and depression.  We utilise herbal medicines, homeopathy, acupuncture and soothing massage as well as a caring ear to help you to work out the best way to deal with the problems.

Acupuncture – this can be very effective in reducing stress and tension both mental and physical. There are special points which have been found to lift the mood and make the body relaxed. There are some points near and in the ear, that studies have shown alter brain waves in a most beneficial way.

Herbal medicine - PIPER COMPLEX – this is a very popular liquid formula in Meher Clinic. Most of the herbs in this medicine have been used by the Chinese for thousands of years and have proved to be safe and effective.

Clinical trials in Germany have found the lead herb, Piper, to have significant effects on anxiety, mild depression, menopausal symptoms, muscle tension and muscle spasm.  They found the well-being of patients improved and there was no toxicity or habit-forming property.

Main uses: 

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Mild Depression
  • Headaches (tension)
  • Neck, Spinal/Back pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Before exams or major events
  • Mild insomnia.

Unlike western drugs that sedate the brain, this formula increases brain function including cognition and memory. Anxioton Tablets – a popular tablet in the clinic for stress that also helps with sleep, our practitioners will prescribe when needed.

Homeopathy – Apart from specifically prescribing these medicines on an individual basis we have several very popular medicines for stress and anxiety.                                                                       
a) Anxiety/Stress Formula – this is a combination of Homeopathic medicines and Bach flower remedies that have been used for a long time to treat stress and anxiety. 
b) Blamarra – many people have found this remedy to be especially helpful with grief both fresh and long standing.

Practitioners Roy and Rosalind Hayes have had many years’ experience in Natural medicines at the clinic using Western and Chinese herbalism, homeopathy, and nutritional supplements. Ros has been a Registered Nurse until recently and has a special interest in women’s health conditions and fertility.

Jayna Higgins is a qualified Naturopath practicing in the clinic, she has a special interest Gastro-intestinal problems, anxiety/depression, children’s behavior and nutrition. Jayna is also available for full body massage.

Kim Parry is a qualified and practicing Homeopath who works in the dispensary and gives excellent health advice.

Amanda Heywood is our amazing reception/dispenser who gives a short massage before acupuncture treatment.

Amber Luscombe is also gives awesome short clinic relaxation massages before treatment.

We wish you a safe and merry festive season!
From all of us at Meher Clinic.

We would like to remind you all that there is quite a lot of road works happening around the Sunshine Coast at the moment. If you can keep this in mind when planning your trips out to the clinic for your appointments and perhaps leave a little earlier than usual. We appreciate your consideration.

Newsletter date - 13 December 2017


MEHER CLINIC NEWSLETTER WINTER 2017

UPDATE ON WINTER CHEST VIRUSES, COLDS and FLU

We are now almost into winter and seeing colds and flu beginning to appear in the community. Apart from the cold and flu viruses we are seeing a chest virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) which can result in either bronchitis or secondary bacterial infection which could develop into pneumonia. There is often incessant coughing with the RSV infection.

The usual influenza outbreaks have possible symptoms of fever, aches, sore throat, sinus congestion, coughing and often with secondary bacterial chest infection. Sometimes there are additional symptoms involving the digestive tract with the possibility of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach discomfort. There can be just one or any multiple of these symptoms.

Head colds usually affect the sinuses, throat and occasionally the ears and chest. Colds usually lack fevers and aching body symptoms. We however treat colds in a similar way to influenza. There is also a type of Stomach Flu that is caused by Noroviruses or Rotaviruses with similar digestive symptoms and usually do not affect the respiratory system.

What can you do:

  • Keep fit with exercise, this keeps the blood moving through your body circulating the body's natural defenses. Excessive exercise will weaken your immune system.
  • Avoid getting cold or wet. If your body gets chilled or wet your defense system can go down. Especially keep your feet warm.
  • Try to avoid becoming exhausted or overstressed - these can produce chemicals that lower your immune system. Take some time out and nurture yourself and your close ones.
  • Have a healthy diet which includes fruit and vegetables to give a good natural supply of infection fighting chemicals.  Some specific foods would be garlic, oranges and lemons.
  • Take remedies listed below plus supplements for the immune system e.g. Olive leaf, Vitamin C, Garlic, Zinc. 
  • Avoid contact with people with a cold or the flu and wash your hands frequently. If you are infected avoid sneezing or coughing without covering nose or mouth with tissues.

Meher Clinic's main protocols for prevention and treatment

  1. Acupuncture - helps lift the immune system and the body's natural defences to fight infection. A study has shown that acupuncture raises the white blood cells by 5-10% after a treatment, which raises immunity and the bodies fighting ability and against infection.
  2. Fluvax spray - this is a Homeopathic formula which contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial ingredients together with   Homeopathic nosodes that stimulate the body's immune system to make anti bodies against influenza viruses (similar to the vaccination process). This is safe and friendly for all ages, even babies. We also have a similar remedy to Fluvax called I.A.- Immune Boost - this contains the general immune boosting and antiviral /antibacterial properties but does not have the specific nosodes to target influenza viruses. Prevention use Fluvax or I.A. 1-2 times a day. Treatment use 2-3 hourly.
  3. C4 Herbal Formula - contains a selection of herbs that work synergistically together to stimulate your body's immune defence and is antiviral and antibacterial. We have used and improved these formulas over many years any many people find this formula very helpful. If you can handle hot chilli tastes we can add cayenne into the herbs which makes it even more effective called C4 Boost. 
  4. C6 Herbal Formula - This formula is quite hot. It has been designed to fight a viral or bacterial infection that advanced affecting the whole
    body.
  5. Elderberry Viral Protect - these tablets have been very effective in preventing and treating chest infections, bronchitis, sinusitis and also ear infections. They contain Elderberry, Vitamin C and Zinc.
  6. Stomach/Colon Formula - we add this formula to C4 Herbal Formula for stomach flu and gastrointestinal symptoms. We also use Bao Ji pills for stomach flu and gastric symptoms from most causes.
  7. Lung Infection Formula 1 (medium heat) - This is a new formula especially made to fight the RSV virus in the lungs causing infected lungs, congestion, difficult breathing and coughing (it also can cause chronic coughing that can last for months). We have also developed Lung Infection 2 which does not have a hot taste.
  8. Lung1 Plus - this spray helps open the lungs which assists with breathing, expulsion of phlegm, and increasing blood oxygen. This spray is also useful in asthmatic breathing.  And Cough/Lung Formula- this is Lung 1 Plus with cough homeopathic medicines added.
  9. Other Remedies
    - C2- A.G.E. - this can be used instead or in conjunction with Fluvax, especially good if runny nose with head cold.
    - Lung Infection Spray - has been formulated for the RSV chest virus with lung infection, coughing, difficult breathing and chest congestion. 
    - Sinus Complex - good for acute and chronic sinusitis.
    - Hep Sulph Plus - for sore throat and tonsillitis (acute and chronic). 
    - TR - Throat/Cough Spray (herbal) - helps very sore throats and coughing.

Your acupuncturists and practitioners at Meher Clinic are Roy and Rosalind Hayes. They have had many years' experience in Natural medicines at the clinic using Western and Chinese herbalism, homeopathy and nutritional supplements. Ros has been a Registered Nurse for many years and is very interested in women's health conditions and fertility. Jayna Higgins who has been with the clinic for twelve years has graduated as a Naturopath and will be also practicing Naturopathy in the clinic.

FEATURED PRODUCT

Nigella (Black Cumin) - its history dates back over 2000 years, it has been valued by the Pharaohs and the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have said "Black cumin heals every disease except death". Studies and use in practice have found that it helps a very wide range of ailments and is used for the following - cardioprotective, high cholesterol, mild hypertension, antidiabetic, hepaprotective, gastroprotective, antiallergic, anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, osteoprotective, cognitive enhancer, anti-anxiety, neuroprotective, anti asthmatic, analgesic etc.

In the clinic, we use Nigella in liquid herbal form often adding it to Herbal Formulas or prescribing it as a single herb. We also recently have made a Homeopathic medicine from it in low potency which is designed to have properties similar to the herb.  

Newsletter date - 31st  May 2017


MEHER CLINIC NEWSLETTER SPRING 2015

STRESS and OVERLOAD

In recent years stress levels and emotional trauma have dramatically increased. At Meher Clinic we are regularly being asked for help to cope with these increasing pressures.  With our ever increasingly busy lives time seems to be going faster and slipping away, people are finding that there is not enough time to do all they have to do and at the end of the working day there is not enough time for themselves.

While a certain amount of stress is essential for good health, an overload of stress and/or difficulty coping with stress can have profound effects on the body. Excessive stress causes an overproduction of noradrenalin – a chemical which can cause constriction of blood vessels, increased heart rate and hypertension etc. It also causes an increase in cortisol production – this is a major anti-inflammatory chemical which has far reaching effects on the body eg. adrenal and endocrine exhaustion. Excessive production of these chemicals has a suppressing action on the immune system.  The following are some of the stress related diseases and/or conditions made worse by stress – coronary  artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, immune suppression,  headaches, muscle tension, asthma, hay fever, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, impotency, menstrual irregularities, eczema, acne, diabetes, chronic fatigue, overeating, depression, anxiety, insomnia etc. ... READ MORE › Download PDF here


MEHER CLINIC NEWSLETTER WINTER 2015

COLDS & FLU ARE HERE AGAIN 

We are now into mid winter and seeing cold and flu epidemics raging through the community.

Apart from the much publicised  ‘H3N2’ virus and ‘Swine Flu’ we are seeing the usual influenza outbreaks with possible symptoms of fever, aches, sore throat, sinus congestion, coughing and often with secondary bacterial chest/sinus infection.  Sometimes there are additional symptoms involving the digestive tract with the possibility of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach discomfort. There can be just one or any multiple of these symptoms.

There is also a type of Stomach Flu that is caused by Enteroviruses or Rotaviruses with similar digestive symptoms and usually do not affect the respiratory system.

So far the primary and secondary symptoms of influenza this year are generally milder than last year. However we are seeing many people with chronic sinusitis and chest infections that have led to long term coughing which can last for months.  Some people are getting the chest and cough symptoms without being aware of having the flu ... READ MORE » Download PDF here

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