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Complementary Medicines


Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear I



Thank you for your question. I do not advise an aggressive form of "colon cleanse" that your refer to in your question. It is too harsh on the body, and prevents your body from learning how to naturally balance out your bowel movement itself. When I recommend psyllium husk to my clients I usually recommend a heaped teaspoon of the loose psyllium husk with a glass of water before bed followed by another glass of water. This regime should continue for at least three to six months but often goes on for longer. This slow-and-steady approach does not shock or stress your digestive system and provides a gentle healing stimulus instead of the heavy handed approach you refer to.



So to answer you I would recommend using 1-2 capsules or 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk before bed over a longer period of time than only for a short cleanse program.



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear N



Thank you for your question. The answer will depend on the reason for your water retention, if it is indeed water retention that you are experiencing. I would recommend having a professional consultation to determine the underlying cause before you decide upon a course of treatment. I would much rather treat the underlying cause of any problem instead of just the superficial symptom. Once the cause is understood then you can decide on what products will be most beneficial, whether they are from Solal or another company.



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear C

It is only a pleasure to help and also to be a part of your healing process. You can order the Vitex Agnus Castus Berry by Viridian on line from our website, and this product can be posted to you for a small fee.

All our Wellness Warehouse stores have the Viridian products in stock.

To order telephonically you can contact Theresa from our Kloof Store - you can contact her directly on telephone no. 021-4875488.

All the best of luck,

Warmest regards

Angela

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear C

Many thanks once again for your question. I appreciate your thanks, as a lot of time and effort is put into answering questions for our clientele, in between seeing clients for appointments in primary health care.

As you have not started ovulating yet, which should have happened by now, I recommend that you come off Nordette altogether. My reason for this is as a result of ovulation not occuring yet, staying on Nordette will actually supress your ovulation cycle. This of course you do not want to happen as you have made the decision to have a baby!

So come off Nordette and commence Viridian's Vitex Agnus Castus Berry as x1 capsule daily after food, as previously recommended. It is vital that you stay stress free - and that means physically, mentally and emotionally - otherwise a stressed state can inhibit ovulation even further. Add loads of patience, and before you know it you will be welcomed to the world of parenthood, and ooooh then it is a whole new ball game! But a lovely, exciting, and very busy time!

Wishing you much luck!

Warmest regards

Angela

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear Miss N

Congratulations on your pregnancy! What wonderful news for you! I am very happy for you.

Light cramps can occur during an early pregnancy, but this is something not to be ignored and needs to be checked by either your general practitioner or gynaecologist please. For a first time pregnancy foetal movements are only felt from 16 weeks of pregnancy onwards. A woman who has had a full term pregnancy before, can sometimes feel what are called 'butterfly movements' at 12 weeks. Do make sure with your medical doctor that you are only just over 6 weeks pregnant! At the same time ask your antenatal clinic or your medical doctor to check your blood pressure, your haemoglobin, and your blood glucose. Dizziness can easily be treated when pregnant but the cause must be determined with these three diagnostic tests.

For the nausea I recommend the following :

PULSATILLA NIGRANS is a homeopathic remedy for nausea and vomiting. Pulsatilla can be taken in either pillule form (tiny soft white balls) as in x5-10 pillules, 3 times a day in a clean mouth about 10 - 15 minutes before meals. This pillule format is the 30cH dose (i.e. concentrated), and can be made up from our Natural Medicine Dispensary.

PHYTO FORCE PULSATILLA tincture could be taken as an alternative, as 10 drops in about 50 mls of filtered water, 3 times a day.

Pulsatilla is safe for pregnancy and effective. It is also non-addictive.

Do check for your dates for pregnancy - you are also welcome to telephone me re this. Enjoy your pregnancy!

Warmest regards

Angela

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear C

Many thanks for your question.

You were certainly on Nur-Isterate for a prolonged length of time. Nur-Isterate is formulated to be taken for a maximum of 2 years, and then to give your body an average break of 6 months.

I recommend that you consider taking VITEX AGNUS CASTUS BERRY by Viridian, as x1 capsule, 3 times a day after food. This is a safe and natural product to assist your hormonal cycle to fall back into sync. Coming off the pill will cause a certain amount of detoxification of the the chemical components being released from the different systems of the body.

Due to your given clinical profile it may take up to a year for you to fall pregnant due to there being little ovulation at present. But don't despair - aim to get your hormonal cycle back, and stay healthy. This is when patience and perseverance can be tested! You may want to book an appointment with your gynaecologist for a full checkup so as to ensure that everything else is currently fine. If after a year there is no pregnancy, you need to be guided by your gynaecologist with a further checkup.

I wish you health and much luck with your venture!

Kind regards

Angela

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear Cristina

Many thanks for your return e-mail. I appreciate you taking the time to aknowledge my answer to you, as many questions are answered daily on line, most of which are done after clinic hours, in spare time. The clinic is really busy, so most questions are answered after 4 p.m. Good luck with your treatment and healing process!

Warm regards

Angela

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear R

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately I am not currently aware of a practitioner in the Durban area or Natal province who practices ear candling. Please note that it is important to have a diagnostic assessment done first, prior to ear candling and should not be done on a person who has a history of cancer.

Perhaps one of the local spars do it and for this you would have to enquire there. Wellness Warehouse practices ear candling with a holistic healing approach, inclusive of a Primary Health Care assessment and examination and is done by a nursing practitioner.

Should you manage to track down a practitioner who does ear candling in Durban, then please let me know, as I can then refer our Durban clients to him or her.

Warm regards

Angela

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear A

Thank you for your query. Vitex Agnus Castus Berry is an excellent choice for your purpose! Our Wellness Warehouse stores stock this product. The cost of 30 capsules is R102.30c and 90 capsules cost R247,00c.

You can place your order to be delivered to you, by contacting Theresa through our Kloof store on telephone number 021-4875420.

Warmest regards

Angela

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Thank you for your question re the Detox Patches. which have been around for a few years.There are different brands, one which emits heat & then the Chi Detox, based on Reflexology.

Claims are made to eliminate toxins from the body & other waste as well as improve circulation, although this is not necessarily supported by scientific evidence.

However, it is now Spring, & I would recommend a more advanced detox to ensure the medical benefit you require.

Detoxification is not that simple & comprises of two phases. During Phase 1, free radicals are generated & thus the need for supplementation with nutrients which are potent anti-oxidants.

As one is exposed to enviromental toxins that find their way into the body & impact on health, I strongly support detoxification.

Wellness Warehouse offers a range of detox products specially designed for a beneficial detox programme,

Yours in Health, Felicia Rubin (Senior Pharmacist & Integrated Health Consultant)

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

This request has cropped up before, & I am able to confirm that Intensive Probiflora,9 strain, is the same product as the new HOWARU, probiotic, which you refer to. Packaging has changed.

Nutralida is the Brand , & they standby the fact that the product is unchanged, & definatley a vegecap eventhough not stated on the packaging.

However, there are many other probiotics which could be more suitable for the problem.

Please feel free to contact myself or other Health Consultant at any of our Wellness Store for further assistance.

Yours in health,Regards,Felicia Rubin (Senior Pharmacist & Integrated Health Consultant).

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Fortunately none of the above mentioned supplements have an effect on Melodene. However, I recommend taking the oral contraceptive apart from any supplementation i.e at different times of the day.

Taking antibiotics, or a bout of diarrhoea are the most common causes impacting the efficacy of an oral contraceptive.

I hope this answers your question. The supplements you asked about are for weight loss, appetite cravings, sugar balance etc. & taken as directed by a healthcare practitioner, could be beneficial for the above. Oral contraceptives may also be a reason for weight gain .

Kind regards

Felicia Rubin (Senior Pharmacist & Integrative Health Consultant)

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Thank you for your question. I am familiar with Kinesiology and can certainly assist you. However, as I am not familiar with your condition, I will answer your request as best I can. Leucine is an essential amino acid & therfore must be obtained through adequate diet, to meet the body’s needs.

Should you suffer from glucose intolerance, the intake of leucine will be in higher doses. Also valuable for prevention of protein wasting. We stock a Canadian product called Leukic by Muscletech, used as a supplement for people physically active in gym and for muscle building.

Candida suggests an acid body pH, which is also related to stress. Low progesterone indicates an in balance in hormones. Both conditions can certainly be treated and rectified the natural route and I would certainly recommend muscle testing any supplements you are using. Please feel free to come and see me, either at Wellness Warehouse, Kloof street, or our new Wellness Select at the Cape Quarter, where I would be able to assist you further.

Kind regards,

Felicia (Senior Pharmacist & Integrative Health Consultant)


Sameera (dr.) Abbas Naturopath View profile

We do have Guggul 750mg in a tablet form, but it is in a formulation with niacin, flush-free form (Vitamin B3). The product is called Lipotain (from Metagenics) and costs R311.20 for 60’s. Its benefits are:


  • Delivers two scientifically supported nutritional factors for promoting healthy blood lipid levels.
  • Provides a sustained-release form of niacin that is effective without the uncomfortable side effects associated with conventional niacin, such as flushing.
  • Delivers a clinically significant dose of guggul resin extract in just four tablets daily.
You can read more about teh product and the Metagenics range by clicking here.

Please feel free to visit our natural medicine dispensary for any further advice.

Regards Sameera (Naturopath)

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

Yes we do stock Metagenics in both our stores. Should you have any specific enquiries, feel free to contact Felicia from our Natural Medicine Dispensary at healthkloof@wellneswarehouse.com or 0214875420

Regards Dr Sean Gomes

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Wellness Warehouse sells a product callled Gluco Select in the Bioter Range.

Pterocarpus marsupium may also lower blood lipid levels.

The above branded product helps to balance blood sugar levels & will also control food cravings.

It comes packed in 60 Vegecaps & sells for R78.95.

I trust this answers your question.

Kind regards & best wishes.

Felicia (Senior Pharmacist & health consultant, Kloof Street)

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

Like any herbal formula there will be certain precautions one must be aware of. Pregnant or lactating women should never use BioBust. There are also medical precautions relating to the use such as hyperthyroidism, cancer, depression, blood pressure, sensitivity to sunlight. Also check out any specific drug interactions relating to any ingredient,
this includes any contraceptive pill. Saying the above, if you are young and healthy there’s no reason why you could not use it. Be level headed and
patient and not expect your breasts to increase dramatically. Your body will self regulate to its own needs. There is no direct link with the ingredients contained in Biobust affecting conception in later years. Regards Reena (Cavendish Homoeopath)

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Wellness Warehouse stocks Acai Berry in the PhytoOrganix Range which is organic.

The supplement is a vegecap & packed in 60’s . The product retails at R119.95. I trust this answers your question.

It is available at all branches of Wellnes Warehouse.

Regards

Felicia ( Senior Pharmacist & Integrative Health Consultant, Kloof)

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Wellness Warehouse stock the PhytoOrganix range of Acai Berry which is organic, formulated in vegecaps & packed in 60’s.

These berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals, omegas & anti-oxidants, which help defend the body from free radicals, thus promoting general health, & preventing lifestyle-related diseases.

There are however no claims to weight loss, but should the immune system peak, then weight loss is easier!

I trust this answers your question.

Kind regards, & best wishes.

Felicia (Senior Pharmacist,Integrative Health, Kloof)

Chase (dr.) Webber Naturopath View profile

Mangosteen is a tropical fruit about the size of a small apple, purple coloured, with a hard rind. Inside there are typically five or more seeds surrounded by a sweet, juicy cover. The pulp tastes similar to pineapple or peach, and the main therapeutic nature of the fruit is in its high amount of antioxidant levels. I am not too sure how freely available it is in SA, but please contact the Natural Medicine Dispensary at one of the Wellness Warehouse branches. If it is available they will be able to assist you. best regards Dr Chase Webber ND


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Consult your doctor, healthcare professional, and/or pharmacist before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. If you have a chronic illness or routinely take prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) medication, or you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is extremely important to consult your doctor, healthcare professional, and/or pharmacist before taking any new medication. Do not stop taking any prescription medication without consultation and guidance from your doctor.

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