With over 12 years’ experience running her Naturopathic clinic both in Australia (Brisbane) and the UK (Isle of Man), Stefanie Kerwin has attracted a large following of clients and Naturopaths around the world.
Stefanie has a special interest in immunity. She is very focused on evidenced based medicine using proven effective prescribing methods to help her clients meet their immune system needs. She has supported many hundreds of patients to manage auto immune diseases, acute infections, chronic infections and post viral fatigue conditions.
Stefanie also has a particular interest in ‘getting back to basics’, strongly advocating that food as medicine, lifestyle techniques such as exercise and stress relieving activities, safe and effective detoxification and obtaining and maintaining a healthy acid-base balance is fundamental to health.
She has written 2 Naturopathic Cleanse Programmes which have benefited thousands of people around the world. These programmes harness all the basic naturopathic principles of cleansing techniques, lifestyle choices, dietary guidance and include world class naturopathic medicines to support safe and effective detoxifcation.
IMMUNE SUPPORT ONLINE CONSULTATIONS – FREE
Those wishing to support themselves & their immunity during these challenging times. Consultations are FREE OF CHARGE. This is offered online via a secure online channel.
NEW PATIENT SHORT / EXISTING PATIENT CONSULTATIONS – £75
Anyone who feels they need a more personalised approach to their family’s immunity needs or to support during an new infection or can book a short online face to face consultation.
What is immunity? The ‘first line’ or ‘front line’ of the immune system is actually our tissues themselves. An obvious example is skin- it separates our insides from our outsides and stops the bugs getting in! Some of the other membranes in the body are inside our noses and sinuses, inside our mouths and throats and right throughout our gut. Having strong intact robust tissues and membranes is the foundation of good immunity.
The second line of defence in our system of immune response includes the white blood cells which mobilise to attack invaders and stop them spreading throughout the body. Some of these cells ‘eat’ the bad guys, such as macrophages, while others destroy them by other means, such as Natural Killer Cells (yes that’s really their name!). After these two lines of defence, the third line is the ‘specific’ forces, those cells that have been trained to identify and attack specific targets (this is where antibodies come in).
One of the main principles of Naturopathy is that “prevention is better than cure”. A good immune system is not only constantly fighting off potential invaders (bacteria, viruses etc), it also identifies and neutralises rogue cells that aren’t developing properly, such as cancerous cells. One of most wonderful things about natural medicine is that it gives us tools to improve our immunity, not just offering an ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ for when infection gets the better of us.
Echinacea. The root of the echinacea plant has been shown to enhance immunity in several ways:
That is a phenomenal list of achievements for one single medicine! Echinacea root can be taken preventatively at one dose daily, or increased to four doses daily as treatment for infection. Remember that only a high-quality extract will have these effects; make sure you get the ‘tingle’ on your tongue when you take your echinacea which shows it is high in the active constituent, the alkylamides.
Other herbal medicines are also beneficial for the immune system, such as Astragalus & Ganoderma. There are others herbs that help to support specific tissues and functions. For example, herbs such as Mullein and Thyme have an affinity with the lungs, helping to provide immune support for those who are prone to respiratory infections in winter. Herbs such as Marshmallow and Licorice support the health of all ‘mucus membranes’, those membranes we discussed right back at the beginning, inside our noses and throats and guts!
Diet, Nutrition and Nutrients
Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Poor Sleep Affects Your Immunity.
An increasing body of research proves that the better quality our sleep and the more positive and relaxed we are, the better our immune system is. Anxiety, grief, stress and depression all significantly impact our ability to fight infections and provide good immune response.
Echinacea angustifolia (Echinacea) extract equivalent to dry root 600 mg (containing alkylamides 2.5 mg), Echinacea purpurea (Echinacea) extract equivalent to dry root 675 mg (containing alkylamides 2.65 mg)
As an allied health provider, many of our clients consider us a primary health service offering essential services to the health of the them and their families.
Our NHS is already stretched with GPs being inundated with people who are scared and panicking. We serve an important role in our communities health and will continue to service our community by offering online consultations to help you in this especially difficult time.
Precautions we are taking.