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SPECIALTIES

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AUTOIMMUNITY

Autoimmune conditions are becoming alarmingly common in Australia and most western countries. Once a person is diagnosed with an autoimmune disease they are at an increased risk of developing a further autoimmune condition. Autoimmunity means that the body is failing to recognise some parts of itself. Instead, it is forming confused messages against its own tissue. Increasingly, we are seeing autoimmune-like symptoms without a definitive diagnosis of a particular condition.

Is there a connection?

Autoimmunity is a multifactorial condition. Research has convincingly confirmed that pathogens, stress, chronic inflammation of the gut, genetics, allergies and food intolerances can all play a role in the development of autoimmune disease.

At Darling Health we regularly treat autoimmune conditions including:

  • Coeliac Disease

  • Recurrent Miscarriage

  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Graves disease

  • Diabetes

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • SLE or Lupus

  • Scleroderma Psoriasis

  • Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Sjogren’s Disease

  • Vitiligo

Conventional Treatment

Medically, autoimmune diseases are treated with powerful immunosuppressant drugs that can have profound and long-lasting side effects.

At Darling Health, we take an integrated approach to treating your condition by both exploring all contributing factors, thorough functional medical screening and aiming to both reduce inflammatory symptoms whilst also quietening the aberrant immune response.

Experienced naturopaths at Darling Health will ensure that potential causative factors are addressed. This includes therapies that will reduce inflammation and aim to quieten the hypersensitive immune responses will be employed. Treatment recommendations can also be safely prescribed to augment any other therapies or medications. We aim for full transparency and will work respectfully alongside specialists or any practitioners who play a role in your healthcare team.

Please call us on 9555 6606 or email reception@darlinghealth.com.au if you have any further questions regarding our management of autoimmune conditions.

 
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CHILDREN'S HEALTH

We all want to raise healthy, happy and intelligent children. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our kids get sick. It’s not surprising; children today are exposed to a myriad of unnatural environmental and dietary toxins. At Darling Health, we treat a wide range of children’s health problems. This includes food allergies and intolerances, reflux and digestive disorders, ear and sinus infections, eczema and rashes, asthma, weaning and infant nutrition. We also treat various neurological disorders including ADHD, behavioural spectrum disorders, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, poor immunity, colds and flu, OCD and other mood disorders.

Treatments may include nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle changes. We know these can be challenging for children and parents. However, we offer you the support and guidance you need to help you make gradual and realistic changes to support you and your little ones.

Our Naturopath + Nutritionist Claire Luckman offers ‘Kid’s Health Consults’ designed specifically for children aged 0-12 years. These consultations run for 30 minutes and include general children’s nutrition advice along with a natural approach to any health issues your child may be experiencing. These consults can be done via phone/Skype/Zoom or face-to-face in our child-friendly clinic. To read more about Claire’s expertise in treating children click here.

 
 
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DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM

Late nights and poor dietary and lifestyle choices can leave you feeling sluggish, lethargic and not firing on all cylinders. Weight gain, recurrent headaches, muscle pain, short-term memory loss or mental health issues can be a sign of toxicity in the body, as can infertility and recurrent infections.

A good detoxification program can help your system rest and regenerate and maybe necessary if you’ve been through IVF treatment, suffering chronic health conditions such as candida, IBS or other digestive disorders or simply seeking enhanced health and vitality. Our naturopaths can tailor 2, 4 and 6-week programs to your individual needs, with an emphasis on fresh, organic foods, regular exercise and nutritional and herbal supplementation. With our detoxification programs you will feel renewed energy, weight loss, clear skin, improved mood and concentration and a healthier digestive system. These programs will also help correct  illnesses associated with poor liver function such as hormonal imbalances, allergies, skin issues and auto immunity.

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PRECONCEPTION AND FERTILITY HEALTH CARE

Some couples fall pregnant easily, but for others, it can be an ongoing struggle that lasts months or years. At Darling Health, we specialise in preconception health care to educate both parents on ways to improve their health before deciding to conceive. Preconception health care can have a profound effect on a couple's fertility and the health of the baby, as well as reducing miscarriage risk and improving pregnancy outcomes.

Our natural fertility practitioners are experienced in treating male and female reproductive health issues. Complementary medicine can help, whether your fertility struggles are associated with endometriosis, PCOS, thyroid conditions, poor sperm health or autoimmunity. We take a multi-layered approach to correcting your specific fertility issues and we work in conjunction with medical specialists should you require IVF support or help with gynaecological or hormonal irregularities. We also offer pregnancy and postnatal care.

 

Did you know that we offer complimentary 15 minute phone consultations for new fertility patients? 

To help you make the right decision with your journey, we offer complimentary 15-minute phone consultations that we call "Fert Intro's" to all new fertility patients. This free phone session can be arranged with one of our fertility Naturopaths and is ideal for the women, or for couples, who aren't quite sure what step to take next with their fertility journey. Perhaps you might be considering your current fertility and unsure of what kind of preconception care our Naturopaths can offer.

We are able to answer any questions or health concerns they might have, from natural conception to IVF support in terms of naturopathic care and integrative medicine. This will help the woman or couple decide if the next step with us is the right path.

To arrange a fertility intro phone call please contact our lovely reception team on 9555 8806 or email reception@darlinghealth.com.au

 
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PREGNANCY CARE

Congratulations, you are pregnant! It’s an exciting time, but can also be a daunting as you wonder how to provide your unborn baby with the best possible start in life. Should you change your diet? Start taking supplements? How can you keep your stress levels low? At Darling Health, we find many expecting parents benefit from extra support and guidance at this time.

We provide essential tests and treatment programs that can steer you through the unique challenges of each trimester, which may include morning sickness, heartburn, thrush, constipation, muscle cramps, varicose veins and haemorrhoids, fluid retention, high blood pressure, allergies and preparing for labour.  We provide postnatal support with professional and caring advice to answer the many questions you may have about the rewarding and sometimes challenging time of becoming a parent.

 

STRESS MANAGEMENT AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

If you suffer from mental health issues such as stress, depression or anxiety, you are definitely not alone. Mental health conditions are escalating in our society, with around 10 percent of Australians now suffering from depression. Studies show that eating disorders, insomnia, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease are also on the rise.

Depression and mental illness can often interfere with how you function on a day-to-day basis. Like any disease progression it can be caused by a combination of nutritional, hormonal, environmental and hereditary factors. However, there is hope and there is help with natural medications and psychological therapies. Both modalities are proving to be very successful in treating mental illness and mood disorders. At Darling Health, our practitioners can explore the underlying causes of your condition. A treatment plan is formulated that goes beyond the management of symptoms to promote long-term healing.

 

Our Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist Carmen Cooper is extremely passionate about aligning all body systems to address mood and sleep disorders. Carmen has extensive experience in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, fatigue, postnatal depletion and adrenal fatigue. Carmen uses functional testing to investigate causes and imbalances. She confidently uses nutritional, lifestyle and herbal medicine alongside prescription medication and/or work with your entire healthcare team.

To read more about Carmen's expertise in treating such conditions read her blog posts click here, or for stress management click here. For more information on Carmen Cooper see bio.