Our medical herbalist, Nina Gudkovs has just published 'Nutritious - Metabolic Fasting for Cancer' based on the latest cutting edge research on how cancer develops and proliferates.
She is able to guide you in the use of complementary medicine in supporting whatever treatment approach you are using.
She is available for appointments in person and online.
Cancer and Complementary Medicine
Nina, author of the book Nutritious: Metabolic Fasting for Cancer, has a particular interest in helping people with cancer. She has attended many workshops and trainings in the field and has consulted the research literature widely in writing her book.
Evidence-based complementary therapies such as herbal medicine, nutritional therapeutics and diet are used alongside conventional cancer treatments (such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other medical treatment approaches) with the aim of enhancing effectiveness, reducing side effects and supporting patients’ health and wellbeing throughout their treatment.
Clinical research shows that natural therapeutics can have a significant effect on your body by regulating biochemical pathways and enzyme function, protecting and repairing vulnerable healthy tissue, and modulating immune function to mention just a few. There is a growing body of research showing the beneficial effects of using selected Complementary Medicines at various stages of cancer treatment. It can be used:
- As a complementary treatment to enhance survival prospects (by using agents that can help sensitise cancer cells to treatment), reduce the short and long-term side effects and improve quality of life during conventional therapies.
- Post-treatment to support recovery, prevent recurrence and improve wellbeing.
- To assist the body’s natural defences after a precancerous or early stage detection and to protect against the development of cancer in people with a strong family history.
When used appropriately, Complementary Medicine can have a significantly positive result. It is important however, to be under professional guidance when using natural therapies. Many of the natural treatments that come up on popular search engines could be contraindicated with other treatments or medications you are taking and will also not necessarily be at clinically effective doses.
An important outcome of using complementary medicine is that you gain information which empowers you to be able to take a more active role in your own health care.
The experience of getting a diagnosis of cancer can be enormously overwhelming and so you are encouraged to bring a close family member or carer to your appointments to both support you and be informed regarding recommendations and support plans.
(online or in person at the clinic)
Your initial consultation is structured so that your current state of health, cancer type, past, present or future treatments, pathology and/or surgery reports, medical team, medications you are taking, and lifestyle habits can be understood in as much detail as possible. This is a vital part of the process to ensure you get the most from your initial consultation.
During your first consultation Nina will:
- Discuss your own and your family’s health history.
- Refer you for any necessary blood or other testing.
- Discuss the medications that you take to ensure that treatments will not interact adversely with them.
- Provide you with dietary recommendations, including specific functional foods for your cancer type that have shown benefit in the research.
Following your initial consultation, Nina will spend time formulating a detailed, tailored treatment plan to suit you including herbal and nutritional therapeutics and dietary advice. Herbal medicines prescribed for your presentation and with your conventional treatment regime are formulated individually according to your symptoms and goals for treatment.
Follow Up Consultations
(online or in person at the clinic)
Your follow-up appointments will review and assess your progress, identifying anything that may be hindering your success. Any pathology test results requested from previous appointments will also be evaluated.
Coming prepared for your consultation
So that your needs can be best assessed please bring with you any recent blood test results, or other test results. If you do not have copies usually your doctor will be able to post or email a copy to you.
Taking note of or bringing in any medications and supplements that you are taking will also help to determine your treatment plan.
Please ensure your intake form is completed and sent back to Nina at least two days prior to your initial consultation.
Herbal Medicine Fees
|Initial Consultation and
Preparation of Treatment Plan
|Follow Up Consultation
Discounts are available for cases with financial hardship such as the unemployed and pension card holders.
Please phone the Centre on (07) 4661 3340 to make an appointment.
Online appointments require 100% payment for initial appointments and 50% deposit for follow up consultations at the time of booking. Payment for in person consultations is required on the day of consultation unless another arrangement is made.
Our cancellation policy requires 24 hours notice if you can’t attend an appointment. Failure to cancel your appointment prior to the 24-hour notice period will entitle you to a 50% refund.
Payment for herbs, supplements and consultations can be made by credit card, EFTPOS, cash or cheque.
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