Complementary Therapies

5 Tips For A Healthy Heart

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September is Vascular Disease Awareness Month! Every clinician we have working here at IMC from our doctors to our nutritionists will tell you the importance of keeping your heart healthy. It really is the heart of you, without which nothing would function. With this in mind we list our top five tips to help you keep your heart healthy….

Make sure you’re managing your weight. Extra weight means your heart is having to work harder to pump blood around your body which puts strain on it. If you struggle with weight management and would like some help, book in with one of our nutritionists today.

Don’t drink too much! Yes, we all regularly hear that ‘one glass is good for you’ but the problem is that one glass every day can start adding inches to your waistline which, as we saw in tip one, is bad news for heart health.

Make sure you eat enough fish. At least two portions a week is the recommended intake to help prevent heart disease. And make sure one of those is an oily one!

Cut down on saturated fat. The ‘baddie’ of the food world – eating a diet too high in saturated fat can lead to increased cholesterol in your blood stream. Not all saturated fat is bad though so make sure you choose wisely! Avocados, despite being a source naturally rich in fat, have actually been shown to lower cholesterol so make sure you include these in your diet.

Quit the smoking habit. With most things in life there are usually arguments for and against it but with smoking this is not the case. No part of smoking cigarettes has been found to be beneficial and it is now thought to be solely responsible for 14% of deaths from heart disease in the UK. However, the most important thing is that it is preventable! So give up today and start reaping back the benefits, in your wallet and in your health.

If you’re concerned about your heart or just want some advice on anything, from nutrition to giving up smoking, book an appointment today and we will find the right specialist for you!

Alternatively you can give us a call on 02037 949 108

5 Foods To Help You Have A Great Autumn

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Once the weather starts getting colder you can wind down your healthy eating plan, right? Think you can reach for the chocolate now the shorts have been put away? Wrong! It is more important than ever to eat healthily during the colder months. Coughs and sneezes are on their way so a careful consideration of nutrition keeps your immune system in tip-top condition. Keep healthy with these nutritional powerhouses from the autumn harvest…

Autumn brings plenty of local pears! Pears contain an abundance of essential phenolic phytonutrients. These phytonutrients are used in the body for their anti-inflammatory properties, as antioxidants and for their role in preventing cancer. But make sure you’re eating those skins! Studies show that there are up to four times as many of these nutrients in the skin as in the flesh.

The local hedgerows are full of juicy blackberries! Not only are they low in sugar and virtually fat-free they are also bursting with manganese, a nutrient that’s vital in maintaining and improving brain function. Plus, picking them gets you up and out and breathing in that fresh autumnal air!

Rhubarb does more than look pretty in pink. One serving contains 45% of your daily requirement of Vitamin K which, as well aiding healthy bone growth, has been shown to limit neuronal damage and help to prevent Alzheimer’s. Just make sure that you leave the toxic leaves out of your crumble!

Kale seems to be the apple of the nutritionist’s eye at the moment but with good reason. Kale’s health benefits are hard to beat and the nutrients it contains play a role in everything from the formation of blood to maintaining healthy skin and vision. 

Finally, it’s pumpkins! Perhaps the most well known of the autumn harvest but definitely not one to be kept just for Halloween! Pumpkins are good for your mood as they contain tryptophan, an amino acid which is essential in the production of serotonin-your favourite feel good friend! So whether you roast the seeds or make pumpkin soup with the flesh just make sure you’re doing something with it after you’ve carved it!

For information on how you can optimise your health this autumn book an appointment with our nutritionist Claudia Gravaghi here.

Alternatively call The Italian Medical Centre on 0203 794 9108.

World Homeopathy Awareness Week 2017

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World Homeopathy Awareness Week took place in April and you may have seen us raising awareness of the complementary medicine across Facebook. Despite homeopathy being a term more commonly known today, there are still many misconceptions over just what the treatment involves.

Homeopathy is based on the idea that “like cures like”; that a substance taken in small amounts can cure the symptoms it causes. However, it also stems from the holistic principle that everything is connected, and seeks to understand more about you as an individual and unique being. This means looking at your health and lifestyle in general, but also your feelings and emotional state to be able to prescribe you with a personal treatment.

Used for treating a wide range of conditions such as allergies, mental health conditions and high blood pressure, homeopathy remedies are bespoke to your needs, unlike so many traditional forms of medicine. 

As with all of our services, homeopathy at The Italian Medical Centre is practised as an integrated treatment that can also be combined with traditional medicine.

Paola Meli is a professional homeopath with an in-depth knowledge of emotional states and phobias. She uses homeopathy to treat a wide range of conditions including chronic headaches, menopause symptoms, emotional imbalances, depression and anxiety.

Dr Federica Boecklin is an Integrated Medicine Specialist, with a special interest in combining homeopathic treatments with gentle acupressure and acupuncture to treat painful chronic conditions, digestive complaints and chronic headaches. 

If you feel unsure about how homeopathy can help you, book in for a consultation with one of our experts today. You will come away understanding more about your emotional states and lifestyle, leaving you empowered to take control of your condition.

Contact us on 0203 7949108 to make an appointment with one of our specialist doctors or therapists.

Beating the Winter Blues the Natural Way

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Do you find yourself feeling affected by the change of season? Cold weather, darker mornings and shorter days can often leave us feeling lacklustre and low on energy. If you find yourself suffering during the darker months, you may be one of the many people who experiences Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. Symptoms usually start in Autumn and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

We’ve put together some natural ways to boost your mood and ward off the winter blues. If you would like to find out more and work on a tailor made plan based on your individual requirements we have a variety of doctors and therapists that can help. For more information on our services please click here or give us a call on 0203 794 9108

1. Take a walk
As much as you may be tempted to stay indoors, wrapping up warm and taking a brisk walk to start your day or during your lunch break can be incredibly beneficial to your mood. Take advantage of the day light and getting some fresh air can reinvigorate you and make you feel more positive.

2. Eat well
When the weather gets colder it is easy to indulge in sugary comfort food that may leave you feeling more sluggish. Nurture your body with healthy foods such as leafy greens, protein rich foods and good fats to stabilise blood sugar levels and give you slow release energy to get you through the day. For more top tips see our previous post with nutritional advice for winter by clicking here.

3. Get a good sleep
During the darker months it is easy to get out of a regular sleep routine, but it’s important to keep a good routine and aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day to ensure your body is recharged. Creating a bed time ritual can help to gently remind your body it is time for sleep; drinking a camomile tea, lighting a candle on your bedside table, switching off from technology at least 30 minutes before bed and having a warm bath are all great ways to improve the quality of your sleep.

4. Practice mindful meditation
Listening to guided meditation or simply closing your eyes and focusing on relaxing each part of your body and trying to clear your mind has been shown to improve mood and uplift your spirits. If you are unsure where to start, downloading mindfulness apps or searching guided meditation on Youtube can help set you on the path to understanding meditation and the benefits it can have on your life.

5. Try light therapy
If you are really suffering in the darker months, consider investing in a light box to give yourself a boost of light therapy. Even 15 minutes a day can significantly boost your mood.

What Makes Integrated Medicine Different to Anything Else?

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Why is integrated medicine different to conventional medicine?

And why a holistic approach to integrated medicine will support you better

Complementary therapies are medicines and treatments that fall outside of conventional healthcare, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, Bowen therapy and herbal medicine. Some people choose these therapies to reflect the values of their lifestyle; however, these approaches can be combined with mainstream medical treatments, which is known as integrated medicine.

At The Italian Medical Centre, we wholeheartedly believe in a bespoke, holistic approach to medicine, so that we can address you as a whole person and strive to support you in the best way possible. It is this approach to medicine and healthcare that sets us apart from so many other private clinics in London, as it is clear that one treatment is not always the most suitable, and other factors in your personal environment, such as your psychological wellbeing and emotional state, will also need to be taken into consideration to understand the most effective way of supporting you.

It is for this reason that many have turned to integrated medicine, as it is believed that complementary therapies are adept at improving emotional states and overall quality of life, drawing a very significant connection between the body and the mind.

Have you experienced integrated medicine for yourself? Take a look at the services we offer on our website at or contact us to discuss how we can help you.