Mental Health


The Cura clinic has a special interest in these mental health conditions –

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Biopolar disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • OCD
  • Migraines
  • Pyrrole Disorder (Kryptopyrroles)
  • Dementia
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders such as Anorexia or binge eating

Anxiety 

Is anxiety affecting your work, home life or social activities?

Have you heard of Pyroluria, pyrrole disorder or kryptopyrroles and the link in anxiety?

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Anxiety is defined as ‘unfounded symptoms of fear, anxiety and panic’. The condition may affect people’s ability to socialise which may result in excessive consumption of alcohol, or not going to public events or at worst extreme becoming home bound.

Acute anxiety may be associated with: racing mind, tachycardia, palpitations, sweating, dizziness, muscle spasm, insomnia, nausea/vomiting, air hunger, feeling disconnected to people and surroundings. Neurotransmitter testing is often used in combination with other herbs and nutrients to assist with both depression and anxiety.

Anxiety can be a useful and it is a normal reaction to danger because it is a protective mechanism.  However excessive amounts or over-reactions lead to problems and indicates an anxiety disorder because it is disproportionate to the stimuli.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a diagnosis given to a form of anxiety, where thoughts and mental images become intrusive and impact on day to day tasks negatively. Today OCD affects more than 500,000 Australian children and adults in varying severity, with the onset usually detected in late childhood.

Obsessive thoughts are usually inflated worries that most people have and are persistent and often repetitive. Common OCD traits include:

  • Fear of infection or illness from exposure to germs, dirt, poisons, and other physical and environmental things
  • Worry of illness, accidents or death that may occur to oneself or to others.
  • Intrusive thoughts and images about accidents or violent acts
  • Excessive concern with symmetry, tidiness and orderliness
  • Needing to know specific things (numbers, dates, etc) and remember things
  • Hoarding, or collecting objects

As evidence grows for the importance of the Human microbiota and its impact on health, there is some evidence to link gastrointestinal infections to causing OCD. Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis often shows gastrointestinal infection with organisms like streptococcus.

PANDAS and OCD

PANDAS is short for Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (strep). This form of OCD has been found to have a relatively fast onset and as the name states, it occurs in children.
Children can experience OCD symptoms after a strep throat infection or antibiotic treatment for a bacterial infection such as strep.

It seems that the OCD symptoms are a result of the immune system response to the strep rather than the strep itself. The current understanding and diagnosis is very new and evidence is only being built to support the theory of PANDAS. Currently, there are no scientifically approved evaluations and treatment protocols in the current medical system in Australia and most pediatricians, psychiatrists or doctors will not have heard or studied an effective treatment plan for OCD patient.

Thankfully, there is a great deal that can be done with naturopathic care, evidence-based herbal medicine and nutritional medicine to support patients with OCD or PANDAS.

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Insomnia and Stress

Typically we can improve both the quality and quantity of sleep for most patients within weeks by combining traditional medicines plus modern scientific functional testing.

Over 30% of individuals experience insomnia in their life, but only around five per cent have prolonged insomnia. Short-term insomnia is commonly caused by such things as stressful life events, jet lag from international travel, changes in sleeping environments, some acute medical illnesses and stimulants such as coffee or medication. Normal sleep improves once the short-term cause is removed or changed.

If an individual has experienced insomnia for 4 weeks or more, this is called persistent or chronic insomnia. There

are many causes of chronic insomnia. These can be grouped into different types.

  • Secondary insomnia – due to a disease or medical problems such as muscular skeletal pain as in fibromyalgia. It could also be a result of chronic drug and alcohol use
  • Primary sleep disorders – include circadian rhythm disorders (eg SAD), sleep apnoea or restless legs syndromes. These conditions respond well to naturopathic support with amino acids and herbal medicine support to assist neurotransmitter function and replenish nutritional reserves.
  • Idiopathic insomnia – sleeplessness without a known cause. Naturopaths would investigate further with functional pathology testing or a comprehensive consultation to attempt to identify the underlying cause.

The Cura clinic helps people with a wide range of conditions and usually there is some component of insomnia. There might just be some poor quality of sleep involved with a patient’s case, but nonetheless, sleep quality is an important component of health.

Insomnia treatment has become a more common in the 21st century with an increase in number of insomnia patients finding it hard to sleep. Insomnia is the condition of sleepless nights and can be termed sleep onset or during sleep. Treatment is important because insomnia can lead to several complications in the physiological and psychological balance of a person as getting rest is important for the well-being of everyone.


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