Naturopathic and functional medicine* for Autoimmune conditions in Singapore
If you are suffering from an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hashimotos or something else, having a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor* on your health journey can help tremendously towards healing and wellness. Dr Kamat has significant experience working with autoimmune conditions in men and women helping slow disease progression and improve symptoms through holistic means. Get in touch for a consultation at your earliest convenience, and let Dr. Kamat help you embark on a path to wellness.
About Auto-Immune holistic health with Dr. Radhika Kamat
Dr. Kamat, is a naturopathic and functional medicine* doctor* in Singapore, has extensive experience in conventional, naturopathic, and homeopathic treatments. Her doctorate came from Bastyr University, and she is also licensed to practice in California. Dr Kamat works with children and adults with a wide variety of autoimmune conditions. Her goal is to use natural and integrative modalities in a caring way to help patients recover and live life to the fullest. If you have any questions about her clinic or certifications, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The Benefits of a Naturopathic functional Approach to Autoimmune condition
While Dr. Kamat is highly knowledgeable of pharmaceutical solutions to autoimmune disease (and often works with patients who are taking prescription drugs), she is also aware of the risks involved. Drugs may have severe side effects, create dependence, and prevent your body from healing itself at the “root cause” level. Drugs very often mask symptoms without fixing the problem.
Dr. Kamat will work with you to identify the true reason you are suffering from an autoimmune condition. Very often, these issues start at the digestive and microbiome levels, and yes, you can do something about it.
How Patients Can Improve Auto-Immune Symptoms Naturally
While you will need support from a naturopathic doctor* in Singapore when helping symptoms of auto-immune , here are some helpful insights. This content is not exhaustive by any means – please get in touch so we can start the journey towards healing together.
Increasing T Regulatory Cell Function in the Body
T regulatory cells (often referred to as Tregs) help suppress the immune system. This might sound like a bad thing, but it’s not – if you don’t have enough T regulatory cells, or if they don’t function properly, your immune system will start attacking your own bodily tissues and cells. In fact, several autoimmune conditions, such as Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus, have been linked to alterations in Treg function or number. Read this 2008 study for more information.
The first step is to establish foundations of health by removing triggers, clean diets, removing different causes of toxicity.
Second, is to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism through evidence based herbs, homeopathic remedies or targetted nutrients that are well researched.
Symptomatic management naturally and whenever possible if necessary along side your medical treatment.
Next step, is to look into structural corrections if necessary through hands on manual if required. You may be referred to other practitioners if required.
This is called the therapeutic order that naturopathic doctors use to establish health again.
Improving Leaky Gut Can Help Auto-Immune Function
According to studies like Fasano’s 2012 report, increased gut permeability can influence auto-immune symptoms. When larger-than-normal food or bacterial particles access your bloodstream through the intestinal lining, your body may trigger an immune response towards those particles. In this context, your body may start attacking cell tissue as well. Celiac disease, arthritis, and other issues may be side effects – another indication that finding the root cause of your symptoms is key. Cultivating a healthy gut microbiome by eating probiotics, fiber, a natural diet rich in nutrients, avoiding inflammatories like gluten (for those with genetic predispositions), and avoiding stress may help your condition.
Traditionally, Naturopathy can help with
Auto-Immune Thyroid Conditions
With her knowledge in hormonal conditions,Dr. Kamat helps many patients dealing with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. The thyroid produces thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3); these hormones play a pivotal role in metabolism, growth, development, and the overall energy balance of the body. As such, there is a strong link between thyroid function and auto-immune conditions.
A patient may suffer from weight gain, sexual dysfunction, lethargy, and depression when hypothyroidism (low functioning thyroid) is present. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common expression of hypothyroidism, and it can occur when the body’s immune system starts to attack the actual thyroid gland, limiting the thyroid’s ability to function. Rather than suggesting thyroid medication right away, a naturopathic doctor helps patients figure out why the immune system is attacking the thyroid. Naturopathy can provide holistic care overall along with your medical care.
Furthermore, issues like fatty liver could stop your body from converting T4 into T3. In these cases, the thyroid isn’t the problem, but you will have symptoms of hypothyroidism – a knowledgeable naturoaptguc practitioner like Dr Radhika Kamat can help you look into the underlying problem.
Holistic management of Lupus
Lupus (SLE) can manifest itself in joint pain, rashes, lack of energy, or ultimately severe kidney and neurological problems. A naturopathic doctor can provide a holistic overview on why and how to help your immune system stop attacking your own bodily tissue through investigating underlying cause and triggers, providing evidence based targetted herbal and vitamin supplementation, lifestyle and dietary changes along with your medical care.
When the body’s immune system attacks the lining of membranes surrounding joints, symptoms experienced maybe swelling, stiffness, pain, and even joint deformity. This misplaced immune response can even lead to bone and cartilage erosion. A naturopathic doctor will help to investigate the underlying cause and triggers for the inflammation in the first place and then and support naturally through evidence based herbal, vitamin supplementation, lifestyle and dietary changes along side your medical care.
Type 1 Diabetes
When the pancreas ceases to produce enough insulin for blood sugar regulation, a patient is suffering from diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is usually onset by lifestyle choices, but Type 1 diabetes is a chronic auto-immune condition: the patient’s immune system starts attacking insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. A functional medicine doctor can coordinate with a patient’s primary care provider to improve symptoms via dietary and lifestyle changes alongside your medical care.
Other Health Concerns
Dr. Kamat helps patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Celiac disease, IBS, and numerous other auto-immune conditions to co manage along side your current treatments providing a holistic care. Through lab analysis (stool, saliva, blood work etc.), elimination diets, supplementation (like selenium, for instance), diet consultations, and other methods, she helps patients achieve holistic wellness and find relief from symptom and underlying causes of disease.
For more information about her practice, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please get in touch. She is also known as one of the leading gut health naturopathic doctor* and integrative/holistic practitioner in Singapore, and she helps a great number of patients suffering from eczema as well.
Disclaimer: *The services or qualification is allied health and not covered under Singapore Health ACT ( Dental/ Medical).