Dr Sebastian Liew
ND, MNHAA, MHS (University of New England)
Medical Herbalist, Doctor of Naturopathy
The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew ‘The Medicine Man’. Indeed, Sebastian’s interest in natural medicine started when he was just a teen. His elderly parents (he was born when his mother was 45 years old) taught him, through their examples, the power of nature’s healing, Confucianism, and passion for one’s vocation. Sebastian’s parents – Mr Liew Seng Hwa and Madam Pak Choy Yoke – were Cantonese opera artistes, famed for their art from the 1930s–1970s. Sebastian was very close to his dad; they often went to yum cha (Cantonese tea drinking) at Chinatown, where Sebastian was exposed to many elderly people. His dad shared with him various anti-ageing principles, such as having a sense of humour and seeing the funny side of life, lots of walking, Chinese bolay tea, and tonic herbs.
He once asked Sebastian to guess the age of an old, but strong, man who was smoking a cigar. He guessed that the man was in his sixties. This man was actually 92 years old! Then Sebastian’s father asked the man, “What are the secrets to your long and healthy life, despite your smoking habit?” Moderation in eating and simple living was the answer. Since that encounter, Sebastian has taken a deep interest in natural anti-ageing practices and medicine.
After graduating from the Singapore Polytechnic with a diploma in Engineering, Sebastian initially pursued a corporate career in various multinational companies. Despite his relatively successful corporate career in engineering and marketing, Sebastian felt a deep sense of discontentment. He started to seek for his true vocation in life.
As a result, Sebastian started to take courses in holistic therapies such as massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, and nutrition. He believed that life was about more than just eating, sleeping, getting married, having children, and then dying.
When Sebastian watched her mum take her last breath and die peacefully in his arms, he was convinced of the value of holistic/natural medicine. Thereafter, a spiritual transformation that occurred at an organic farm in the 1990s finally brought Sebastian onto a road less travelled – the vocation to heal others. Since his epiphany, Sebastian has been devoted to his phytotherapy practice and has mentored many to true health.
Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist and Doctor of naturopathy, with a Master’s degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He also possesses advanced diplomas and clinical experiences in traditional naturopathy, clinical aromatherapy, holistic massage, holistic nutrition, Kneipp hydrotherapy, and natural aesthetic therapy. He is also accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia.
He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and probably in Asia, who has over 15 years of clinical experiences with treating patients of various health concerns, chiefly with evidenced based herbal medicine (phytotherapy) and traditional European medicine. In 2006, he introduced St Hildegard medicine from Germany and the spelt diet to Singapore and Asia.
He has lectured and presented at retreats, seminars, conferences and numerous workshops in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Germany. Sebastian has conducted numerous successful natural health retreats in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. He was the past Vice-Principal/Lecturer at the UK-based Raworth College in Singapore, as well as a lecturer /course designer at the Spa Academy operated by Raffles Knowledge and training consultant to health supplement companies such as Brand’s.
In 2016, Liew co-founded Seeds Garden, a cafe/bistro located in Malacca, to promote healthy living and to support his humanitarian work in Nepal. Please visit http://seedsgarden.com.my
Sebastian has lectured and presented at retreats, seminars, and conferences in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Germany. He is the author of the book Leaf to Life: Unlock Nature’s Secrets of True Health, detailing a holistic lifestyle program for optimal wellness and positive aging.
He has been featured on the radio (FM93.8, Class 95, FM 988 – Malaysia’s Cantonese radio show) and television (Channel News Asia, Channel 5 and U), as well as in the print media, including the Straits Times, New Paper, and medical journals such as National Cancer Centre and Nursing Journal. He is also a featured and regular contributor to the Straits Times (Singapore) advocating the use of rational complementary medicine.
Born and raised in Singapore, Sebastian is currently pursuing further research into Southeast Asian herbs, while continuing his humanitarian work to support poor children’s education in Nepal.
Major Conferences/Seminar speaker for:
International Conference on Sports and Exercise Medicine, KL, Malaysia, 2014: Naturopathic approach to treating and preventing heart diseases
International Conference on Sports and Exercise Medicine, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2013: Modern medicine versus Phytotherapy in the treatment of soft tissue injuries
International Hildegard medicine conference, Germany, Konstanz, 2012: The awakening of the true self
International Hildegard medicine conference, Germany, Konstanz, 2008: Comparison of Eastern medicine and Hildegard medicine in the treatment and management of fear and insecurity
Aesthetic Asia 2012, Singapore: Your first defence against aging.
Living with herbs seminar , Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore, 2008: Healing Philosophy of an ancient tradition in modern society.
Corporate health and fitness conference, Singapore, 2006: Naturopathic lifestyle medicine.
Let Food Be Your Medicine Seminar, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, 2009
Sing-health Nursing Conference, Singapore, 2007: Bring out your inner doctor.
Health & Beauty conference by Lianhe Wanbao, 2010
St Hildegard Fasting Retreat, Singapore (Montfort centre), 2008.