Ever since my first blood donation was rejected back in 1991 due to the fact that I'm a Hepatitis B virus carrier, I've been very cautious in trying to maintain and if possible improve my condition. But it proved to be challenging, despite the many supplements, exercises and lifestyle changes. Other than the regular check-ups and supplement, I have not been able to make any real improvements.
This changed a couple of years ago when my wife introduced me to Dr. Sebastian Liew's Naturopathy practice. I was skeptical at first since I was very much drilled into believing that only the western medicines and treatment would heal anyone. Nevertheless, I started going along with Dr. Sebastian's diagnosis and treatment plans, with everything natural. He also prescribed on-going herb-based supplements that enhanced the liver function. I took the supplements faithfully and had regular consultations with Dr. Sebastian. He also made periodic changes to the supplements I took in order to treat different aspects of my condition.
This went on for a few years. While it may not be obvious to anyone what improvements I may have on surface, nevertheless, my liver did improve. One of the tests I have been doing for years (Liver Function Test - that measures SGPT, liver damage) showed that the marker is always above the normal range, until the most recent test I did a month ago. For the first time, the marker has gone back to the normal range, I couldn't believe it. Not only that, the other test that I've been doing for the last 5 years (HBV Viral Load test) has also been showing improvements, year-on-year.
This greatly motivated me to continue treatment under Dr. Sebastian, with the hope that perhaps one day my liver will improve to the point of having antibodies against Hepatitis B and I will be free from the virus altogether.
Chronic eczema and dry skin
I have always had eczema. However, the patches are usually small and manageable.
Last year, sometime after National Day, I noticed that when I rubbed my hands together, dry skin, like fine powder flew into the air. Soon after that, my elbows started too itched badly and the skin on both arms also started to flake, like snow. The old patch of eczema on my left foot flared up. It started to itch badly and because I scratched it, the skin broke and there was a lot of pus.
I visited a doctor who prescribed me some antibiotics and steroid creams. I was very happy when the problem stopped and the skin condition seemed to improve. About a week later, the problem came back. Even though I did not scratch, the skin on my foot broke again and became wet and weepy. It just won’t heal.
In addition, the itch was terrible and it was so bad that I could not sleep at night. Parts of my face, my neck and my arms turned red and skin flaked off constantly. I hated bathing as after that, I would itch even more and red spots, like hives would appear.
I decided to see a skin specialist. I was put on two weeks of steroids and stronger steroid creams. My condition improved but I couldn’t sleep. Most nights, I slept for only 2 hours. Though I was very tired, I just couldn’t fall asleep, day or night.
I felt really desperate and wondered if I would ever get well.
By chance, I got to know about Dr Liew. I decided to visit him in November 2013.
Dr Liew suggested that I get tested for candida infection and food intolerance. The test came back positive. Dr Liew proposed a treatment plan and prescribed various herbs and supplements for me.
Initially, I was doubtful as to whether the treatment would really work. Also, it involved a three day fast which sounded really tough.
However, under Dr Liew’s encouragement, I completed the fast!
Initially, things were pretty much the same. After 2 to 3 months of treatment, my skin condition started to improve. The skin stopped weeping and flaking. The itch was greatly reduced and I could sleep very well.
Now, after 6 months, my eczema is gone. Although I still have some minor skin irritations, the eczema on my foot has healed completely. The areas on my face, neck and arms no longer flakes or itch.
I want to thank Dr Liew as he was very professional, patient and assuring. I am glad I took that first step to see him.
An extremely stressful past 3 months resulted in cold sore on my lips and initially I thought the painful tingling sensation at the edge of my lips is the beginning of a pimple growth so I just dabbed some tea tree oil.
To my horror when I woke up the next morning I had blisters on my lips! The pharmacist recommended an ointment and though the blisters broke and somewhat subsided the broken skin did not heal and kept bleeding. The wound on the lips not only looks unsightly it was painful as well. What a nightmare! I finally made time to see my naturopath doctor at Sebastian Liew Center and he prescribed an herbal tincture with oral supplement.
And on first application of the tincture I woke up the next day noticing that most of the broken skin on my lips have "closed" up and significantly healed very nicely and a small part had solidly scabbed. Woohoo! At least there are no more painful bleeding lips and I'm recovering. If I were to stay on the over the counter ointment from the pharmacy I would probably suffer for another 2-3 weeks. Once again natural medicine affirms my confidence and faith in natural
Chronic itchy skin irritation at genital area with chronic gastritis, Jan 2012
I started my career as a project officer in 1990. My work involved supervision work in construction sites. During this time, rashes appeared at my most vulnerable area, my vulva area!!
The itch condition persisted for all these years even though there are no visible signs of inflammation. And the condition got worse through the years.
As usual, I went to consult with a Medical doctor, a General Practitioner. The initial diagnosis was skin allergy, skin eczema etc. etc.
The prescription - rasher cream, skin lotion; their advice was 'cotton undergarment, menses pad to be cotton-based, no tight pants etc.'
However, the prescription did not work and this was followed with stronger anti-biotic and creams. Still the itch got worst.
The feelings were like ants-crawling round my vulva! Is a terrible feeling. It was so itchy that I finally decided to shave the hair off.
The condition greatly impacted my daily work; Very often I need to rush to the toilet several times a day to ease the itch with cold water.
You could imagine how stressful it was; dealing with my daily work, my role as a mother of a baby and tolerating the unbearable itch condition.
As a result of the condition, my sleep quality was affected.
I tried all kinds of remedies from vinegar, salt water, herbs, acupuncture and a litany of doctors including skin specialists with no lasting result.
I then tried traditional Chinese medicine with a physician from China.
He was very curious about my unusual condition but he was patient with the treatment.
He tried all sorts of herbs and eventually it helped to relieve my condition (after 5years with 85% improvement).
I carried on with the herbs for another year or so, and I stopped eventually as the symptom was not as serious as before.
However, the condition got worst in Chinese New Year period in 2011.
I started applying all the creams etc. but the condition worsened especially when I was stressed out.
I prayed hard for an answer...YES! This time I got it!!
There came Sebastian, my ''saviour"!!
Sebastian was professional and knowledgeable in his field.
He was patient too. He suggested that I do a candida test while at the same time treating me with herbal medicine, diet and nutritional medicine.
I have never heard of candida in my life; not heard from any doctors.
True enough, the candida test reported a high level of the yeast in my body.
Sebastian explained the causes of candida and one of the causes is the past use of anti-biotic.
My health was not very good since my youth; I have many minor operations including a major brain tumour.
The long term and chronic use of certain medications and antibiotics in those days could have contributed to candida overgrowth and its associated symptoms.
My treatment involved a gut healing program, an anti-candida diet, herbs to inhibit them and herbs to promote lymphatic drainage. Sebastian also explained to me that my chronic work stress can be a trigger factor as well.
Gradually, I began to understand that naturopathy as practiced by Sebastian is to treat the whole person and not just the symptoms. For example my chronic stress and poor diet could have contributed to poor elimination via the lymphatic system and that is why the itch occurred at the vulva area.
I am very pleased with his treatment and have faith in him. Since November 2011, my condition had vastly improved. In addition, my chronic gastritis was also healed (together with my husband's chronic condition).
I am also very happy to have lost almost 10kg in weight. I don't have to spend money on slimming program anymore.
I am now feeling good and am able to live a healthful life; free from ''ants'' on my body.
Thanks, Sebastian and thank God for leading me to Sebastian!
Bleeding / Weak gum tissues
Two years ago, I realized that there were blood stains whenever I spit out some saliva into the sink. The condition worsened when I brushed my teeth in the morning and before bed.
Initially, I thought it was due to weak gum. My dentist did not think so. I then went to Sebastian for a consultation. He advised me to seek medical condition to rule out any serious pathology. Various tests such as endoscopy were performed but could not find any root cause and no serious diseases were detected.
I went back to my naturopath for another consultation. Sebastian figured out that due to my body's constitution, I am prone to dryness and weak tissue especially when under tremendous stress. Indeed, that year was a stressful one for me. He put me on herbs such as Mediherb Vitanox and a tissue healing herb for strengthening my tissues. After a month, the bleeding stops and since then, no more recurrence.
When I rushed to the A & E department sometime in October 2013, I feared that I had a recurrence of kidney stones. The pain was unbearable. The doctor diagnosed as acute gastritis. What was most distressing was that they found my blood sugar level was very high. I was told to take diabetic medications immediately and to have more follow up treatments.
I decided to consult naturopath Sebastian Liew instead and follow his advise. He put me on a detox and herbal protocols, which include lifestyle changes. I started regular exercise, nothing difficult, just by walking for 30 minutes after every meal, as suggested in his book.
I cut back on refined carbohydrates, sugar and fruits. I started to feel healthier after 2 weeks and after a month, my blood sugar level returns to normal readings. Since then, I have lost 10kg .
I am very glad that I have made lifestyle changes that have led me to be more physically fit, healthier and stronger.