Varicella (Chicken pox), Feb 2012
Just prior to the Chinese New year week, my son was down with chickenpox. The symptom – red dots becoming vesicles and milky white blisters, was very widespread all over the body. At the same time, he was suffering from low grade fever. A consultation with Sebastian involved herbs for his immunity and a blend to be applied topically on the affected areas. Surprisingly, he hardly complained of any severe itch, which is often associated with chickenpox. My son’s fever was healed within 2 or 3 days and the symptoms were all cleared within 10 to 12 days.
He also advised my 8 years old daughter to take some Phytolec and Bertram tablets for some protection against chicken pox. However, my daughter did get infected with chickenpox’s symptoms. But her ‘breakout’ was very mild. She recovered completely after 6 to 7 days.
Note: In almost all cases, chicken pox is a self limiting disease. However chickenpox vaccination programmes though have substantially reduced incidence of chickenpox, has also reduced adult exposure to the virus. This lack of exposure has prevented the opportunity for a natural immune boost, leading to a rise in shingles among adults.
I was quite taken aback when the report from my health check-up revealed my cholesterol levels were over the top and the ratio outside the recommended range. I knew I had to do something about my diet but I had little knowledge for that matter especially when people around me seem to have conflicting views on what food to avoid and what to consume more. I’m absolutely glad I consulted Dr. Sebastian who not only prescribed me some natural herbs and tea, but also empowered me with the proper knowledge of nutrition. There is a lot of wisdom in Dr. Sebastian’s natural treatment methods and his prescribed diet plan, though requires a certain amount of discipline to adhere to initially, eventually made each meal a joyful occasion for me. I had a blood test again 6 months later and my cholesterol levels were back to normal!"
Chronic respiratory allergies & gastritis
I have been suffering from allergies, blocked/runny nose, gastric problems all my life, and have tried many different treatments to no avail. Neither have I thought these problems are related.
After my return to Singapore, and with strong conviction to stay off pharmaceutical drugs and steroids, I was introduced to Dr Sebastian Liew's naturopathy through a friend. I consider his healing methods very holistic, and scientific at the same time. Through the intolerance test, I found out that my body is actually intolerant to foods that I have been eating. It was a relief for my family, as we no longer had to keep guessing what is making me bloated, irritable, and sometimes even colic cramps. The detox program was really good, and elevated my quality of life - I was at ease in my body, and I could finally breathe through my nose like a normal person. Initially, I was rather sad about how inconvenient life would be, cutting out these foods from my diet. Seeing the wonderful effects from the detox program, it was a clearcut choice between the 'inconvenience' and the quality of life. And life was not that grey after he introduced me to a "larger vocabulary" of foods and teas.
I am grateful for Dr Liew's diagnosis and treatment, particularly his patience in understanding his patient as a whole person.
Wart, September 2012
2 months ago I noticed a pink painful spot on my left index finger. It started to grow gradually and I could feel the pain radiating around it. No anti-inflammatory creams, natural or pharmaceutical could help. The doctor diagnosed as warts. Liquid nitrogen and a prescribed gel was applied to remove it. The spot actually reduced but gradually increased in size again. I sought Sebastian, a medical herbalist for an alternative to treat it. He prescribed the herb thuja essential oil to be applied neat on the spot daily. As he explained, warts are sign of immune deficiency caused by a virus infection. He then prescribed Andrographis complex 4 tabs to be taken daily to enhance the immune. Within 1 week, the tissue mass “dropped” off. He then asked me to apply fresh aloe vera gel (cut from fresh leaves) to heal the wound.
I am very sensitive to noises and movement of people around me. Whenever I felt threatened, my body reacts through rapid heartbeats, racing wild thoughts and a blank look. Having a happy and relaxed conversation is nearly impossible without feeling threatened and stressed.
Much as I wanted to, I did not seek professional help from a psychologist, a psychiatrist or a counselor because they operate during office hours, and it is difficult to take time off my busy work schedule for repeat consultations.
The accumulated, unreleased stress has a tremendous effect on my health. As I hit my forties, my body literally broke down. I got tired and breathless easily and experienced extreme mood swings, which I targeted at my innocent family members.
I was confused and tired when I made my first visit to Dr. Sebastian Liew in November 2009. He patiently sat down together with me for one and a half hours, trying to find solutions to make me better. He prescribed herbal supplements to increase my energy level, spelt habermus as cereal for nutrition, and drew up a diet plan for me. He also recommended a psychologist for my mental health. I only visited the psychologist once and gave up because I could not spare the time to see her during office hours for repeat consultations.
Though I am physically well, I was not happy. I shared with Dr. Sebastian Liew about my stressful mental battle with my family members through e-mails. I was at the point of giving up hope when Dr. Sebastian Liew recommended a stress management coach. Over coffee and milo, the coach listened to my worries patiently. He gave me four gentle but powerful sentences, which I recite in my heart as I walked home. It is really magical. I could talk and listen to my family members patiently. Now, the family environment has changed from hostile to peace.
I am thankful to Dr. Sebastian Liew for guiding and turning me from an unhappy, selfish and lifeless person to a happy, fun loving and a person with a vision for tomorrow.
To me, a happy person has a healthy body and a healthy mind. If a person is not physically healthy, he will not be happy. If a person is physically healthy but mentally stressed, he will not be happy too.
If you have a nagging wish to be happy and healthy, I am sure Dr. Sebastian will be happy to guide you, but you have to make the effort to make it happen.
Rotavirus in child
My 2 weeks ago, my son, Josiah, 2.5yrs old, had rotavirus. He had been vaccinated when he was a baby but vaccination does not offer full protection. He did not have any vomiting or diarrhoea which are classic symptoms of the virus. Instead, he suffered from severe bloated stomach and lost his appetite. Even intake of 2-3 tbsp of porridge would make him feel very bloated.
We went to see his pediatrician and her was given some medicine to treat his symptoms as there is no medicine to kill the virus (we were told). I did not want to give him things that can't really help treat the root cause. So, I took him to see Sebastian. He gave us liquid herbs, cat's claw and something to help treat the GI tract. Believe it or not, his bloating went away in 24 hours and his appetite returned. We really thank God for his improvement within a day. His condition improved steadily and he is now back to his old self. Thank you very much Sebastian for your help. By the way, do not worry about how bitter the herbs may taste because after a week, my son got used to it. I believe is a good thing to use safe phytomedicine for the long term if you wish to avoid conventional medicine unless really necessary.