🥵 Hot flushes 🔥

Hands up if you want a solution.... This study popped up and is kinda interesting. It links two areas of health that we're pretty passionate about here at New Leaf - Hormone Health AND Gut health with a sprinkling of a high qual poop testing and whole-food eating.

So, the results aren't super magical - but there WAS a reduction in the hot flushes by eating ½ cup of cooked soybeans every day (hello phytoestrogens), and there WAS some changes in the gut microbiome, which may or may not have contributed...more science needs to be done but we love that people are looking at hormone health wholistically.

So what else can we do about the HOT FLUSH -

What we do know is that there are a few things that help:
👉 Managing stress is a HUGE factor in reducing these flushes
👉 Herbal medicine can take the edge off like nothing else!
👉 Some research shows reflexology & aromatherapy can help
👉 Getting adequate sleep!
👉 Reduction in alcohol
👉 Phytoestrogens in your food (and herbal tonics)

The exact cause is unknown but likely influenced by various factors:
➡ It is believed to involve changes in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that regulates body temperature.
➡ Low oestrogen levels, especially after menopause, contribute to these changes.
➡ The temperature regulation set point in the hypothalamus is thought to be altered.
➡ This alteration is linked to low oestrogen levels.
➡ A small increase in core body temperature may be a key trigger.
➡ Neurons in the brain, which undergo hypertrophy after menopause, play a role in this thermoregulatory dysfunction.
➡ Neurons cause increased signalling to heat dissipation effectors in the central nervous system (CNS).
➡ Signals also affect gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons related to reproductive hormones.
➡ Oestrogen interacts with neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, endogenous opioids, and serotonin.

This interaction is considered part of the mechanism leading to hot flashes and night sweats.

Hope this helps!

dietary advice for hot flushes - plant based diets help perimenopause

If you're looking for a new way to manage your Endometriosis symptoms, gain insights into your health and feel supported at the same time, then joining New Leaf's Endo Group is the place for you.

New Leaf's senior naturopath, Hannah Boyd is opening her books for the next Endo Group Consults term. Each term lasts for 5 months, with monthly naturopathic appointments.

We have two groups running in 2024. A monthly Endo Group for existing patients (a monthly endo group), or people who have seen Hannah before. Also a new intake for Endo patients - this will be fortnightly for 6 sessions for those new to their endo journey or naturopathic treatment.

If you're interested in taking part please get in touch, fill out the intake form and lets get started!

Who can join?

New patients - to apply please fill out this INTAKE FORM

Existing patients of the clinic - please fill out THIS FORM

How does it work?

Where and when?

The sessions will be held online via Zoom at 5.30pm every 4 weeks.

How do I sign up?

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Want to know a bit more?

What Are Group Naturopathic Consults?

During each session, participants receive individualised care through "Check-Ins." These are shorter consultations conducted in front of the other group members. Initially, this may seem unusual, but it allows participants to learn from each other's experiences. The focus is on addressing one area at a time, such as helping with prescriptions or going through pathology or test results if necessary.

Group Naturopathic Consults are sessions where a group of individuals come together to receive education and personalised care from a naturopath. The sessions include providing each patient attention to their own personal clinical needs, as well as naturopathic education specific to the needs of the group and people with endometriosis.

While the consultations are primarily conducted in a group setting, there is an opportunity for a private one-on-one session with Hannah if there are specific concerns that individuals prefer not to discuss in front of the group.

In addition to Hannah, a trained group facilitator named Sophia Gerontakos is present in each session. Sophia coordinates the groups, ensures the sessions stay on schedule, takes notes, and assists participants with any needs they may have.

What Shared Naturopathic Consults are not:

Endometriosis and adenomyosis are complex conditions and we'll be addressing all of this - gut, immune, mental health, sex, body-mind life - all of it. We will not specifically be addressing fertility cases - what I mean by this is that if you are actively trying to fall pregnant or undergoing fertility treatment this will have to be carried out in one-on-one consults. Please let me know if you have questions about this.

Group consultations do not replace one-on-one consults - but you may not need both. Many of the existing Group members learn when something is specific for the group but also when you may more targeted support. Ideally, I want you to get the most benefits from the group work as your primary place of care.

Group consults are not group therapy - we all come with our own experiences and life decisions - there is always a place to offer support, we are there to hear one another’s experiences rather than give and receive advice and we encourage listening without judgement.

Endometriosis, a painful and complicated condition affecting millions of women worldwide, has long been classified based on surgical findings. New research shows what we've been seeing in clinic for a long time - that there is more to this complex condition than meets the eye. This study delves into the multidimensionality of endometriosis by categorising women with this condition into distinct clusters based on their comorbidities, or other pre-existing conditions. In this journal, we will explore the significance of this research and how it shows our naturopathic personalised approaches to treatment are the best way forward to supporting this complicated condition

Understanding Endometriosis Complexity

The study's primary objective was to identify clusters of women with endometriosis based on their comorbidities. To achieve this, the researchers analysed data extracted from the Spanish National Health System, including all visits of women aged 16-65. The result? Six distinct clusters of women with endometriosis emerged, each characterized by specific comorbidities:

  1. Cluster 1: Less comorbidity.

  2. Cluster 2: Anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders.

  3. Cluster 3: Allergy or immediate hypersensitivity.

  4. Cluster 4: Multiple morbidities.

  5. Cluster 5: Anemia and infertility.

  6. Cluster 6: Headache and migraine.


Understanding Endometriosis Clusters

The data used for this study included 4,055 women aged between 21 and 50 with endometriosis. Notably, Cluster 1, characterized by less comorbidity, had the second-largest number of patients, with 1,212 individuals. Meanwhile, Cluster 2, comprising patients with anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders, had lower numbers but a high frequency of clinical visits related to their comorbidities. This cluster's comorbidities included anxiety (73.85%), headache/migraine (68.55%), urinary infection (51.59%), chronic/allergic rhinitis (48.6%), bursitis/tendinitis (44.88%), anemia (31.1%), and elevated cholesterol (31.8%). Cluster 3, focusing on anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders, was the largest in terms of patients, with 1,334 individuals.

The old way of treating Endometriosis

This research reveals that endometriosis isn't a one-size-fits-all condition. By categorising patients into clusters based on their presenting conditions, it opens up the possibility of tailoring treatment approaches to specific patient profiles. Understanding these relationships could lead to breakthroughs in clinical, biochemical, and molecular research.

In conclusion, this study sheds light on the intricate connections between endometriosis and comorbid conditions, offering hope for more tailored and effective treatment strategies. It underscores the need to view endometriosis not as a monolithic condition but as a multi-faceted disorder with diverse "endometriosis routes" that can be better understood through careful clustering and analysis.

The new way of treating Endometriosis

We see people with endometriosis every day in our clinic, and to be honest, we don't really need a study to confirm what we know BUT we love have science prove that

What are your thoughts on endo - which cluster do you fit into?

New Leaf Naturopathic Health has always provided dedicated fertility support. Now, with Jacintha Gunasekera joining Hannah Boyd to provide comprehensive and compassionate fertility care, we have a combined 30 years of experience in this special field. 

We have helped so many people become parents. Our naturopathic expertise have prepared them with personalised preconception care, and encouraged them through their pregnancies. We've supported individuals and couples through complicated Assisted fertility journeys. It really is work we love to do, and now New Leaf can offer even more support with two dedicated fertility practitioners.

We wanted to let you know a little about how we structure our fertility appointments at New Leaf. All our appointments are carried out via Telehealth, and with the utmost care and support.

We structure a long initial fertility appointment because we avoid one-size-fits-all ‘protocols’, and want to do more than simply skim the surface of your case. These appointments can be made for individuals, or for couples if your fertility journey involves a partner. Fertility is not just about egg quality, we assess many areas, especially male factors.

During your first appointment, we comprehensively review your reproductive health and explore the relationship between your reproductive and overall health. We’ll take a thorough look at any investigations you’ve already had done, and determine if you’d benefit from further investigations such as blood tests, ultrasound, semen analysis, and vaginal microbiome profile - we can work collaboratively with your GP to arrange these. We’ll also explore the ways your environment and diet can influence your fertility.

Your individualised treatment plan may involve dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as herbal and nutritional medicine. All treatments are safely prescribed alongside any current medication, including IVF medications.

Follow-up fertility appointments are held every 4 - 6 weeks, or appropriately timed around your IVF egg collection / embryo transfer. These appointments provide the opportunity for us to discuss your progress and any results, and to review and reassess your treatment plan.

We take this very thorough approach to fertility appointments at New Leaf because your fertility doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We know that egg, sperm and uterine health are affected by your broader overall health and environment and that we can make changes to optimise fertility outcomes.

Adding a naturopathic lens to your fertility care is suitable for anyone trying to conceive - whether you are in a preconception phase, or if your needs are more complex, such as those with PCOS, endometriosis, those needing IVF treatment, doing egg/sperm donor cycles, those with diminished ovarian reserve, with recurrent implantation failure, or experiencing miscarriage or baby loss. Where partnered, ideally both partners are evaluated and treated.

We look forward to working together towards your fertility goals.