Chronic stress and anxiety can have widespread effects on the body. Herbal medicine can help. Dr. Maura discusses three of her favorite herbs for stress management in this video. #BeWell Dr. Maura
The digestive system houses a large portion of our immune system so keeping it healthy is crucial. Dr. Maura discusses the science behind this and her recommendations for optimizing immunity through the gut. #BeWell Dr. Maura
Welcome to Quick Questions. Today’s question is from my patient David who asks, “How do you choose a probiotic? There’s so many. How do you choose the right one?” Here are my top three tips. First, look for a probiotic that contains multiple strains of two species of probiotic. One is lactobacillus, the other is bifidobacterium. And look for a probiotic that has between 1 and 10 billion CFU per… Read More
In Quick Questions, we explore a topic brought to me by someone in my practice. This one is from my patient Jennifer who asks about thyroid function. She feels tired and sluggish, but all of her thyroid labs come back normal, so what’s the story? We as naturopaths look a little bit below the surface when it comes to thyroid function, and the first thing you want to really pay… Read More
I’m perpetually inspired by my female patients: successful, interesting, socially and culturally engaged women who know their minds, and their bodies. Many of these women focus on their professional lives and hold off on having children until their late thirties and early forties, so I end up talking a lot with patients about getting their bodies in shape for pregnancy later in life. I practice in New York City, which… Read More
Many of you have asked me about the current season of the flu. I always encourage you to get educated so you can make smart, informed decisions about your health. But confusion and misinformation about the flu abounds. What exactly is the flu, how long does it last and how is it spread? What is the flu vaccine and does it work? Should I get vaccinated and should I vaccinate… Read More
I continue to blog about herbal medicine over at The Huffington Post because I’m passionate about healing people with gentle, non-toxic and natural plants, given to us by the earth. Herbs really do have incredibly healing properties, no more so than when it comes to thyroid, and specifically autoimmune thyroid disease. Read on for my top picks for herbal medicine to treat autoimmune disease of the thyroid, otherwise known as Hashimoto’s disease.
I love treating pregnant moms: it’s a time of great amazement, when we watch what the human body is capable of. Moms-to-be sometimes feel great and sometimes don’t. Some support for uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy need support, to be sure. In this article, I talk about herbal remedies for some of the top pregnancy complaints: morning sickness, insomnia and prolonged labor.
This month in the Huffington Post, I write about an issue I see quite frequently in practice: IBS. Did you know that 84% of IBS patients suffer from overgrowth of bacterial in their small intestine? Rosie is a 30-year-old banker with very long work hours who came to see me with symptoms of gas, bloating and constipation. She had stomach cramps after eating, stubborn acne and a weight gain of… Read More
My office is often the last stop on the block for people with chronic skin conditions who’ve been to dermatologists who’ve prescribed regimens of creams and pills that mask the condition temporarily, only to have the problem flare up again with the same, or worse, intensity. One of the most common of these conditions is eczema, or atopic dermatitis. One suffering patient of mine, a woman in her mid-thirties, came… Read More