Assistant Professor Dr. Nilarat Narula’s Meditrina Wellness Center puts patients on the holistic path to healing.
Assistant Professor Dr. Nilarat Narula, director and founder of Meditrina Wellness Center and an assistant professor of Epidemiology at Mahidol University, takes a very holistic view when it comes to the business of healing and wellness. She’s also a consultant at BRM Medical Club and Bio Med Clinic, however her own wellness journey began with personal insight and the realisation that patients weren’t getting holistic care. In the process, she has distilled over 25 years of medical practice, and over 10 years of teaching the subject, into a healing modality that addresses patients’ needs holistically.
“As an epidemiologist and a researcher, I discovered that there are other modalities of healing in dealing with people with non- communicable diseases and chronic ailments,” she explains. “I started with myself. I was overworked, shuffling between work and raising my daughter. I was burnt out and came down with auto-immune disorder. So, I started by modifying my lifestyle, focusing on my nutrition, changing my diet, de-stressing, and exercising. Within three months, I got myself back and stopped all medication. That’s when I realised that you can actually heal yourself.”
When Asst. Prof. Dr. Narula became her own case study, almost 18 years ago, it coincided with the beginning of an uptick in the wellness health industry curve. “I consulted a doctor about a holistic approach, and he suggested I get food intolerance blood tests done while I was visiting the US. That’s when I began realising the importance of the old adage, ‘you are what you eat’,” she goes on to say, nicely paralleling the views of Hippocrates, who considered nutrition one of the main tools that a doctor can use.
A few years later, another health scare doubly underscored the importance of the holistic approach. It was her own extensive research and personal healing experiences that eventually led to the setting up of Meditrina Wellness Center.
“True healing is healing from within,” she points out. “When you truly heal, you are totally aligned with yourself and your soul. In this state, you feel at peace with who you are, where you are and what you are doing. You embrace your vices and virtues, you feel at home with yourself, and you love yourself, it is at that point that true healing begins. But it takes more than just physical healing. We have to address a person’s emotional background, and their belief system. Their culture also plays a big role, as it makes you identify with who you are and who you are not. Your beliefs make you feel if you are ‘enough’ or ‘not enough’. When you are authentic to yourself, and you challenge the social structure, it can be stressful. True healing is feeling ‘enough’ about who you are. And when you start loving yourself, that’s where true healing begins. That is what I do to help my patients, apart from being a medical doctor as well.”
Without true healing, there can be no real recovery, stresses Asst. Prof. Dr. Narula. “My personal healing journey has reflected this. Medication is useless if you don’t look at nutrition, lifestyle, and one’s emotional makeup. Once I tap into the root cause, I get a clear picture. I then use the modalities that I have; nutritional and natural substances, vitamins replacement, probiotics and natural hormones. In the case of chronic ailments, if required, I have sophisticated modalities like stem cells. I work with Medeze Stem Cell (recognised as the top in Asia) to bank stem cells. That would be offered to patients with chronic diseases who are not responding to other modalities. Or, if needed, I refer them to specialists at Samitivej or Bumrungrad hospitals.”
Asst. Prof. Dr. Narula’s integrated healthcare approach incorporates state-of-the-art medical facilities, while at the same time focusing on the wellbeing of mind, body and spirit. Her Wellness Centre offers general medical consultations as well as preventive healthcare via carefully designed packages: from a basic health checkup, to addressing body weight, food intolerances, food allergies, chronic fatigue, vitamin deficiencies and immunological status, as well as offering auto-immune disorder screening and cancer screening. The ‘Alternative Healthcare’ modalities investigate issues such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, auto-immune diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, and adrenal burnout. The ‘Facial Rejuvenation’, meanwhile, includes, facial skin booster, a cellular rejuvenation programme, brightening and hydration care, and V-face and collagen-boosting programmes. acne care is on the list too.
“Meditrina Wellness Center was set up to focus on women’s health,” she adds. “It’s about providing a safe space for women to heal, a place without judgment, where you won’t be labelled. I am passionate about helping women embrace their health concerns. They face many challenges as they go through hormonal and physical changes at each stage of their lives. We offer a holistic approach to help support this transition.”Of course, male patients also find a safe space here to deal with their health issues. “Keeping their physiology in mind, the modalities are altered,” says Asst. Prof. Dr. Narula. “When it comes to men, you have to be firmer, more scientific in your approach, but the cure is still holistic.”
To find out more about Meditrina Wellness Center, visit meditrinabkk.com.