Treating Metabolic Syndrome: A Focus on Bitter Herbs

May 12, 2021 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. AEST


Metabolic syndrome, often called the epidemic of the modern age, is a multifaceted disorder. Causative factors include central obesity, hyperglycaemia, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia. The complex relationship between these factors, along with underlying inflammation and oxidative stress, interact over time to cause disease.

The primary risk factors are abdominal obesity and insulin resistance, therefore controlling waist circumference and insulin resistance is the key to managing metabolic syndrome.

Bitter herbs have a long history of use and a well-deserved reputation in herbal medicine for digestive problems. The ability of bitters to support balanced secretion and motility, relies on a few important mechanisms that are mediated through taste receptors. New research is uncovering additional interesting facts about bitter tasting herbs involving adipose tissue, inflammatory mediators, the microbiome, and hepatic glucose balance.

In this webinar we will look at a broad overview of the naturopathic treatment for metabolic syndrome, while increasing our understanding of taste receptors and their interaction with our body’s largest endocrine gland (the enteroendocrine cells in our gut). You will see why bitter herbs are one of the best strategies for addressing metabolic syndrome.

About Jesal Alimchandani

BA, AdvDip(Nat), Cert IV TAA, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant

Jesal is a naturopath with a diverse range of experience. She has been in clinical practice for over 15 years having worked in private and multi-modality clinics. She has taught naturopathy students and supervised student clinics. Her professional life has also included working in retail environments and as a reviewer of complementary health products for the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

A passionate dispenser of liquid herbs, she can convince most clients, even children, into taking their prescribed blend. An ardent believer in the power of food as medicine, she uses her love of cooking to enthuse clients to make appropriate dietary changes.

In her current role at Integria Healthcare as Education Manager- Practitioner, Jesal enjoys researching and writing and making complex technical information accessible and clinically relevant for our practitioners.