With natural and integrative medicine, one does not only try to take care of the body and its symptoms, but also dig a little deeper to include the mind and emotions, where illnesses and diseases stem from. With so many tools available, it is easier to help support patients to allow the body to do what it actually wants to do, and that is to heal, find balance and be in homeostasis
Dr Arien van der Merwe is a medical doctor with more than 30 years’ experience. She is the author of many books on health and wellbeing, a frequent contributor to many magazines, and a regular guest on TV and radio.
As she says: ‘I am very grateful for my medical training and background, but with natural and integrative medicine, I do not only try to take care of the body and its symptoms, but also dig a little deeper to include the mind and emotions, where illnesses and diseases stem from. With so many tools available, it is easier for me to help support patients to allow the body to do what it actually wants to do, and that is to heal, find balance and be in homeostasis’.
Dr van der Merwe’s first book, ‘Health and Happiness’ was originally published in 1998 by Tafelberg Publishers and is now in its 8th print, completely edited and revised in 2013, and published globally by Fox & Raven on 7 May 2014. The book is available in hard copy at Healthy Living’s in house or online health shop, as well as from Amazon Books, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes&Noble and Kalahari. In ‘Health & Happiness’, Dr Arien explores the connection between stress and good health, and how cultivating a life where stress is managed, implicitly leads to a healthy one. She further explores holistically, the many different aspects of a healthy lifestyle, ranging from exercise, relaxation, the correct use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs for specific systems of the body, to the importance of food supplements for sportsmen and -women. With 30 years’ experience, Dr van der Merwe seamlessly incorporates her medical knowledge with a holistic lifestyle approach and the use of complementary natural remedies. ‘Health & Happiness’ is a font of knowledge for those seeking to live a life that is in balance, stress managed and healthy – a life where our physical and mental-emotional wellbeing translates into a life of pure, good happiness.’It is so encouraging that my book is now available throughout the world, to spread the word about all the natural options available to support health and wellbeing’, says Dr Arien.
Dr Arien has written many other books (the latest being ‘Stress Solutions’, ‘Herbal Remedies’ and the new ‘Journey into Healing’), workplace wellness training manuals, and developed many programs and courses, on how to take self responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing.
Dr van der Merwe has also developed the DocsFocusrange of nutriceutical food supplements with the correct ingredients, proper synergism, quantities and ratios, and competitively priced, for the benefit of consumers. These are available from the in house or online order health shopat Healthy Living Space. We also stock other highly effective herbal remedies, superfoods, skin and hair care ranges, supplements for young teens and adults and weight loss products – all natural and supportive of the body!
Dr Arien’s main focus remains as always on identifying the origin or source of dis-ease, ever looking for the deeper cause of physical ailments, supporting patients in searching deeply for the cause in trapped emotions, then finding ways to release through various techniques, while supporting the physical body gently with natural remedies and lifestyle changes.