Alternative medicine

HSA opens alternative medicine clinic

Dr Irka Ebanks

(CNS) The Health Services Authority has opened a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) clinic, which offers non-orthodox treatments and a herbal medicine clinic. The service is offered from HSA’s new, spacious specialist clinic on the third floor of the Smith Road Center in George Town.

Different types of natural products and herbal remedies, some of which have been used by Caymanians for many years, as well as mind and body practices and other complementary health approaches are offered to help with a variety of conditions, such as colds, flu, viral post-fatigue, stress and anxiety, muscle, back and joint pain, digestive health, hypertension, women’s, men’s and children’s health issues, weight issues, cleansing and detox.

“CAM works in conjunction or with conventional medicine,” said Dr. Irka Ebanks, a Caymanian herbal medicine practitioner and physician.

“It takes a very holistic approach to healing, supporting the body’s natural striving to achieve a balanced state of positive energy and optimal physical health. CAM can also encourage the use of naturopathic medicine, which embraces the the idea that one should not just attack the symptoms of the disease, but attack its root cause, which can be influenced by poor diet, lack of sleep, mental health problems and others situational factors that can adversely affect a person’s physical and mental health,” she added.

For many years Caymanians have used herbal remedies and natural means to cure a variety of ailments, as the knowledge of which plants, shrubs and herbs are good for which ailments has been passed down from generation to generation. .

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Pharmacist Rosemarie Bailey

“They have found that the use of specific herbs is effective in healing ‘suffering’ areas of the body and mind, treating them, with the aim of restoring a state of normality,” Dr Ebanks said. “However, herbal remedies should be treated with caution as they are medicines – people should be aware that there are possible interactions with pharmaceutical drugs, supplements and other herbs, so they should not be administered only under the supervision of a physician.”

Dr. Ebanks received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2013 after studying at University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Jamaica and UWI, School of Clinical Medicine & Research, Nassau Bahamas in 2013. She gained experience in public hospitals in the Kingston area – Kingston Public Hospital, Victoria Jubilee Hospital and Bustamante Children’s Hospital and Health City Cayman Islands. In 2019, she graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, with a diploma in herbal medicine and a diploma in naturopathy, after which she returned home and joined HSA as a doctor.

Rosemarie Bailey, who works alongside Dr. Ebanks and manages the herbal pharmacy, has been registered as a pharmacist for over 28 years and holds a master’s degree in clinical pharmacy. She is a trained cannabis supplier, trained in herbal medicine, and is a medical missionary.

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To learn more about the CAM service, visit SAH website

or call the Specialty Clinic at 244-7750 or 244-7751.