Women's Health is unique. Whether she is encountering menstrual abnormality in the teenage years , infertility after marriage, chronic pain and other chronic health issues , or menopausal problems latter in life, we respect the complex physical issues involved in her body. Emotional  and social well being had been ignored for decades. We address physical, environmental and psycho-social issues faced by her through health education, community outreach programs, and individual self healing programs that can heal her from the inside and make her proactive about her wellness. 

      Complementary medicine (CM) used by women has increased during the past ten years with rates of use ranging between 26% and 91%. One of the popular types of CM is called  herbal medicine. Herbal medicines are known to contain pharmacological active constituents with physiological effects on female endocrinology that have been positively associated with reduced incidences of breast cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease . We will discuss some of the herbal supplements in details here.

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The information in this website is not intended to replace a medicine textbook nor be a complete update of any scientific literature.  It should not be misconstrued as personal medical advice.  Rather, it portrays Dr. Banerjee’s interests in the field of integrated wellness practice, namely, the interrelationship between women’s wellness and natural herbs evidence and how this applies to women's well-being.

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