Dr Anil Asthana – NEM Practitioner Series

In the NEM Practitioner Series Dr Shami, Integrative GP and ACNEM Vice President, speaks with medical and health specialists who are practicing nutritional and environmental medicine (NEM), to get their personal insights and learn how their approach is transforming lives. 

In this 15-minute interview Dr Shami speaks with Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist, Dr Anil Asthana, about his integrative approach to this specialised field of medicine. They touch on:

  • Dr Anil Asthana’s journey into gastrointestinal health, nutrition and a multidisciplinary approach
  • How screening tools can be overutilized, and the importance of the patient’s history
  • How dieticians and gut hypnotherapists are central to the management of irritable bowel syndrome and GI health
  • Professor Peter Gibson’s influence on Dr Asthana, as one of the founders of the low fodmap diet
  • What is gut hypnotherapy and how does it work?
  • What role does stress play?
  • The impact of dietary intervention on reflux
  • How pharmacology and lifestyle interventions work synergistically
  • What intestinal ultrasound, how does it work, and what is it used for?

Dr Anil Asthana is a Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist, and the founder of Precision Gastroenterology.

He completed his undergraduate medical degree from King’s College London in the UK, and is currently a member of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Dr Asthana consults with patients in his private practice and has a public hospital appointment at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

He has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals, textbook chapters and continues his research interests with a focus on training physicians using ultrasound in both inflammatory bowel disease and functional gut disorders. In particular, he believes in holistic medicine and has a passion for advocating and educating the public on digestive disease care.

Dr Asthana is the founding Chair for GENIUS (National Intestinal Ultrasound committee) & is the National founding and current chair for GESA (National Gastroenterology Society) Private Practice Network.

Learn more about this specialised area of health from a NEM perspective in our Gastrointestinal Health learning module (24 RACGP CPD Points).