What do you know about your own DNA? Probably a whole lot less than you do about your hair, your nails or your teeth, despite the fact that it’s present in every single part of you. For something so integral to your very being, you’d think you might have a greater insight into what it all means. But where do you go for that kind of information? Enter the city’s most unique new opening.
A first-of-its-kind launch in the city, the DNA Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness at Madinat Jumeirah’s Talise Spa offers a chance to look into your genetic DNA blueprint to try and identify what health issues you are predisposed to, or are likely to face in the future. All from a simple swab.
“We are essentially a centre that offers a full holistic blend of medicine, naturopathic and Eastern traditions,” explains Dr Nasim Ashraf, founder of the DNA Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness. “When a new patient comes to us, we do a basic DNA blueprint test with the patient’s saliva, prepare a genetic card, and then based on what we find, we create a holistic lifestyle plan to actually modify those genes from expressing themselves into bad outcomes such as heart disease, inflammation or digestive disorders.”
While this is not a medical clinic that will write you a prescription when you’re suffering from a sore throat, the centre aims to find the cause of the problem, rather than treating the symptoms. Dr Ashraf suggests booking in for a wellness preventative check-up to identify food intolerances, gut issues and similar problems. “Our approach is the kind where we have a team of physicians and practitioners, as well as a naturopath, nutritionist, homeopath and other such experts who will assess your lifestyle and sketch out a detox programme to fit in with your daily routine.”
With its location in the lush Madinat Jumeirah gardens, you’ll be hard-pressed to think of a more peaceful health retreat.
From Dhs1,500-20,000. DNA Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness, Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.dnahealthcorp.com (056 911 7781).DNA Center