Dr Adrian Heini’s perspective on the science of ageing draws on his long experience. A specialist in internal and preventative medicine and a clinical nutritionist, the doctor has spent two decades working at the fabled Clinique La Prairie Medical Centre in Clarens, Switzerland.
The holistic approach to health and wellbeing at Clinique La Prairie, an unparalleled facility, is not only predicated on the notion that a healthy body requires a healthy mind, but also combines evidence-based and aesthetic medicine with wellbeing, nutrition and exercise in a way that is unique.
“What we show here at the clinic is that ageing is about much more than appearances,” Dr Heini explains. “If the inside of their body isn’t healthy, then there’s no point in embarking on wellbeing treatments or aesthetic surgery. Yes, we offer both, but with our holistic approach we make sure that a patient and their immune system are healthy in the first place.”
While the Medical Centre offers an outstanding range of expertise, incorporating more than 50 leading medical specialists, two operating theatres and 20 post-surgery rooms, as well as an Aesthetic Medicine Centre and Dental Centre of Excellence, it is the Clinique La Prairie Extract, which is the product of the Centre’s state-of-the-art laboratories, that has made it world famous.
The extract is part of the legendary Revitalisation programme, which claims to combat ageing and increase energy levels by modifying the functioning of the immune system.
Famous for nine decades, Clinique La Prairie has attracted the rich and the famous, the powerful and the ailing to Clarens, from Ibn Saud, the founding ruler of Saudi Arabia, and Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal German Republic, to Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant.
The cure was invented in 1931 by Professor Paul Niehans, a Swiss doctor and a specialist in cellular therapy.
Revitalisation may have changed subtly during the intervening decades – today the CLP extract is ingested and completed with a holistic treatment – but its exact makeup has always remained Clinique La Prairie’s most closely guarded secret.
“When I look at the patients I have been working with and following for almost 20 years, or in some cases, patients who started coming to the clinic before I even arrived, I see the difference Revitalisation can make on a daily basis,” Dr Heini says.
Conducted over the course of a week under strict medical supervision, Revitalisation begins with a series of diagnostic tests designed to provide Clinique La Prairie’s team of doctors, therapists, dieticians and fitness experts with all the information they need to develop a bespoke diet and programme of treatments for each client.
By the time the tests, which include blood and genetic analysis, x-ray, abdominal ultrasound and an electrocardiogram, have been completed, clients have received a biostimulant that is designed to prepare their immune system to receive the legendary Clinique La Prairie Extract.
Typically reserved for clients aged 40 or over, the Revitalisation programme is designed to regenerate cells and to combat the effects of ageing, and is particularly popular with those desiring an increase in vitality and energy.
Two intakes of the extract are administered over the course of the programme, together with a wide range of therapies, while clients also enjoy the benefits of the clinic’s full range of beauty and wellness treatments, alongside fitness programmes such as aerial yoga and Pilates. The spa also offers outdoor activities for those who wish to explore the nearby lake and mountains for themselves.
“What makes us and this type of cure unique is its long-lasting effect. With most interventions in the anti-ageing field you are talking about supplements that have to be taken once a day or injections that have to be administered twice a week,” Dr Heini explains.
“Testimony is the best evidence we have and from this we know that the effects can go on for up to two years. It’s not that the cure lasts in your body for that long, it’s more like a chain reaction that is triggered and your body does the rest.”
The product of 88 years of continuous improvement and research, Clinique La Prairie’s Revitalisation is less an elixir of youth than a holistic approach to better ageing and an antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life.
Rather than a means of merely extending life, it is a holistic technique for boosting the immune system and oxygenating tissue, thus enabling recipients to live better, healthier and more active lives.