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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to Assist with Fertility Studies have shown that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, positively influence the outcome in male and female fertility disorders. In 2002, a German study showed that acupuncture before and after IVF increased successful outcomes by 50% in the treatment group, compared to the control group that only received IVF. Other studies have shown acupuncture increases uterine arterial blood flow affecting endometrial thickness and possibly even implantation. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments aim to balance the body’s systems i.e. to replenish areas which are deficient or weak, reduce areas which are in excess or over-acting, moisten areas which are too dry and dry those that are too damp and to balance Yin and Yang energies. Herbs may act on any phase of the menstrual cycle, they assist in correcting the production of progesterone and oestrogen, regulate the secretion of ovulatory mucous and stimulate the uterus and ovaries. Chinese herbs are designed to assist the body to produce the correct amounts of hormones on its own. Chinese herbs act on the endocrine system by stimulating the production of hormones via the hypothalamus, they regulate the rate of hormone metabolism and change hormone receptor responses. Herbal medicines may do little when given alone but when combined into a formula their effectiveness is greatly increased. Some common infertility disorders treated with TCM:
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Too high FSH levels
Poor Sperm Morphology and Motility
If you are undergoing IVF and want to combine it with acupuncture treatments, it is best to start the acupuncture about 1 cycle before. You should have acupuncture about once a week for one month before egg retrieval, the day of egg retrieval and then on the day of or the day after embryo transfer.
However it is never too late to use acupuncture and if you are reading this while busy with your IVF cycle, you can still benefit from any amount of acupuncture treatments.
For more information or to book appointments please call Dr Yutar’s rooms on: 011 234 4602
Acupuncture is a medical treatment that has been used for over five thousand years. Simply put, acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body’s surface in order to influence the physiology of the body. By inserting needles into these points the body’s yin and yang energy is balanced and the Qi (pronounced chee) is allowed to move freely. Qi is the life force or energy of the body and a person’s health is influenced by the flow Qi and the balance of Yin and Yang. When the flow of Qi is interrupted, unbalanced or insufficient, Yin and Yang become unbalanced and disease may occur. Qi travels throughout the body along channels called “meridians”. The meridians are the same on both sides of the body, there are 12 paired meridians and 2 that run up and down the body in the centre.
How does Acupuncture work?
Scientists have no single answer to this and as you know many of the functions of the body are still unknown. However there are a few leading theories. By some unknown process, acupuncture raises levels of triglycerides, specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood counts, gamma globulins, and overall anti-body levels. This is called the “Augmentation of Immunity” Theory. The “Endorphin” Theory states that acupuncture stimulates the secretions of endorphins in the body (specifically enkaphalins – pain relieving hormones). The “Neurotransmitter” Theory states that certain neurotransmitter levels (such as seratonin and noradrenaline) are affected by acupuncture. “Circulatory” Theory: this states that acupuncture has the effect of constricting or dilating blood vessels. This may be caused by the body’s release of vasodilaters (such as Histamine), in response to acupuncture. The “Gate Control” Theory, this is one of the most popular theories. According to this theory, the perception of pain is controlled by a part of the nervous system which regulates the impulse, which will later be interpreted as pain. This part of the nervous system is called the “Gate.” If the gate is hit with too many impulses, it becomes overwhelmed, and it closes. This prevents some of the impulses from getting through. The first gates to close would be the ones that are the smallest. The nerve fibers that carry the impulses of pain are rather small nerve fibers called “C” fibers. These are the gates that close during acupuncture. In the related “Motor Gate” Theory, some forms of paralysis can be overcome by Acupuncture. This is done by reopening a “stuck” gate, which is connected to an anterior horn cell. The gate, when closed by a disease, stops motor impulses from reaching muscles. This theory was first stated by Professor Jayasuriya in 1977.
Some Ailments Commonly Treated with Acupuncture
Acne • Allergies • Arthritis • Asthma • Back Pain & Sciatica • Bladder Infections •Coughs • Ear Infections • Eczema • Endometriosis • Headache • Herpes • High Blood Pressure • Influenza Irregular Menstruation • Irritable Bowel Syndrome • Nausea & Diarrhoea • Painful Menstruation Pharyngitis & Tonsillitis • Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome • Premenstrual Syndrome • Psoriasis Rheumatoid Arthritis •Sinusitis (acute and chronic) • Stomach Pain • Thyroid problems • Unexplained Infertility • Urticaria • Uterine Fibroids
What can I expect at an acupuncture appointment?
Dr Graham Yutar’s background also includes homeopathy as a result he draws on his training as a homeopath during the consultation and as well as treatment with acupuncture he may prescribe homeopathic and herbal medicine. Before any acupuncture is done, Dr Yutar will take a thorough case history. That will include your main complaint, past medical history, allergies, current medication and a review of all your systems as well as your emotional state. The first visit may take up to an hour including an acupuncture treatment. Follow-up appointments are usually half an hour. How many treatments can I expect to have? Depending on the nature of your condition and how long you have had it for you may need anything from 6 – 10 acupuncture sessions, but that will be decided during the course of your treatment.
Is acupuncture painful?
A colleague once said to me during my own acupuncture treatment – that it was not pain I was feeling but rather a sensation. I liked that description – acupuncture is sensational! During an acupuncture treatment there are a few different sensations you may experience and they include; aching, a bruised feeling, distension, burning and maybe a sharp shooting pain. During the treatment you will not be more uncomfortable than you can handle and the painful sensation doesn’t usually last more than one second. The acupuncture needles are not hollow like hypodermic needles and because no substance is pushed through the needle, once inserted, it is much less painful than having an injection.
What about the needles?
The needles vary in size and length. The size used will depend on where the needle will be inserted. All needles are individually packaged and are sterile, they are not re-used. The needles are extremely sharp and are substantially thinner than a sewing needle.
How long do the needles stay in for?
Needles can be in place for 20 – 30 min.
As a practicing and registered homeopath, my colleagues and I have often been asked the question, “why and for what conditions should I use homeopathy”. In fact, most people don’t know when or why to consult a homeopath.
With long standing complaints it is safe to say that you should expect results relative to the length of time you have had the condition. It is not a rule – as all people are different and respond differently, but for every year you have had the condition, one month of treatment may be necessary.
Homeopaths aim to treat the underlying cause/s of your complaint and whenever possible the obstacle to cure is removed. When surgery is necessary, homeopath and patient alike should realise the need and make the referral.
Lifestyle and nutritional changes are often recommended by homeopaths and we have gained a reputation for putting people on strict eating plans. If it is an unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits that are the “fuel to the fire” of your complaint then changes need to be made. This is not always necessarily done, but one can’t deny the cliché that you are what you eat – and drink and a healthy body usually has a healthy mind and vice versa.
Why homeopathic medicine…The homeopathic way of treatment aims to aid your body’s own healing ability and to bring you to a state of optimum health. Homeopathy is a medical science with which people of all ages and in any condition of health or ill health should be treated. No medical conditions should be excluded from homeopathic intervention.
Some conditions commonly treated using homeopathy and homeopathic medicines:
Acne • Allergies • Arthritis • Asthma • Back Pain & Sciatica • Bladder Infections • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) • Coughs • Cracking Skin • Ear Infections • Eczema • Endometriosis • Fungal • Infections • Haemorrhoids • Headache • Herpes • High Blood Pressure • Influenza • Irregular Menstruation • Irritable Bowel Syndrome • Nausea & Diarrhoea • Painful Menstruation Pharyngitis & Tonsillitis • Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome • Premenstrual Syndrome • Prostate Hypertrophy • Psoriasis • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Shingles • Sinusitis (acute and chronic) • Stomach Pain • Thyroid problem • Tooth Ache • Unexplained Infertility • Urticaria • Uterine Fibroids • Warts
Homeopathic treatment can also be preventative, you do not need to wait to be sick before you consult a homeopath. Homeopathy is safe and effective as proven by its support from professionals and patients worldwide. There are also a growing number of international trials and articles proving its safety and effectiveness.
Homeopaths are required to give you a diagnosis and when necessary may use conventional tests to confirm it. Homeopaths must be registered with the Allied Health Professionals Council and display proof of registration. Many medical aids will reimburse for consultations and medicines from a homeopath.
For effective results and advice on homeopathic treatment, consult a registered homeopath. When you should consult a homeopath… it is a common misconception that homeopathic treatment takes a long time to work and that it is best used for long standing complaints. Unfortunately people believe this, as homeopathy is actually extremely effective for the treatment of acute infections (colds’, flu’s and coughs’).
With the correct homeopathic treatment, an improvement is expected within twenty four hours after treatment begins. The duration of these types of infections are usually shorter with homeopathic treatment than without and secondary infections are also usually prevented.
The BEMER gives excellent results in:
The treatment of persistent pain, depression and even hyperactive children Stimulation of wound and fracture healing; post-operative recovery Treatment of degenerative ailments of joints and the spine Treatment of fibromyalgia, rheumatism and arthritis Treatment of migraines, headaches, tinnitus Treatment of acute conditions as well as bacterial infections Fast regeneration after competitions and sport injuries Fast regeneration after exercise and used as pre-competition warm-up in sport In dental medicine the calming BEMER therapy is now used in the waiting room and subsequently to shorten healing processes and reducing pain. BEMER therapy represents a new, EMERGING MEDICINE, which will become main stream for reasons mentioned below. The revolutionary BEMER pulse developed by Prof Dr Wolf A Kafka of Germany represents a dramatic breakthrough in the efficacy of electromagnetic field therapy devices. Conventional devices make use of a sinusoidal, trapeze or rectangular wave shape pulse. The latter pulses are applied ailment-specific and as such these relatively simple pulses treat only a part of the organism. The BEMER pulse however, consists of a 2000 times broader spectrum of electromagnetic frequencies and treats the complete body at the same time irrespective of the indication. Specific frequency adjustments are unnecessary as the BEMER treats all cellular energy-related dysfunctions simultaneously. By understanding the needs of the organism to balance and equalize all energy deficits wherever they may occur in the body, an effective bio electromagnetic energy regulation is achieved with the BEMER3000. Each organism strives to maintain life and health and to this end, a biological system has to maintain a continuously appropriate energy balance to maintain its functions and optimum performance. The objective of biologically effective and supportive electromagnetic fields is to assist the enablement of regulation of the body’s health energy parameters. The insufficiency of this energy balance over time results in chronic ailments and dysfunctions. In this case the organism is not able to muster sufficient self regulatory means to mobilise the immune system to fight and eliminate dysfunctions, biological intruders (such as bacteria and viruses) as well as all sorts of chronic ailments. BEMER Therapy is thus not indication-oriented but supplies the organism with energy in a holistic fashion to enable the body to activate natural self-healing and self-regulating processes, irrespective of the particular indication. Even if an organ or function has deteriorated considerably due to illness, the energy supplied to the cells through the BEMER therapy will enable the cell functions to get back to strength and regain full performance. A properly pulsed electromagnetic field interacts with the cells in such a way, that the cells are energetically enabled to do what they were meant to do in the first place. The resulting physiological changes in the human body when subject to a pulsed electromagnetic field are reflected in: 1. Improved macro- and micro circulation 2. Increase in partial oxygen pressure 3. Improved blood characteristics in terms of oxygen carrying capacity and improved flow characteristics. In the end, these few physiological changes are the basis of improved cell-health with resultant better functioning of all organs. After all, chronic symptoms are but an outward sign of a group of cells under stress: lack of oxygen, lack of exercise, poor dietary habits and psychological stress, i.e. life-style! Even 20 years ago the exact interaction of PEM Fields and the positive effect on health, vitality and performance was not well-known and a lot depended on pioneers that experimented and achieved good but inconsistent results. State of the art technology and new medical research has changed all that and as a consequence, today’s results due to PEMF Therapy are astounding to say the least.
Thousands of BEMER3000 users all over the world and thousands of medical practitioners can confirm the effectiveness of this New Emerging Medicine. Non-invasive, easy to use and with no known side-effects BEMER3000 therapy represents the breakthrough in electromagnetic treatment you have been waiting for. The BEMER therapy can be used in conjunction with all other medical treatments without harm but it does of course not replace surgery and other conventional medical treatment. BEMER supplies Quality of Life for a stressful lifestyle. BEMER treatments are available at Dr Yutar’s rooms. Treatments and consultations are done on an appointments basis.
Obesity has become a global epidemic with about 1.3 billion of the world’s population being overweight or obese. According to the WHO obesity is defined as having a BMI of over 30KG/m2. In South Africa 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men are overweight and 20% of the population is obese. Childhood obesity is also fast becoming a significant problem with 17.1% of children between the ages of 1-10 years old are over-weight.
Obesity can be classed as a chronic disease similar to that of hypertension and insulin resistance.
Diseases associated with obesity include: osteoarthritis, sleep difficulties, psychological problems, coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers. An accumulation of abdominal fat is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Medi-Shape Weight Loss Program
Because of the above and the high demand from my patients I have recently introduced a weight-loss program into my practice. The program was designed about 17 years ago, by a Cape Town based G.P, Dr Harry Neveling. The program runs over an eight-week period, it is easy, very safe, supervised and accompanied by natural weight-loss products. Individual support and assessment will be given to you twice a week ensuring weight-loss and helping you through those plateau periods. Dr Neveling has done extensive research on food intolerances and their effect on weight-loss or gain. Using the blood group diet he has been able to circumvent many of the weight-loss problems that food intolerances cause in the weight-loss process. With the help of ALCAT testing the above has been confirmed in his practice and therefore the blood group diet has been incorporated into the program. Weight-loss to be expected over the eight-week period is on average 10-15kg’s depending on how strictly you adhere to the program and how much weight you need to lose. This program is called MEDI-SHAPE, you can get more information from the website: medi-shape.com or you can call my practice to book a time to get started.