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Multi-disciplinary Treatment Approach for Infertility and Impotence

Osteopathy and Fertility

Osteopathy is becoming more relevant in current patient-oriented health care systems in which the body’s inherent self regulating and healing mechanisms are increasingly recognised and valued therapeutically.

This field underlines how three dimensional anatomy (musculoskeletal, myofascial, connective tissue and organ structure systems) relates to physiological function and how manual treatment can help restore optimal function and improve healing.

James takes a holistic, broad investigative approach, using both direct and indirect manipulative techniques, to eliminate the body of negative influences and gear the body towards a more positive and functional state. He also specialises in Visceral Osteopathy, where tensions of the body that resides within the organs, associated tissues are explored and also attend to reflex activity in the central and peripheral nervous systems, neurological emotional—immune links, effective circulation and drainage of all the body fluid systems.

A common cause for infertility is the inability for the body to accommodate respiratory pressures on the viscera, gross body movements such as bending, twisting, reaching, sitting and standing, etc. A restriction has a detrimental effect on all neighbouring structures (such as the reproductive system) and affects the axis of motion of organs, as well as the directions of force lines in the body.

James, as an osteopath, aims to interact with the physiological functions within the body and to promote optimal health and functional capacity for pregnancy to take place by removing irritating factors and barriers to the homeostatic self-regulating mechanisms of the body.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been treating gynaecological dysfunctions with acupuncture and herbal remedies for over 2500 years. In the field of reproductive medicine, hormonal problems are seen as the reflection of an imbalance which is affecting the body’s capacity of producing a child.

In many cases, acupuncture alone, or in combination with Chinese herbal medicine can treat the root cause of infertility, and prepare couples for pregnancy. When used in conjunction with IVF, Oriental medicine has been shown to significantly enhance a woman’s chances of conception. It is now being used, in combination with Western medicine, in many fertility clinics in the United States. Oriental medicine treats infertility by regulating the body’s normal response. While the process is a lot slower, and a minimum of three months of weekly treatments is often required to achieve pregnancy. It is a lot gentler, cost effective, and in many cases a lot more effective.

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The role of naturopathy in fertility is to ensure that there is an adequate supply of all nutritional factors that are essential for healthy sperm and eggs and the growing baby.

Irenenee, as a naturopath, believes that having a healthy digestive system is the key to good health and the quite often the cause of most health conditions. She has the philosophy that the body can heal itself, a tailored diet, lifestyle changes and certain herbs and nutrients can create an optimum environment for baby making.

The naturopathic medicine she supplies can stabilise hormone health, regulate periods, cycle length and ovulation times. It could also help ease endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome as well as improve sperm morphology (the assessment of the sperm shape), motility count and egg quality. This naturopathic approach, can too, help you address the associated stress of trying to conceive and prevent any compromise between your health and foetal development.

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About Infertility and Impotence

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As the body matures, the chances of conception for both sexes gradually decline.

WOMEN over the age of 35 have a greater chance of having medical difficulties that may result in infertility issues including lack of ovulation, poor quality of eggs, thin endometrial lining, poor quality and number of follicles, low progesterone, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and endometriosis. Although age does affect the fertility rate, it is more often the condition of the body that hinders pregnancy from taking place.
Studies have shown that between 35 to 40% of infertility problems among couples are actually attributed to the male partner.

In MEN, low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape, size, and mobility, lifestyle, long term exposure to chemicals, genetics, age and physiological changes can affect a man’s ability to produce offspring. And recent research has found that epigenetic factors can cause gastrointestinal problems that contribute to the formulation of poor quality sperm.

Nowadays, the majority of males with impotence are the overworked professionals and impotence is considered to be a reflection of a larger pattern of poor health, and disease in the body.

Nonetheless, causes of infertility are many and varied and involve male, female or a combination of factors. Therefore, the maintenance of a healthy body is paramount for fertilisation to occur, growth of a healthy baby and minimise any post-conception implications on you and your baby.