We treat a wide range of ailments with a variety of specific tailored treatment programs.
If symptoms persist consult your medical practitioner.
Hypertension (commonly known as 'Blood Pressure') is a significant contributing risk factor to myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cerebrovascular accidents (strokes).
A contributing factor to hypertension is obesity. Hence one's diet should be easily digestible with adequate protein and any tendency to be overweight must be checked and managed. Highly seasoned foods and large meals before bedtime should be avoided.
Avoid the following:
In our western society, we eat too much salt. You go to a restaurant and there is salt on the table. On top of that, cooks often put more salt than our dietary requirements need. Observing cooking shows, chefs are often adding extra salt into their foods.
"Because it tastes good" is their reply. However, what are the implications of increased salt intake? It adds to hypertension and can put extra strain on kidneys. If your kidneys are not functioning optimally, then it can lead to your entire body potentially shutting down.
Sometimes we can't avoid the salt chefs add to our food when eating out, but at home we can be our own master of our health and make the choice of not adding extra salt to our food. There are so many other ways we can add taste to our food with herbs and spices.
Make the choice!
Abdominal bloating is a condition in which intestinal gas builds up in the digestive tract.
Our diet has a significant impact on the types of bacteria living in the body’s gut. Depending on the food that we consume, our gut health can change and this could cause abdominal bloating. There are other possible causes such as fluid retention, constipation, emotional stress and acid reflux.
Bloating may not cause much difficulty in some patients, but in some it may be related to serious diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It is recommended that you immediately seek medical assistance if along with bloating you experience symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain or weight loss. Being the most common digestive disorder seen by GPs, IBS is 2-3 times more likely to be seen in women. The condition often begins in early adulthood in women with many experiencing more symptoms during their periods.
The exact cause remains unclear. However, the symptoms of hyperactive intestinal muscles associated with abdominal bloating are known to potentially cause pain, cramping as well as diarrhoea. While various research suggest conventional medications are of limited benefit in treating bloating, some studies have shown that acupuncture may help eliminate pain, regulate the motility of the digestive tract and reduce anxiety and depression commonly associated with this condition. According to the British Acupuncture Council treatment with acupuncture could significantly improve the quality of life for patients.
Crohn’s disease is commonly referred to as IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). It is caused by an inflammation of the bowel wall in the digestive tract.
Every year it affects more than 75,000 in Australia. The disease is most commonly seen in those aged between 15 to 30 years old, however it has been reported that in recent years we are seeing more cases of infants and children affected by the disease. Unlike abdominal bloating, it is believed that Crohn’s disease is not caused by any particular diets.
Symptoms include diarrhoea, fever, fatigue, abdominal pain and weight loss among others. Being the most common digestive disorder seen by GPs, IBD is 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed in women.
The exact cause of the disease remains unclear.
The symptoms of hyperactive intestinal muscles associated with the disease are known to cause severe pain such as cramping. Various studies have shown that acupuncture may help eliminate pain, regulate the motility of the digestive tract and reduce anxiety and depression commonly associated with this condition. Treatment with acupuncture could significantly improve the quality of life for patients. Furthermore, according to studies by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Washington DC, acupuncture reduces intestinal inflammation in patients with Crohn’s disease by reversing tissue damages.
Ulcerative colitis is commonly referred to as UC. It is caused by an inflammation of the inner lining of the large bowel. This often leads to symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhoea. According to Health direct, UC affects more than 75,000 in Australia with an estimated 800 new cases diagnosed annually. The disease is most commonly seen in those aged between 15 to 30 years old.
Although there is no known cure to treat UC, treatments are available to manage the discomfort associated with this condition. Along with dietary changes, it is believed acupuncture may help enhance the body’s natural painkillers which is believed to assist in your body regulating inflammation minimizing the pain.
Fatty liver is a condition in which excess fat builds up in the liver cells. The liver, which is the largest internal organ in our body, removes toxins and processes food nutrients. When the health of our liver is compromised, the blood from our digestive system cannot filter properly. This could lead to various complications such as inflammation known as steatohepatitis. Non-alcoholic steatohepatisis (NASH) is the most common cause of liver disease in Australia and is commonly seen in people of older age groups with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Because fatty liver does not cause obvious symptoms, many are unaware of having it until a routine examination. According to Victorian Government Better Health Channel, this condition affects approximately 1 in 10 Australians. While it is normal for the liver to contain some fat, if it makes up more than 10% of the weight of the liver then it is generally determined as ‘fatty liver’. In some serious cases, the liver can become scarred and hardened which in time could cause a condition known as cirrhosis. This often leads to liver failure.
Although there is no known cure, there are a number of things we can do to manage this condition. Making changes to our lifestyles, such as following a healthy diet and exercising regularly are believed to be effective. In a study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Acupuncture treatment was shown to assists in lipid metabolism which reduces abdominal fat accumulation and helps decrease the mass of fatty liver.
Endometriosis is a condition in which some tissues grow outside of the uterus that resembles those that line the uterus. It is a chronic, progressive condition that impacts women s’ physical as well as emotional and mental well-being. According to Endometriosis Australia, 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis in their lifetime often starting in teenage years. 
While the disease is most commonly seen in reproductive organs, it is also frequently found in the bowel and bladder. In some cases, it is known to affect muscle joints, the lungs and the brain. 
Some of the most common symptoms include menstrual pain, irregular bleeding, painful urination, infertility, fatigue and nausea. The cause of the disease is not entirely known, however researchers have found acupuncture to be a more effective treatment than hormone therapy.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition where multiple cysts are found in women’s ovaries.
It is a complex hormonal condition believed to be caused by high levels of ‘male’ hormones, insulin, or both. Although the exact cause of this condition is unknown, it is thought to be linked to insulin resistance in our body.
According to Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), roughly 12- 21% of women of reproductive age are affected by PCOS in Australia. However, almost 70% of women remain undiagnosed. Some of the most common symptoms of PCOS include:
Moreover, many women with PCOS experience difficulty getting pregnant.
It is important to note that PCOS may be a life-long condition in which long-term management is required.
Chronic health risks of PCOS include:
Treatment varies depending on symptoms and whether or not the patient wants to get pregnant.
Pain in the jaw?
Difficulty opening your mouth?
Stuck or locked jaw?
Weird noise or clicking of the jaw?
You may have TMJ disorder. This affects up to 60-70% of all people, who will have sign of a TMJ disorder at some point in their lives.
The TMJ is located where the mandible (lower jaw) attaches to the base of your skull on each side of your head. You can find this by placing your fingers in front of your ears and opening and closing your mouth and you can feel these joints move. Muscles, ligaments and tendons attach across the TMJ to control its movements.
Pain, clicking, locking, facial pain and headache.
The exact cause of a TMJ disorder is not always known. The majority are due to joint degeneration, trauma or injury to the mouth.
Other conditions which can contribute include:
TMJ may contribute to emotional tension or depression. Chronic TMJ pain and dysfunction can be difficult to treat.
There are surgical procedures which involves opening into the joint and joint replacement. However as with any medical procedure there are potential risks, including the facial nerve (7th cranial nerve, that provides the nerve signals for facial movement) which may be affected. Permanent nerve damage is rare but could lead to facial palsy on the affected side and some nerve damage may be permanent.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care’s clinical examination includes:
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care uses an integrated medical approach which may include:
The holistic patient centred approach aims to promote relaxation, relax muscle tone, and reduce stress.
Although some patients respond very promptly, as TMJ disorders can take years to develop, it may take some time for improvement.
 Jonathan Lomas Et al. Australian Journal Of General Practice. Volume 47, Issue 4, April 2018
In pure Chinese medicine the kidney meridian (energy) is regarded as the most important organ in your body (perhaps this is why we are born with two). If your kidney energy is functioning properly, then the rest of the body will likely function properly. Your kidneys draw on your body's core energy. If this energy is depleted in some way through stress, chronic fatigue or immune deficiency your normal kidney function may be disrupted which in turn disrupts may affect your biological clock and sets up a detrimental chain reaction of potential harm to your bodily functions. Similarly, your kidney energy and renal function may be affected through eating the wrong food, drinks and alcohol abuse (besides your liver).
What are some of the effects?
Disruption to your kidney energy may result in stress, chronic fatigue, premature aging of skin, circulation problems, stomach disorders, hormonal imbalance and pre-menstrual problems.
Ig A nephropathy
Glomerulonephritis is the commonest cause of kidney damage. It is where the filtering function of the kidney is not working effectively.
There are a variety of glomerulonephritis- IgA Nephropathy is the most common type in Australia. It affects males more than females, and approximately 10-30% will progress to more kidney damage resulting in end stage renal failure.
Ig A is an immunoglobulin, which is antibody, which is abnormally reacting to parts of our body, and in this case the kidneys.
Left untreated 40-65% Problems with High Blood Pressure and Mild Kidney Failure in later years and
10-30% Develop End Stage Kidney Failure Between 3 to 30 years after Diagnosis .
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Chronic Kidney Disease health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/chronic-kidney Australian Government, Department of Health.
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Bell’s Palsy is a sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of the face. It is caused by damage to the facial nerve through a virus infection. For unknown reasons, it is often seen more in young adults of either gender. It has been reported that between 11 and 40 per 100 000 people are affected by the disease worldwide.
The inflammation caused by the infection puts pressure on the nerve that controls the facial muscles which ultimately results in paralysis of the face. Some of the most common symptoms include droopy appearance around affected side of the face, eye and mouth, as well as overall numbness.
Some may suffer long-term effects.
According to The Copenhagen Facial Nerve Study, approximately 13% are left with ongoing slight weakness and 4% with severe weakness that often result in major facial dysfunctions.
Migraines can be a very debilitating condition. Not only are they painful, they also can cause nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise, weird visual auras and sensations, problems concentrating and missing many days off work and school. For some it can be a problem for over 20 to 30 years and impacts all aspects of life and severely affecting on ones social, family and work life.
Harvard Medical School announced that a 2012 medical study involving approximately 18,000 individual patients over 23 high-quality randomized controlled trials of acupuncture showed that acupuncture is beneficial for headache, along with low back pain and osteoarthritis.
Additionally, the safety profile of acupuncture is excellent, without drugs, without side effects. Other potential benefits include lowering blood pressure to long-lasting improvements in brain function. Acupuncture has emerged as an important non-drug option that may help chronic pain patients avoid the use of potentially harmful medications, especially opiates with their serious risk of substance use disorder.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the communication between the brain and other parts of the body. It affects up to 25,600 people in Australia, with over 2 million diagnosed worldwide. The national MS society estimates that MS is two to three times more common in women than men. While most are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40 years, MS affects both the young and the old alike.
As symptoms vary greatly from one person to another, MS can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms may range from mildly disabling to very significant. According to a 2017 report by The European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) an average diagnosis of MS takes approximately five visits to healthcare professionals. Over one-fifth of those surveyed were initially misdiagnosed with a different illness.
Early intervention is critical as not seeking immediate treatment may cause the delay of definitive diagnosis of MS which can impact the longer-term course of disease as well as quality of life.
Some of the common symptoms associated with MS are problems with motor control such as muscular spasms, difficulty with functioning of arms and legs, sexual dysfunctions as well as fatigue, depression and other neurological problems such as double vision and vertigo.
A 2013 study performed by Global Advances in Health and Medicine has shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for MS. Acupuncture has also been proven to relieve some of the common MS symptoms such as pain, spasticity and numbness.
There are 3 fundamental adult human instincts:
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Good sleep is important for restoring physical and mental health.
When one is not sleeping well, it can impact a lot of other aspects of one's life.
Sleeping disorders may be a sign that the body's normal sleep wake cycle rhythms are not functioning properly. According to the Chinese Yellow Emperor classic of Internal Medicine, an "imbalance of energy flow can upset the brain". This in turn can cause sleep disorders. These may result in an inability to have a sound, restful sleep, or an inability to 'switch off' resulting in sleeplessness.
Symptoms of sleep deprivation include:
The body’s circadian rhythm (internal clock) regulates when and how we sleep depending on our exposure to light. When the day turns into night, your brain releases hormones to make you sleepy. In the morning, exposure to daylight suppresses these hormones and releases brain chemicals to keep you awake.
We should be aiming for at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation is common in western society, with the average adult sleeping for only six or seven hours each night.
Studies show that sleep may be disturbed from :
There are many common conditions that can affect a person’s sleep. These include:
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care's sleep management may include advice regarding:
Professor Yoland Lim's famous mantra fittingly applies to sleep issues. Some people misleadingly seek out medications, and other vices trying to cope with lack of sleep by using:
Insomnia is often caused by stress and worry. Our medical approach is to work in conjunction with fellow medical practitioners and specialists with a general medical holistic patient centered approach to help co-ordinate and integrate care, including wellbeing, stress, and mental health in addition to acupuncture
Management may involve guided meditation and relaxation with binaural therapy. Relaxation 'Si Ba Si' exercises may also be advised.
Many factors contribute to how we feel before, during and after pregnancy.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care works in conjunction with fellow medical practitioners and specialists with a general medical holistic patient centered approach to help co-ordinate and integrate care of the patient, including, but not limted to, wellbeing, stress, and mental health.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care has a range of treatments which may complement your Obstetrician, GP, and midwife care.
The average age of Menopause in Australia is 51 years old. Some women are affected much earlier than this while others several years after. You may have one or more symptoms consistent with the hormonal changes in your body, such as excessive sweating, hot flushes, headache, sleeping problems, and loss of libido. For some women HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) may work well, however for others there may be potential side effects.
The Royal Women's Hospital state that "Some women also benefit from acupuncture."
Archives circa 1980's, Collette Mann's "Amazing Weight Loss" article Australian print media, patient of Professor Yoland Lim Health Care.
When undergoing oncology treatment such as radio and chemo therapy, there are a variety of factors which contirbute to how patients feel day to day. For some they may have significant side effects of therapy.
Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in males.
 Healthed Email to Medical Doctors "PSA Curly Cases and the Emergence of MRI" 23/9/19
Back pain affects up to 90% of us at some stage of our life, with nearly 4 million Australians suffering from this every year. There are many various causes of this and we recommend that this get checked out by your medical doctor. This must be assessed thoroughly, and investigations may be required. As Dr Justin Lim and Dr Selina Lim have worked in the Emergency Departments in major Australian and European Hospitals they understand the importance of ensuring that this is not caused by a major critical condition such as a Myocardial infarction (MI) or an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and then referring for imaging if appropriate to find the cause of the back pain.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care’s Fong Yang Therapy Back Pain program is a natural form of treatment aimed at getting you back to more functioning of activities of daily living. We have worked closely with medical specialists such as neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and anaesthetic pain specialists to reduce the requirement of potentially addictive prescription only opioid medication, which may also have possible severe side effects for some patients.
Harvard Medical School stated in a 2012 medical study involving approximately 18,000 patients over 23 high-quality randomized controlled trials showed that acupuncture is beneficial low back pain, in addition to headache and osteoarthritis . Studies published in American Family Physician stated acupuncture was of benefit for chronic low back pain in certain situations.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have education activities for doctors which include "Non-pharmacological therapies in back pain" which is education "to provide an update for GP’s on risk factors for low back pain, screening tools, and evidence for non pharmacological therapies including exercise, manual therapy, and acupuncture in the management of low back pain".
Additionally, the safety profile of acupuncture is excellent, and as Professor Yoland Lim's catch phrase states- "Without drugs, without side effects". Other potential benefits may include lowering blood pressure along with relaxation. Acupuncture has emerged as an important non-drug option that can help chronic pain patients avoid the use of potentially harmful medications, especially opiates with their potentially serious risk of substance use disorder.
 Chronic low back pain: evaluation and management. Am Fam Physician. 2009 Jun 15;79(12):1067-74.Last AR1, Hulbert K.Medical College of Wisconsin, Racine, WI 53403, USA. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Last%20AR,%20Hulbert%20K.%20Chronic%20low%20back%20pain:%20evaluation%20and%20management.%20Am%20Fam%20Physician%202009;79:1067%E2%80%9374.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) and Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) do not only affect professional athletes. In fact, most of the cases of these actually happen in non-elite athletes. A range of factors may contribute especially repetitive or awkward motion of the arm, elbow or forearm, excessive keyboard and mouse use with a non-ergonomic, uncomfortable setup.Lateral Epicondylitis is the inflammation of the lateral epicondyle (outside of the elbow) which cases pain and tenderness, especially on twisting door knobs or holding the steering wheel. Medial Epicondylitis can cause discomfort on the inside of the elbow in pulling and flexing of the elbow. As Dr Justin Lim has worked in the Emergency Departments in major Australian and European Hospitals he understands the importance of ensuring and confirming the diagnosis and instituting the optimal treatment program for you. Professor Yoland Lim Health Care’s program is a natural form of treatment aimed at getting you back to being able to participate in everyday activities. Patients referred by Sports Physicians and Orthopaedic doctors may have had cortisone injections with limited benefit.Fong Yang Therapy, Professor Yoland Lim Health Care's form of acupuncture is used, "without drugs, without side effects".
Muscle cramps is a condition which can affect most of us at some stage of our lives. The cause of cramps is not always very clear as it is largely associated with the patient’s physical as well as emotional condition. There are many various causes to this, such as tight muscles, mineral and electrolyte imbalances, muscle fatigue, dehydration as well as poor blood circulation. In some cases, a medical condition is known to cause this condition such as pregnancy, kidney failure or low thyroid gland function.
Muscle cramps can affect people of all ages in different areas of the body. However it is most commonly seen in middle-aged and the elderly during rest, post exercise or at night during sleep. The symptoms are usually painful and uncontrollable spasms of muscles. Commonly affected areas include abdominal wall, lower leg, thighs and arms. Some people experience difficulty walking due to intense pain.
According to data provided by The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), acupuncture can be an effective treatment for patients with cramps by improving muscle metabolism through the release of energy.
Although they are generally harmless, it is important to note that regular occurrences of cramps that last longer than a few minutes should be consulted by a medical doctor as they could be a symptom of an underlying medical disorder such as atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) or spinal nerve compression.
Neck pain affects approximately 80% of the population at some stage of lives. The pain typically spreads from the neck towards the shoulders or upper back often causing headaches.
The neck supports the head and consists of seven bones (vertebrae) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by two facets joints and a disc as well as ligaments. Muscles provide movement for the neck. A fully functioning neck provides movement, allowing us to see all directions. It is often debilitating for those affected because of the restriction of movement experienced due to pain.
There are many various causes of neck pain, such as poor posture, prolonged use of computers, bad sleeping positions, injuries such as a muscle strain, arthritis as well as wear and tear in the bones of the neck which is a normal part of ageing.
According to a study by Harvard University, an acute episode of neck pain with conservative management typically resolves in approximately 6-8 weeks. While the majority of those affected see improvement, the study showed that chronic neck pain persists in 10-34% of those affected.
The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states acupuncture to be “a well-accepted and widely used complementary therapy for the management of neck pain caused by cervical spondylosis (CS)”.
Shoulder pain is a common condition which frequently becomes chronic. Chronic shoulder pain (CSP) is a common disease causing both pain and functional limitation which has substantial affects on quality of life. According to The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), shoulder pain is the third most common reason for patients to seek medical care. It is reported that approximately 10% of medial consultations with GPs are for musculoskeletal related problems.
Some of the common symptoms associated with shoulder pain include pain, stiffness and weakness. People affected commonly experience a combination of these symptoms. There are many various causes such as general wear and tear with increasing age, arthritis, overuse and poor posture. In serious cases, the cause of the pain could be a result of injuries such as bone fractures, shoulder dislocation or shoulder impingement syndrome.
According to The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), acupuncture is an effective treatment for treating chronic pain.
Ear piercing is a combination of both an art and science. The precise optimal location for your ear piercing(s) are important so that is does not interfere with your natural energy (Qi). When not in the proper location it may adversely affect your health.
Tinnitus is an annoying, often constant, ‘ringing’ noise in the ears. It may be high pitched and of varying nature, such as ‘rustling, train like, or whistling’. It may result from a side effect of prescribed medication and may be associated with excessive noise, headache, sleeping problems and loss of energy.
Commonest causes of tinnitus include:
It can also be due to:
What is mental rejuvenation?
How do we rejuvenate our mental well-being?
The word ‘rejuvenate' means to look or feel better, younger, revitalized, regenerated and improve the psychological and mental vitality. Mental rejuvenation is the state we have when the mind feels optimized and prepared to take on any tasks at hand, with all the heaviness, complexities and muddled thoughts are removed.
In today's hectic world, it seems everywhere you turn there are people who stressed out and exhausted. We want to rejuvenate our health and well-being, whether it be physical or mental.
Practicing meditation in conjunction with binaural therapy, Professor Yoland Lim Health Care's form of Meditation Music (Chanting), ideally needs to be practised daily and consistently. It is not a quick fix, although it does have benefit even in the short term. By doing it at least daily for 6 weeks, it increases the liklehood of benefit. When we are calmer, we usually make better decisions, and can think clearer, with the external stressors clouding our judgement.
‘Brahmi’ is a medicine traditionally used by sub continental people and is regarded as the reason why they are able to have such brilliant memory. Medical studies reinforce this as they have shown an antioxidant effect and cellular protective effects. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy and asthma, ulcers, tumours, ascites, enlarged spleen, inflammation, anaemia, and gastroenteritis.
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It is known that the body produces certain morphine-like substances, known as endorphins, during times or actions of 'pleasure'.
This is nature’s way of bringing a form of well-being to the body. It has been said that β(beta)-endorphins are released at certain times, e.g. after exercise, after a pleasurable event.
Research from USA and Netherlands has suggested that some people are both born with abnormally low amounts of beta-endorphins or an inferior mechanism for producing them. In society, some use (varying amounts of) alcohol, tobacco and drugs to replace these endorphins by giving the body a feeling of ease. Individuals with a lower amount of endorphins are at increased risk of becoming addicted to these vices. Hence for some it is very challenging to break the addiction.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care’s acupuncture Fong Yang Therapy treatment program is based on the knowledge of thousands of years of opium use in China, and ‘antidotes’. In conjunction with a patient centred, multidisciplinary medical approach, the aim is to re-increase the production of β-endorphins back up to normal levels.
When this occurs, cigarettes may start to become unpleasant to taste (probably likely as the body no longer needs the nicotine). Tobacco addiction is just as much an addiction as heroin, alcohol, sugar or coffee and ceasing the availability of such substances may be too great a shock to the body for some patients. Alcohol withdrawal is a known secondary effect of suddenly ceasing drinking. Depending on the individual, Professor Yoland Lim Health Care treatments are tailored for the individual and their addiction. For some a weaning process may be recommended, while others a strict cessation may be advised.
Our bodies produce a certain amount of energy each day to enable normal cellular body functions to be carried out. One critical function performed is by the immune system in fighting off ‘foreign invaders’ such as viral, bacteria, fungal and yeast infections.
Multiple external influences, such as physical and mental stress, sickness, medical conditions and rapid and dramatic temperature changes may affect our immune systems. This can weaken the body and make us more susceptible to colds and flus. External chemicals and pollution of our modern society may weaken the immune system because vital body 'energy' is used to metabolize and process these toxins that we inhale, eat, drink and in some cases inject.
Influenza ‘Flu’ viruses may be prevented by vaccination. However for some people, even after having a flu vaccination, they may still be susceptible some other strains of the flu. Some medical researchers have previously mentioned that overall, only less than 30% of all people vaccinated have some protection each season.
Antibiotics may not be helpful in certain cases as they only act against bacterial infections and the overuse of antibiotics may cause an increase in antibiotic resistance.
What is Arthritis?
The word arthritis means ‘inflammation of the joints’ - a condition involving pain, swelling, heat, stiffness and sometimes redness of a joint. Arthritis is so widespread that an entire chapter in Professor Yoland Lim's book 'Your Body is Your Doctor' is dedicated to this non-discriminatory and ancient chronic crippling disease. It affects multiple levels of society, traditionally including Egyptian pharaohs, through to others in their, and our society.
Professor Yoland Lim states that whilst climatic conditions of 'dampness' and changing weather in the world may be contributing to the high incidence of arthritis, in his opinion diet is a greater cause. The optimal diet for arthritis should be curated to avoid obesity whilst maintaining good healthy nutrition. Professor Yoland Lim's management program has treated a number of patients over the last nearly 50 years.
This program consists of three steps:
The elimination and cleansing process is the most important. The body becomes a storehouse of junk which has been deposited in the cells. It is vital that your body has a 'clean' foundation to build on. Through time, whether it be from dietary factors, or chronic overuse, or a genetic component, just like a building, our foundations must be strong. The cleansing process initially involves a calm mental approach.
The building up process may incorporate physical and breathing exercises, which are known to improve circulation, increase oxygen intake thereby bringing more nutrients to the cells for repair and dissipate unwanted metabolites. The building up process involves a positive physical and mental approach to health. A nutritious fresh food diet may be prescribed along with other medications.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care's medical approach (Fong Yang Therapy) is to work in conjunction with fellow medical practitioners and specialists with a general medical holistic patient centered approach to help co-ordinate and integrate care of the patient, including wellbeing, stress, and mental health in addition to acupuncture.
Doctors who are up to date with medical research in the benefits of acupuncture, know there is a famous and well respected Vickers Trial, which was a "Systematic review...with a total of 17,922 patients analysed. Conclusions: Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain".
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is considered the most serious form because of its long, chronic course and the severe disability it may cause. It affects three times as many women as men. Usually worse in the morning and has stiffness lasting up to several hours, but gets slightly improved with movement.
Typically RA progresses slowly affecting similar joints on both sides of the body simultaneously namely Metacarpophalangeal (knuckles) and Distal Interphalangeal (outer) finger joints, wrists and elbows. In the early stages, the joints grow puffy, painful and stiff. The inflammation soon begins to damage cartilage in the joints. Initially flare-ups of joint pain may quieten down for weeks at a time, but the inflammation usually always returns and finally becomes chronic.
After several months to years, it moves into a second stage. Hard nodules form under the skin near the affected joints. The acute inflammation may quieten down but joint damage may become progressively more sinister. Continuing muscle spasm may dislocate and twist the finger joints. Typical signs include ulnar deviation (outward) displacement of fingers, ‘Z deformity’ of the thumb and boutonniere and swan neck deformity of the fingers. Knees or hips (delayed in 50%) can become so crippled that they can’t bear weight or even be moved without extreme pain.
The disease may start immediately after some severe physical or emotional shock, such as an internal infection or a significant emotional event.
RA is an auto-immune reaction where the patient’s own natural immune defences attack the linings of the joints as if they were a threatening foreign body. Professor Yoland Lim Health Care may order pathology tests looking for ‘rheumatoid factor’ which is positive in 70-80% of patients and ‘anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) which is very specific fpr RA (positive in 96% of patients).
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the commonest arthritis and is a degenerative joint disease occurring in 10% of the adult population with 50% of over 60 year olds having it. Sooner or later, if you live long enough, you are likely to encounter this. It affects both men and women equally.
For some it is only a minor, occasionally disabling irritation but for others it may be a continual source of distress.
Unlike RA, OA joint involvement is not necessarily symmetrical. Pain and stiffness gets worse by the end of the day and worse with activity. It feels better after resting and worse in cold and damp conditions.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care may advise on daily range-of-motion exercise, such as its Fong Yang Therapy Exercises but vigorous exercise is cautioned against as this may do more harm to already damaged joints.
Since many people with OA simply can’t engage in regular exercise, weight control becomes even more important. But a 'crash diet' that may harm the rest of the body is not advisable. What is needed is a balanced nutritional diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat or other protein and some non-sugary cereal foods and dairy products in small enough quantities to achieve a gradual consistent weight loss.
Gouty Arthritis is an abnormality of monosodium urate (Uric Acid) crystals which abnormally deposit in joints. With proper treatment, good symptomatic control of the disease can occur although the underlying condition is incurable.
Uric Acid is a natural chemical waste product in our body. It may be caused by too much alcohol, starvation and certain prescription medications (such as diuretics). When predisposed patients consume too much seafood, cheese, beer and wine, the precursor for uric acid, purines are in excess. When uric acid can’t be metabolised sufficiently in our body nor excreted in our urine (some people have ‘inborn metabolic errors’ preventing this) it results in excruciatingly painful joints, predominantly, but not limited to the big toe of our feet.
Up to 8% of men get this, and are usually in their 40s-50s.
Treatment of gout requires medicines to fight inflammation and get rid of the excess uric acid.
Although the ‘big three’ – rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gouty arthritis account for the vast preponderance of arthritis, there are also other forms.
An example is that there are several forms of juvenile (child) arthritis, different from the adult form, which can commence from infancy through to late adolescence, and beyond.
There are no ‘miracle diets’ for arthritis. A balanced, nourishing diet is advised and designed to keep the body strong and at its proper weight. Certain kinds of arthritis may involve special dietary considerations. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis may feel ill, stop eating and lose weight.
People with osteoarthritis tend to become inactive because of joint pain and thus gain weight. A sensible reducing diet (not a sudden crash program) may be required. Patients with gout may have to cut back their intake of certain meats, shellfish or alcohol.
It depends on the kind of exercise, and the kind of arthritis.
In active rheumatoid arthritis, the painful stiff joints tend to freeze up. They must not be allowed to do so. Each affected joint should be mobilised and if possible through its complete range of motion, at least twice a day – with the aid of another person if necessary.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care has developed gentle exercises which will be tailored for your treatment. Walking and swimming also may form an important part of the treatment.
Relieving the joints of unnecessary work is an important part of treatment, but these joints must not be allowed to be totally immobile.
Arthritis treatment program may involve:
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care also recommends:
i) Balanced fresh food diet
ii) Eliminating sugar, flour, chicken and tinned and pre-packaged food from the diet while
iii) Increasing daily consumption of fresh vegetables.
A positive calm mental approach, exercises, and physical and breathing exercises may be advised to improve circulation and increase oxygen distribution.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) and Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) do not only affect professional athletes. In fact, most of the cases of these actually happen in non-elite athletes. A range of factors may contribute especially repetitive or awkward motion of the arm, elbow or forearm, excessive keyboard and mouse use with a non-ergonomic, uncomfortable setup.
Lateral Epicondylitis is the inflammation of the lateral epicondyle (outside of the elbow) which cases pain and tenderness, especially on twisting door knobs or holding the steering wheel.
Medial Epicondylitis can cause discomfort on the inside of the elbow in pulling and flexing of the elbow.
Dr Justin Lim and Dr Selina Lim have worked in the Emergency Departments in major Australian and European Hospitals and they understand the importance of ensuring and confirming the diagnosis and instituting the optimal treatment program for you.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care’s program is a natural form of treatment aimed at getting you back to being able to participate in everyday activities. Patients referred by Sports Physicians and Orthopaedic doctors may have had cortisone injections with limited benefit. Fong Yang Therapy, Professor Yoland Lim Health Care's form of acupuncture is used, "without drugs, without side effects".
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in which the thick fibrous plantar fascia tissue that connect the calcaneus (heel bone) to the toe are inflamed often causing severe pain. Although it is seen equally in both active and sedentary people, plantar fasciitis is particularly known to affect those between the ages of 45 to 65 years old. Studies have shown that women are almost 2 and a half times more likely to be affected by this condition than men.
It is actually a degenerative process so should actually be termed 'plantar fasciosis', although some patients have swelling and oedema associated with this.
Common symptoms include sharp pain, swelling and tenderness in the foot and heel area. The pain could be worse in the morning and in severe cases can cause limping. However, it is important to note that not all people with this condition experience pain. Some have heel spurs with just numbness.
Studies have shown that a substance called adenosine which is released during acupuncture is believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
 Medicine Today Volume 20 Number 9 September 2019