Ljupka Peev Naturopath, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine for women's health and fertility.

MEN’S HEALTH

Group of menNaturopathy has much to offer in helping men through different life-stages and in treating and managing conditions related to men’s health. Herbal medicine often provides an excellent treatment option either alone or in conjunction with medical treatment. Ljupka is currently completing a Master of Reproductive Medicine and has a great interest in men’s health.

 

 

Fertility- Preconception, fertility assessment, IVF, sexual health.

Stress, mood change, anxiety, &/or depression

Sleep disturbance

Physical performance

Musculo-skeletal pain &/or injuries

Prostate health

Chronic conditions – risk assessment & treatment for cardiovascular, bone health and others

Cancer support

Consultations

 

Fertility

Naturopathic fertility support can be used whether you:

  • Are thinking about achieving a pregnancy in the near future;
  • Are currently actively trying to conceive;
  • Have been diagnosed with a condition that effects your ability to conceive (or your partner’s);
  • Have had an abnormal semen analysis result;
  • Are experiencing sexual dysfunction;
  • Are undergoing medical treatments to help you conceive.

For more detailed information, please see Fertility Assessment, Preparing for Pregnancy, IVF Support.

 

Stress, mood change, anxiety, &/or depression

We all experience stress at times and whilst low levels of occasional stress are normal, persistent moderate or high levels of stress can effect both our mental health as well as our physical health.

This is because the stress response produces “stress” hormones that interact with reproductive hormones and the immune system. In males, erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation might be the result of “emotional/social” stress or the physical result of the ability of stress to reduce testosterone. Additionally, this may also cause a reduction in sperm production.

In today’s busy lifestyle, with lots of demands placed on a person’s time, it is safe to say that all of us need to learn ways to help manage day-to-day stress.  What sort of pressures we are under and how these stressors manifest in our lives will be different for everyone. Perhaps stress affects your sleep or your mood, making you tired, irritable or anxious?

Herbal medicine is uniquely useful in this area in that there are many herbs that have “adaptogenic” properties. This means that they help to normalise your body’s response to physical, emotional, biological and environmental stressors and increase the body’s resistance to these. In other words, allowing your body to “adapt” to these stressful circumstances and minimise some of the damage that a prolonged stress response can cause.

Ljupka employs lifestyle advice, and herbal and nutritional medicine, where appropriate, to help people manage stress, as well as anxiety &/or depression and has a great network of counselors and psychologists that can provide further help if needed.

 

Sleep disturbance

Whether it is trouble falling asleep, waking throughout the night, waking early, or waking feeling poorly or unrefreshed, sleep disturbance is a common complaint that causes not only fatigue, but also contributes greatly to changes in mood, libido, appetite, headache, physical performance, memory and concentration, and stress tolerance. Often, sleep disturbance is a sign of underlying cause, such as stress, mood disturbance, stimulants in the diet, pain or discomfort, “restless leg syndrome”, or others.

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Once established, sleep disturbance, or insomnia, very quickly becomes habitual and reestablishing a normal sleep pattern can be difficult. Coupled with this, after a few nights of troubled sleep, people will often anticipate insomnia when they go to bed, causing them more trouble falling asleep.

Through an assessment of sleep disturbance Ljupka will help to identify the cause/s and address these however, as well as providing symptomatic relief to break the habitual nature of insomnia. There are many self-help strategies that can be used to ensure good sleep hygiene and improved quality of sleep and in consultation, Ljupka provides individualised strategies and advice.

Herbal medicine provides an excellent treatment choice to help break the cycle of insomnia, reestablish circadian rhythms and improve quality of sleep. These are not physically addictive and often have added benefits, such as improving response to stress and/or improving mood.

 

Physical performance

Physical performance is important not only to athletes but also to most people who exercise for health and for all of us who want enough energy to complete our daily activities will some left over for recreation.

Nutritional medicine is a key aspect of optimal physical performance, where adequate nutrition is vital to maintain the body’s energy needs. Nutritional assessment is equally key here, to identify any nutrient deficiencies that may be compromising performance.

Herbal medicine is uniquely useful in this area in that there are many herbs that have “adaptogenic” properties. This means that they help to normalise your body’s response to physical (as well as biological, environmental and emotional) stress and increase the body’s resistance to these. In terms of physical performance, there is a plethora of research available describing the effects of these herbs on improving energy and performance in athletes.

Together, naturopathic medicine can:ManExercise

  • Improve energy,
  • Reduce recovery time,
  • Treat muscle cramping and pain,
  • Help to manage injuries,
  • Reduce joint damage.

 

Musculoskeletal pain, conditions or injuries

Naturopathic care is commonly sought for musculoskeletal conditions such as:

  • Arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis & osteoarthritis
  • Back pain
  • Gout
  • Muscle cramps & aches
  • Musculoskeletal injuries

Herbal and nutritional medicine can be used to:

  • Reduce inflammation (without negative side-effects),
  • Prevent further joint destruction,
  • Alleviate muscle cramps and pain,
  • Alleviate joint pain,
  • Reduce frequency and severity of gout attacks,
  • Address nutrient deficiencies that effect bone and joint health,
  • Normalise the immune response.

 

Prostate health

Prostate enlargement is common in older men, with an estimated 50% of men experiencing symptoms by age 50 and by age 85, 90% of men show evidence of prostate enlargement.(1)  Symptoms vary but may include:

  • Urinary urgency
  • Increase in Urinary frequency
  • A change in urinary stream – decreased stream, intermittent force of stream, or dribbling.
  • Incomplete voiding
  • Waking overnight to urinate.

Naturopathic treatment can be used to help alleviate symptoms, normalise hormone levels, and optimise prostate and bladder health.

 

Chronic conditions

Risk assessment and prevention strategies are vital to help maintain health and prevent illness. Some key areas of assessment with individualised prevention strategies include:

  • Cardiovascular health – cholesterol, blood pressure, general fitness
  • Blood sugar regulation for diabetes prevention
  • Bone health

Most chronic conditions are largely preventable and are often “silent” or don’t present with symptoms until later stages, so earlier assessment is far better than later treatment.

 

Cancer supportbowelcancer

Naturopathic support during medical treatment of cancer is aimed at addressing side-effects of medical treatment and optimising the health and well-being of the individual, so that they may continue with and complete their medical treatment. This requires experience and expertise in order to ensure safety and best possible outcome. Ljupka has helped support many people through their medical treatment and only does so in collaboration with the treating doctor.

 

Consultations

Consultation with Ljupka is available by appointment. Please call 0488 995 474 or email ljupka@naturopathy.melbourne for appointments.

Ljupka is currently specialising in reproductive health in men and women through a Master of Reproductive Medicine. Read more about Ljupka Peev.

 


References

(1) Hoke, GP, McWilliams GW. Epidemiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia and comorbidities in racial and ethnic minority populations. Am J Med. 2008 Aug;121(8 Suppl 2):S3-10.

 

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