This month the Beike Headquarters was treated to a visit from Dr. Augchara Yaovapak, or more simply known to Better Being Hospital patients as Dr. Ice. Within Beike and Better Being’s continued collaborations, Dr. Ice will help oversee patient’s medical forms and build their stem cell treatment plan following Beike’s recommended protocols. While young, Dr. Ice has a strong medical background and much hands-on experience with patients seeking stem cell treatment.
Dr. Ice graduated from the Faculty of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Huachiew Chalermprakiet University and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2014. Her area of expertise is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including TCM and Tung Acupuncture, Tuina (Chinese massage therapy), Moxibustion, Cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, Orthopaedic and Gynecology TCM. She has been working with Better Being Hospital for one year and has worked in other international hospitals around Asia prior to settling in Bangkok.
Most patient’s know Dr. Ice for her needles. Many patients at Better Being Hospital are experiencing acupuncture for the first time, and Dr. Ice is building a reputation as a “magician,” finding pressure points and areas of pain and relieving it. Some patients often wonder how TCM, or specifically acupuncture relates to stem cell therapy. When asked Dr. Ice will usually point to this study:
Electro-acupuncture at Conception and Governor vessels and transplantation of umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells for treating cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury
In this study it shows that electro-acupuncture at Conception and Governor vessels continuously promoted the proliferation and differentiation of adult stem cells into neurons in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion in rats. Furthermore, electro-acupuncture at the Conception vessel up-regulated the expression levels of neurotrophic factors such as basic fibroblast factors and epidermal growth factors. Accumulating evidence suggests that electro-acupuncture at the Governor vessel enhances vascular endothelial growth factor expression and inhibits cellular apoptosis following acute cerebral ischemic/reperfusion injuries. Essentially, it enhances the therapeutic potency of mesenchymal stem cells including neurological improvement, possibly through induction of angiogenesis.
So while we can see that TCM is helpful in lengthening the stem cell lifespan, Acupuncture is also good for chronic conditions. According to Dr. Ice, “patients with chronic conditions most commonly have chronic pain, numbness, loss of sensation, insomnia, weakness, low energy, bowel movement problems, appetite problems, anxiety, depression, emotional imbalance, and other symptoms which acupuncture treats directly. Therefore, we can use acupuncture treatment according to TCM principles to help the patients fight with all their chronic symptoms better. This is the systemic approach which Functional Medicine teaches and is what makes our treatment unique.”
Patient’s can also look forward to the professional and personal touch from Dr. Ice when receiving our comprehensive stem cell treatment package.