We perform acupuncture to address a wide range of diseases in children to the elderly.
In recent years, we have also actively provided treatment for periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) as an intractable pediatric disease.
All procedures are performed in clean individual treatment rooms (those for pediatric patients are also available).
As a preventive measure against infection, treatment is performed with needles (sterilized under high pressure) used exclusively for each patient.
From May 2016 (scheduled), Yamato Acupuncture Clinic will begin to provide treatment on a global basis.
Our treatment abroad will be initially limited to periventricular leukomalacia (PVL).
Although PVL is a disease that is curable to the <complete recovery level>, the level of curability depends on factors, such as the presence/absence of complications, severity of symptoms, and age at treatment initiation. Therefore, it is necessary for all patients to undergo initial consultation and examination before being provided with detailed explanations of their conditions.
Costs of treatment abroad
Initial consultation and examination:
It is necessary for all those desiring treatment to undergo initial consultation and examination. Detailed explanations of conditions, including the possibility of the disease being cured to the
<complete recovery level>
, as well as the level of curability, will be provided during them. Please start to consider treatment after that.( Period about 1-3 days)
• Necessary expenditure (actual cost): the airfare, transport and accommodation expenses, and others
• Treatment (home-visit service) cost per day:
Director: 200,000 yen
Other acupuncturists belonging to the clinic: 50,000 yen
Physical/massage therapists or other staff members: 20,000 yen
Period of treatment: 3-7 days (estimate)
Period 3-7 days (rough guide)
For patients desiring special treatment
Special treatment refers to treatment of the highest grade.
All acupuncture procedures are performed by the director, and subsequent exercise therapy is provided by our most able staff members.
As the costs, number of sessions, and duration of special treatment vary depending on the severity of symptoms, we provide each patient with detailed explanations of this issue after initial consultation and examination.
*Description of the <complete recovery level>
Under these circumstances, it is necessary to avoid excessively clear descriptions of the results, if any, in order to conform to related laws.
In Japan, PVL is currently regarded as a disease that “may deteriorate, but is never curable”. Our treatment methods and outcomes dispel such a view.
The majority of pediatric patients, who are considered by the director to be able to recover to the <complete recovery level>, are diagnosed with “no abnormalities” or “normal conditions” by doctors. It is desirable to use clearer expressions to describe such patients’ conditions; however, the public disclosure of findings on this issue is not allowed in Japan, as they have not yet been fully explained or officially approved by academic societies.
In May 2006, Yamato Acupuncture Clinic reported that PVL can be cured to the
<complete recovery level>
, which was a novel finding both in- and outside Japan.
Until that time, doctors belonging to Western medical associations had shared the view that “cerebral palsy (including PVL) may deteriorate, but is never curable”. The disease had been commonly regarded as an incurable disease on a global basis. In fact, until May 2006, the results of web searches using the keyword “PVL” had mostly been explanations of the disease, without any opinions of doctors or medical institutions supporting its curability. Our report had a marked impact; while a large number of patients visited our clinic from throughout Japan in response to it, some groups criticized it. In such a situation, we continuously provided treatment, and helped a large number of pediatric patients recover to the
<complete recovery level>
. They consequently became able to independently walk, and were enrolled in regular elementary schools, based the results of pre-enrolment health examination which confirmed the absence of abnormalities. When certain conditions (such as the absence of complications) are overcome, PVL may be regarded as a disease that can be cured to a normal health level in the future (*please note that there has been a number of acupuncture clinics affirming that “PVL is curable” since the beginning of 2015, but they have no connection with us).
Age at treatment initiation
For those wishing to recover to the
<complete recovery level>
, it is naturally more effective to begin to receive treatment as early as possible. Treatment can be initiated 3 to 4 months after birth. When initiating treatment within 1 year after birth, it is highly likely that the disease will be cured to the
<complete recovery level>
. The likelihood is the second highest with an age at treatment initiation of 1 to 2 years, and remains sufficient if treatment is initiated with ages younger than 3. In general, it is more difficult to achieve the goal of cure to the
<complete recovery level>
with ages at treatment initiation over 3 (*it is also difficult if complications other than PVL are present. Please contact us for further details).
Provision of special treatment services
We established a treatment method (unpublished) to resolve motor impairment within a short period of time in 2014. Special treatment using this method, for example, enables all patients with difficulty in heel-ground contact (who consequently walk with their heels completely lifted from the ground) due to motor impairment to restore their ability to appropriately walk within a short period of 3 weeks. Target ages are 3 to 6 years. Please note that the therapeutic effects and recovery level vary among patients, depending on the manifestations, severity, hereditary (familial) properties of the impairment, in addition to the degree of paralysis.
Up until last year (2014), we had set our treatment goal at obtaining results (of pre-enrolment health examination) that confirm the absence of abnormalities in 1 to 3 years after treatment initiation, but the short-term special treatment possibly shortens the time needed to achieve this goal to 6 months to 1 year.
It is also likely to reduce the burden of patients visiting our clinic from distant places. If you need more detailed explanations or have any questions regarding this treatment, please contact our reception by telephone.
*Among the various types of cerebral palsy, motor impairment (abnormal muscle tone/stiffness) involved in PVL deteriorates particularly rapidly around the age of 3 in many cases. Even with our treatment method, the condition deteriorates more rapidly than it recovers, leading to difficulty in achieving the goal of cure to the
<complete recovery level>
, so we define the likelihood of pediatric patients older than 3 years to recover to such a level as low. Based on this, we advise those considering treatment to start it as early as possible (the 3-week special treatment may also extend the scope for cure to the
<complete recovery level>
to those aged 3 to 6).
We provide only to 1 to 2 patients a month with the 3-week special treatment. In order to avoid possible difficulties due to increasing demands for the treatment in response to the notification on our website, it is advisable for those considering it to make early appointments. Please feel free to contact us by telephone regarding consultations or questions.
Definition of cerebral palsy
In order to understand pediatric diseases, it is necessary to develop a basic knowledge of cerebral palsy.
*Lesions that occur after the neonatal period tend to be named based on their causes, as they are clear in most cases.
Cerebral palsy is defined by permanent/variable motor and postural abnormalities due to non-progressive cerebral lesions that occur between conception and the neonatal period (from birth to 4 weeks old).
Causes of cerebral palsy
Such as genetic/chromosomal abnormalities, infection, environmental factors including radiation, and hypoxia due to toxemia of pregnancy.
○Perinatal period: between pregnancy and 4 weeks after birth (in a narrow sense, between 22 weeks of pregnancy and 6 days after birth)
Such as neonatal asphyxia and nuclear jaundice.
In many cases of premature delivery, low-birth-weight infants are subject to brain injury as a result of respiratory insufficiency, cardiopulmonary arrest, or various types of stress at birth.
With increases in the frequency of multiple-birth deliveries and the recent advancement of medicine, the number of low-birth-weight infants is markedly increasing, leading to an increased incidence of PVL.
Such as central nervous system infection, acute encephalopathy, head trauma, respiratory insufficiency, cardiopulmonary arrest, convulsive status epilepticus, and cerebrovascular disease.
Such as adducted upper limbs, finger flexor hypertonia, back muscle tension, retroflexion, hip joint tension (protruding buttocks, adducted lower limbs), crossing legs, equinus foot (difficulties in plantar- or dorsiflexion or heel-ground contact when standing), tongue motor dysfunction, and strabismus.
Brain damage frequently involves intellectual impairment, in addition to motor dysfunction.
Such impairment leads to a broad range of dysfunctions from delayed emotional and language development to insufficient spatial cognition/comprehension.
It may also be manifested as speech or visual/auditory impairment.
Definition of the <complete recovery level> in PVL
In the case of neural or somatic degeneration, damaged tissue is not completely restored.
Therefore, in medicine, it is inappropriate to use the term “complete recovery”.
However, even when cells composing the nervous system are degenerated, it is possible to restore their normal functions by establishing a nerve cell network through special treatment, and this helps patients markedly and rapidly recover from intellectual and motor impairments.
Our definition of the <complete recovery level> is based on the results of pre-enrolment health examination (conducted by facilities, such as medical institutions) and our diagnosis, which confirm the absence of abnormalities, in addition to the following 4 abilities: normal gait, running, jumping, and normal lower-limb (particularly heel) rotation during activities, such as riding a bicycle or tricycle.
*An active ankle dorsiflexion angle of approximately 120° or greater is also a basic requirement.
Cases of recovery that allowed elementary school enrolment
Over the past years, we have helped a large number of pre-school children restore their normal gait and other abilities. In these cases, treatment was completed before school enrolment. At the same time, there have also been pediatric patients who achieved the <complete recovery level>, and were enrolled in elementary schools based on the results of pre-enrolment health examination, which confirmed the absence of abnormalities. From now on, we are going to report such cases annually on our website.
Patient name: D.D. (an 8-month-old male living in Kanagawa Prefecture); initial consultation: July 2013; birth weight: 2,029 g (at 31 weeks) *Currently receiving outpatient treatment
“When he was born, respiratory arrest was suspected. Although he was able to roll over, crawling was completely impossible. Coming from South America, we were anxious about language, but we finally decided to have our child treated with acupuncture at this clinic. After treatment, he became able to crawl, in addition to rolling over, and now he can walk with his heels appropriately touching the ground. He can also squat down on his heels fully in contact with the ground to put his shoes on and take them off the shoe rack, and this makes us happy every day. We were very lucky to learn of Yamato Acupuncture Clinic. We truly appreciate this”--- the mother’s statement (October 2015).
Patient name: R.M. (a 10-month-old male living in Kanagawa Prefecture); initial consultation: March 2013; birth weight: 1,234 g (at 32 weeks)
“My child was diagnosed with PVL at the age of 5 months. On developmental screening for 5-month-old infants in a hospital, tension in his legs was noted. Such tension led to difficulty in adopting an appropriate sitting position, and his body fell backwards whenever trying to sit. He could stand only with support, as his heels did not make contact with the ground.
After treatment, he became able to walk with his heels appropriately touching the ground, and we are very grateful for this. Also becoming able to run and jump, he is now scampering about. We as parents never stop worrying about our child, so his treatment is continuing. We thank the director and staff of Yamato Acupuncture Clinic for their continued support” --- the mother’s statement (October 2015).
Patient name: R.S. (a 2-year-old female living in Tokyo Prefecture); initial consultation: October 2014; birth weight: 1,593 g (at 30 weeks) *Currently receiving outpatient treatment
“My child was diagnosed with PVL in a hospital at the age of 1 and a half years. At that time, marked right leg adduction was observed, and her left leg was also slightly adducted. When she became excited, both of her heels were lifted, leading to difficulty walking without them appropriately touching the ground. The other day, on periodical health examination in a hospital, the doctor in charge told me that white matter had increased, and I was very pleased to hear this news.
Now that she can jump and run, in addition to walking with her heels appropriately touching the ground, I feel relieved” --- the mother’s statement (October 2015).
Patient name: N.Y. (a 6-year-old female living in Yamanashi Prefecture); initial consultation: April 2012
“It was difficult for my daughter to keep her right heel touching the ground, and she frequently fell when walking. I suffered from anxiety and worry every day, as she used to fall before taking 10 steps. After the start of treatment in this clinic, her protruding buttocks improved. Her right heel also began to touch the ground after about 1 and a half years. Now she can not only walk well, but also run and jump.
We were so pleased to hear that no abnormalities had been observed at the pre-enrolment health examination.
Without the director’s support, this would not have happened. We were indeed lucky that we met him. I would also like to thank clinic staff for treating us kindly at all times. I am a member of the National PVL Parent Association. At the association’s meetings, it is possible to talk with many parents in similar situations. The association’s activities are very useful, as we can also learn massage techniques to reduce tension in our children at home. A large number of mothers are likely to suffer from distress due to a diagnosis of PVL. I encourage such mothers to participate in the association’s activities to exchange information” --- the mother’s statement.
Process of cure to the
and mechanisms of recovery
The ability to walk appropriately cannot be restored by partially removing tension/contracture, if possible, without addressing the primary cause. Hospitals tend to recommend ankle orthosis use or treatment to reduce lower-limb tension, such as Botox injections and tenotomy, to the majority of patients with severe motor impairment. However, despite these measures, tendon stiffness recurs after a certain period of time, and the ability to walk decreases again...this is an experience very common among such patients.
This tendency may be regarded as a result of insufficient approaches to degenerated/deciduate white matter in modern medicine. In contrast, treatment based on our original theory starts from directly addressing the primary cause by establishing a neural network in the brain, and consequently enables patients to restore their normal gait.
At present, we cannot publish our theory and technique to repair white matter for the following reason: according to surveys conducted by manufacturers and extensive reports at the parent association’s meetings, some acupuncture clinics suddenly began to deal with PVL around April 2011. This resulted in a markedly increasing number of damage reports submitted to the parent association, containing real names and patients’ statements, such as “They said that it was treatment for PVL, but it did not improve my child’s condition”, “There were no clear answers or understandable explanations”, “Their treatment frightened my child, so we quickly withdrew”, “My child’s condition deteriorated”, and “Without previous explanations, they performed massage, and charged an additional fee other than the treatment cost”.
Although we would like to publish more detailed information regarding this, we decided “not to disclose information regarding important items” upon deliberations with patients, all clinic staff members, and those involved in fear of its use for inappropriate purposes. Your understanding regarding this matter would be very much appreciated.
The director provides you with detailed explanations during the initial consultation. Please start to consider treatment after that.
Pervasive development disorder, mental retardation, strabismus, ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), autism, high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, Niemann-Pick disease, Fallot’s tetralogy, hydrocephalus, epileptic seizure, West syndrome, epilepsia nutans, Dravet syndrome, and genetic diseases (inversions, duplications, deletions); we also deal with general diseases.
We are going to respond to your inquiries by phone from May 2016.
Please feel free to ask any questions by email.
We always answer any questions from those who are interested in our clinic and those who want to know about their diseases and symptoms and receive consultation although they are not going to visit the clinic. Please feel free to contact us.
The effect and symptom improvement by acupuncture vary depending on various conditions such as the severity, type, and onset timing of a disease, and the constitution, age, and strength of a patient. Therefore, we advise you to first consult us.