Acupuncture has been used to treat men’s health concerns for thousands of years and is growing in popularity. The reason for this is because many of those concerns such as high blood pressure, depression, prostate problems, infertility and sexual dysfunction, respond very well to acupuncture treatments.
Heart disease and stroke are leading threats to men’s health. By integrating acupuncture and Asian medicine into your healthy heart lifestyle, you can significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
These small steps all can improve your heart health – managing high blood pressure, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, enjoying daily exercise, reducing stress, and improving sleep – and acupuncture can help with them all.
As men age, the prostate is prone to enlargement and inflammation. Signs and symptoms of frequent nighttime urination, painful urination, and difficult urination appears as early as the 40s and about half of men in their 60s, and up to 90% in their 70’s and 80’s are effected. If left untreated, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) can lead to more serious conditions such as urinary tract infections, bladder and kidney damage, incontinence, sexual dysfunction and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture and Asian medicine can help improve urinary flow, decrease inflammation and prevent the progression to more serious conditions. Research studies using acupuncture to treat prostatitis show positive results with participants noticing significant improvement in their quality of life, decreased urinary difficulties and improved erectile functions.
Dr. Christie’s interest in Men’s Health held her to research and publish a case study was the successful treatment of BPH with acupuncture and herbal medicine, “A Case Study on the Management of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine”, The American Acupuncturist, Summer 2013.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common condition among men affecting half of all men between the ages of 40 to 70. ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. Acupuncture and Asian medicine are effective treatments for ED because they address the root cause of the issue.
“At 65 I wasn’t willing to give up physical intimacy with my wife. Thank you, Connie for the treatments and for encouraging me to be patience. It was worth it! “– Alan
Erectile dysfunction is often due to health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, obesity, and stress. Acupuncture can help by rebalancing the body and increasing the flow of Qi and blood to improve microcirculation and strengthen the liver and kidneys, as these are major organs that support healthy sexual function. Treatments also focus on addressing stress and anxiety associated with ED.
Other sexual functions treated are, premature ejaculation, low libido, orgasmic failure, and male climacteric (menopause) .
Depression and Mental Health
Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death among men; it is even higher for younger men. Although experts thought depression affected far more women that men, it is now believed that men’s tendency to hide depressed feelings and not seek professional help has skewed the numbers.
Depression changes the brain chemicals and hormones and affects sleep, energy, digestion and sexual functions. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can ameliorate depression symptoms and help get you back on track to enjoying your life by rebalancing the internal chemical environment.
There is a growing body of research supporting the positive effects of acupuncture on depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain syndrome. The military now uses acupuncture to treat troops with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat stress syndrome.
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