"A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools" - Spanish proverb
Caring for your health and well-being is important for all stages of your life. While it can sometimes be difficult to talk with your doctor or practitioner about issues such as prostate conditions, erectile dysfunction, or fertility, it is important to be open and honest. After all, these concerns have a major impact on your overall health as well as your sex life, your relationships, and your emotional health.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer powerful tools to help you feel your best.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits beneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra (the tube that trains urine from the bladder). It produces semen, the milky-coloured fluid that transports sperm during ejaculation. Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate that can cause urinary symptoms and pelvic pain. The most common type is chronic (or ongoing) non-bacterial prostatitus. It's causes are unknown, making it difficult to treat. Symptoms may include a frequent and urgent need to urinate, pain or a burning sensation when urinating (dysuria) or pain in the pelvic area, lower back, and genital area. Acupuncture and herbal therapies are very effective in relieving the pain and urinary symptoms caused by chronic non-bacterial prostatitis.
Depression is experienced in both men and women. Men tend to exhibit and report feelings of fatique, frustration, irritability, lack of concentration, sleep disturbances and loss of interest in work and social activities. Profound emotional feelings such as sadness, guilt and grief are acknowledged more by woman than men. Acupuncture can help calm the mind and body, reduce stress, anxiety, and help with male symptoms of depression.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
The prostate naturally grows larger as men age. Often, this does not cause any discomfort. If the prostate compresses the urethra, it can cause a range of urinary symptoms. This condition, known as BPH, is the most common prostate concern. Symptoms can include slowness or dribbling of the urinary stream, hesitancy or difficulty starting to urinate, frequent urination, and the need to get up at night to urinate. Typical treatments for BPH can include self-care techniques, medications, or even surgery. Acupuncture can help with rebalancing and providing overall support to the health of the urinary system.
Prostate cancer can respond very well to treatment, so it is recommended that all men over the age of 50 get yearly prostate cancer screenings. Symptoms can include urinary problems, pain in the lower back or hips and blood in the urine or semen. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, acupuncture and TCM can be helpful in reliving the side effects of the treatment and boosting overall health.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
ED is the inability to sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse at least 25% of the time. It is a common condition that happens to most men at some time in their lives, but ongoing problems could indicate a more serious issue. ED can be caused by conditions such as heart disease, clogged blood vessels, atherosclerosis, or diabetes. Other possible causes include medications, stress, depression, and anxiety. There are many treatments available ranging from medications and mechanical devices to surgery. Acupuncture can be helpful in boosting and supporting sexual stamina, and correcting ED.
Most cases of male fertility are related to low concentration, poor morphology (quality), or poor movement (motility) of sperm. Studies have shown that acupuncture can improve sperm production and quality, as well as help increase the chances of success when used in conjunction with Western reproductive techonogy. Acupuncture and TCM can also help both partners deal with the emotional aspects of struggling to conceive.
Male Menopause (MM)
This is also referred to as androgen decline. As men age, there becomes a decline in the production of testosterone, the male hormone. When this happens symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, depression, mood changes, and sexual problems may appear. Acupuncture and herbal therapy can support men as they age and eliminate symptoms and signs related to MM.