Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been used to treat men’s health concerns for thousands of years and are growing in popularity. The reason for this growth in popularity is that many health issues that men face, such as high blood pressure, prostate problems and depression, respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments.

 

Primary health issues that affect men include:

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Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease is the leading men’s health threat, with heart disease and stroke topping the list of the first and second leading causes of death worldwide. By integrating acupuncture and Oriental medicine into a heart healthy lifestyle, you can dramatically reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Taking even small steps to improve your health can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease by as much as 80 percent. Steps to prevention include managing high blood pressure, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress and getting better sleep. All of these issues can be helped with acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Acupuncture has been found to be particularly helpful in lowering blood pressure. By applying acupuncture needles at specific sites along the wrist, inside the forearm or in the leg, researchers have been able to stimulate the release of natural opioids in the body, which decreases the heart’s activity and reduces its need for excess oxygen. This, in turn, lowers blood pressure.

A German study published in the June 2007 issue of Circulation found that acupuncture significantly lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The extent of the blood pressure reductions by acupuncture treatments was comparable to those seen with antihypertensive medication or aggressive lifestyle changes, including radical salt restrictions. By the end of the six weeks, 24-hour ambulatory systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly reduced from baseline in the acupuncture-treated patients while there were no significant changes seen in the sham acupuncture group.

Lung and Other Cancers

Acupuncture was shown to be effective in the treatment of cancer according to an encouraging 2011 study called “Acupuncture May Stimulate Anticancer Immunity via Activation of Natural Killer Cells.” An acupuncture point in the lower leg called ST36 proved particularly useful by increasing the production of white blood cells. This action compelled the researchers to dub ST36 as the “immune-enhancing acupoint.”

The study showed acupuncture can also mitigate side effects such as fatigue, pain and severe dry mouth which often accompany standard therapies. Making use of ear points to soothe fear can also be beneficial for men that have symptoms of cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in men. Tobacco smoke causes 90 percent of all lung

cancer, so you should make every effort to quit smoking for improved health and longevity. If you are ready to quit smoking, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help.

Shown to be an effective treatment for smoking and other addictions, acupunctu

re and Oriental medicine treatments for these issues focus on jitters, cravings, irritability, and restlessness; symptoms that people commonly complain about when they try to quit. Treatments also aid in relaxation and detoxification.

In one study on

substance addiction, a team from Yale University successfully used auricular (ear) acupuncture to treat cocaine addiction. Results showed that 55 percent of participants tested free of cocaine during the last week of treatment, compared to 24 percent and 9 percent in the two control groups. Those who completed acupuncture treatment also had longer periods of sustained abstinence compared to participants in the control groups.

Depression and Mental Health

Men are fo

ur times more likely to commit suicide than women, reports the Men’s Health Network, which attributes part of the problem to under-diagnosed depression in men. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 6 million men have depression each year in America alone. It is now believed that the male tendency to hide feelings of depression and to not seek professional help has skewed previously reported numbers. Depression in men does not present solely as extreme sadness. Depression in men may present as anger, aggression, burnout, risk-taking behavior, mid-life crisis or alcohol and substance abuse.

When people are suffering from depression, brain chemicals and stress hormones are out of balance. Sleep, appetite, and energy levels are all disturbed. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can alleviate symptoms associated with depression and mental health issues by helping to rebalance the body’s internal systems.

The growing body o

f research supporting the positive effects of acupuncture on depression, anxiety, and insomnia is so strong that the military now uses acupuncture to treat troops with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat stress syndrome.

Prostate Health

The prostate is prone to enlargement and inflammation as men age, affecting about half of men in their sixties and up to 90 percent of men in their seventies and eighties. If left untreated, benign prostate gland enlargement, which presents with symptoms such as frequent nighttime urination, painful urination, and difficult urination, can lead to more serious conditions such as prostate cancer, urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat prostate problems to relieve the urinary symptoms and prevent more serious conditions from occurring. The few studies completed on acupuncture and prostatitis show positive results, with participants noticing a marked improvement in their quality of life, a decrease in urinary difficulties, a

nd an increase in urinary function.

Reproductive Health

While reproductive health concerns may not be life threatening, they can still signal significant health problems. Two-thirds of men older than seventy and up to 39 percent of men around the age of forty report having problems with their reproductive health. Oriental medicine can help treat various male disorders. As men age, a decrease in the function of male reproductive organs occurs and they experience andropause, or male menopause.

The decline of testosterone production gradually starts in the early thirties and continues through the mid-fifties. In contrast to menopause, which happens over a much shorter period of time, the signs of andropause creep up gradually, making an accurate diagnosis tricky.
Testosterone directly influences many bodily functions and organs, including the heart, prostate, muscles, blood sugar, fat metabolism, bone density, libido and mental cognition. Sudden mood changes like depression and anger may also result from andropause. Signs and symptoms of andropause can include loss of libido, enlarged prostate, weight gain, osteoporosis, sterility, urinary problems and infections, and digestive problems.

According to Culley C. Carson, M.D., of the Boston University School of Medicine, it is estimated that more than 60 percent of men over age 65 have free testosterone levels below the normal values of men in the 30 to 35 age range. While the incremental loss of testosterone represents the natural life cycle in an aging, healthy male, more severe levels of decrease can prove detrimental.

Other male reproductive health conditions that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help include premature ejaculation, low sperm count, diminished sperm motility, impotence, hernias, testicular pain, prostatitis, male infertility, and andropause.

7 Nutrients to Support the Immune System

by Hon Lee on May 2, 2017

A class of plant chemicals known as bioflavonoids has been found to dramatically reduce inflammation and improve symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders.

Tea
Both green and black tea contain the flavonoids catechin and theaflavin, which are beneficial in treating autoimmune disease.

Apples
Apples (with the skin on) contain the flavonoid quercetin, which can reduce allergic reactions and decrease inflammation.

Quercetin also occurs naturally in other foods, such as berries, red grapes, red onions, capers and black tea.

Carrots
Carotenoids are a family of plant pigments that include beta-carotene. A lack of carotenoids in the diet is can cause inflammation.

Good sources of carotenoids include apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, butternut squash and collard greens.

Garlic
Garlic contains a compound called allicin which supports the immune system and has both antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities. Research suggests that components of garlic may reduce the incidence of cancer cell formation in the body in much the same way vitamin C does.

Ginger
Ginger contains compounds called gingerols that reduce inflammation in the body by inhibiting prostaglandin and suppressing the immune system’s production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines.

Omega-3
Omega-3 essential fatty acids can counter the formation of chemicals that cause inflammation. Good, natural sources include flaxseed oil and salmon.

Fiber
A healthy and active colon can decrease food sensitivity and lighten the burden on your immune system.

Acupuncture for Autoimmune Disorder Relief

May 2, 2017

Treating Autoimmune Diseases with Acupuncture Over 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions […]

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8 Self-Care Tips for Seasonal Allergies

April 30, 2017

Click this link to learn 8 Self-Care Tips for Seasonal Allergies

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Can Acupuncture Improve Fertility?

February 2, 2017

The following is from a Pacific College of Oriental Medicine posting, sourced to http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&;id=15808 When used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26%. A recent study from Tel Aviv University reports, ““When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent […]

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Mindfullness and Meditation

January 23, 2017

Being mindful is to focus awareness on the present moment, acknowledging and accepting what you are feeling and thinking. Mindfulness enables us to let go of tension, increases our ability to form connections with others and deal with unexpected events. Increasing mindfulness has many benefits, including improved mental well-being, including improved control of emotions and […]

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Boost Memory & Learn New Skills

August 2, 2016

Having difficulties focusing, remembering tasks or organizing your thoughts? It may sound strange to learn that cognitive function is not solely the job of the brain alone; other parts and organs of the body are involved—the heart and kidneys both partner with the brain to nurture a healthy and attentive mind. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine […]

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Take care of your Thyroid

July 12, 2016

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and is found at the front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. Although small in size, this gland has a big influence on the body’s ability to transform food into the energy needed to sustain life. Thyroid hormones control the growth, temperature, and function of every […]

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Got Seasonal Allergies?

April 30, 2016

What Are Seasonal Allergies? Commonly called hay fever or allergic rhinitis, a seasonal allergy is an allergic reaction to a trigger that is typically only present for part of the year, such as spring or fall. Pollens that are spread by the wind are usually the main cause. People who are allergic to pollens are […]

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Pressure point for Allergies

March 28, 2016

The below information is from an Acutake.com newsletter about a useful pressure point you can massage on your foot if you suffer from allergies. “The most popular acupressure points for allergies are located on the face, but if you don’t feel like poking around up there, here’s one on your ankle. Spleen 5 is often […]

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Ten Tips for Happy Meals!

January 14, 2016

Eat like a prince or princess for breakfast, an emperor or empress for lunch, and a pauper for dinner. Avoid eating when angry or stressed, otherwise your energy will be diverted away from processing your meal. Prepare your food with love and eat consciously. Eat slowly and chew your food well! Don’t chill your Spleen […]

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Feed your brain, exercise your mind

December 1, 2015

According to Yian Gu, a Columbia University assistant professor of neuro-psychology, eating the right foods can postpone brain aging. A recent study showed that adults age 65 and older who ate at least five foods from a Mediterranean type diet (such as fish, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes and olive oil) and consumed moderate amounts […]

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Brain Power

September 21, 2015

Want to boost your brain power? Then eat more leafy green vegetables.  Martha Clare Morris, director of nutrition at Rush University, reports that a 10-year study of more than 950 oder adults found that those who consumed just one or two serevings of leafy greens daily had the cognitive abilties of people a decade younger. […]

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Got Neck Pain? Eat Cherries!

July 15, 2015

Chinese medicine pays attention to the color, flavor, and thermal properties of foods, as well as how the foods are cooked or prepared. These factors determine how foods can be used as medicine to influence the physiological functions of the body’s organ systems, including the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, skeletal, and endocrine systems. Cherries, for example, are red, […]

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Spring Forest Qigong Summer 2015 Events

June 8, 2015

I teach Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) and recommend it to all my friends and patients as a simple yet profoundly powerful way to attain physical, emotional, and spiritual health. So whether you want to learn more or deepen your practice, I hope find the following three SFQ events of interest to you. 1. “Heart Sutra […]

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods

May 5, 2015

A balanced, varied diet can help ease the pain of arthritis by providing vitamins and minerals that keep your joints healthy. Avoiding “damp” foods, such as dairy products and greasy or spicy fare, also helps joints. Here are some healthy and delicious choices to include in your diet: Ginger – Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. […]

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Scoliosis? Try side planks.

April 13, 2015

A new study showed patients with scoliosis were able to reduce their C-shaped spinal curvature doing side planks. According to Loren Fisman, MD, assistant clinical professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the study required patients to hold a side plank for about 90 seconds six days a week on the weaker side of […]

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Antidepressants can cause bone problems

March 30, 2015

According to Faleh Tamimi, DDS, PhD, at McGill University, a new six-year research study shows that people who take SSRIs, like Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft, have twice the risk of having a dental implant fail as those who don’t tak SSRIs. According to the study, SSRIs slow bone-cell production, which reduces bone density. Dental implants […]

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Don’t let pain killers mess with your mind!

March 16, 2015

Some of the most popular prescription and over-the-counter pain killers can mess up not only your body, but also your mind. According to Jack Fincham PhD, RPh, a professor at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, etc.) is more likely than other OTC pain killers to cause depression. Naproxen is popular because it’s less […]

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Want to fight colds? Get a hug!

February 16, 2015

In a new study,  over 400 healthy adults were exposed to a cold virus and quarantined. Those who reported getting the fewest hugs in their daily lives were more likely to suffer from severe cold symptoms. According to Sheldon Cohen, PhD, director, Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease, Carnegie Mellon University, the […]

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