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Acupuncture for Men's Health

Men are Ruled by Qi: A Case for Acupuncture

Elias Lu, DTCM,

Acupuncture Physician

Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine in Tampa Bay, Florida

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  • Men's health encompasses various aspects, including prostate health, sexual function, bladder function, and mental well-being
  • Pharmacological and surgical treatment options carry significant side effect
  • Acupuncture offers a safe and natural approach to men's health

Men’s Health

Men's health encompasses various aspects, including prostate health, sexual function, bladder function, and mental well-being. While conventional medicine offers effective treatments for many men's health issues, the side effects of medications and surgery could be quite significant if not irreversible. “If only I had known,” these men often tell me. The answer may be right next block – in downtown St. Pete.

 

Acupuncture for Men’s Health

Acupuncture, a branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), offers a safe and natural approach to men's health. Whether used alone or in conjunction with conventional treatments, acupuncture is well-known for being effective in treating a variety of men’s health conditions, including:

 

Andropause

Acupuncture can help maintain adequate testosterone levels by modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis.

 

Athletic performance and recovery

Acupuncture can help both professional athletes and casual weekend warriors by reducing post-exercise inflammation and stimulating tissue repair.

 

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

This condition is characterized by multiple symptoms adversely affecting the lives of aging men. Medications and surgery – the mainstay of therapeutic approach these days – while undoubtedly improving the symptoms of BPH, both carry a high risk of adverse effects. For many men, acupuncture can delay the need for medical and/or surgical interventions. It has been shown to decrease the size of prostate and improve lower urinary tract symptoms, including hesitance, urgency, frequency, and nocturia.

 

Chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain

Seen mostly in middle-aged men, this difficult-to-treat condition is characterized by pelvic congestion, changes in the urinary microbiome, and persistent low-grade inflammation. By no means is this a trivial condition! Men suffering from chronic prostatitis face years of unrelenting pain, lower urinary tract symptoms (urgency, burning, etc.), and even infertility. Medications (alpha-blockers, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medications) do take the edge off but must be taken for extended periods of time, if not indefinitely. It only seems reasonable to consider acupuncture which has few side effects and is relatively inexpensive.

 

Fertility

By regulating hormonal levels, reducing oxidative stress, and enhancing blood flow to the testes, acupuncture can improve sperm quality, count, and motility.

 

Prostate cancer

No, I am not claiming that acupuncture can cure cancer. Instead, what I maintain is that acupuncture can be quite helpful in relieving side effects of radiation therapy while supporting recovery of sexual function and bladder control.

 

Sexual performance

Erectile dysfunction (ED), or inability to get or maintain an erection, can be caused by many factors including medical conditions (diabetes, atherosclerosis), psychological stress, or some medications used to treat other diseases. ED becomes more prevalent as men age. Acupuncture can improve sexual function by enhancing blood flow to the genital region, regulating hormonal balance, and reducing stress and anxiety.

 

Stress

Acupuncture stimulates the body's natural feel-good hormones (serotonin), balances the autonomic nervous system (vagus stimulation), and reduces the level of stress hormones (cortisol). Acupuncture may also alleviate symptoms of depression and mood disorders, promoting psychological health and resilience.

 

Acupuncture in St. Petersburg

My practice in downtown St. Pete welcomes men of all ages interested in exploring natural alternatives (not just acupuncture) for health. Even if you are reasonably healthy, acupuncture can still be well worth trying. Periodic acupuncture sessions are great at keeping you healthy, providing an extra energy boost when needed, and relaxing your body and mind.

 

Please call 727-252-6060 to set up a FREE initial consultation. I can assure you that there are really no strings attached – it’s absolutely free … at least for now.

References

Lee, M. J., Ryu, J. S., Won, S. K., Namgung, U., Jung, J., Lee, S. M., & Park, J. Y. (2019). Effects of Acupuncture on Chronic Stress-Induced Depression-Like Behavior and Its Central Neural Mechanism. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 1353. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01353

 

Pan, J., Jin, S., Xie, Q., Wang, Y., Wu, Z., Sun, J., Guo, T. P., & Zhang, D. (2023). Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis or Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pain research & management, 2023, 7754876. https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/7754876

 

Wang, J., Zhou, Y., Dai, H., Bao, B., Dang, J., Li, X., Wang, B., & Li, H. (2019). The safety and efficacy of acupuncture for erectile dysfunction: A network meta-analysis. Medicine, 98(2), e14089. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000014089

 

Zhang, W., Ma, L., Bauer, B. A., Liu, Z., & Lu, Y. (2017). Acupuncture for benign prostatic hyperplasia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one, 12(4), e0174586. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174586

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Dr. Elias Lu, DTCM is an acupuncture physician with Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine. In practice for over 25 years, he integrates traditional Chinese medicine with modern functional therapies to help people with chronic pain, trauma, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, and many other life's challenges.

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