Prostate health, libido, stress, insomnia:
acupuncture targets them all.
The average American male is most likely not aware that the ancient practice of acupuncture can do wonders for the modern-day health of a man.
“Many men come into my office wanting to try acupuncture but are unsure of how it can help them,” says Acupuncturist Simone Wan, L.Ac, MS, a member of the Inegrative Oncology team at St. Vincent’s. “Hormonal balance and keeping inflammation at bay are two ways to help prevent prostate cancer, both of which acupuncture can help,” she adds. “Acupuncture can also address stress, anxiety, digestive issues, weight loss, pain relief, and other aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
Simone shares with us the following specific information about the benefits of acupuncture and men’s health:
Red flags of prostate health may include:
- frequent urination
- hesitancy or dribbling
- pain with urination
- getting up at night
Acupuncture takes a systematic approach to the overall body constitution and the underlying causes of your symptoms, addressing not just the symptoms but the root of the problem. It’s also important to keep that annual physical with your physician.
Sexual vitality is considered a treasure in Chinese Medicine. In Asia, men use acupuncture, herbs and Qi Gong exercises to increase energy to internal organs to maintain healthy libido and sexual function. Acupuncture helps encourage the body to maintain blood flow and muscle tone that will help maintain a wonderful, healthy sex life. “To be healthy, we need to sleep, relax, and be happy - and acupuncture can help.”
You put needles where?
Relax. The most common needle placement points are on the arms and legs.
Men need to be patient as it may take several treatments to revitalize the body naturally with acupuncture. Depending on the treatment, it may take a few months to improve libido and sexual function using acupuncture alone.
Insomnia, Stress and Anxiety:
To be healthy, we need to sleep, relax, and be happy! However, many of us struggle with sleep, stress and anxiety. Acupuncture is a great alternative to help address these issues. It can stimulate the para-sympathic nervous system allowing more blood to flow into our cardiovascular system and digestive areas. This is turn helps ease stress, allowing for more relaxed evenings and deeper sleep. Weekly acupuncture treatments for six to eight weeks are recommended to address these issues properly.
Cancer Symptom Treatment
Where side effects of cancer treatment or symptoms of the cancer itself are concerned, acupuncture may benefit you in several ways. Fatigue, neuropathy, nausea, incontinence, and digestive issues can all be addressed. Acupuncture during cancer treatments tend to net the best results.
You’re in Good Hands:
All acupuncturists complete both undergraduate and master’s degree programs. Graduates must pass national board exams in the Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, Point Location, and in some states, Chinese Herbs. The results are then submitted with a background check and clean needle technique certification to the licensing board in their state.
To learn more about acupuncture and Integrative Oncology services offered at St. Vincent’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, visit stvincents.org/IntegrativeOncology
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