Men’s Leading Health Concerns
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:
Cardiovascular disease is the leading men’s health threat, with heart disease and stroke topping the
list as 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 cardio-
vascular 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.
Lung cancer is the leading form of cancer that kills 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, acupuncture 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
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 four times more likely to commit suicide than women, reports the Men’s Health
Network, which attributes part of the problem to underdiagnosed 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 re-
balance the body’s internal systems.
The growing body of 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.
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,
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 improve-
ment in their quality of life, a decrease in urinary difficulties, and an increase in urinary function.
While reproductive health concerns may not be life threatening, they can still signal significant
health problems. Two-thirds of men older than 70 and up to 39 percent of men around the age
of 40–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. Andropause differs from menopause
in that it is not characterized by a dramatic or marked physiological change. Unlike the more
dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that occurs in women during menopause, changes in
men occur gradually over a period of many years.
Call (904)448-0046 now to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can improve
men’s health and well-being!
Foods Men Should Eat Every Day
Adding nutrient-rich super foods can help maintain muscle mass, prevent prostate cancer,
and more. Here are just a few foods that can give men a healthy boost:
Avocados – Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C,
folate and copper. Rich in potassium, avocados contain more of this nutrient than bananas.
Potassium is needed to regulate nerves, heartbeat and, especially, blood pressure. An added
bonus for men: Avocados inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Blackberries – Blackberries are packed with vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, with more
than double the amounts than their popular cousin, the blueberry. Vitamin C is a powerful
stress reducer that can lower blood pressure and return cortisol levels to normal faster when
taken during periods of stress. Magnesium and calcium act together to help regulate the nerves
and muscle tone.
Too little magnesium in your diet can cause nerve cells to become overactivated and can trigger
muscular tension, soreness, spasms, cramps and fatigue. Blackberries also score high on the
oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) scale, which assesses the antioxidant content of
food. The higher the score, the better the food’s ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals
that lead to cancer.
Spinach – Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. Spinach can help
protect against prostate cancer, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure
and strengthen muscles.
Walnuts – When it comes to their health benefits, walnuts are the king of nuts. Richer in heart-
healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more antioxidants than red wine, and packing half
as much muscle-building protein as chicken, walnuts are one of the all-time superfoods.
Yogurt – Eating yogurt that contains live bacterial cultures every day improves digestive health,
the immune system, provides protection against cancer and may help you live longer. Not all
yogurts are probiotic though, so make sure the label says “live and active cultures.”