Qi Mail™
The Acupuncture Newsletter
June 2013
Julee Miller AP, DOM, BS, LMT
Health Pointe Jacksonville, LLC
3840 Belfort Road, Suite 305
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Top Men’s Health Concerns and How Acupuncture                                                   Can Help


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

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.

Lung 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,                                                         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 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 four 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 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.

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                                                               as they approach their seventies and eighties. If left untreated, benign                                                                   prostate gland enlargement, which presents with symptoms such as                                                                 frequent nighttime urination, painful or 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                                                      by relieving related urinary symptoms and preventing the 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,                                                                     and 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.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are well known for improving                                                                            male performance; in fact, there have been medical textbooks devoted                                                                  to the subject. Chinese Emperors took their performance quite seriously                                                           and would consult with a team of physicians if they experienced any                                                                       difficulties in the bedroom.

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of reproductive health concerns                                                                 including low sperm count, diminished sperm motility, diminished                                                                          libido and male menopause (also known as male climacteric or andropause).

In This Issue

  • Top Men’s Health Concerns and How Acupuncture Can Help
  • Foods Men Should Eat Every Day

Foods Men Should Eat Every Day

 Adding nutrient-rich super foods to the diet can give men a healthy

Here are just a few foods that can help maintain muscle mass,

prevent prostate cancer, and more.

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 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 over

activated and can trigger muscular tension, soreness, spasms, cramps,
 and fatigue. Blackberries also score high on the oxygen radical
absorbance capacity (ORAC) scale 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 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.

When it comes to their health benefits, walnuts are the king of nuts. Richer

in heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more anti-oxidants than
red wine, and packing half as much muscle-building protein as chicken,
walnuts are one of the all time super foods.

Eating yogurt that contains live bacterial cultures every day improves

digestive health, boosts 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.”

Call (904) 448-0046now to see how acupuncture and Oriental                  medicine can improve your health and well being!