Acupuncture and herbs can be beneficial for supporting all of the unique challenges and changes that occur as men age. From supporting fertility, virility and sperm quality to addressing prostate inflammation and hormone balance: Chinese herbs and acupuncture are a great addition to any man’s health routine.
It is estimated that 31% of men report issues with libido. Anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalances and anatomical problems are all treatable with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. You can find more information of reviving libido here.
Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help correct some types of sexual dysfunction including low desire, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and delayed orgasm.
MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY
Infertility due to a male factor accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been shown in recent studies to help improve sperm count, motility, and morphology, as well as correcting some immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception.
Inflammation of the prostate gland in men (called prostatitis) can cause urinary dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and pain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used as an adjunct treatment for acute bacterial prostatitis as well as some chronic types. It can also help manage and reduce symptoms of an inflamed prostate that is under observation by your doctor and not in need of medical intervention.
BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY
As men age, the prostate gland can swell which may cause discomfort and urinary complications. Most cases do not require medical intervention, but symptoms may decrease the quality of life. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used as a way to manage benign prostatic hypertrophy and slow the progression over time.
Healing quickly is crucial for an athlete with an injury. Adding acupuncture to your healing plan can increase recovery time which will get you back in the game faster. Acupuncture can also be used to strengthen and prevent repeat injuries (often the case when patients are asymptomatic). Many professional sports teams keep an acupuncturist on staff for this reason. The acupuncturists at the Yinova Center have experience treating injuries that result from high-octane sports, weight training, or strenuous performing (Broadway, dance, etc).
Some men experience hormonal fluctuations with age as their levels of testosterone decrease. These can include hot flashes, abnormal sweating, fatigue, anxiety, decreased libido and depression. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help manage these symptoms through the regulation of the body’s hormones.