How Acupuncture Can Help Treat Men’s Health Issues

young manFor thousands of years, oriental medicine and acupuncture have been used to address health complications that can develop in men of any age. Today, this alternative medical treatment is being sought out by many and is becoming more popular because of the positive effects acupuncture has on men’s health problems such as prostate complications, depression, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, and smoking addiction.

Below are 3 of the main health issues that affect men and how acupuncture can help in their treatment.

Top 3 Men’s Health issues

Depression

depression in menMany people don’t realize that the suicide rates for men are much higher than the rates for women. The reason is linked to depression. In men, this is often left untreated since most men state that they’d rather keep their feelings bottled up inside rather than express them. Signs of depression include a sudden change in behavior, risky actions, alcohol abuse, substance use, sadness, aggression, anger, or a combination of these.  Depression is a problem that directly affects the balance of hormones in the brain. When this occurs, our behavior, energy, sleep, and appetite change for the worst. Acupuncture can be used to relieve us from the symptoms caused by depression as well as depression itself. Even the military uses acupuncture techniques to aid those with post-traumatic stress disorder since the effects are so powerful.

Cardiovascular Disease

This disease is the number one health problem for men, along with strokes these two conditions are the leading causes of death in men. Acupuncture and oriental medicine techniques can be used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease all together.  Oriental medicine involves lifestyle changes, the little adjustments you make to your life can add on many years of life. You need to take the right steps to prevent this disease by stopping activities like smoking, reducing stress, lowering fat content, reducing high blood pressure, and sleeping better. Acupuncture can help your ability to make these changes and is particularly great for lowering blood pressure.

Smoking Cessation

smoking cessationTobacco is one of the top causes of death for men. Ninety percent of cases of lung cancer are smokers. Your chances of developing fatal lung cancer in the future is simply too high which is why it is important to quit as soon as you can.  If quitting smoking has been on your mind, then acupuncture can help. It has been found that acupuncture can completely negate the symptoms caused by withdrawal to help you forget about those cigarettes for good. Treatments also focus on the detoxification of the body to diminish cravings.

The types of food you eat can play a huge part in your overall health as well. Traditional Oriental Medicine involves eating guidelines specifically to improve your well-being. Below is a list of several foods and how they can help you live a longer, better life.

Healthy Foods For Men

Yogurt
Yogurt is a food that has many GI benefits. It can improve our digestion, boost our defenses for cancer, strengthens the immune system, and increases the chance that we’ll live a longer life.
Blackberries
These little berries are filled with magnesium, vitamin C, and calcium. Those three minerals are responsible for lowering blood pressure, regulating nerves, improving muscle tone, reducing stress, and returning cortisol levels to normal.
Spinach
This super food is packed with nutrients of all kinds. The benefits of spinach include reducing the risk of heart attack, lowering the chances of strokes, protecting against prostate cancer, and improving the strength of our muscles.
Walnuts
Walnuts are the best type of nut available since they have benefits such as improving cardiovascular health, boosting the immune system, and having more protein than most meats.

Always buy organic when possible.  If you can’t get organic then wash the foods before eating.