Male Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine / Male Health

Chinese society has historically been dominated by men throughout the ages. As a consequence of this, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has placed a large emphasis on the treatment of male conditions and has lead to a focus of medical knowledge on treating men’s health and longevity. Many classical texts were devoted to increasing male vigour as well as maintaining male health in general.

As male life expectancy has increased, more and more men are battling with various male disorders, such as conditions affecting urination, the prostate, the testicles as well as male sexual health in general.

Chinese Medicine is successful in treating a variety of male disorders. At the core of the treatment of many male disorders is the strengthening of Kidney function. Although other organ systems may also be involved, the Kidneys, which in Chinese Medicine are also energetically associated with the testicles, are usually at the core. One of the major functions of the Kidneys according to Chinese Medicine is storing of the vital substance Jing. Jing or as it’s sometimes translated “Kidney Essence” is understood to be the “sap of life”, the irreducible essence that contains all the critical ingredients needed to make new life that shares characteristics with its source. This concept of Jing, though thousands of years old, bears some theoretical resemblance to what modern medicine calls DNA. As Jing has a direct connection with sperm in men, you can begin to see why premature ejaculation and other sexual disorders are considered vitally important to treat in Chinese Medicine.

Jing is seen as a finite constitutional energy which naturally depletes as men grow older. Men experience their own kind of menopause as they age and although this is very different to that experienced by women, this is still a time that brings many imbalances, as oestrogen becomes a more dominant hormone in the male body.

The Kidneys also have a close connection with urinary function and issues with their function are often responsible for urinary incontinence as well as premature ejaculation. Both of these functions depend upon the kidneys strength and control to govern these functions properly. If this ability is weakened someone might experience frequent urination, greater urgency, or incontinence.

Chinese Medicine and Impotence
Most of us will have heard of the unfortunate Chinese Medical pursuit of tiger tooth for the treatment of male impotence. Fortunately there are a lot more palatable and successful treatments and practices for this condition available within Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese Emperors viewed sexual function as a vitally important part of health and longevity. If an Emperor had impotence he would immediately seek the advice of his medical staff. Impotence is known as “yang wei”, which literally means flaccidity and refers to the inability to attain erection or the ability to attain only partial erection. This can be caused by many different underlying factors; however some of the more common causes are overindulgence in sexual activity, over consumption of drugs or alcohol, over work and over stress. All of which are seen to deplete Kidney function.

Whatever the underlying cause of this problem, in most cases a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can go a long way towards restoring Kidney function – provided of course, steps are taken by the client to alter the lifestyle elements that caused the initial strain on the Kidneys.

The importance placed in male sexual function also gave rise – so to speak, to the pursuit of advanced breathing techniques and meditative practices as well as sexual stimulation techniques that allow men to amplify their sexual energy. These techniques are sometimes known as Taoist sexual practices and are not unlike the Tantric practices of the Indian tradition.

Prostate Health
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is the condition of an enlarged prostate gland as a man grows older. In BPH the prostate enlarges and the layer of tissue surrounding it stops it from expanding, causing the gland to press against the urethra. The most common symptoms of BPH are:

a hesitant, interrupted, weak urination

urgency, leaking or dribbling

more frequent urination, especially at nightThese conditions can lead to more serious conditions if left untreated.BPH according to Chinese Medicine is categorized into diseases relating to urination. Although the Chinese were unaware that the prostate was enlarged, they were aware of the symptoms it caused. These symptoms of frequent night-time urination, painful urination, and difficult urination were frequently observed and still are treated with great success using acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Male Infertility
In my clinics, I very frequently treat female infertility. Male infertility is rarely spoken about but can frequently be the problem when couples are having difficulty conceiving. This is why it is usually advisable that both parties receive treatment when fertility is the issue. In many cases men have poor quality sperm and/or a decreased quantity. According to Chinese medicine once again the Kidneys play an important role in semen production and quality; however this is not the only cause of infertility in men. In many cases of male infertility there is evidence of excess Dampness within the body. This Dampness is caused by the over consumption of dairy products as well as foods high in saturated fats.What Acupuncture Can Treat

Here in brief is a list of some Male Health issues that Acupuncture and TCM has a long established tradition of treating:Premature Ejaculation

Low Sperm Count

Diminished Sperm Mobility

Impotence

Hernia

Testicular Pain

Prostatitis

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

Male Infertility

Male Climacteric (Male menopause)

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