Men's Health in Dr Phillips
Men all over the world are facing sexual health problems. These vary from person to person, but they are not unique to a certain age, race or any other factor. One in ten men will have gone through some sexual problems at a point in their lives, and this leads to a decline in confidence and self-esteem. Erectile dysfunction (ED), more commonly referred to as impotence, is one of the most common problems men face when it comes to sexual health. This is the inability to maintain or get an erection during sexual intercourse. Overcome men's health in Dr Phillips with the help of Rehabilitation Chinese Medicine of Orlando.
Impotence can affect men who are in the 20s to 30s and also older men between the ages of 40 and 50. It is, however, reported that the chances of suffering from it increase with age.
Impotence can be stressful for a couple who is trying to get pregnant because without an erection it is impossible to fertilize a woman’s egg, at least naturally. Another problem that is as common is that of premature ejaculation. This occurs when a man manages to get an erection but quickly ejaculates in less than a minute after penetration. This is usually the first symptom of impotence.
Causes of Impotence
Being under a lot of stress, anxiety or psychological tension is a top-ranking cause for impotence. Other causes include:
- A general low energy level
- Certain medication such as antidepressants.
- Chronic conditions, like diabetes.
- Low levels of the male hormone, testosterone.
- Poor lifestyle choices such as drug abuse, smoking, alcohol abuse.
There are various ways of treating impotence which include surgery, using a pump to promote blood flow to the penis, and also reflexology or acupuncture. Call Rehabilitation Chinese Medicine of Orlando in Dr Phillips to find out the best treatment option for you.
Chinese Herbal Formulas
There are individual herbs and herbal formulas that increase male vitality and libido.
Impotence is a health issue that can hinder a couple from getting pregnant, and this can be very frustrating. There are ways to treat it, such as using supplements and traditional techniques like acupuncture can also help relieve impotence. A study was conducted to see if acupuncture treatment can relieve impotence and it was found that out of the participants, 15 percent reported a better quality of erection while 31 percent said their sexual activity had increased.
The prostate gland is a “male accessory” sex gland located just below the bladder. Its purpose is to secrete an alkaline fluid as part of the semen.
Issues with the prostate often involve enlargement of the gland, putting undue stress against the neck of the bladder and impairing urination. This usually occurs in older gentlemen but can be managed and may be prevented with a holistically infused lifestyle that includes reflexology, acupuncture, and nutrition.
Benign prostate hyperplasia affects approximately 40% of men in their 50’s and 90% of men in their 80’s. It is a common cause of urinary issues such as dribbling, hesitant urination, straining to urinate, urgent urination, frequent urination and nocturia. Risks for kidney disease and urinary tract infections increase due to urination storage and elimination dysfunction. Surgery, lifestyle modifications and medications are standard biomedical approaches for the treatment of this prostate issue.
Prostate Issues In Dr Phillips Include:
- Pain and burning sensation when passing urine
- Lower abdominal pain
- The inability to retain urine
- Frequent urination, especially during the night
- The bladder feels as though it isn’t completely empty
- Feeling of tiredness and lethargy
To help nourish the prostate, Chinese medicine in Dr Phillips encourages men to eat more nuts, seeds, pumpkin, mushrooms and berries. Managing stress, regular exercise and massaging the prostate are also vital for maintaining prostate health. Besides Chinese and Western herbs such as saw palmetto, many delicious foods help maintain a healthy prostate because they contain lycopene, a prostate protective antioxidant. These foods include watermelon, pink grapefruit, guava, papaya, apricot and cooked tomatoes.
Researchers have discovered that acupuncture relieves prostate disorders. A clinical trial of 100 patients discovered that electro-acupuncture applied to a specific acupuncture point improved International Prostate Symptom Scores (IPSS). The IPSS score measures improvements in issues associated with incomplete urination bladder emptying, frequent urination, intermittent interruptions in the urinary stream, urgent urination, weakness of the urine stream, straining during urination and the need to get up and urinate in the night. It was found that acupuncture improves these conditions significantly for patients with moderate or severe benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate becomes enlarged. As a result, the researchers conclude that acupuncture is effective and improves the quality of life for patients.
The researchers chose a special acupuncture point for the study based on prior research showing that it is more effective than terazosin, an alpha-1 antagonist drug used for treating enlarged prostates, in improving International Prostate Symptoms Scores. The drug terazosin also lowers blood pressure but may include side effects including dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, constipation, loss of appetite, exhaustion, dry eyes, nasal congestion and erectile dysfunction. This is, in part, due to the fact that terazosin blocks the action of adrenaline on the smooth muscle tissues of the urination bladder and blood vessel walls. The acupuncture point used in the study did not induce adverse effects but instead relieved the urinary discomfort and dysfunction associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Chinese clinical research has confirmed its efficacy for reducing inflammation and prostate hyperlasia symptoms.
The Acupuncture worked better
The researchers tested the patients’ prostate symptoms using the International Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS), maximal urine flow rate (Qmax) and residual urine tests.
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After three months of treatment, the researchers found that both groups had reductions in symptoms, but the acupuncture group had significantly lower prostate hyperplasia symptoms. Using the scoring mentioned above, the acupuncture group had significantly lower I-PSS scores (8.6 versus 15.3), higher maximal urine flow scores (16.8 versus 12.5) and lower residual urine scores (10.4 versus 32.1) when compared to the herbal medicine group.
Other studies confirm acupuncture effective for prostate.
In a Chinese study published in 2008, researchers studied 276 cases of benign prostate hyperplasia in a multicenter study. Again, they divided the 276 patients into two groups and gave one the Qianliekang tablet treatment and the other 138 patients were given electroacupuncture.
In this study, the researchers measured the I-PSS cumulative scores, along with a life quality index score, nocturnia urination, urine stream rate, maximal urine flow, residual urine, prostate volume and other scores to measure the patients’ level of hyperplasia.
Using these parameters, this study found that electroacupuncture had an effective treatment rate of 96.4 percent, while the Qianliekang tablet treatment had an effective treatment rate of 86.2 percent.
Noting both studies’ success rates in treatment, the likelihood of success utilizing acupuncture appears to be great. However, it should be noted that the effective treatment rate does not necessarily mean the patients fully recovered and were normal after the treatment periods. It merely states that the treatments resulted in significantly improved scores – hence there was effectiveness in the study.
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