Men may experience a number of changes throughout their lives. Some of these changes may be in the realm of sexual health (such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and prostatitis) but many men also experience other health challenges, such as low back pain, depression, and insomnia. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for all of these conditions. Through the use of fine needles at specific points along areas of the body, acupuncture works to stimulate the body’s own healing responses by addressing the root causes of disease, as does naturopathic medicine. This makes these two health systems a wonderful fit.
As a naturopathic doctor certified in acupuncture the unique opportunity I have when using acupuncture is that I can utilize many other treatments at the same time. Low back pain, depression, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction are all well treated with a combination of therapies…acupuncture plus nutrition, herbal medicine, supplementation, spinal adjustments, and/or pharmaceutical prescriptions. Being certified in prescriptive authority, I have access to all of these treatments to best help my patients improve their health. Naturopathic doctors can also order lab tests, perform physical exams, and customize treatment options to round out the best program for you.
Many men experience low back pain and know how impactful pain can be on their life and work. Finding effective treatments is important. Both traditional acupuncture and ear acupuncture can help improve low back pain and decrease the sensation of pain. This can lead to improved function and get you moving well again. Acupuncture used alongside other therapies such as spinal alignment and soft tissue massage may further increase the chance of success.
Depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia are experienced by many people and still, it is difficult for many men to talk about it and seek help. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce symptoms in some experiencing depression. Ear acupuncture can be effective at reducing anxiety. Stress is closely tied to mental health and has impacts on both sleep quality and mental wellbeing. Both traditional and ear acupuncture work to reduce stress by improving parasympathetic tone (our “rest and digest” state), which may address the root cause for some with insomnia. In conjunction with other strategies to promote mental wellbeing, like diet, exercise, herbal medicine, and supplementation, a combined protocol takes into account the unique situation affecting you.
Male sexual health concerns can also be addressed using acupuncture. Studies have shown positive results in reducing urination difficulties in those with prostatitis (inflamed prostate). It can also be effective at improving premature ejaculation and some types of erectile dysfunction.
The number of health concerns that acupuncture can be utilized for, either alone or in conjunction with other therapies, along with being safe and with few side effects, makes it an excellent treatment choice for many men’s health concerns. To find out if acupuncture and naturopathic medicine is right for you, contact Dr. Peters for a free “meet and greet”.
Dr. Shawn Peters, ND is a naturopathic physician who works at the Macdonald Centre for Natural Medicine.
As always, this is purely general health-related information and is not meant to substitute for a visit with a regulated healthcare practitioner. Always consult your licensed naturopathic doctor or medical doctor should you have any questions or concerns