While many men suffer ill health in silence, those battling depression and anxiety would be well served to know that even the military now uses Acupuncture Therapy to treat the troops.
Yes, the armed forces uses acupuncture therapy to help fight post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat stress syndrome, as well as depression and other mental health issues.
And there is a real need for treatment for mens issues because men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women; with most depression going unreported and untreated manifesting in anger, aggression, burnout, risk-taking behaviour, violence and alcohol and substance abuse.
However, a growing body of international research has shown not only the positive effects of acupuncture on depression, but with anxiety and other associated symptoms such as disturbed sleep, appetite and energy levels; as well as diminished libido and even male menopause.
Improvements come from Acupuncture Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine Therapy which work to rebalance the body’s internal systems helping alleviate symptoms associated with mens issues such as depression and mental health issues.
In fact, Eastern Medicine has been used to treat a range of men’s health concerns, including infertility and reproductive health, prostate conditions, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Prostate enlargement and inflammation affects one-in-every-two men in their sixties, which – when left untreated – leads to night time urination, painful or difficult urination, prostate cancer, urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones and incontinence.
Other common men’s health woes – including high blood pressure, low sperm quality and motility, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking addiction – also respond well to Acupuncture Therapy.
Chinese medicine can in fact dramatically reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke – the two biggest killers of men.
While acupuncture needles, placed on specific ‘meridian’ or energy points on the body, can also help men quit smoking as it works to reduce the jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness.