September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

Prostate Cancer is the second most common cancer in U.S. men. The first being skin cancer. One out of every 7 men will develop cancer generally, after age 65. It is rare in men under 40. The good news is death from prostate cancer is rare! About 1 in every 39 men. Often, prostate cancer is found at autopsies unknown in life, to the man who has passed on, as he had absolutely no signs, symptoms or complications from it!

Diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer varies greatly. There is a lot of controversy surrounding how and when to take action if you have been diagnosed. Commonly, your physician will suggest watching and waiting as the first step. Biopsies and other procedures run the risk of causing the cancer to spread past the prostate. Surgery can lead to permanent nerve damage resulting in erectile dysfunction, Peyronies disease and other problems.

Prostate cancer can't be prevented but knowing the risk factors can help in early detection.

  • Age - as stated above, rarely diagnosed in men under 40, chances increase by 50 and 6 in 10 cases are diagnosed in men over 65.
  • Race/Ethnicity - it is most common in African-American men and men of African ancestry. Unfortunately, African-American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than other races. It occurs less often in Asian-American and Hispanic-Latino men. The reasons for these occurrences are unknown.
  • Geography - prostate cancer is most prevalent in North America, Northwestern Europe, Australia and the Caribbean islands. Again, reasons for this are not clear. Thoughts are that it relates mostly closely to lifestyle and diet differences in these countries as opposed to others.
  • Family History - this isn't't always the case though. Prostate cancer does occur in men with no family history of it. Having a father or brother who's had it doubles the chances of another blood related male in the family developing it.
  • Gene Changes - inherited changes in BRCA1 & BRCA2 (the same genes that mutate in breast cancer) can cause development of prostate cancer. Secondly, men with Lynch Syndrome are more likely to develop it.

The following are risk factors that have a less clear link to causing prostate cancer but have been found to play a roll and should be paid attention too.

  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Chemical Exposures
  • Chronic Prostate Inflammation/Infection
  • STD's
  • Vasectomies

If you think you may already have prostate cancer there are signs and symptoms you should look for. They include:

  • Urinary difficulties/changes
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Pain in the hips back or chest (accompanied with other symptoms)
  • Weakness or numbness of the legs (accompanied with other symptoms)
  • Incontinence of the bladder or bowels (accompanied with other symptoms)

Early detection is key to managing prostate cancer! Get your yearly physical exam and your PSA test guys! If prostate cancer is suspected, further testing will be done. Also, pay attention to your body and changes that occur that don't seem "normal" for you. Speak with your health care provider right away if your concerned your at risk for prostate cancer! As a specialist in men's health, I am here as a resource and form of treatment for you as well!

There are various forms of treatment for prostate cancer. Invasive and non-invasive. You, your doctor, your family and your other health care practitioners need to consider all of the options together, to make an informed decision about treatment. Acupuncture and herbology are incredibly powerful forms of prevention, treatment and recovery of prostate cancer! Again, the good news is that it is a treatable disease guys! Prognosis is good! 

The conclusion, be aware of your body, get your yearly physicals, eat well, exercise and manage stress. These are the things you can control since you can't control your genes! Acupuncture, herbs, supplements and massage are great additions to a healthy lifestyle now and into the future!

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Prostate Cancer Fighting Foods!

  • Tomatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Fish
  • Green Tea

The above foods contain numerous healthy substances that help protect and fight against cancer! They should be in your diet everyday!

Research has shown that diets high in red meat and alcohol can increase one's risk of developing prostate cancer and therefore, should be eaten in limited quantities. 

Exercise

What isn't it good for!? Moderate to intense physical activity is 4-5 days a week and mild exercise the rest of the time, is paramount to overall health let alone, preventing and fighting against cancer!

You don't have to be a gym rat to get the movement you need to stay healthy! Explore various types of exercise to see what you enjoy most because that's what you'll ultimately stick with for the long haul!

A quick word about skin cancer, since it is the #1 cancer in men... 

WEAR SUNBLOCK! At least spf 30 daily and reapply, and if you need to be out for extended periods, stay covered up! If you have thin to little hair, wear a hat! This is most important for men in warm to hot climates such as down here in Texas.

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Blog Feature

Since we specialize in Men's Health, Dr. Lisa had the opportunity and was honored to be featured in this months blog post from the acupuncture school she attended, the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Please check it out and share it!

http://blog.aoma.edu/blog/chinese-medicine-for-mens-health-alumni-spotlight-with-lisa-lapwing

Happy Men's Health Month Guys!

Guys, now is the time to take control of your health! Here at Men's Health Acupuncture, we focus on the specific health issues you face, keeping the male body, mind and spirit in mind to customize treatments directly towards you!

Specializing in men's health care, we treat a variety of conditions such as erectile dysfunction, low T/libido, depression/anxiety, stress, joint and muscle pain, IBS, BPH, frequent urination and insomnia, to name a few. 

We use a variety of techniques so in needles aren't your thing, try cupping or herbs/supplements. We can also talk about the best diet and exercise program for you.

Your health matters! Together, we can get your feeling your personal best!

On a separate note, Dr. Lisa is now also treating patients at Clear Choice Acupuncture in Conroe, Texas every other weekend.
Visit our website at: http://www.clearchoiceacupuncture.com/index.html 
Call or email to make an appointment with her today!

DO NOT FEAR Austin patients! This is does not mean that she is leaving you! She wants to extend her healing reach and spend more quality time with family out there. As always, she is still here for you! If you have friends or family in the Conroe area, please send them her way!

Have an incredible summer all! Wear your sunscreen and drink lots of water as they are more important components of your acupuncture and other health care routines during this season!
 

Happy New Year & Welcome Chinese New Year!

Happy 2017! It's a new year and most of us are definitely up for out with the old and in with the new! 2016 proved to be a rough year for a lot of people but change is in the air! 

If you haven't heard by now, resolutions often fail. Why? Well...

  • People tend to know what it is they want to change but aren't often clear on why they want something to change. Be sure you know why it is you want something to change. It'll will keep your what in focus!
  • Unfortunately, we've become an instant gratification society. Last time I checked, the easy way isn't always the quickest way or visa versa to achieve things. Change takes time and that's ok! You're in for the long haul, the marathon, not the sprint.
  • People tend to over think their resolutions instead of putting it in to action! Each day take a step towards you're goals. Put the thinking in ahead of time so that when the clock strikes the time for your resolution to start, you're ready! Which leads into the next reason resolutions tend to fail.
  • Resolutions generally aren't specific enough for measurable. What you're trying to accomplish needs to be clear to you! Each step needs to be something you can most definitely attain and measure. Otherwise, you're setting yourself up for failure. 
  • Truly try to reach your resolution goal but don't over extend yourself. When we try too hard, too fast or set unrealistic goals, we all get burnt out. This can lead to losing momentum or completely hating your goal. Keep track of your goals so you can see the progress you do make and again, it's the marathon, not the sprint.
  • Loosing interest or beginning to despise the resolution you set out is common. This often occurs because of the above stated actions, trying to hard, an unclear goal, etc. Take a breathe. You're in it to win it!
  • Be sure you have good social support. For example, I often see patients whom's significant others, aren't willing to change their diets along side my patient. I've seen it time and time again, it's a recipe for failure. Now, the significant other doesn't necessarily have to change their diet as well but at least be supportive of their partners goal. Don't go eating pizza in front of someone you care about who is trying not to eat pizza. You will crush them. 
  • Finally, believe in yourself! We've all failed at things. Don't let that discourage you. A positive mindset, especially about oneself, is powerful! If you take the time in really thinking through your resolution, create realistic steps that are achievable, keep track of your progress and find social support... You Got This!

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This year beginning January 28th, is the year of the Chinese Fire Rooster. Those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are Chinese Zodiac Roosters. So what does the year of the Fire Rooster mean for you and the rest of us?

Fire Rooster signs tend to have strong wills, are proactive, display leadership qualities, are flamboyant, well read, with good senses of humor. Unfortunately, they also can have a volatile nature, be unrealistic, self-centered and stubborn. Imagine a combination of all of these qualities manifesting and shaping every aspect of our lives in 2017.

Expect initiative, generosity, industriousness and honesty to be on your side helping you to succeed this year. If you tend towards egocentrsim, fanaticism and coarseness you will have an unlucky year. Unfortunately, when ones year of the Chinese Zodiac comes around, it is always considered an unfortunate year for those born in that sign. Chinese advise exercising caution in every aspect of your life as the year goes on. 

Now, none of what I've written above I have written as fact. It's for fun! Remember that every year, month, week, day, hour or minute can be an opportunity for you to improve your life, to take steps towards your goals! If you happen to need a little push in the right direction, you can call on me! Take care and grab 2017 by the roosters comb!

Thanks and Gratitude

November has proved to be a difficult month for everyone for various reasons, therefore, with this letter I'd like to talk about being thankful and grateful. Two emotions that may be difficult to feel or express right now but especially given the season, are important to work on cultivating for your health. 

The Merriam-Webster definition of Thankful is: glad something has or has not happened, that something or someone exists, of, relating to or giving thanks, well pleased. Find time in the next few days to really take a good look at what you have in your life. It may not be everything you want but it very well may be more than many can say they have. You can be thankful for anything from people and pets to material possessions (By the way, that's ok! You probably worked hard for, worked hard for or created them!). Then slowly dig deeper into your surrounds, your past and present. You may be surprised by what you find that you can be deeply thankful for.

The Merriam-Webster definition of Grateful is: feeling or showing thanks, feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act, appreciative benefits received, expressing gratitude (thanks), affording pleasure or contentment, pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated. Now, I think both of these two concepts are very similar. In your search to find what your thankful for you'll start to find that your also grateful. This is good! Gratitude is a powerful and healing emotion!

To help clear up any confusion, the Cambridge Dictionary explains that: we use the word grateful to talk about how we feel when someone is kind to us or does us a favor and we use the word thankful when we are relieved that something pleasant happen or something unpleasant or dangerous didn't happen. 

Research has time and again shown that thankfulness and gratitude have definite mental and physical health benefits! Psychology Today reports 7 scientifically proven benefits of feeling and expressing these two emotions. (Gratitude has been studied more but I believe thankfulness is it's close partner!)

  • Gratitude opens the door to more quality relationships
  • Gratitude improves physical health
  • Gratitude improves psychological health
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
  • Gratitude improves self-esteem
  • Gratitude increases mental strength
  • Grateful people sleep better

You can find many more health benefits online or within yourself. The above listed are the ones proven to occur. Reflect on your life as it has been, is and where it's going to find what you are thankful and grateful for. If it's hard right now, that's ok! Keep trying! If we all continue to be more kind, love harder and instill thankfulness and gratitude daily, our list will grow and the world will be a better place for us all!

At the same time we are in the season of thanks and gratitude, we are in the season of giving. Show your thanks and gratitude to those you care about by giving them the gift of healthcare! You will also be showing me your thanks and gratitude as my patients are my livelihood! Call or email us to find out how to get treatment for your loved ones!

Foods for Sexual Health Breakdown

Happy Fall Everyone!

In this addition of News, Updates & Education from WHA, let's start by breaking down some of the foods listed in a previous newsletter, that are good for men's sexual health, physical body and mind. The full list can be found below, under the entry for June is Men's Health Awareness Month.  Feel free to peruse the other entries for further enlightenment!

I bring up food again at this time because we're heading into the holidays which can crush anyone's healthy eating habits. We'll tackle that subject in itself, another time. For now, remember the healthy things you eat everyday, even if you blow it out by having a whole pizza for lunch, still count! What I also want to mention is thatladies, these foods are incredibly important for your sexual and overall health as well! So please, read on and consume right next to your guy, your Dad, brother or buddy!

Today, let's start w/ the top ten from the previous list. 

1. Spinach
Beautifully green, leafy and luscious! Spinach contains a lot of appetite-suppressing compounds. It is rich in the minerals magnesium and folate. Magnesium decreases inflammation in the blood vessels which improves overall circulation. Better blood flow increases circulation out to your extremities, this includes the penis and we know, better blood flow into the penis creates stronger, more sustainable erections. We can give note here too, to how much spinach can improve heart health. A concern for males and females alike! Folate, more directly increases blood flow to the genitals. Now, when thinking about only this one aspect (there are so many others) of how eating spinach can improve your health, imagine how good adding it to your diet daily will improve your over all well-being!

2. Coffee
For my Texas patients, family and friends... UT just did a study finding that guys who drink 2-3 cups of the good stuff a day (that is about 85-170 milligrams of caffeine and it can come from any source actually) are 42% less likely to develop erectile dysfunction compared to men who only have 7 milligrams daily. How does your daily stimulant help with preventing ED? Scientists think that caffeine triggers a series of reactions in that body that ultimately will increase blood flow down to the penis. Now here's where I begin to preach, more isn't't always better! If you tend to be an anxious person or have sleep issues, please, don't have more than 1-2 cups a day. Too much coffee or caffeine can have definite negative affects! And if you don't drink coffee, don't start! It's not as important to have in your diet as spinach or other items on this list are.

3. Bananas
Also, good for your heart and circulation is potassium and it's rich bananas! Potassium helps to keep sodium (salt) levels in the body, under control. It can stop your blood pressure from sky rocketing which reduces the risk of heart problems. Other great sources of potassium are oranges and coconut water, if your not one for bananas. It's circulatory benefits are why it made the list for healthy sexual function. Again, this is just as good for you girls as for the guys!

4. Tomatoes
It's been shown that there's an 18% lower risk of developing prostate cancer in men that eat at least 10 servings of tomatoes per week. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that fights against toxins that cause DNA and cell damage prevalent, in all cancers. Studies have also shown that tomatoes can improve the shape of sperm in men who eat higher amounts of them. Improving sperm shape, improves how well they can swim and hit their target!

5. Hot Sauce
A recent study that came out of France found that the boys who like it spicy, tend to have higher levels of testosterone. The researches found a clear correlation between men who use more or use hot sauce more frequently than the guys who didn't't. The thought is the capsaicin in chili peppers is what causes this increase. It's also been found in animal studies that capsaicin enlarges sexual organs and reduces stomach fat. Now, it's also know that too much hot sauce spikes blood pressure. I haven't personally found any information on how much hot sauce has the affect of increasing testosterone. So as always, everything in moderation!

6. Watermelon
L-citrulline is an amino acid that can help make erections harder and watermelon is chock full of it! In the body, L-citrulline converts to L-arginine (a popular over the counter supplement for ED, I won't go into it here) which stimulates nitric oxide, a major chemical player in the development and maintenance of a healthy erection. The short is, eating watermelon will increase blood flow to the penis by encouraging natural chemical processes in the body. 

7. Ginger
Ginger is another tasty way to increase your bodies circulation and improve the health of your arteries. It has also been shown to increase testosterone levels and sperm viability. Eating about a teaspoon of ginger a few times a week is all it takes! Another major benefit of consuming ginger is improvement to your entire digestive system. It'll help settle and balance your stomach whether your suffering cramping, diarrhea or constipation. 

8. Pomegranate
Pomegranate juice more specifically, is what keeps blood flowing due to it's richness in antioxidants. It provides good blood flow to the penis as well as the prostate. Pomegranate juice is also recommended at 4-8 oz. daily to help reduce the chances of developing prostate cancer.

9. Green Tea
Green Tea contains catechins which are known to aid in the liver's ability to burn fat for energy. Awesome! Additionally, catechins kill off free radicals that cause damage and inflammation to blood vessels in turn, increasing blood vessels ability to transport blood. Catechins are another compound that too, will stimulate nitric oxide, the chemical involve in getting erections. Catechins will actually increase the size of blood vessels as well again, good for full body and mental health! Green tea is also a benefit to prostate cancer prevention!

10. Dark Chocolate
This one may seem more appealing to my ladies reading this but guys check this out, the cacao in chocolate increases serotonin levels, one of your mood boosting hormones. Higher serotonin levels reduce stress, arouse you desires and make achieving orgasm easier and more pleasurable. This holds true for men and women. This is one of the reasons dark chocolate is an aphrodisiac. Cocoa will also relax blood vessels and increase arterial flow. Both of these benefits are also why you'll see dark chocolate included among things to eat if your depressed. Now, I don't want my guys or gals tearing through an entire chocolate bar though! The calories and sugar aren't't worth it! A little goes a long way!

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Finally, a few reminders. One, if you don't like one of the items on this list, that's ok! I'm giving your the information, you make the choices on consumption. That leads into two, don't over consume! Everything in moderation is a rule to stick too! Finally, these foods are truly good for every aspect of health for men, women and children!

Let's get and stay healthy everyone!

3,000 years later, Cupping is the latest rage!

Yes, cupping has been around that long and has been used by Oriental Medical Doctors, this includes Acupuncturists, all this time. And yes, it does work! We're currently seeing and hearing about it thanks to this years 2016 Summer Olympics!

Cupping is an extremely beneficial therapy. It serves to relieve aches and pains, improve circulation, release pathogenic heat and help regulate many of the bodies functions such as digestion, respiration, etc. A specialized "cup" commonly made of glass or plastic, is place on specific points throughout the body. Suction is then used to draw your skin up into the cups. Glass cups require fire, usually a lit cotton ball, to pull the oxygen out of the cup so that it creates suction against your skin. The plastic cups use a pump to do the same. You retain the cups anywhere from 2-5 minutes (some practitioners leave them up to 15 minutes).

Cupping doesn't hurt, it simply draws fresh blood into that area of your body, which facilitates cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy) and blood. Often, blood, lactic acid and other impurities or toxins, get stuck in certain areas of the body. This can happen in various ways from overuse of a muscle, injury, or sitting for long periods of time. The blood vessels in the skin are generally flowing freely so by pulling some stagnant blood and other components to the skin level, those impurities can now better be eliminated by the bodies circulatory system rather than continuing to cause problems at deeper levels.

The only draw back is that you'll have "cupping marks" or "hickey's" for a few days after cupping is done. You may see the word bruise used to describe these marks but this is not a proper term as the marks are not bruises. A bruise, by definition, is an injury appearing as an area of discolored skin on the body, caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels. No blow or impact occurs during cupping thus a bruise is not the result.

Cupping can be done alone or in conjunction with other therapies such as acupuncture, to have a deeper affect. It is a simple, painless method to help keep your body healthy and functioning at it's best. I absolutely advise that you only have it done by a licensed Acupuncturist or Oriental Medical Doctor! We are trained in cupping, we understand the uses and have a lot of practical experience with it even though it seems "easy to do". There's always inherent danger, especially when performing fire cupping. Your safest in the hands of a professional. You can come to me or look to me as a reference to find a qualified practitioner.

If the discoloration is bothersome, you can always apply arnica and take warm baths to help disperse the marks more quickly. Again, I strongly recommend you find a licensed Acupuncturist or Oriental Medical Doctor to do cupping for you. Contact me with any questions!

Please also, share the knowledge! It helps keep us all safe and healthy!

Dr. Lisa

June Is Men's Health Awareness Month!

It comes just in time for the launch of Men's Health Acupuncture! A focused practice on our, Denise and I's, specialization in treating all the health concerns men face. Educating and treating men is what this site and we, are all about!

First, let's talk about the purpose of Men's Health Month. It is to raise awareness about the preventable health problems men and boys face, to encourage early detection and treatment of disease, and to educate everyone about the options in treatment out there for various health concerns men and boys may have.

Men's health is no longer a national concern but a global one, gaining attention in the furthest reaches of this planet! We consider this a great shift as too many men, too often ignore their health! There's a number of reasons for this from embarrassment to a lack of understanding what health issues guys do face to denial of a problem. But guys are starting to take action to become healthy and we want to facilitate that journey!

Now, let's look at some of the biggest health concerns men face:

  • Heart/Cardiovascular
  • Lung/Respiratory
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Prostate Issues - Cancer/BPH
  • Liver Disease
  • Excess Alcohol Consumption
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Depression/Suicide
  • Unintentional Accidents

Unfortunately guys, the rate that men are passing away due to the above issues is much higher than it is for women. You can search online yourselves and see the staggering numbers men are suffering these conditions and issues. You must also know that for the most part, the above among other health problems, ARE PREVENTABLE!

You may not want to hear it but changing to and maintaining a healthy lifestyle including clean eating, exercise and stress management are all proven to lower your risk and in many cases, prevent the above issues. Now, we realize that such things as ED is not a "disease" or that unintentional accidents are just that, accidents but that doesn't mean you can't take steps to prevent or minimize your risks of falling victim to them! Also, none of us can avoid aging but we can do things daily that encourage healthy aging. 

We also can't do it all on our own! That's ok! You can ask for help guys! The assistance of acupuncturists, massage therapist, personal trainers, therapists, etc. can be paramount to improving your health! We are valuable professionals who have the expertise to help get and keep you healthy and enjoy yourself along the way! As Denise and I (Lisa) are acupuncturists and Master's of Oriental medicine, we use these modalities, as well as others, to facilitate wellness and manage disease, aiming to cure and prevent illness.

The 50 Best Foods to Eat for Your Sexual Health!
1. Spinach
2. Coffee
3. Bananas
4. Tomatoes
5. Watermelon
6. Ginger
7. Pomegranate
8. Green Tea
9. Dark Chocolate
10. Hot Sauce
11. Oats
12. Pine Nuts
13. Cherries
14. Wine
15. Catuaba
16. Salmon
17. Brazil Nuts
18. Potatoes
19. Maca
20. Carrots
21. Serrano Chiles
22. Pumpkin Seeds
23. .Chicken Breast
24. Celery
25. Liver
26. Eggs
27. Honey
28. Shiitake Mushrooms
29. .Grass-Fed Beef
30. Muira Puama
31. White Fish
32. Clams
33. Turkey Breast
34. Herring
35. Blue Mussels
36. Walnuts
37. Oysters
38. Fortified Cereals
39. Damiana Leaf
40. Greek Yogurt
41. Goji Berries
42. Yohimbe Bark Extract
43. Peanuts
44. Teff
45. Garlic
46. Broccoli
47. Peanut Butter
48. Avocados
49. Strawberries
50. Chili Peppers

Now, remember guys, there is such a thing as "too much of a good thing"! Everything in moderationis Key! Too much of any of the above can cause problems too! Plus, diet and allergy restrictions always apply!

To check out the details of why these foods are good for you, visit: http://www.eatthis.com/best-foods-for-your-penis

Side note to the ladies!These foods are good for your sexual and hormone health too!

Don't forget! Sharing what you learn could help someone find the healing they need or it could even save someone's life! This goes for you too ladies! Help the men in your lives you care deeply for!

Stay tuned our blog or sign-up for our newsletter to learn more about health concerns guys face and other health related issues! 

We also love to hear back from the community! Email us at: http://menshealthacupuncture@gmail.com or leave questions and comments! 

Or go right ahead and contact us to make an appointment! We have 3 offices around the Austin area, North, Southeast and Oak Hill! Hit up the locations page!

Please everyone, share the knowledge! You never know who's life you could improve!

Could This Be You?

Are you or is anyone you know experiencing any of these following symptoms or conditions:

Confusion, dementia, falls, psychosis, insomnia, joint deterioration, heart attack, stroke, colitis, indigestion, headaches, uncontrolled bleeding, dizziness, fainting, vertigo, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, muscle weakness, sarcopenia, skin conditions, breathing difficulties, kidney failure, wheezing, coughing, chronic pain, vision problems or even sudden death?

What's scary about these symptoms is that your prescription drugs could be causing these problems! These conditions are ALL possible side-effects of commonly prescribed drugs. You may even have these drugs in your medicine cabinet right now!

What infuriates me about these side-effects that aren't just side-effects but actual conditions, is in the Western world of medicine they'll be treated with other drugs that have more side-effects multiplying your problems 10 fold!! Literally, 10 fold. All too often prescribing drugs drugs & more drugs is Western medicines only available treatment. l see a problem with this!! Do you?

What's the solution? Get off your offending drugs. Slow, careful, observant withdrawal under the care of your physicians is a safe & effective way to start stepping to the most healthy, drug free you!! Drugs & surgery should always be last resort treatments. They do have their place in healthcare. Just know that most prescription drugs to do not work for most people most of the time. There are many studies to support this.

It is possible to take care of your health naturally & safely which means feeling your best. Maybe better than you've ever thought you could feel!! Seek out different solutions. Obviously, we promote acupuncture here as it's a safe & effective way to treat so many various conditions. Diet, exercise, meditation, massage, etc. are all other safe & effective ways to tackle most any healthcare concern!! Keep yourself & your practitioners informed & you will feel the best you ever could have imagined!!

ED Education.

Today I'm educating you all on a very sensitive subject; Erectile Dysfunction

First, what everyone needs to realize is that this is an extremely common issue! In general, around as many as 52% of men will suffer ED. 40% of that will be men in their 40's and up and 70% of men in their 80's and up. Don't fall into those age ranges? Well, ED can be due to much more than just age!

Before I get into the causes, let me familiarize you all with how erections happen. It's actually a very intricate process, a lot of things occur chemically with in the brain in body. It's not as simple as one might think!

An erection starts in your head, meaning, your brain! Something that you saw, felt, smelled, heard, or thought will activated your central nervous system causing your nerves to send chemical messages to the blood vessels in your penis. The arteries in the penis relax and open up allowing more blood to flow in; at the same time, the veins clamp down holding the blood in. Once blood is in the penis, the pressure between the vessels and musculature create the hardening and engorgement. When the blood flow stops and the veins open, your penis becomes flaccid again. This happens after orgasm or if the chemical signals from the brain stop. 

Here's a glance at why the above may not happen: 

  • Heart Disease

  • Athrosclerosis (clogged arteries)

  • High Cholesterol

  • High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Peyronie's Disease (development of scar tissue inside the penis, this IS something I do treat as well)

  • Medications

  • Tobacco Use

  • Alcohol Use

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Treatments for prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate (another common issue I treat often)

  • Surgery or Injury that affecting pelvic area, genitals or spinal cord

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Other Mental Health Issues

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Low Self Image

  • Low Libido

  • Your Overall Health

If you have ED, what do you do about it? Everything you'll read on the internet, commercials you see on T.V. will tell you go to your doctor or take this drug and your doctor, all their going to do, is to prescribe you that drug!

Now sure, those drugs will give you a hard-on but they will not fix the actual problem. Their a band-aid. Right now, the latest, "greatest" drug is medication you inject. Yes! You have to stab a needle into your own penis to get an erection! I've seen how this works and it has been reported back to me both, that it does and does not hurt. It doesn't always give you an erection either, just as the pills don't always! So I ask, is it worth putting a drug with nasty side-effects in your body or stab your delicate penis with a needle when there's natural, safe solutions?

Now, I do not insert needles into the penis when doing acupuncture for any disorder! Needles are placed strategically throughout the head, torso, arms and legs based on your personal diagnoses. Treatments are crafted to you and your condition and not based on anyone else. There are commonly used points for ED but acupuncture is not a "one pill fixes all" ED type of treatment. That's part of why acupuncture works! We can always include herbs or supplements that are also natural and safe ways to get your body responding the way it should!

Ladies! Yeah, you girls! This does affect us too! Your partner's performance in the bedroom can definitely be a difficult subject to bring up. What I want you to know because I hear this often, is that his lack of response sexually, it truly isn't because of you! There is something going on with your man medically. Don't get down on yourself as that can potentially make the entire situation worse for both parties. Get him the correct help instead!

Erectile Dysfunction, or any other of the health concerns guys face, are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of! They do deserve attention! Don't just sit on it! You and your man can stand tall!