Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been around for over 2,000 years. It combines acupuncture, acupressure, herbs and other modalities to treat numerous conditions and help keep the body functioning properly. TCM has grown in popularity over the last number of years and has become a viable alternative option for men who prefer to be treated with holistic forms of medicine.
Here are 5 key ways acupuncture and TCM can benefit men's health
1. Pain Relief
Pain, if left untreated, can effect more than just the physical body. It can have an effect on emotional and mental health as well. TCM aims to treat the root cause of the pain to facilitate long term healing. Two approaches commonly used to treat pain are acupuncture and acupressure. So how do they work?
With acupuncture fine needles are placed in specific acupuncture points which stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, including endorphins, encephalin and other neurochemicals. These natural chemicals can either change the experience of pain or trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones that influence the body's internal regulating system. This can bring about a normalizing effect on the neuroendocrine (nerve and hormone) function. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, thus promoting physical as well as emotional well-being.
Acupressure relaxes muscle tissue, which can reduce painful contractions and spasms. It is excellent for men with chronic pain due to a build-up of scar tissue or those with stiff, painful areas in the neck, shoulders, and back. Applying pressure can also relax muscles, tendons and ligaments which can reduce nerve compression.
2. Digestive / Gastrointestinal Issues
Digestive and gastrointestinal issues can be a debilitating disorders with symptoms ranging from cramping to flatulence, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and nausea.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective these symptoms present as an imbalance between the liver and the
spleen. The spleen is responsible for taking food in, converting it to energy and supplying that energy to the organs of the body. The livers job is to keep energy flowing smoothly so that everything works effectively.