Prostate Problem Causes and Protocols in Chinese Medicine
Male prostate issues include Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) and chronic inflamed prostatitis can be addressed with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) according to the symptoms or patterns of imbalance that are presenting. BPH is most common in men over 50, and while the condition may have just recently become more noticeable, it is due to a lifetime of accumulated imbalances according to Chinese medicine. More than one pattern of imbalance is likely, and men tend to cycle through different symptoms during different cycles of prostate imbalances. For best outcomes using self-care, combine associated Aroma Acu-Sticks® to acu-points, topical remedies, and good lifestyle practices.
Acupressure Points for Prostate Problems and Prevention
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- Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Liver 3
- Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 4
- Apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Kidney 3
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 9
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 10
Main Causes and Patterns of Prostate Problems in Chinese Medicine
Liver Qi Stagnation and Prostate Problems
Qi, or Chi, is the energetic component that gives us animation and vitality according to Chinese medicine. If Qi were abundant and flowing freely, there would be no disruption of urine flow. Where Qi goes, Blood goes according to Chinese medicinal theory, and there would be no prostate pain without Qi and-or Blood Stagnation. There are several reasons that Liver Qi Stagnation stands central to prostate issues:
- The Liver controls the movement of Qi throughout the body generally, and any Qi Stagnation can be associated with the Liver.
- The Liver acupuncture channel traverses the male genital organs, and clearing Qi energetic blocks is necessary for good prostate health.
- If the Liver energy does not move freely, the Liver (TCM) heats up. This Heat, combined with Internal Dampness, can cause burning urination and pain and Damp-Heat.
Blood Stagnation and Prostate Problems
Longstanding Qi Stagnation will eventually lead to Blood Stagnation according to Chinese medicine. This pattern is often includes:
- Sharp, intense perineal pain that radiates to the lower abdomen, testes, penis, and thigh
- Painful intercourse, especially during ejaculation
- Painful urination
- A hard prostate, possibly with nodules
- Mental-emotional depression, restlessness and irritability, insomnia
Spleen Qi Deficiency and Prostate Problems
Ongoing Spleen Qi Deficiency opens the door for Internal Dampness since the Spleen is responsible for the transformation of fluids according to TCM. This pattern would include:
- Deep dull achy perineal pain that may feel as though it is pulling
- Lower abdominal distention and fullness with an itchy, damp scrotum
- Dribbling urination that is exacerbated with fatigue
Damp-Heat and the Prostate Problems
As the Liver and Spleen imbalances deepen, Damp-Heat is likely to develop. It would present with the following symptoms:
- Urinary frequency and urgency
- Choppy urination streams
- Urinary stoppage or burning
- Dark yellow or cloudy urine
- Possibly painful urination
- Phlegm nodules
Kidney Yin Deficiency and the Prostate
Without careful watch over our physical and mental health throughout our life, Kidney Yin will be consumed and depleted as we age. The common symptoms of a feeling of a low grade fever or night sweats may be present along with these possible symptoms:
- Frequent but scanty urine, especially at night
- Nocturnal seminal emissions
- Lower back pain
Kidney Yang Deficiency and Prostate
Kidney Yang energy depends on Kidney Yin, so both deficiencies must be addressed with this condition. Symptoms include:
- Cold testicles
- Impotence or decreased sexual desire
- Dribbling urination that will not cease
- Constant perineal pain
- Dulled Spirit or personality
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