Male prostate issues include Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) and chronic inflamed prostatitis are addressed with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) according to the symptoms 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 TCM. More than one pattern of imbalance is likely, and men tend to cycle through different symptoms during different cycles of prostate imbalances; thus, two or three herbal formulas may be required to bring your body in to balance and to re-enforce underlying deficiencies leading to urinary issues or discomfort
Liver Qi Stagnation and the Prostate
Qi, or Chi, is the energetic component that gives us animation and vitality according to TCM. 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.
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Blood Stagnation and the Prostate
- 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 the Prostate
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 fatigueConsider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!
Damp-Heat and the Prostate
- 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
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Kidney Yang Deficiency and Prostate
- Cold testicles
- Impotence or decreased sexual desire
- Dribbling urination that will not cease
- Constant perineal pain
- Dulled Spirit or personality