Almost 13% of men in the US develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives. (NIH National Cancer Institute)
Depending on the stage or progression of the tumor, there are a wide variety of treatment options in western medicine that include: scheduled surveillance, surgery, radiation and more.
Acupuncture can play an important supportive role in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.
What can you do to prevent prostate cancer?
A healthy immune system defends the body against disease. A balanced diet, regular exercise and adequate rest are key ingredients to maintaining our overall health.
Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we become overwhelmed by anxiety, stress or lack of sleep. These challenges can affect our health. Additionally, the use of antibiotics and medications can take a toll on our immune system. Acupuncture is one of the most affective tools to address these problems and help you maintain a healthy immune system.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be used to increase leucocytes and T-lymphocytes. These important white blood cells are potent in protecting the body from illness and fighting disease when it occurs. Consider what a monthly acupuncture session can do to help you strengthen and maintain your health.
It is not always possible to avoid illness and disease.
If prostate cancer occurs, acupuncture can help you deal with the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Each of these cancer treatments have side affects including, anxiety, pain, nausea, scar tissue, inflammation, sexual dysfunction, sleep problems and immune system compromise.
Acupuncture can help you restore the immune system and help regulate the body during and after cancer treatment. Not only can acupuncture restore the flow of energy in the body, it also restores blood flow, reduces inflammation and helps each organ to function at an optimum. Acupuncture, you can improve digestion and support elimination that are vital components to your health and healing.
One important aspect to the prostate is it’s location – it is on the midline of the body just above the perineum. In oriental medicine, both the Conception Vessel and Governing Vessel begins at the perineum. The Conception Vessel continues up the front of the body on the midline and ends on the chin. The Governing Vessel continues up the back of the body along the spine and ends on the upper lip. These important energetic pathways support our reproductive health. They also contribute to our overall nourishment and vitality. Acupuncture can play an important role in helping to maintain vitality by restoring a balanced flow of energy through the Conception and Governing Vessels.
Five Element Acupuncture offers powerful tools to help you stay healthy or to regain your health.
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