San Francisco, CA – Celebrated every year during the week leading up to Father’s Day, Men’s Health Week aims to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Now, more than ever, men are looking to new and holistic ways of staying healthy. With an impressive safety record and low incidence of side effects, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are proving a popular and effective choice for many.
Despite the advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of 7 years less than women. Recent studies show that men are increasingly at high risk for health problems such as stress, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, diabetes, depression, addiction, sexual dysfunction and obesity.
The statistics are startling:
• Men ages 29-44 have a 40 percent higher chance of having a heart attack than women;
• Men are seven times more likely than women to get arrested for drunk driving and three times as likely to be alcoholics;
• 190,000 more men are diagnosed with a cancer each year than women;
• 88% (864 million) of smokers world-wide are men.
While studies may show men’s health steadily declining, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer help to many of the common ailments that men face.
The 3,000-year-old practice of acupuncture helps men deal with and overcome their health issues by rebalancing the body’s immune system, hormones, and blood flow. According to Chinese medical practitioners, Qi (or energy) is conducted between the surface of the body and internal organs along pathways called Meridians. It is Qi that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. When the flow of Qi is disrupted through poor health habits, stress or other circumstances, disease can result.
Acupuncture helps keep the flow of a man’s energy unblocked, thereby helping to maintain a his health. Acupuncture has been found to be effective in treating many conditions from which men suffer, including: headaches, back pain, digestive disorders, sports injuries, anxiety, depression, fertility and smoking cessation.
For more information on the benefits of acupuncture in men’s healthcare, please contact the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at (415) 355-1601 x12.
About American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has provided affordable, quality health care to the public and trained professionals in acupuncture, massage and Chinese medicine since 1980. In addition to its graduate curriculum, ACTCM offers continuing education, public education, community outreach and clinical services in acupuncture and herbal medicine. ACTCM has been the recipient of many awards for its curriculum, faculty and clinic, and has been voted “Best of the Bay” by both the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. ACTCM is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.