Acupuncture for BPH

Acupuncture can provide effective symptom relief for men with urinary symptoms from BPH.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia often leads to bladder, kidney, and urinary tract disorders. The prostate enlargement may block the flow of urine and cause discomfort or urinary retention.

Acupuncture treatment for BPH has been shown to reduce feelings of urinary urgency, decrease urinary frequency, and improve flow. Studies have also demonstrated that acupuncture treatments can significantly decrease the size of the prostate.

BPH Acupuncture Method

Our acupuncture method is aimed at relieving tension in several myofascial layers that protect and encase blood flow and nervous supply to the prostate and pelvic floor.

  • Most men who have acupuncture treatment for BPH symptoms report that they are better able to urinate in the following weeks and have reduced frequency and urgency.
  • Acupuncture can relieve tension in several myofascial layers that protect and encase blood flow and nerve supply to the prostate and pelvic floor.
  • Selected insertion points can relieve the tension and compression on blood vessels and nerves, allowing them to function more normally, counteracting the degenerative processes that affect blood flow and nervous function around the prostate.
  • This results in better delivery of nutrients and oxygen to pelvic floor structures, decreases venous congestion, and improves nervous influence and control of pelvic floor structures which will affect urination.
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How Acupuncture Helps BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia can cause urinary issues via the obstruction of the urethra, leading to bladder dysfunction or renal dysfunction. Therefore, the focus of acupuncture treatment of BPH is on relieving or removing the obstruction, and strengthening the function of the genitourinary system.

Healing the Impacts of Age

The aging male body undergoes many forms of degeneration. Over a man’s lifetime, he may become generally de-conditioned, live a poor lifestyle, may suffer from diseases, or may have to deal with the long term impacts from injuries. Over time, these negative processes cumulatively alter the body’s normal function. In addition, any conventional therapies may also have side effects that can affect him negatively.

Our acupuncture method can stimulate nerves, improve the blood supply to the prostate and kidneys, enhance the function of the bladder detrusor muscle, and reduce prostate size to relieve the pressure on the urethra, and permit more normal urine flow.

Our Needles and Method

Best of Chinese Medicine uses a proprietary flat head needle to penetrate and create micro cuts in key myofascial layers and insertion points which relieves the tension and compression on blood vessels and nerves, allowing them to function more normally, counteracting the degenerative processes that affect blood flow and nervous function.

This results in better delivery of nutrients and oxygen to pelvic floor structures, decreases venous congestion, and improves nervous influence and control of pelvic floor structures which will affect urination.

The application of flat-head needles greatly improves the treatment efficacy and outcomes.

Documented Results

In sum, acupuncture can mitigate the impacts of aging and stress on the prostate and pelvic floor, and thereby offer men relief from BPH symptoms. The results have been documented in several recent medical studies (links below), as well as in 2000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine literature.

BPH Acupuncture Treatment Specifics

We will start with a thorough assessment and history in order to understand all the current and past symptoms. Lifestyle factors will also be considered as your general health and habits will also play a role in how BPH manifests.

Standard Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment tools will help to determine the nature of the disharmony contributing to BPH symptoms. Following assessment, acupuncture can be performed to treat the disharmonies, which will usually lead to symptom relief and enhanced genitourinary system health.

Acupuncture can address the uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms of BPH and potentially eliminate the need for surgical or other more invasive interventions.

References & Analogies - Acupuncture & BPH

References

  • Acupuncture for benign prostatic hyperplasia: A systematic review and meta-analysis, PLOS-One, April 4, 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380320/
  • Acupuncture Restores Urine Flow Blocked By Enlarged Prostate, Healthcare Medicine Institute, Feb 7, 2018. https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1823-acupuncture-restores-urine-flow-blocked-by-enlarged-prostate
  • Effects of Electroacupuncture on Benign Prostate Hyperplasia Patients with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: A Single-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, April 13, 2011. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3092516/

Analogies

Pelvic physiotherapy

  • Proven in the medical literature to be beneficial for urinary dysfunction in males and females. Uses external manipulations to improve urination, without influence of medication. Can often be as beneficial as medications
  • Acupuncture also improves urinary function via the pelvic floor.

Blood flow

  • Men can develop and suffer from circulatory problems due to causes like injury, drugs, diseases (diabetes) and lifestyle (smoking). Millions of patients suffer from true diseases like atherosclerosis (coronary artery disease, stroke, erectile dysfunction), vasculitis (lupus), and venous congestion/stasis (deep venous thrombosis, thrombophlebitis). Therapies are directed to improve arterial blood flow and to relieve venous obstruction.
  • Acupuncture also improves blood flow in the pelvic floor and associated nerves.

Nervous stimulation

  • Patients can develop and suffer from problems affecting the nervous system like injury (herniated discs, spinal injury), degeneration (spinal stenosis, vertebral compression fractures) or diseases (diabetes, neuropathy). In situations involving nervous compression, treatments are directed to reduce undue pressure on nervous structures. Multiple medical therapies for prostate and bladder dysfunction involve medications that affect the receptors receiving input from the autonomic nervous system.
  • Acupuncture also acts upon the nerves in the pelvic floor and surrounding structures to enhance function.

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