We recently came up with 10 important ways that acupuncture benefits women. While men, too, certainly enjoy improvements in mood, sleep, pain, and addiction recovery just like women do, there are three additional improvements that men can expect from a course of treatment delivered by the hands of a skilled Chinese medicine practitioner.
1) Improvements in athletic performance and recovery
You don’t have to be a professional sports player to use acupuncture for treating injuries, relieving muscle tightness and pain, or curing musculoskeletal imbalances. Acupuncture can help improve athletic performance in even the most casual weekend warrior in a multitude of ways:
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases strength
- Improves range of motion
- Increases flexibility
- Stimulates tissue repair
- Increases VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake) and anaerobic threshold
- Accelerates post-exercise recovery after intense exertion resulting in less muscle soreness and reduced heart rate, oxygen consumption, and blood lactate
2) Improvements in seasonal allergies
If you suffer from pollen allergies, you know how irritating, or even disabling, the runny or stuffy nose and headaches can be. A 2013 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that, after two months of treatment, acupuncture improved symptoms in people who tested positive for pollen allergies and experienced seasonal allergic rhinitis. Not only did acupuncture lessen the severity of the symptoms, it reduced the amount of allergy medication (antihistamines) the participants required. However, researchers discovered that these benefits stopped sometime during the two months following the end of treatment. The moral of this study? Get regular, consistent acupuncture treatments to keep your seasonal allergies under control.
3) Improvements in sexual vitality and functioning
Chinese medicine practitioners know how important the kidneys are for sexual function. An imbalance can deplete energy, reduce stamina, and lower your libidinal motivation. Regular acupuncture treatments not only help increase desire and sexual stamina, they can also increase sperm quality, quantity, and motility and reduce structural defects – all important in treating male-related infertility issues. There is also evidence that acupuncture treatments can be very helpful for men experiencing erectile dysfunction.
If you’d like to learn more about how acupuncture promotes healing and supports long-term well-being for both men and women, PCOM’s acupuncture, massage therapy, or holistic nursing programs are designed with you in mind. We’d love to show you what Pacific College offers.
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