​4 Great Ways Acupuncture Helps Dads Be Their Best

​4 Great Ways Acupuncture Helps Dads Be Their Best

Cara O. Frank, L.OM.

Father’s Day is fast approaching and it led to me think about all the ways that AcupunctureChinese herbal medicine and massage can help support men’s health. Here’s a few ways that we can help.

  • Acupuncture Can Help You Better In Bed: In a case study of a diabetic man with Erectile

    Dysfunction (ED) that was unresponsive to medication, acupuncture improved his ability to maintain an erection[i]. There are many reasons for ED, and because all our treatments are tailored to match each patients unique presentation, Acupuncture, and Chinese herbal therapy can help, whether the cause is aging, diabetes, heart disease as well as anxiety and depression. And don’t worry;  we don’t needle “down there”.

  • Acupuncture Helps To Make You A Dad: While the treatment of female fertility is emphasized in our practice, evidence suggests that acupuncture and herbal therapy can increase sperm mobility and motility[ii]. Traditional herbal formulas are effective for treating varicoles[iii]. While acupuncture alone was helpful, the combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbology yielded even better results[iv]. Finally- Chinese medicine improved western medical treatment of male factor infertility. We treating infertile couples, we feel strongly that both partners should have acupuncture and herbs.
  • Acupuncture Helps You To Be A Better Dad: Let’s be honest. Parenting is hard work. It’s not always easy to stay on an even keel when we feel pulled between the kids, work and chores. Even the easiest child can push our buttons. Acupuncture, herbs and massage are useful tools to help alleviate stress, which allows you to be a more thoughtful, less reactive dad. Happy Dad=Happy kids.
  • Acupuncture Makes It Easier To Pee: Sooner or later, most men begin to have prostate problems. Dribbling, difficulty urinating, and even infections are common. Acupuncture, moxibustion and herbs have been shown to reduce prostate pain[v] and swelling[vi].

The practitioners at Six Fishes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Massage would love to work with you to help improve your health and vitality. You can schedule an appointment with us 6 days a week. 

[i] Taniguchi, Hiroshi, Kenji Imai, Sazu Taniguchi, and Hiroshi Kitakoji. “Acupuncture in the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction among a Diabetic Population of Sildenafil Citrate Non-Respnder.”

[ii]Jo Ji, Kang MJ. Successful Treatment of Oligoasthenozoospermia Using Traditional Korean Medicine Resulting in Spontaneous Pregnancy: Two Case Reports.

[iii] Ishikawa H, Ohashi M, Hayakawa K, Kaneko S, Hata M.Effects of guizhi-fuling-wan on male infertility with varicocele

[iv]He Y, Chen CT, Qian LH, Xia CL, Li J, Li SQ, Liu BP. Acupuncture treatment of male infertility: a systematic review

[v] Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2011 Jan;31(1):11-4. Acupuncture for chronic pelvic pain syndromes (CPPS) and its effect on cytokines in prostatic fluid. Yuan SY, Qin Z, Liu DS, Yin WQ, Zhang ZL, Li SG. Male Department of Zhuhai Branch of Guangdong Provincial TCM Hospital, Zhuhai, China.

[vi] 1. Qin Z, Wu J, Zhou J, Liu Z. Systematic Review of Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

2. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2012 Mar;10(3):293-7. Study strategies for acupuncture treatment of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis. Yang ZX, Chen PD, Yu HB, Pi M, Luo WS, Zhuo YY.

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Recommend strongly for fertility treatments!!! – I have been seeing Cara for 9 months now. When I first saw Cara, I had six pregnancies of which five miscarried. I had been going to fertility doctors for 4 years after the second miscarriage. It did result in 1 live birth which I am very happy about. I went through numerous treatments with fertility drugs and IUI in hopes of having a second baby. Eventually, I gave up - the drugs were affecting me emotionally and physically and I was also advised by my fertility doctor that it would not be prudent to subject me to more drugs. I had heard that acupuncture was effective at treating fertility. My visits to another acupuncturist did not yield results. I moved back to Philadelphia and my previous acupuncturist recommended strongly for me to see Cara. Cara, from our initial meeting, provided a comforting and compassionate environment for me. She understood all the emotional and physical issues I was experiencing. Soon after seeing her, I became pregnant. She provided a holistic approach to keeping my pregnancy with a diet to make sure the baby “sticks” and herbs to keep the pregnancy strong. She was always available for my needs through visits, email and phone calls. I really felt she was personally invested in making sure the baby made it. I am now on my 39th week and happily anticipating the birth of my baby. This has been the most supportive and productive healthcare I have had and opened my eyes to a more balanced, healthier lifestyle with the use of Chinese medicine. She definitely does not take a cookie cutter approach to treating her patients, and customizes care based on a person’s needs and lifestyle!