What is Andropause?
Andropause is often called male menopause, and this is but it’s more than the male equivalent to it because it comes with its own symptoms, causes, as well as patterns of onset. Andropause refers to a process that a man undergoes when his body produces fewer male hormones (androgens). Testosterone is the hormone that is usually the most affected, and this is the most dominate of all male hormones. Testosterone plays a huge role in how males development and it affects both a man’s mind and his body.
Testosterone influences many functions within the body and organs, and this includes muscles, heart, prostate, fat metabolism, mental cognition, bone density and libido, as well as blood sugar. Andropause can lead to mood swings, anger and depression. Testosterone tends to decline in the early thirties and it continues to decline into the mid-fifties.
Menopause is bad, but it happens over a short period of time, which is not the case with andropause. Andropause gradually happens, which makes diagnosing it difficult. Some of the signs and symptoms associated with it include an enlarged prostate, weight gain, a loss of libido, digestive problems and urinary problems, as well as infections.
Doctor Culley C. Carson of the Boston University School of Medicine, estimated that more than 50 percent of men who are 65 or older have free range testosterone levels that are below the normal levels of men who are between 30 and 35. Reduction of testosterone is natural as men age. However, when it happens in a healthy male, then it can be detrimental.
A reduction of Mingmen Fire, which is often referred to as the Ministerial Fire, is one of the reasons why physical and emotional effects of aging occur, according to Oriental medicine texts. The Ministerial Fire is located near your spine and between the kidneys, and right at the level of where the umbilicus is located. It is a force that has fuel that all the body’s organs benefit from. For example, the Mingmen Fire provides energy and warmth to stimulate the intestine, and once this happens, the large intestine can excrete waste from your body.
Many men’s lack of libido may be a result of a reduction of the Mingmen Fire. When the fire is out, then other signs may occur, such as frequent urination. Other signs and symptoms may include sore knees, a sore lower back or the person may feel lethargic.
Andropause tends to be very difficult to diagnose in men and the natural decline of the Ministerial Fire may make symptoms of andropause much worse because the body can become colder and then old age may set in. However, some believe that various Oriental medicine therapies work, as well as various types of acupuncture, so if you want to learn more, then call today. You may finally get relief by following an acupuncture and Oriental medicine plan.
Transitioning Through Menopause With Ease
When women age and enter their reproductive years, they tend to suffer from physiological changes and symptoms of menopause may start appearing. This is natural though, especially when a woman is entering her middle years and when they start ceasing the menstruating cycle. As a result, they may experience very uncomfortable symptoms and signs.
When menopause arrives, then it’s time for you to try to do what you can to preserve energy and to take shelter, just like when the winter season arrives. This is a calm phase of a woman’s life and a woman who is healthy may find themselves in need of more support in order to feel more comfortable, and when a woman gets older, wisdom should come along with her age and not excessive heat and dryness. However, there is a good news and that is acupuncture and Oriental medicine may be able to help a woman ease into the transition from where she is now and into menopause.
Symptoms associated with menopause include mood swings, feeling dizzy, night sweats, hot flashes, increased irritability, insomnia and dryness, as well as osteoporosis. Thanks to acupuncture and Oriental medicine, there are a number of treatments for woman who have menopause, which includes making lifestyle changes and changes to their diet, which may alleviate symptoms. Avoiding spicy foods and hot drinks, as well as alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine may help ease symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes, and let’s not forget to mention that such foods can irritate your body and cigarettes are just horrible for you. When smoke enters into the body, it dries up fluids, which must be preserved throughout menopause.
The kidney yin may be reduced, and this is why the kidney and other organs may be responsible for producing such symptoms, and the way to think of kidney yin is as a reservoir that contains water. When it dries up, then it can’t function properly. In short the yin provides cooling energies and when it reduces, the body doesn’t have a lot of water in order to put the fire out.
Yang energy is like a ray of sunshine and provides plants with what they need. For example, the sunlight helps plants survive, but when it provides too much heat, then the plants can become destroyed, dried and looking brown. With that said, it makes perfect sense why women with menopause exhibit heat signs, such as irritability and hot flashes.
Huang di Nei Jing said women change every seven years, in terms of dynamics. When they are 35, then the QI of the large intestine decline. At 42, the channels become weaker and then at 49, a woman ends up noticing an increase in menopause symptoms.
Loss of fertility can be the result of changes and the conception vessel is often called the Sea of Yin, which is associated with fetal development and pregnancy. It’s also associated with reproductive health, generally speaking. The Chong Mai Meridian is what influences blood flow.
It’s worth mentioning that acupuncture may help women with various symptoms of menopause. This includes hot flashes, which are uncomfortable but they usually don’t pose any major hot flashes. However, they can affect a woman’s quality of life, which may lead to emotional stress and affect their overall well-being.
Are you a woman who is suffering from menopause and are you suffering from any symptoms discussed above, because if you are, there is something you can do about it. Call today and learn about acupuncture, as well as Oriental medicine because it may help make the transition much easier for you. You never know, it may work for you and provide you with relief.
Menopause can be a stressful time in a woman’s life and sometimes they may think there is nothing they can do about it, but there is something. As previously mentioned, you may want to look into acupuncture because it may provide you with what you need to make the transition easier. With that said, all you have to do now is pick the phone up and make a phone call and feel free to ask any questions you may have about menopause, acupuncture and oriental medicine.