Acupuncture for Prostate
TCM associates enlargement of the prostate with kidney deficiency. In middle age the kidney energy declines, resulting in the reduction of sex hormones and decreases one's sexual energy, which affects the function and the circulation of the prostate gland. Chinese medical theory has always postulated that deficiency causes swelling, therefore qi (energy) deficiencies in the prostate gland causes it to enlarge causing what is known in the West as benign prostatic hyperplasia.
In order to compensate for this decline, men in China have historically used acupuncture treatments to enhance the circulation and energy in the prostate. To support the effect of acupuncture, they have also used Chinese herbs in traditional herbal formulas to replenish the kidney essence. Thus acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help to normalize prostate function and restrain enlargement.
Acupuncture - Prostatitis
Prostatitis is a condition caused when the prostate gland becomes infected or inflamed. In Western medicine these conditions are treated with powerful antibiotics. This treatment is usually effective when bacterial infections are the cause, however sometimes these medications are used even when bacteria are not present. This can lead to resistance to antibiotics as well as allergic reactions to these powerful drugs.
In non-infective prostatitis, acupuncture may be a safer and more effective way to relieve this painful condition.
Kai Kit Pill: Chinese Herbal Medicine for Enlarged Prostate
Ba Zheng Wan: Chinese Herbal Medicine for Prostatitis
Acupuncture and Prostate Cancer
Acupuncture will not cure prostate cancer, but it can play a role in relieving symptoms caused by radiation and other prostate cancer treatments. Acupuncture can be useful as a post surgical treatment to relieve pain and promote healing.
Acupuncture Prostate Points
Acupuncture points often used in benign (non-cancerous) prostate conditions including prostatitis are: Conception Vessel 2-4, Governing Vessel 4, and Kidney points 3-5.
CV4 • Guan Yuan • Conception Vessel 4 Origin Pass. Front Mu Point of the Small Intestine that connects with Back Shu BL27. Meeting Point on the Conception Vessel with the Spleen, Liver and Kidney Channels.
Location: In the pubic region, on the anterior midline, 2 cun superior to the upper border of the symphysis pubis.
Strengthens Original Qi
Tonifies And Nourishes The Kidneys
Regulates The Spleen
Benefits The Uterus
Regulates The Lower Burner
Regulates Small Intestine Qi
Benefits The Bladder
GV4 • Ming Men • Governing Vessel 4 Life Gate. Reunion point on Curious Meridian Dai Mo.
Location: On the lower back, below the spinous process of the second lumbar vertebra (L2).
Regulates The Governing Vessel
Tonifies The Kidneys
Benefits The Lumbar Spine
KI3 • Tai Xi • Kidney 3 Great Ravine. Shu Stream Point on the Kidney Channel. Yuan Source on the Kidney Channel. Earth Point on Water Meridian.
Location: On the medial ankle, at the midpoint between the prominence of the medial malleolus and Achilles’ Tendon.
Nourishes Kidney Yin
Tonifies Kidney Yang
Benefits The Lumbar Spine
Benefits The Lung
Clears Deficiency Heat