Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland located directly below the bladder in men. Prostatitis can affect men of all ages. According to the National Institutes of Health, prostatitis may account for up to 25% of all office visits for complaints involving the genital and urinary systems from young and middle-aged men. Prostatitis symptoms may include:

• Pain or burning sensation when urinating
• Difficulty urinating
• Urgent need to urinate
• Frequent urination, particularly at night
• Pain in the abdomen, groin or lower back
• Pain in the area between the scrotum and rectum
• Pain or discomfort of the penis or testicles
• Painful orgasms (ejaculations)

Prostatitis treatments may include:

• 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.
• Alpha blockers. This treatment may lessen symptoms, such as painful urination. Common side effects include headaches and a decrease in blood pressure.
• Pain relievers. Pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Disease occurs when the body is in disharmony. When imbalances develop in qi (energy) and blood circulation, illness occurs. Prostatitis is caused by an internal disharmony of qi and blood or an excess of pathogenic substances such as dampness, heat, or damp heat. Acupuncture treatment is individualized to each patient’s presentation. The goal of the treatment is to balance the disharmony. The actions of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are to rid the body of the damp-heat through cooling, draining, and drying the pathogens of dampness and heat. Once the body is properly eliminated of damp-heat, the kidney qi and jing will be tonified in order to strengthen the prostate and patient to prevent further or recurring invasion of the damp-heat pathogens. Traditional Chinese medicine is very useful to treat different ailments including men health-related issues. Here is a brief list of male health problems that traditional Chinese medicine can help:

• Premature Ejaculation
• Low Sperm Count
• Diminished Sperm Motility
• Hernias
• Testicular Pain
• Prostatitis
• Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
• Male Climacteric (men-opause)
Male Infertility

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