Aging, Prostate and Men’s Health

Aging is a natural process and not a disease. There are numerous benefits to growing older but many of us associate aging with ill health and disability like heart disease, prostate problems, fatigue and arthritis. These age related disorders are mainly caused by life-style choices such as diet, environmental toxins, lack of exercise and stress and some genetic susceptibility. The more we take charge now, the more we can bring balance and harmony into our bodily systems. We can’t stop aging, it’s natural, but we do want to prevent premature aging to ensure the best and longest quality of life.

Many of you have heard about reducing the impact of free radicals in your body from toxins in our environment and improving your diet. We know the importance of diet changes and of exercise and detoxification. Hormone balance is a key to healthy aging. This is particularly true of stress hormones such as cortisol and DHEA. A deficiency or abnormal elevation of these hormones accelerates aging and immune system breakdown. In fact, all hormones are important for aging and well being. Thyroid, testosterone, estrogen and growth hormones must be kept in balance to the slow aging process and maintain good health eg your blood sugar levels. Stress appears to play a role in aging. If you have prolonged periods of stress, you are more likely to have chronic problems, especially in hormonal related problems like prostate enlargement.

BODY WORK THERAPIES

1. Aromatherapy and Lymphatic Massage

  • Muscular: eases muscular aches and pains and promotes relaxation of stressed muscles like fibromyalgia and painful periods
  • Digestive: Aids water retention and constipation
  • Endocrine: Regulates hormones which cause symptomatic problems reduces prostate enlargement symptoms like urinary retention Generates endorphins to improve feelings of well being
  • Lymphatic: Immune support by acting as the waste removal system of the body. Relies on muscle activity and becomes blocked easily. Massage with oils helps to detoxify the body by strengthening the immune system, aiding body to heal quickly through biotic nature of oils, improving circulation and lymphatic drainage which aid in elimination of toxins from the body
  • Nervous system: massage and oils have relaxing, sedative or even stimulating effect on nervous system. Great for insomnia and reducing stress, headaches and anxiety
  • Cardiovascular: Regulates Blood Pressure and improves circulation. Helps heart palpitations. Contraindication: acute heart disease
  • Skin: helps aging skin with glow, helps acne

Essential Oils Of Note:

Prostatitis: Bergamot and chamomile , tea tree and thyme reduce infection and inflammation

Insomnia: Chamomile, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Sandlewood, Linden Blossom, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.

Urinary Problems: Clary Sage, Juniper, Fennel, Sandlewood, Lavender, Frankincense, Cypress, Geranium

Headaches: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

Anxiety/Stress: Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary sage, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang

Italicized oils are most effective

Applications

Full Lymphatic Massage:

Aromatherapy massage has a direct effect on the nervous system. There are ganglia or nerve cells around spine that serve as reflex points. Nerve fibres pass through these ganglia and form groups. They go to different organs and glands of the body. Balancing and stimulating these points through massage has a normalizing effect on the functions of these organs. Excellent for enhancing circulation, balancing nervous system, removing congestion, promoting relaxation and improving immune system Great for relieving stress associated with overuse of adrenals.

Rub oils on pelvic area or add to bath daily at home; warm compress over lower abdomen or back.

Baths: Add 1 TBS massage oil to bath water to relax and for symptomatic relief.

Drops on tissue: Put a few drops of oil on tissue and put under pillow. Good for insomnia. E.g chamomile or frankinsence. Use at home as bath oil, massage oil especially on abdomen, in diffuser for mood and emotional support.

Prostate Health.

Prostate enlargement is determined by the balance between estrogen, testosterone and DHT (dyhydrotestosterone). Proper hormone balance can be aided with diet, exercise, nutrition and detoxification.

I will highlight how bodywork therapies such as acupuncture, essential oil lympthatic massage and Reiki energy work help maintain a normal hormonal balance. These therapies can complement your diet and exercise regime. In fact, these treatments will further enhance the healing process, reduce symptomatic complaints of urinary problems and speed up the healing process. They do in effect help to postpone the aging process.

2. Acupuncture/ Shiatsu

The Chinese have discovered hundreds of acupuncture points that relate to the internal organs by way of meridian networks.  Meridians are a network of energy pathways that connect points to one another and to the organs and glands. These meridians connect the 12 organs. Acupuncture works to balance the body on endocrine level. By needling or pressing on these points, relief of symptoms can ensue. It releases muscular tension, balances hormones, promote circulations of the blood and stimulates the body’s natural self curative abilities. Acupuncture can release endorphins and other natural substances in your body that block pain.  It can also help to detoxify the body of waste products. It releases toxins that are built up in the body’s tissue so drink water.

Acupuncture for Prostate Health

It is best performed as a full body treatment by an certified acupuncturist to reach all the pertinent points relevant to your problems and symptoms. I like to combine acupuncture with other body therapies such as full lymphatic massage using essential oils and Reiki. This integrated treatment regulates hormones, strengthens your immune system and relieves symptomatic complaints.

The major points for prostate health are on the Kidney meridian. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidney is responsible for our “essence”, including the vitality of reproductive organs such as prostate in men and ovaries in women. A healthy prostate must have healthy flow of chi in the Kidney Meridian.  A treatment would include small needles on the back for kidney essence (urinary bladder 23 and Du 4) as well as Kidney 3 and 10 on legs. The prostate reflex point is on the inner ankle on Urinary bladder point 62. On the front of the body, it would be important to needle points on the Ren meridian such as Ren 3, 4 and 6 that improve chi flow in the body specifically to sexual organs.

Acupressure Self Care for Prostate Health: At home, you can massage or apply pressure to these points to help balance the chi and offer symptomatic relief of symptoms.

Urinary:Reflex points on Feet: Massage around Achilles tendon to get reflex points of prostate, testes. Rub instep and edge of foot to get adrenals, bladder and kidney and lower spinal reflexes. Rub the little toe (BL66) and rub along the outer edge of the ankle (BL63). Circle the chart

Urinary Points on Hands: Rub thumb pad especially the web between thumb and forefinger (LI4 and LU 10). Massage below wrist crease on pad

Meridian: ST 36 on legs supports immune and digestive system. Good in general and  for detoxifying

3.  Reflexology for Men’s Prostate Health

Like acupuncture, reflexology involves the use of therapeutic pressure of the reflex points of the foot and hand. These points correspond to specific organs and systems in the body

Every reflex in the body has a relating reflex in the foot.

Prostate problems: Treatment is aimed at relieving spasm in bladder muscles, relaxing sphincter muscles and improving nerve impulses

Detoxification: Pressure on lympathics and digestive organs helps to detoxify body systems of waste products.

Hormonal Balancing for Stress and Aging: Pressure on specific glands and organs helps hormonal balance and produces a very relaxing state. Body returns to state of balance as energy flows from fingers and toes to head.

I work specific reflex points related to client symptoms into all treatments .Combines well with aromatherapy massage and acupressure.

Self Care Reflexology For Men’s Prostate Health

Reflexology Self Care: Massage around Achilles tendon to get reflex points of prostate (inner), testes. Rub instep and edge of foot to get adrenals and spinal reflexes, Rub big toe to get pituitary, spleen and thyroid. Rub instep to mid sole for bladder and kidneys. Rub top of foot between the bones for lymphatics. Rub toes if feeling stressed or headaches. Rub heal for digestion and detoxification. Circle areas on foot chart. Try hand  around thumb pad

4. Chakra Balancing for Men’s Health

The body is comprised of energy fields (auras) and centers (chakras) that are associated with our nerves, energy and glands where these hormones are produced.  Chakras are disc shaped like vortex. Chakras are connected to the body through energy fields or auras

There are 350 chakras and 7 major chakras and 22 minor chakras.

Benefits of Chakra Balancing For Men’s Health

Emotions and beliefs affect health through the chakra system. Thoughts and feelings impact health by manifesting first in our energy field and chakras. When energy is blocked, our nervous and endocrine system become imbalanced and we experience physical symptoms. Releasing blocks helps to alleviate symptoms and promotes well being and hormonal balance in the whole body. Body work therapies like Chakra balancing, acupressure, Reiki, Reflexology help to release these emotions and energy blocks, thereby lessening symptoms. Any chakra can be involved.  Base and 2ND Chakra is largely responsible for our reproductive and urinary systems so imbalances would appear here as blocks.

Treatment

Regular chakra balancing incorporated into treatment session with therapist is recommended. Combines well with acupressure and massage. I pay special attention to those that are out of balance on a regular basis.

For some people, they want to further explore the emotional root cause behind these blocks and we use additional emotional release healing techniques like voice dialoguing, imagery, affirmations. visualization, and cording

HERBAL REMEDIES

The prostate gland is highly sensitive to environmental and dietary toxins. To flush out wastes, do a one to 3 day juice fast. Try herbs to reduce symptoms. Recommend 320mg/day

  1. Saw Palmetto: Reduces hormone stimulation of prostate tissue. Studies show it improves urinary symptoms
  2. Pygeum Africanum: Pygeum is an extract from the back of an African tree that has a long history of use and clinical validation for reducing prostate enlargement. 160-200 mg/day
  3. Nettle Root: Extract lessens the symptoms of BPH.  120 mg/day. Often used in herbal formulas
  4. Dandelion: Hepatic and Diuretic: Helps to cleanse liver. Reduces water retention and bloating
  5. American Ginseng: Herb support adrenal function, improves energy, relaxes nervous system and has a cooling effect. Take 600 to 1200 mg daily
  6. Milk Thistle: Take to detoxify liver Find a formula that is standardized to 70-80% silymarin content. Take 250mg twice daily