Chinese medicine is a godsend for women's health. There are plenty of resources for us to tap into, and our medicine is great at addressing the challenges women face through their reproductive years and beyond. But what about the other half of the population? Well, not so much.
Men's health is often shrouded in invisible inequality. Some of it is cultural, men seek medical attention less frequently than women. Generally speaking, men aren’t as proactive in seeking to resolve health concerns, we pride ourselves on toughing through problems.
I would have thought that there would be more in our East Asian medicine toolkit for treating men’s reproductive or sexual issues, But if you look, you will not that much. It’s a bare storehouse compared to the treasure house of medicine and methods we have for women’s health.
In this conversation with Lisa Lapwing, we explore men’s health and see what Chinese medicine has to offer. We look at the taboos behind men's health, the emotional underpinnings of the issues, and how to hold comfortable conversations with patients for better outcomes. We also discuss the diagnosis and treatment of common problems, including prostatitis, BPH, and prostate cancer.
Listen into this discussion on common sexual/reproductive issues that trouble men and the need to address the gender gap in health outcomes.
In This Conversation We Discuss:
- The ‘underrepresentation' of men in Chinese Medicine
- Prostatitis and Erectile Dysfunction as all-generational issues – and the need to “catch these issues at a young age”
- Men and Virility: Demystifying taboos and negative perceptions of men's sexual health
- Peeling back the layers of men's health: The physical, emotional, and spiritual side of treatment
- Sexual health conversations and the impact of generational differences among patients
- The practitioner's role in sparking and holding comfortable conversations around emotionally-charged issues
- Prostatitis diagnosis and treatment (herbs, acupuncture).
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) diagnosis and treatment
- East meets West: Leaning on Western Medicine diagnostics to guide Chinese treatment in men's health
- Treating issues around dribbling urination
- The role of coffee, whiskey, and other damp heat-causing substances
- Helpful exercises to improve patient outcomes
- The value of networking with other healthcare professionals
- Prostate cancer treatment
- Getting comfortable in your own skin
Stay confident in your practice and know your differentials! Your differentials give you the power to care for anything that comes through the clinic door!
After graduating from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA) in 2010, I transitioned my profession as a Personal Trainer to open my own practice that embraces my own style and philosophy. I pride myself on my knowledgeable approach to this medicine and I am passionate about and believe deeply in this medicine and what it can do to heal!
My philosophy about Oriental Medicine is the belief that TCM and my practice of it, should be done with compassion, empathy, and genuineness for my patients.
I am licensed in Florida, currently practicing, in Windermere, Florida. I’m an NCCAOM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, a member of our Florida state association FSOMA. I also educate on the subject of male and female sexual health. I’ve spoken at AOMA, SUNA (Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates) for FSOMA and other public groups.
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