Acupuncture can deliver better moods, health and virility.
Did you know there are three key benefits from receiving an acupuncture treatment that can make men better lovers?
First is the endorphin release that results in less stress and a surge of feel-good hormones circulating through the body. Second, is improved circulation of blood and oxygen (Qi) to every part of the body. Last but not least, the stimulation of the immune system makes you overall stronger and healthier. This recipe for success is not only good for you, but it’s also great for your partner.
Lets talk about hormones. The endorphins released as a result of an acupuncture treatment account for the relaxation “high” that people describe. The same endorphins are released after exercise and sex . Recent studies have shown that interrupting our stressful lives with moments of relaxation reduces cortisol (a stress hormone) and can greatly reduce the harmful effects of stress on our bodies. With my patients I use the snowball analogy starting off as one small moment of feeling good. If we reinforce that feeling before the stress builds up again, we can create some momentum and grow that snowball with feelings of pleasure and roll right past feelings of angst. Acupuncture is a great way to experience the endorphin release because it requires no effort (beyond showing up) from the patient.
In athletics and fitness, in order to grow bigger, faster and stronger, we practice diligently. When it comes to sex we assume desire and performance just come naturally. While the desire probably was instantaneous when you were a teenager, you didn’t have the stress of career, relationships, family etc. to get in the way. I would also suggest that your performance at that age was probably a bit erratic. Therefore, in order to have better sex for ourselves and be better lovers, we have to practice.
Using the sport analogy, we perform drills and conditioning before we even scrimmage, let alone take the field for competition! We should do the same when it comes to mastering our performance sexually. Acupuncture is a great way for your body to experience that similar feel-good sensation without being aroused, just like doing your conditioning drills gets you ready for the big game. Experiencing the endorphin release during acupuncture offers the sensation pleasure without arousal, therefore giving you more control over your body’s response to pleasure, and, you don’t perform like the erratic teenage boy in bed!
Improving circulation is commonly discussed when addressing male sexual performance. The most popular drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, Viagra, was originally intended to treat angina, a heart condition characterized by restricted blood vessels. Like all drugs, there are side effects and therefore not everyone can utilize it. Fortunately, not only is acupuncture safe for everyone, but it can also specifically target circulation to a desired area. This does not mean needles in or around the genitalia! The acupuncture channels that traverse the body can be used above and below the genitalia to improve the circulation to them. The blood and oxygen (Qi) circulating through the channels carries the nutrition we derive from food to specific parts of the body. If you’re going to eat healthy and libido-raising foods or aphrodisiacs, you might as well make sure they are feeding the areas of the body you want!
Nourishing the body with healthy foods is crucial for overall health and vitality. Equally as important is our level of fitness. Historically we had to be ready to outrun a predator for survival. Now we improve our fitness for greater athleticism, physical appearance and/or a general sense of wellbeing. Regardless of the reason you stay active, the result is the same – more efficient delivery of blood and oxygen to the muscles being used. If you want be ready for hot sex in a moments notice, you want your body to be really efficient in this department. By improving circulation with acupuncture, men can expect stronger erections, quicker response to stimulus, and the fortitude to maintain an erection.
The last piece in the acupuncture threesome is the stimulation of the immune system. Before you discount this section as boring, let me say that this treament has the longest lasting benefits. The immune system in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) serves the body in a much broader sense, it’s our first interaction with EVERYTHING, and is reflected in the skin. The pores on our skin open up and close depending on the environment they are exposed to. In TCM, sweating is a technique for releasing fever causing pathogens and other toxins from the body. Certainly you’ve noticed smell of alcohol emanating from the pores of someone who drank excessive amounts of alcohol the day before. Beyond releasing toxins from the body, the skin also releases pheromones that are unique to each and every one of us.
Pheromones are chemicals that are secreted in our sweat and other bodily fluids that are believed to influence the behavior of the opposite sex, such as triggering sexual interest and excitement.
When the immune system isn’t preoccupied fighting acute illnesses such as the flu or kicking out lactic acid from your workout, the pure scent of that individual can come through unadulterated. Pheromones are powerful substances that can bring you back to a time, place, and person in an instant. The fragrance industry capitalizes on the link between the sense of smell and the emotions it triggers. Take a look at any fragrance ad and you will see they are more about the emotion than the actual scents within the bottle. Also consider the unique smell a fragrance takes on when worn by different people. Studies have been done that clearly illustrate that women who are ovulating are perceived as more attractive to men. So how does acupuncture fit in to all of this? Acupuncture stimulates the immune system to speed up recovery from illnesses and stimulate the repair needed to build muscle tissue after a workout. It interacts with everything and everyone you come into contact with. The more efficient it is at responding to the environment around you, the healthier you are. If you want to be memorable, be sure that your lover at least gets to meet you (through your smell) minus all the other junk that can pollute your smell! I told you the immune system section was powerful!!
There are countless benefits as a result of an acupuncture treatment. The three proven mechanisms I have articulated for sexual health positively affect the body for a multitude of conditions. If you want to look and feel your sexual best, invest in yourself and your partner, get acupuncture!
This article originally appeared on Talking About Men’s Health
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