Many men have an elevated PSA and can relate to the above urinary pathologies. As we age, the weakening of our pelvic saddle (the connective tissue in our pelvic floor), can cause the urinary patterns mentioned above. Medications may also cause urinary difficulties.
As we age, the Yang Qi-the energy that propels fluids in our body and is responsible for preventing prolapse of the genitourinary system, anus, as well as other organs, tends to weaken. This can lead to prolapse.
If we liken our urinary flow to a hose lacking adequate water pressure, we may understand how difficult flow results.
It is our Kidney and Bladder Qi (capitalization of these organs denotes the name of the associated meridians, not necessarily the organs, themselves) that gives us propulsion, ensuring a steady stream and fully emptying the bladder.
If you drink liquid and have urgency within a short time of consumption, your body isn’t processing fluids properly.
Nan Lu, author of Digesting the Universe gives us a great visual for this, “Think of a pot filled with water. How can you transform this whole pot of water so it becomes nothing, so the water evaporates entirely? All you have to do is introduce the right temperature! Put the pot in the sun or boil it. Increase the fire underneath the pot. In this concept, fire represents the energy of the Kidney boiling the water; the Bladder is like the pot that holds the water. We know as the pot accumulates heat and reaches the right temperature, water will boil. As it boils, water turns into steam. The water itself has now transformed into a different, invisible structure. It can be released or it can disappear.”
“Let’s expand the concept. We can reverse this process as well. If we capture it, steam can become moisture again. When steam becomes invisible, we can collect it and get moisture; then, it becomes water and we can boil it.”
To reiterate, the bladder, serving as the pot, collects the water. The warming Kidney Qi transforms or boils the water in the pot. After the Kidney Qi transforms this water, the Yang Qi when vigorous, propels the fluid, emptying the bladder.
“Chris LaRosa has been treating me for prostate issues with his Japanese acupuncture for a couple of months now.
I am already experiencing relief of several symptoms, including the frequency of urination as well as the emptying of my bladder. The flow of urine is also stronger.
I will continue receiving these specific treatments from Chris as I am steadily improving.”
The Chinese characters for acupuncture mean needle and fire, fire refers to moxibustion or moxa. I often use needle moxa in the weak or empty areas on the lumbar region to turbo charge the energy. Patients (including myself) love the deep heat and adrenal boost this provides.
I use direct moxa , in which I burn rice grain sized pieces of moxa on the lower abdomen. This kind of moxa strongly influences propulsive power and strengthens the integrity of the pelvic floor. It’s great for incontinence!
Often the sacral area is congested, meaning hard or stuck, so I gently place needles there and apply yet another type of moxa to where the needles were retained, to renew circulation.
Treating the sacral region is very effective for most urinary conditions because it strongly influences blood flow, highly enervated and the sacrum itself, being a bone mass, is representative of the Kidneys. In Chinese medicine, each meridian is associated with some component of the body.
In addition, I needle the places that influence the processing of water and increase vitality.
This establishing homeostasis.
Most of these conditions can be rectified in one to three months of weekly treatments.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from any of the above conditions, book an appointment with me now.