Men Find Health Benefits with Acupuncture
By Carrie Elizabeth Sklar, Pacific
While Father's Day and National Men's Health Week (June 14-20,
2004) makes us think about how much we love the men in our lives,
recent studies show that men's health has been steadily declining.
Acupuncture, however, may help many of the common ailments that
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 190,000 more men are diagnosed
with a cancer than women each year, and cancer kills men 18 percent
more often than women.
Furthermore, 4.4 million men in the United States have already
had a heart attack, and men between the ages 29-44 have a 41 times
higher chance of having a heart attack than women. Other health
problems that are common to men include high blood pressure, prostate
disorders, diabetes, smoking, and obesity.
Acupuncture has been cited by the World Health Organization to
treat over 43 conditions, including those previously mentioned.
Using acupuncture to treat health problems of concern to men has
been growing in popularity; a Kaiser study conducted in 1996 found
that 57.2 percent of primary care physicians in Northern California
used or recommended acupuncture in the previous year. And according
to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture &
Oriental Medicine, nearly one out of every 10 adults in the United
States has tried acupuncture.