Chinese herbs and formulas can be a rewarding way to maintain men’s health, wellbeing and vitality. Often, in societies that encourage men to be tough in the face of hardship, they become statistically more likely to skip routine medical care and delay getting treatment for symptoms of a health problem. This can be changed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on improving quality of life, not just on treating the symptoms of disease. Restoring balance to the male body with natural remedies may help reduce reliance on ongoing medical treatment or pharmaceuticals. TCM can also be used alongside Western medicine as part of a comprehensive and complementary approach to wellness. By making TCM part of a regular daily routine, men can develop a deeper understanding of their bodies and take greater control over their health.
Common Health Issues for Men
Although men and women are affected by many of the same health concerns, some conditions are more prevalent in men than women. These conditions benefit from a targeted treatment approach that recognizes the unique characteristics of men’s physiology and lifestyles.
Heart & Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular disease is the leading health issue affecting men in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is responsible for approximately one in four male deaths. Irregulated blood pressure can cause damage to blood vessels and organs and is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease.
Sexual Vitality & Performance
Sexual health issues come in many forms. For men, these conditions include erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation, decreased stamina and low libido. Though these issues are prevalent, men are often reluctant to discuss them with health professionals, and they are underdiagnosed and undertreated as a result.
Problems including low sperm count, abnormal sperm movement (motility) or abnormal sperm shape (morphology) can impact fertility. Because sexual potency is often linked to masculinity, infertility is another issue men often feel ashamed to discuss. Chinese herbal medicine products might help improve sperm production and quality to increase the chances of conception.
Prostate gland enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate can cause urinary symptoms and lead to bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. Inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) can have similar symptoms. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men.
Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that occurs with aging. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that it is the most common cause of hair loss worldwide. While most hair loss is genetic, it can also be caused by stress, disease, certain medications, hormonal imbalance, significant weight loss, poor nutrition and other factors.
Anger, irritability, stress, anxiety, insomnia, lack of concentration, depression — men experiencing these emotions and conditions may feel they must “be strong” and suffer in silence. Under the guidance of a licensed TCM practitioner, herbal Chinese products may help restore the body’s natural emotional balance and improve cognitive function.
10 Chinese Herbal Medicine Products for Men’s Health
Regular exercise, a nutritious diet, adequate sleep and stress-management practices are all critical for feeling your best. But even with a healthy lifestyle, the right herbal supplements can have a positive impact on the body’s rhythms and functions. The following formulas may help alleviate the issues above and support men’s health through all seasons of life.
- Ba Wei Di Huang Wan — for urinary retention, urinary incontinence, excessive urination that increases at night, impotence or premature ejaculation, prostate enlargement
- Chai Hu Jia Long Mu Tang — for anxiety, nervousness, mental restlessness or manic depression
- Er Zhi Wan — for hormonal imbalance, nocturnal emission, spontaneous sweating, premature graying or loss of hair
- Gan Mai Da Zao Tang — for passive depression, anxiety, hypersomnia, loss of interest, irritability or poor concentration
- Jia Wei Xiao Yao San — for stress and hair loss
- Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan — for nocturnal emission and spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation, impotence, or fatigue and weakness
- Suan Zao Ren Tang — for insomnia, irritability, night sweats, nervous exhaustion
- Tian Wan Bu Xin Dan — for insomnia or anxiety
- Wen Dan Tang — for mood changes, cardiovascular disease, irritability, anxiety, nervousness or insomnia
- Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan — for deficiency heat, insomnia, irritability, chronic urinary tract infection (UTI) or chronic prostatitis
To receive the maximum benefit from these formulas, consult with a licensed practitioner or herbalist and purchase only authentic Chinese herbal products.
Supporting Men’s Health With Natural Herbal Remedies
Looking after yourself physically and mentally requires focus on the foundation of wellness — a healthy lifestyle — but it also means seeking targeted care for specific bodily systems and concerns.
If you are interested in discovering the benefits of herbal Chinese products, consult with a licensed TCM practitioner in your area. A qualified herbalist can recommend a personalized regimen of KPC’s herbal supplements that addresses your unique needs. Contact us at 949-398-8158 for assistance finding a practitioner who carries KPC products near you.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. Before taking any herbs, make sure you ask your practitioner about the best herbal formulas for your body type and needs. Every patient may require different herbs based on their unique body chemistry.