Male Pelvic Pain and Acupuncture

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A common story …

Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS), Bacterial and Non-Bacterial Prostatitis are all very similar issues that occur in the same man for different periods on the time scale.

The conversation always starts the same:

“Hi, what can I do for you?” …

…”Well, I’ve got this pain right between my balls and my anus, and it’s kind of deep inside”.

“Is it there now?”…

…”Yes, it’s killing me, it’s there all the time. Sometimes better, sometimes worse, but it’s probably an 8/10 right now”.

“Have you seen anyone about it?”…

… “Yes, I saw my Doctor 6 months ago, he prescribed me antibiotics and amitrpityline, he did a blood and urine culture. Initially I had bacteria in my urine, but after antibiotics the culture was clear, but the pain remained. I stopped taking the amitriptyline after 3 tablets as it made me feel like a zombie.”

“That sounds really hard for you, does it effect your daily life?”…

…”Absolutely, it’s ruining my life! I had to quit my job, I broke up with my girlfriend and I stopped socializing”.

What we can do for you …

This conversation to the left is unfortunately all too common in my clinic. 

Western medicine is great at saving your life, don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely first class, and drugs can be life savers, but for Chronic Pelvic Pain sufferers, unfortunately there’s just not much on offer.

If you’re reading this, you probably either have Pelvic pain, or a loved one effected by it. You may have already exhausted all other avenues and tried all sorts of medications, supplements, massage wands, diets and physical therapies. And great for you to be persistent and never giving up, it must be absolute torture.

What do I offer that’s different?

I have probably seen over 3,000 patients with maybe over 300 different types of complaints in my 17 years of practice. And if I find there’s one thing that I think acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can treat very well where others miss, it’s pelvic pain.

As a registered practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Australia, I cannot offer testimonials or claim successful treatments etc legally. But what I can do is take you through our diagnostic system, how it works, the lens we look through and the treatments we offer.

There is nothing more satisfying in my job than seeing someone that has just about given up on life from their debilitating pain, smile again and tell me, “this is the first day since, I don’t know when, that I woke up and I actually didn’t have any more pain”.

Male Pelvic Pain and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is our main therapy in normalizing an ‘abnormal’ pain response in the body, particularly the prostate and perineum.

90% of the acupuncture points used are below the elbows and knees. Other points are usually around the naval, or lower back. Acupuncture is considered by the majority of patients to be very relaxing and restorative. 

No acupuncture needles are placed anywhere near the perineum, scrotum or penis. There are studies that suggest a point between the anus and scrotum is effective, however, I find it uncomfortable and not required.

Usually around 10 sterile, disposable, single-use acupuncture points are used at one time. They are incredibly fine (0.18mm guage), thus rarely cause pain.

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Highly regulated Chinese herbs are used to take in between sessions. We draw on formulas that have been used for over 2,000 years, so there is no doubting their efficacy and safety. 

You can see in the picture to the right, many of the herbs are of food origin, such as; tangerine peel and red dates, others you may of heard of such as ginseng. A formula is comprised of usually around 6-10 herbs, and aims to; 1. Alleviate pain 2. Reduce inflammation and 3. Reduce prostatic swelling. The correct balance of herbs takes many years of practice and skill, and something I have dedicated the last 17 years of my professional life to.

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Initial consultations are 1 hour and in that time we take a thorough case history.

The diagnostic framework and treatments in Chinese medicine are quite different to western medicine.

As an example, we ask many questions related to sleep, appetite, digestion, etc, which may seem unrelated. However, the way we see things is that chronic pelvic pain doesn’t just happen to anyone. There are a number of unique factors in each individual that lead-up to this condition.  Usually; 1. Exhaustion 2. Pelvic exposure to infection or extreme cold (STD or sitting on a cold surface for long periods) and 3. Extreme stress or emotional event (e.g. work, break-up).

The combination of these 3 events, creates the environment that leads to a perfect storm.

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If you would like more information or make a booking, please either click the ‘Contact Us’ button above, or the ‘Book Now’ button.

We are happy to answer any questions and share our 15 years of experience treating men and women for pelvic pain disorders. 

If you feel you have exhausted all other avenues of treatment and are still in pain with no options, please consider acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with an experienced and certified practitioner in pelvic pain disorders.

 

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