our clinic, Dr. Liu is a specialist in urology and nephrology.
the age of 40, men are more likely to develop prostate problems.
An enlarged prostate (called BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia,
or Prostatitis) may cause annoying or painful symptoms and eventually
develops in approximately 80 percent of all men. Some symptoms that
may indicate a prostate problem are a weak urinary stream, difficulty
starting urination, frequent urination, urgency (difficulty postponing
urination), awakening frequently at night to urinate, interruption
of the stream (stopping and starting), blood in urine, pain or burning
is a very common disease of the urinary system in male. The common
pathogens are staphylococcus, streptococcus, colibacillus, and others.
It is often induced by excessive alcoholic drinking, injury of the
perineum, and /or excessive sexual intercourse.
Although the disease name of prostatitis does not exist in Traditional
Chinese medicine (TCM), it belongs to the category of suspended
yang-carbuncle, white turbidity, white evil, fatigue strangury,
grease strangury, seminal turbidity, lumbar pains due to kidney
deficiency and others. There are several types: Stasis Type, Damp-Heat
and Kidney-deficiency types.
of chronic prostatitis include dysfunction of the immune system,
excessive sexual activities, indulgence in drinking too much alcohol,
inflammation of the upper-respiratory tract, urethra, seminal vesicle,
rectum, epididymis, perineum, and others.
TCM is effective treating prostatitis using Chinese herbal formulas
that are specifically tailored to your individual pattern of disease
and acupuncture are used to relieve the pain, clean up the urinary
tract and improve the Qi and blood of the kidney. The period of
time required for treatment is dependent on your specific case and
the necessary time for the recovery will vary. Internal and external
treatment are both important in the case of prostatitis. Life style
changes can help enhance the immune system to hasten recovery.
Liu also is trained to treat male reproductive disorders as well.
It has been estimated that up to 40 million men in the US and about
half of all men aged 40 to 70 years experience erectly dysfunction
to some degree. Impotence refers to softness of the penis during
erection, an inability to maintain an erection or a powerless erection
during sex. In Western medicine, these problems are generally categorized
under the heading of erectile dysfunction. In ancient times, the
Chinese referred to the male external genitalia as yin apparatus
or "yin qi" (The qi mentioned here is different from the
qi that normally circulates throughout the body.) Male genitalia
are considered to be an assembly of or master of the tendons, which
means they are a collection place for the tendons to gather. In
TCM impotence is seen as the "looseness and unrestraint of
the 'master' of tendons (male genitalia)", a "disease
of yin qi" and "a dysfunction in the rise and disuse of
TCM sexual physiology, the kidneys rule reproduction. Essence (jing)
stored in the kidneys provides the material basis for genital development
and maturation of sexual instinct. Therefore, abundance or depletion
of kidney essence (jing) affects sexual function directly. While
our sexual energy is derived mainly from inherited kidney essence,
it is supplemented by the acquired essence obtained from ingested
foods and fluids that have been processed by the spleen and stomach.
Under normal conditions, our blood and qi essence (derived form
the kidneys) circulate throughout the body to provide nourishment.
Excessive sexual activity will deplete qi essence and blood in men.
The material part of qi essence in the kidneys makes up the semen
that will be excreted from the body. One reason why TCM discourages
excessive sexual activities is because seminal fluid is considered
to be a precious qi essence or life substance. Qi essence is one
of the fundamental materials used for supporting life activities
and exhaustion of it will lead to health problems and possibly even
TCM erectile dysfunction can be caused by a Kidney disorder such
as Ming Men Fire deficiency, Kidney Yang and Essence deficiency
resulting in premature graying, poor memory, coldness, not aging
well and incontinence; Kidney Qi injured by shock due to shock during
sex, or chronic Kidney Qi deficiency inducing fear or poor sleep;
Lower Jiao Damp-Heat; Heart Spleen deficiency due to fatigue, overwork,
overstress, palpitations or poor digestion. These all can be treated
by acupuncture with no side effects and an individually prescribed
herbal formula based upon the patients specific disease patterns.
likelihood of developing an enlarged prostate increases with age.
In fact, BPH is so common that it has been said, "All men will
have an enlarged prostate if they live long enough!" A small
amount of prostate enlargement is present in many men over age 40
and more than 90% of men over age 80. Prostate enlargement is often
called benign prostatic hypertrophy or hyperplasia (BPH). It is
not cancer and it does not put you at increased risk for prostate
cancer. The prostate gland produces the fluid that carries sperm
during ejaculation. As the prostate enlarges, which happens to almost
all men as they get older, it can press on the urethra (the tube
that empties urine from the bladder). This causes problems with
It belongs to the category of (retention of urine) in TCM.
Liu is very successful at treating prostate cancer.
cancer occurs in 1 out of 10 men and is curable when caught early.
Early prostate cancer causes no symptoms and can only be detected
by regular checkups.
Several of his patients who have prostate cancer have had their
PSA (prostate specific antigen) reduced to within the normal range.