Prostate cancer accounts for 40% of all cancers in men and poses a significant risk to men especially in western countries. If you’re concerned about your risk of prostate cancer, here’s a list of 10 things you do to improve you prostate health.
- Reduce your weekly alcohol and fizzy drink intake. These drinks leach out zinc, a mineral essential for good prostate health.
- Increase your exposure to sunlight, this increases Vitamin D which in turn increases Vitamin A absorption, associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer.
- Increase consumption of oily fish, firstly because it is rich in Vitamin D and also omega 3 fatty acid which can help encourage apoptosis of cancer cells.
- Reduce saturated animal fats and red meat consumption, the oils of which cancerous cells convert into prostaglandins at a higher rate, increasing risk.
- Increase the amount of vegetable fibre in the diet including broccoli, legumes and whole grains
- Eat more which contain lycopene which benefits the prostate. Lycopene found in tomatos and saw palmetto.
- Consume black or green tea every day.
- Increase plant fats in the form of Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds or olive oil, sunflower oil, almond oil. The fatty acids in them can encourage apoptosis of cancer cells.
- Eat whole organic soy such as: tofu, tempeh or soy milk. Soy contains genistein which inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Soy was found to provide most protection from prostate cancer in 42 countries.
- Avoid sugar, fried food, and large amounts of dairy and high doses of calcium.
Lahans, T (2007) Integrating Conventional and Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care: A Clincal Guide. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
Lumbar disc herniation (a slipped disc or “my back’s gone”) is a significant cause of lower back pain and pain referring to the legs for people in the UK. Surgery is indicated for those who fail to respond to nonoperative measure such as physiotherapy or pharmaceutical pain management. Often a lumbar discectomy in the affected area is carried out, where the herniated disk is removed and often an artificial spacer put in place. It is not always the case that the sufferer will experience pain relief despite the procedure. It is necessary for a multifaceted approach to managing pain. This can occur in the form of exercises, mindfulness practice and often pharmaceutical intervention on a continued basis.
Acupuncture has long been recognized as being an optimal way of treating none specific lower back pain, which until recently was available within the NHS. Acupuncture has been shown to be the most effective way to alleviate lower back pain whilst keeping side effects to a minimum in comparison to other interventions.
If you’re reading this article you or someone close to you is likely to be experiencing some form of back pain which is having a significant impact upon your life and preventing you from living it to the fullest. Acupuncture is an effective and safe way to manage and alleviate your lower back pain.
If you’re suffering with lower back pain, call now on 07970693827 for a free 15 minute consultation. I’d be happy to help you get relief from your discomfort.
A recent study by the British Medical Journal found that acupuncture showed a more favourable effect in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation than lumbar traction, ibuprofen, diclofenac and other treatments indicating that it should be among the front line of treatments for lower back pain. For an overview of the ongoing debate around the use of acupuncture in pain management in the UK click here.
If you haven’t tried acupuncture before, you may be wondering ‘What is acupuncture?’
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to assist in the alleviation of a number of ailments. For more information click here
For more information on acupuncture research click this link for Evidence-Based Acupuncture
If you live in Manchester or Salford and are looking for a way to get relief from lower back pain give acupuncture a go. It’s a relaxing, uplifting and effective and can give an all round boost to your health and wellbeing.
In Chinese medicine the Spleen is seen to be the most important organ in the digestive system. The ancient Chinese attributed several characteristics to the Spleen. It helps to transform and transport foods around the body, taking in nourishment and support on both a physical and emotional level. If we can strengthen and maintain the health of the Spleen we can make better use of the foods we eat.
The Spleen governs over our ability to think clearly, to study to focus and to process information. It serves then to take in food and information and to convert it into something we can use. When we overthink we can crave sweet foods, when we worry we can feel our digestive system feeling tied in knots. These are examples of when the Spleen is out of balance.
Emotionally, the Spleen helps us to meet our needs, to give an receive emotional nourishment and to feel supported and cared for. When we don’t feel this way we can look to food for comfort and find ourselves eating in unhealthy ways. The healthy Spleen provides us with an inner sense of nourishment and support, which we can carry with us all the time.
The Spleen expresses itself through the muscles and fascia tissues, this provides strength and support to keep the body upright. Emotional tension can be felt within these tissues.
5 Top Tips to Care for Your Spleen
- Stretch Your Body.
2. Book in for a massage to detox your muscles.
3. Do some mental exercises (e.g. sudoku, crosswords, reading).
4. Be kind to yourself, practice saying nice things to yourself, find a supportive group of friends.
5. Connect to nature: gardening, walking in the forest.
Often it is not just what we eat which is important but also how we choose eat. Taking a positive attitude into our eating habits can help us to form healthy relationship with our food. A few simple things such as relaxing and chewing can ease our digestion and bring more joy into our experiences with food.
9 Healthy Eating Habits
1. Be positive: If you decide to eat something accept it and appreciate it as much as you can.
2. Relax: Make meal times a relaxing time and be with your food.
3. Chew: this will make it easier for your digestive sytem to process food
4. Stop before you get full: Overeating can cause stagnation in the digestive system leading to bloating, stopping before you’re full will help you to digest
5. Only have a small amount of liquid: too much fluid can weaken the disgestion.
6. Have plenty of warm food: the Spleen likes warmth, warm food will help it to process the food more efficiently
7. Have your main meal early: Eating too late will lead to food being in your system at bedtime, this can keep you awake too late
8. Choose whole foods: These foods are nutrient dense and will be easier to digest
9. Trust what your body tells you: Often we crave what is bad for us, listen to what your body needs rather than cravings.
The digestive system in Chinese medicine is seen to be a foundation of good health and well being which can energise us to have plentiful physical health and a clear, focused state of mind.
Leggett, D (2008) Helping Ourselves: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Food Energetics. Meridian Press.
To understand food in Chinese Medicine, we first have to understand a little bit about how the ancient Chinese viewed the world they lived in.
An important concept is the idea of xiang sheng or mutual arising, where all things are seen to be related and connected to each other. This brought about the notion of Yin Yang, a commonly known symbol reflecting this idea which we see frequently now. This influenced the way in which foods are categorised according to their temperature. Yin foods are likely to be more cool in nature, such as bananas or fresh mint. Yang foods are likely to be more hot in nature such as black pepper or chilli.
Another way of classifying information was in the form of the wu xing or five phases. This observed common occurrences in the world and in a persons experience and was used to categorise those of a similar nature. The seasons, emotions, stages of life, colours, tastes, smells, personalities and so on were all seen to be reflections of each other. Foods were classified as sour such as lemon, bitter such as celery, sweet such as carrots, pungent such as mustard and salty such as seaweed. Each flavour is seen to have a different action upon the body. If consumed excessively or insufficiently then it can lead to disease. To understand this we can think about what happens if we eat too much sweet or salty food for a long period of time.
The theory of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine helped to develop an understanding of how foods we eat can have an effect on the systems of the body. One way we can experience this is the difference between some spicy foods, mustard for example can give a warm sensation in the nose, chilli we may feel in the throat or tongue, ginger we can feel deeper in the digestive system.