Benefits of East-Asian Medicine for the Middle-Aged

Benefits of East-Asian Medicine for the Middle-Aged

Middle-aged people

When considering the potential health benefits of East-Asian Medicine (EAM) for the middle-aged, the first question has to be, what do we mean by middle-aged? The answer depends on whom you are asking. The perception has also changed over time as life expectancy has increased.

What is middle age?

Generally, the age range is considered to be from approximately 40 to 65, but this is open to debate. We can agree that middle age is when we are no longer young but not yet old. 

Health issues for the middle-aged

Middle age can be a rewarding phase of life. Emotionally, the middle-aged brain is generally calmer, more capable of managing emotions, and better able to negotiate social situations. There are, however, several health issues middle-aged people may face as they age. Some of the most common include:

  1. Bone and joint issues: As people age, their bones may become weaker and more prone to fractures, and they may experience joint pain or arthritis.
  2. Menopause: For women, middle age brings menopause, which can lead to symptoms such as hot flashes, mood changes, and vaginal dryness.
  3. Sleep problems: Middle-aged individuals may experience sleep problems such as insomnia or sleep apnoea.
  4. Stress and anxiety: These issues can impact the quality of life at any age. Middle-aged people may be dealing with work stresses; relationship challenges at work and home. Marriage problems can cause significant stress and anxiety, as can caring for aging parents. Anyone with parented teenagers can also attest to how stressful that can be!
  5. Sexual health issues: Middle-aged individuals may experience sexual health issues such as erectile dysfunction and/or decreased libido.
  6. Weight gain and obesity: Metabolism tends to slow down as people age, making it easier to gain weight and more difficult to lose. 
  7. Chronic diseases: As people age, the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and many cancers can increase. 

How East Asian Medicine can help?

East Asian Medicine (EAM), which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and dietary therapy, has been used for thousands of years to help promote health and wellbeing. Middle-aged people may benefit from EAM treatments in several ways:

  1. Pain Relief: Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for various types of pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, and headaches. (1)
  2. Hormonal Balance: EAM, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, can help to balance hormones, which can be particularly beneficial for women experiencing menopause. (2)
  3. Improved Sleep: Acupuncture effectively treats insomnia and other sleep disorders, a common problem for middle-aged individuals. There is recent data on the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating sleep apnea (3)
  4. Stress Reduction: EAM techniques such as acupuncture and herbal medicine can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. (4)
  5. Improved Digestion: EAM can help with digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, and acid reflux. (5)
  6. Improved Immune Function: EAM can help to strengthen the immune system, which can be important for middle-aged individuals who may be more susceptible to illnesses. (6)
  7. Chronic Diseases: These are complex conditions that are influenced by many factors such as genetics, diet, exercise, and lifestyle. East Asian Medicine offers a holistic approach to treating these conditions that address the underlying imbalances in the body and promotes overall health and wellbeing. In conjunction with Western Medical treatments, one can optimally manage chronic diseases. 

Inflammation plays a significant role in the occurrence and development of multiple diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture to treat 16 types of inflammatory diseases.

Acupuncture can help to manage cancer-related symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. It may also help to reduce side effects from cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, such as nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. (8)

Acupuncture can also help lower blood pressure and improve circulation, benefiting people with heart disease or other cardiovascular issues. (9)

In addition to acupuncture, EAM may use dietary therapy, herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes to address these chronic conditions.

How can Ondol Clinic help?

At Ondol Clinic, we are dedicated to providing solutions that lead to optimal health. We have been offering Japanese acupuncture, herbal medicine, remedial massage, moxibustion, and cupping for many years within our services. All of these treatments can support middle-aged people in dealing with health issues that arise.

The practitioners might also suggest lifestyle changes regarding exercise and stress reduction, such as breathing techniques, meditation, and qigong (exercises to regulate mind, breath and body movement) to help manage these conditions. 

One of the most significant rewards of our work at Ondol Clinic is helping people feel healthier, more energised, and more alive. If you believe we could help you or someone you care about, please click here to make a booking. 

This blog completes our series about different generations and the role East Asian Medicine can play in helping various age groups including Teenagers and the Elderly.

References 

(1)   https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/acupuncture/about/pac-20392763

(2) Lund KS, Siersma V, Brodersen J, et al. Efficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study)

(3) Wang L, Xu J, Zhan Y, Pei J. Acupuncture for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Biomed Res Int. 2020 Mar 

(4) Mota, A. de A. R., Pereira Vilhena do Nascimento, G., & Martins Pereira, G. (2022). ACUPUNCTURE AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE IN THE TREATMENT OF ANXIETY: A LITERATURE REVIEW. Journal Health and Technology – JHT1(2), e1216. https://doi.org/10.47820/jht.v1i2.16

(5) Zhang R, Gao X, Bai H, Ning K. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Gut Microbiome: Their Respective and Concert Effects on Healthcare. Front Pharmacol. 2020 Apr 22;11:538. Doi: 10.3389/fphar.2020.00538. 

(6) Li N, Guo Y, Gong Y, Zhang Y, Fan W, Yao K, Chen Z, Dou B, Lin X, Chen B, Chen Z, Xu Z, Lyu Z. The Anti-Inflammatory Actions and Mechanisms of Acupuncture from Acupoint to Target Organs via Neuro-Immune Regulation. J Inflamm Res. 2021 Dec 21;14:7191-7224. doi: 10.2147/JIR.S341581. PMID: 34992414; PMCID: PMC8710088.

(7) Li N, Guo Y, Gong Y, Zhang Y, Fan W, Yao K, Chen Z, Dou B, Lin X, Chen B, Chen Z, Xu Z, Lyu Z. The Anti-Inflammatory Actions and Mechanisms of Acupuncture from Acupoint to Target Organs via Neuro-Immune Regulation. J Inflamm Res. 2021 Dec 

(8) Tian L, Lin L, Li HL, Chen KJ, Zhang XJ, Qian SJ, Hu Y (2016) Prevalence and associated factors of cancer-related fatigue among cancer patients in eastern China.

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