First of all, Low Testosterone or Low - T as it's become known, is not a disease or condition. What it is, is a condition that was created by the pharmaceutical companies, aka Big Pharma, with the sole intent to take advantage of a particular marketing demographic --- the 40+ aging male. We’ve already experienced this same targeted marketing on the women’s side with the mass marketing of estrogen products for the fictional disease of hormone deficiency; now they’re targeting the men.
Big Pharma is taking advantage of a naturally occurring biological event that happens to everyone, both male and female. This is a fact in both Western and Eastern medicine, that after the age of 40 we lose up to 40% of our Yin (which translates into sex and growth hormones). In women, there is a drastic decrease in estrogen, which is a natural part of the cyclic transformation between menstruation -- to -- menopause -- to -- post-menopause. The same is true in men, who are also tied into a reproductive cycle involving hormones. For men, it's their testosterone levels that decrease significantly. What we’re seeing with this Low – T campaign is just some ad executive’s idea to make billions of dollars on the opposite sex as we see a reduction in sales of Viagra --- the other unnecessary drug.
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Unlike Western medicine that likes to generalize symptoms across the board, an Eastern practitioner will tell you that this natural declination in hormones (Yin) will occur to varying degrees in both males and females, and the effects will also be diverse, because the health of each individual is different. How much this decrease of hormones really affects an individual depends more on how balanced or imbalanced other systems are within the patient’s body. It's been my clinical experience that most men with who suffer from some sort of sexual difficulty is not because of a hormone deficiency, but rather a circulatory problem and / or negative lifestyle choices that cause a decline in overall health.
I can only hope that patients be diligent about their health, and realize that the “magic pill” scenario is not a healthy or wise choice. You have to take control of your health, which in the majority of cases means making healthy lifestyle changes that will bring a balanced wellness back into your life. These lifestyle changes should include reducing stress, maintaining a healthy diet, both physical and mental exercise, and doing things that make you happy. If you do have any health concerns, especially male reproductive issues, don’t hesitate to make an appointment see how Eastern medicine can help you.