Before the industrial revolution the primary cause of death in men was war; life expectancy for men was brief as they didn’t live long enough to die from natural causes. Today with people living longer, the greatest increase in life expectancy is amongst men. With industrial development men have exchanged early death for longevity, but not without a price. The price: chronic disease and stress.
We live in an affluent society that is sedentary. Even though some people frequent gyms and exercise regularly, that does not reproduce or equate to conditions centuries ago when people walked everywhere and did manual labor as part of everyday life.
There is a sharp rise in chronic disease in men over 50 regardless of how active they were in their youth. In general there is an insidious process that occurs in the body for most people that is directly related not only to their activity level, but to their diet. Conditions like 1) chronic artherosclerosis, 2) hypertension, 3) high cholesterol and, 4) diabetes become manifest at a late age but the seeds are sown in youth. Almost all these complaints find their root in poor blood circulation (blood stagnation), abnormal sugar metabolism and improper or over-nutrition. The most common complaints for men in post modern society fall into the aforementioned categories in addition to mental and emotional stress.
There are 3 phases in a man’s life, each reflecting specific physiological and psychological changes and potential health problems. They are:
In adolescence, most men believe they’re invincible and are not concerned with their health; in general most adolescent males do not experience discomfort of any kind. Young men typically engage in physical exercise to maintain vitality and virility. For most young men the major complaint is anxiety and stress. This anxiety centers around societal demands, performance, career, sexuality, social and familial expectations that create a condition of chronic self-doubt and poor self-esteem. Substance dependence and abuse is therefore not uncommon.
Homeopathy is an excellent resource for helping young people. A constitutional assessment helps a young person come face-to-face with who they really are inside, where their true strengths lie, what their deepest issues are, and it empowers them to take possession and responsibility for their lives and their personal life choices.
In this phase physical manifestations begin to occur. Common complaints are hypertension, urologic disorders (prostatitis, sexual dysfunction, loss of libido, urinary disorders), sleep disorders (apnea and snoring), chronic headaches, allergies, sinus problems, gastritis and indigestion and bowel issues. All of these issues are intimately connected with mental and emotional stress. Additionally, muscular and skeletal complaints such as chronic back pain, disc issues, nerve disorders, sports injuries, chronic tendonitis and bursitis are far more prevalent in men than women.
In men aged 50 and above there are physical, mental and emotional transitions that occur which are no less incisive then those in menopausal women. Society has given much attention to the issues of menopause while men’s transitional issues are rarely addressed. Men typically avoid seeking help for physical and mental problems in this age group because of an unspoken belief this may be a sign of weakness.
There is a high incidence of depression in older men that is under reported in medical annals. Yet chronic disorders like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and musculo-skeletal pain are all invariably associated with some degree of depression and lack of movement in one’s life. These limitations also result in a sense of powerlessness.
HOW DOES HOMEOPATHY WORK IN THESE SCENARIOS?
Homeopathy as an integrative approach, recognizes multiple organ systems are involved and can be disrupted concurrently. The appropriate homeopathic treatment must treat all the organ systems and mental and emotional functions as a whole. Homeopathy can restore total health and balance for chronic conditions as opposed to simply providing symptom relief (palliative pain control) which is often the case in allopathic medicine. Your homeopath can treat arthritis, diabetes, sleeplessness and sexual complaints in one place with one medicine; there is no need to coordinate visits and medications garnered from multiple specialists who concentrate their attention on one organ or system as opposed to treating you as the whole person you are.