Erectile Dysfunction and Acupuncture
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the inability
to attain or maintain an erection of the penis adequate for the
sexual satisfaction of both partners. It can be devastating to the
self-esteem of a man and of his partner. As many as 20 million American
men are afflicted on a continuing basis, and transient episodes
are common for most adult men. Treatment usually consists of the
use of drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. Those who are
interested in an alternative to taking drugs will find acupuncture
and Chinese medicine helpful. Men who have been treated with acupuncture
have reported more sensation and the ability to maintain erections
for longer periods of time.
Acupuncture involves the concept of energy and blood flow in the
body. The energy and blood flows in channels called meridians. These
channels course the entire body and supply energy and blood to all
areas, including the penis. If a meridian is blocked, then there
will be stagnation and dysfunction, impotence being one such condition.
Getting a series of acupuncture treatments can help unblock the
meridians and increase blood flow to the problematic areas. Many
people are concerned about the placement of needles, but they are
not placed in the penis. They are placed in the extremities to help
activate blood flow.
Impotence usually has a physical cause such as disease, injury,
or drug side effects. Any disorder that impairs blood flow in the
penis has the potential to cause impotence. Damage to arteries,
smooth muscles, and fibrous tissues, often as a result of disease,
is the most common cause. Diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease,
chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, and vascular
disease account for about 70 percent of cases of impotence. Controlling
blood pressure and cholesterol levels can help in the prevention
of this condition. For more information on how acupuncture and herbs
can help with blood pressure, please refer to our article
There have been several studies in China and other countries showing
that impotence can be effectively treated with acupuncture, with
up to two-thirds of clinical trial participants receiving relief.
Herbs are often given to augment the acupuncture treatment.
Call 713-660-6620 for an appointment today
to determine a treatment plan for you.
RELATED ARTICLES:Introduction to
Acupuncture and Hypertension