February 18th, 2016
It is a no brainer that almost every pharmacological regimen or drug is associated with some degree of side-effects. Therefore it is no surprise that most people today opt for natural or alternative solutions to address their medical needs. For example, renowned ED drug, Viagra is known to cause delayed or painful ejaculation in some susceptible individuals besides cross-reacting with several other life-saving drugs.
But is there a natural and reliable solution to address this issue?
It has been reported that acupuncture has helped a number of men in regaining their sexual vigor and erectile control in the bedroom according to a new study reported in the Journal of Complementary Medicine (1).
A lot of people are really confused regarding the mode of action of acupuncture in the management of erectile dysfunction. For all those people, it is imperative to mention that no needle will be inserted in the groin or penile area.
According to a study reported in the International Journal of Impotence Research (2), investigators provided statistical evidence that acupuncture therapy alone was successful in restoring erectile functions in over 68.4% of the study subjects over the treatment period. In addition, several other parameters of sexual health also showed remarkable improvement over the treatment period; such as IIEF score, nocturnal penile erections and serum sexual hormone levels.
The aim of utilizing acupuncture therapy is to promote free flow of energy within the body by introducing extremely fine needles at designated spots. Based on clinical data and literature research, the mode of action of acupuncture in the management of ED is multifactorial; such as:
Most acupuncturist adopt a comprehensive approach to identify the risk factors contributing to ED. Also, along with this, several Chinese herbs are prescribed with acupuncture therapy to completely restore your sexual productivity. Some notable herbs include; Maca, Ashwagandha and Elk Antler. Likewise, intake of certain fruit and vegetables with acupuncture further aids in the restoration of erectile activity; these include, lamb, bitter melon seeds roasted black & kidney beans, yams, shrimp, ginseng, scallion, sea cucumber and lycii fruit
ED is ideally managed by Sildenafil (or other phosphodiesterase inhibitors); however, these drugs are not always a great choice for individuals with cardiac conditions and certain other health issues. Therefore all such individuals can opt for acupuncture therapy. In addition:
For best results, it is strongly indicated to take advice from your primary care provider in order to ascertain any other major cause of ED.
1. Mitchell, D. (2009). Acupuncture and erectile dysfunction. Journal of Complementary Medicine: CM, The, 8(4), 50.
2. Engelhardt, P. F., Daha, L. K., Zils, T., Simak, R., König, K., & Pflüger, H. (2003). Acupuncture in the treatment of psychogenic erectile dysfunction: first results of a prospective randomized placebo-controlled study. International journal of impotence research, 15(5), 343-346.
3. Lee, M. S., Shin, B. C., & Ernst, E. (2009). Acupuncture for treating erectile dysfunction: a systematic review. BJU international, 104(3), 366-370.
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