COVID-19, Erectile Dysfunction, and Acupuncture
Published on: October 15, 2020

Acupuncture to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice where certain points of the body are stimulated, usually with thin needles. This practice has been used for thousands of years. It’s based on restoring the balance of your body’s chi (pronounced chee) to restore and maintain health.

Research into the use of acupuncture to treat ED is limited, and the studies so far have been small. These studies have primarily focused on patients with ED caused by psychological, rather than medical or physical, issues. However, some results seem hopeful in the effectiveness of acupuncture for psychological ED.

In one study, participants were tested in two groups. One group had acupuncture in the specific acupressure spots for ED. (For ED treatment, acupuncture needles are placed along the abdomen, hands, and legs.) The control group was given acupuncture in other areas of the body.

Acupuncture is believed to work by stimulating your nerves, which release hormones, which then increase your threshold of pain. It may also increase the circulation of blood, help regulate blood sugar, and create other health benefits.

Energy pathways through the body allow chi (energy) to flow and heal. Practitioners of Chinese medicine describe acupuncture as a way to unblock pathways and allow subtle healing. However, it is not known exactly how the technique works.

As new emerging technology examining energy flows emerges, we will better understand the theories of energy flow.

The traditional Chinese method of using needles is the primary type of acupuncture that’s been studied for treating ED. It is thought that the release of hormones and increased blood circulation is what helps those with ED.

The benefits of acupuncture for ED are focused on psychological ED. There haven’t been any tests or studies to speak of showing that acupuncture can help ED caused by a medical condition, an injury, or as a medication side effect.

Even the benefits of psychological ED are small and haven’t been studied widely. More research on how acupuncture works in the treatment of ED is needed to prove its effectiveness.

of those in the group getting the ED treatment showed signs of improvement of their ED symptoms compared to the control group.

There are several ways in which you can regain function in the bedroom, whether you’ve been infected with this virus or affected by this virus via one of the six topics discussed in my last episode, you see, impotence has affected many men during this pandemic and there’s been a huge demand for drugs, along with other forms of therapy.

To correct this issue, you see, impotence can be a symptom of an underlying condition. This is why it’s a good idea to have a thorough exam done by your primary care physician, your acupuncturist, and even your urologist.

Now, having been quarantined to some extent has proven to have exacerbated conditions linked to impotence the more common problems that you should consider before visiting your doctor that can affect, let’s say a man having an erection or problems such as stress, which is a major cause of impotence. Because stress in Chinese medicine can lead to chi stagnation, which serves as a precursor for other heat blood, stasis, dampness, and phlegm pathologies relative to impotence. As well as other disorders, other issues that can affect the man’s ability to attain an erection can be anxiety, tiredness, or drinking too much alcohol, which studies reveal that alcohol purchased by men has skyrocketed during this pandemic.

A concern that floats under the radar when it comes to impotence is your diet. Yes, your diet. As men, we love consuming what we would call a man’s meal, but guys be careful, and I tell some of my male patients this a lot.

Your age plays a huge part in the amount of food that’s recommended you consume as well as what types of foods you should consider as being part of your diet as well.

Excessive consumption of fried or greasy foods, as well as dairy foods, can lead to the formation of dampness or phlegm, which plays a part in obstructing the flow of qi and blood to your sex organ giving rise to impotence. So be careful for, as the saying goes, you are what you eat, especially as you age.

Be careful with how much alcohol you consume, especially during this time, because alcohol can weaken your immune system, possibly making you more susceptible to catching the coronavirus. Many of you have turned to drink to help you cope with this pandemic.

Acupuncturists see men with this issue a lot and most are amazed as to how effective acupuncture is in treating this condition in Chinese medicine. This disorder can be treated with Chinese herbs as well as acupuncture-moxibustion therapy, or even just eastern nutrition.

Read More: Impotence FAQs

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