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Erectile Dysfunction

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ED A very common problem for men over 40 called erectile dysfunction or in general terms knows as impotence is characterized by inability to maintain persistent erection during sexual intercourse.

What could be causing this condition among men? Let’s compare the cause from western medicine theory with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

WESTERN MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE:

Primarily the main cause is the lack of blood flow to the organ due to atherosclerosis (clots in blood) or hypertension (high blood pressure). According to the western medicine perspective, various health habits like smoking and sedentary lifestyle leads to difficulties with erection. Moreover, endocrine, nerve, cardiac, psychological disorders and certain medications increase the risks of this condition in men.

CHINESE MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE:

The causes of the debilitating condition referred to as impotence have been defined in the Chinese text and are directly related to the functioning of the kidney and liver. According to the Chinese perspective, kidney is considered a vital organ that stores ‘jing’ which controls the maturation of sexual instinct. Any dysfunction in the kidney directly leads to problems with the ‘manhood’.

Furthermore, as this process is an emotional experience therefore it is related to the heart Qi as well which is defined as the blood flow towards the heart which can be affected by anxiety and depression leading to ED.

In ‘kidney yin’ deficiency following symptoms can be seen which differentiate it from other conditions:

  • Night sweats

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Fidgety

Certain side effects are associated with medications such as facial flushing, diarrhea, visual disturbance, muscle aches, heartburn and nasal congestion. For those who want to avoid the prescription medicine can refer to acupuncture along with lifestyle modifications.

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