impotence , ED


Impotence, or ED (Erectile Dysfunction) is a silent symptom men don’t want to discuss. Impotence, or called ED (erectile dysfunction), by Definition is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. It includes inability to obtain an adequate erection for satisfactory sexual activity, also include the curvature of the penis during erection, prolonged painful erection and premature ejaculation. The inability of performing sexually can interfere with a man’s self esteem and confidence leading to frustration, dissatisfaction and resentment. Impotence is considered to be one of the most common male sexual disorders. Many people are suffering from ED(it is estimated that up to 20 million American men frequently suffer from impotence and that it strikes up to half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70). If you do have ED, remember that you’re not alone. There’s no need to feel embarrassed and there are many treatments available, and up to 95% of ED cases can be treated. Let’s take a look at the causes for impotence so we can fight with it.

There are four main causes for impotence, which are Physical, Psychological, Lifestyle and Medications.

Physical causes for impotence:
Impotence is often the symptom of an underlying medical condition. The major physical causes are:
· Heart disease
· Diabetes
· High blood pressure (hypertension)
· High cholesterol and poor blood circulation due to blocked arteries
· Surgery to the prostate, lower bowel or lower spine
· Liver and kidney disease
· Hormone and thyroid disorders
· Peyronie’s Disease
· Parkinson’s disease
· Injuries, particularly as a result of bicycle riding, horseback riding or gymnastics
Psychological Causes for Impotence:
Psychological factors can include:
· Depression and anxiety disorders
· Mental fatigue
· Post traumatic stress disorder
· Relationship problems
· Psychological abuse or trauma
· Problems with sexual identity

Lifestyle Impotence Causes
Lifestyle factors can also play a major role in ED. Making positive changes to your lifestyle will not only improve your overall health, but can help you overcome problems with impotence. Lifestyle factors include:
· Smoking
· Excessive alcohol consumption
· Extreme obesity
· Illicit drug abuse. In particular heroin, marijuana, cocaine and anabolic steroids
· Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle

Medications Can Also Contribute to ED
The following drugs can contribute to the problem:
· Blood pressure drugs
· Appetite suppressants
· Antidepressants, anti-psychotics and tranquilizers
· Antihistamines
· Beta blockers used for controlling angina and high blood pressure

How to prevent impotence

As we now know the possible causes for impotence, then we can do the following to prevent it from happening:

· Diet
Following the basic guidelines of eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fiber and low in saturated fats is a good way to not only benefit impotence but to your general health.

· Healthy Lifestyle
Bring healthy lifestyle to your routine can make big changes to your overall health conditions. Stop smoking, stop heavy drinking, be aware of side effects before taking any drugs, have adequate sleep, have daily 30 minutes exercise can help prevent impotence problems as well as many other health issues, also can make you feel happier. Surveys have shown that men who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from stress and anxiety, as well as a range of other ailments. Exercise is also said to improve testosterone production, which improves sexual functioning. One thing interesting is that staying sexually active also helps maintain good blood flow to the penis, which in turn helps overcome the issue.

·Be happy, relax and get rid of stress

How to treat impotence

There are many treatments available for impotence:

Relationship/Sex counselling
Studies have shown that for men with stress-related ED, having the partner involved in the therapy resolves the problem 50%-70% of the time. When the man must go through counselling alone, the results are somewhat lower.

Viagra, Cialis (tadalafil), and Levitra (vardenafil) they are all famous for fighting erectile dysfunctions.

injecting medication directly into the base or the side of the penis with a tiny needle or inserting a suppository into the urethra.

the suppository is inserted into the urethra and when it is absorbed, it loses some of its strength, so it is not considered as effective as the shots.

pumping air out of the tube pulls blood into the erectile tissue.

Constriction rings
“Cock rings” worn around the base of the penis can slow down the speed at which blood leaves the penis. It can be used with a vacuum pump.

Just like implants in other parts of the body, there are Inflatable implants and Malleable implants for this.

Vascular surgery is rarely performed and not too many surgeons can do it.

Natural Remedies which include acupuncture, herbs and special exercises.
When you think of erectile dysfunction, acupuncture is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. Many assume it would be a painful alternative to traditional treatments. Quite the contrary, acupuncture is not used locally to treat this particular disorder. Because the energy pathways run all along your entire body, acupuncture points on the extremities, abdomen and back are used to successfully relieve this problem.

According to Chinese Medical theory there are two main causes to this disorder. The disorders are determined by the other signs and symptoms that are presented in addition to erectile dysfunction.

Decline of Mingmen Fire:
Symptoms include:
· failure of the penis to erect
· weak erection
· cold extremities
· dizziness
· listlessness
· soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees
· frequent urination
Downward Flowing of Damp Heat:
Symptoms include:
· Inability of the penis to erect
· bitter taste in the mouth
· thirst
· hot and dark red urine
Based on the Acupuncturist’s diagnosis of the cause, a selection of Acupuncture points will be used, 肾俞(shenshu), 命门(mingmen), 关元(Guan Yuan), 三阴交(Sanyinjiao) are some of the main points to effectively treating this.

Some of the most popular herbs available on the market today are Tribulus, yohimbe, ginkgo biloba, and others. Tribulus had been used as traditional medicine to treat sexual dysfunction and male infertility in Europe and Asia for many decades before improvement in scientific extraction techniques allowed identification of its active ingredient, protodioscin. More and more clinical research studies have found that herbs can help impotent men. In all, these studies proved that Tribulus works very well in curing sexual dysfunctions and maximizing sexual performance when taken regularly. It does not work immediately. as Tribulus shows positive effects only after two to three months. No known side effects are linked with this herb. And one thing need to mention is that the way Chinese doctors using herbs is not the same way like using chemical pills—meaning they are not rely on which herbs to treat certain illness. The way they use herbs is that after the practitioner makes a diagnosis based on Chinese medical theory and find the cause, they use a well formed combination of herbs to treating the source problem, the herbs they used may not necessary come with the above mentioned herbs.

Both acupuncture and herbal therapy take a holistic approach accounting for mental, physical and environmental aspects. Traditional Chinese medical treatments can be very effective if treatment is pursued early and can provide a safe natural alternative to helping men with this disorder.

special exercises.
If the cause of impotence is because of the Kidney Yang and Qi factor, those special exercises can help. Sorry the video is in Chinese so you may need to get some one to translate it for you.

Drugs Versus Natural Remedies
Choosing the right treatment for erectile dysfunction often depends on what works best for the individual. For many, it is the side effects of prescription drugs for ED that causes them to choose natural remedies. Others prefer medications because they have found natural treatments unsuccessful or because they like the ease of simply taking a pill. However, it is important to address the underlying health issues that may be associated with ED before using either type of treatment. For example, those who have ED due to being overweight should try to lose weight either before or while using medications or natural remedies. Talk to you doctor about which treatments and remedies will be most effective for you.

How to reduce high blood pressure

How to reduce high blood pressure? Actually there are many ways to achieve that naturally without side effects as medications do.

To diagnose high blood pressure is easy, normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100-140mmHg systolic (top reading) and 60-90mmHg diastolic (bottom reading). If someone persistent has top number( systolic pressure) 140 or above or the bottom number(a diastolic pressure) of 90 or above, he/she can be diagnosed as having high blood pressure. Doctor normally will give prescriptions to bring those numbers down.

How to reduce high brood pressure without relying on medication? Here’s what you can do:

1. Having healthy lifestyle, and it plays an important role in treating your high blood pressure. Which include–

A . Exercise regularly. At least 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week can lower your blood pressure by 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). And it doesn’t take long to see a difference.

B. Having sufficient sleep. Yes insufficient sleep cause many health problems include high blood pressure.

C. Eat a healthy diet. Based on Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet plan you should eat a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol. By having a healthy diet can lower your blood pressure by up to 12 mm Hg.

D. Don’t drink too much and don’t smoke. Having small amounts of alcohol can potentially lower your blood pressure but if you drink too much it can raise your blood pressure.

E. Reduce your stress and be happy. Stress is a common cause for high blood pressure and many other health issues. Read my other posts regarding how to be happier and less stress.

2. As Acupuncturist, I would like to introduce Acupressure certain acupuncture points to reduce your blood pressure and it’s very effective.

a. 百会穴 Bai Hui (GV20)



Main point for headache, dizziness, eye pain and redness, irritability, hypertension from excess yang in the upper body, often occuring with patterns of excess Liver yang or Liver fire. Combine with lower body points such as LV 2, LV 3, KD 1, GB 34, GB 41.
Main point for internal wind which has some overlapping indications with the above entry, for headaches, dizziness, visual dizziness, tinnitus, vertex pain, windstroke, seizures.
Main point for prolapse, anal, uterine, vaginal; main point for hemorrhoids.
Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the association area (related to emotions, memory, behavior), useful for low energy, yang energy imbalances, parkinson’s, alzheimer’s, motor control issues.

b. 风池穴 Feng Chi (GB20)

feng chi

feng chi

Dispel Exterior or Interior Wind – (exterior) – fever/chills, stiff neck; (internal) – paralysis, twitching, tremors, numbness, dizziness, vertigo.
# All issues of the head, brain (seizures, memory, mental/neurological disorders), face, throat and sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue).
# Headache, especially occipital.
# Eye issues.
# Issues of the neck, shoulders a/or upper back – pain, weakness, stiffness.
# Hypertension, especially with LV Yang Rising.
# Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used most often in conjunction with the huatuo points of C1 and C2 to open the spinal cord, generally used to relieve neck tension.

c. 太冲穴 Tai Chong( LR3)

Tai Chong

Tai Chong

Generally, resolves stagnation and tonifies Yin – balancing for all LV pathologies.
# LV Qi Stagnation / LV Yang Rising – headaches, dizziness, canker sores.         # Eye issues – blurred vision, red, swollen, painful eyes.           # Menstrual issues from Deficient Blood, Yin, Qi a/or LV Qi Stagnation – dysmennorrhea, amenorrhea, PMS, breast tenderness.       # Genital issues – pain/swelling, hernia, impotence, semianl emission.
# Stagnation in the middle warmer – subcostal tension, chest/flank pain, swellings in the axillary region.                               # Digestive issues from LV attacking ST/SP – nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea w/ undigested food.                           # Calming point – anger, irritability, insomnia, anxiety.             # With LI 4, four gates treatment – powerfully effects the flow of Qi and Blood in the body.                                               # Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Important point to descend energy in the body, generally used after qi gong exercises, energy healing sessions, etc. Helps to avoid qi gong sickness (or running fire) where energy is stuck in the upper part of the head/body and causes issues such as shortness of breath, psychological issues, headache, etc.

d. 涌泉穴 Yong Quan(KI1)

Yong Quan

Yong Quan

Actions & Effects:
# Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV Fire – headaches, tinnitus, hypertension, epilepsy.
# Cooling KD empty heat – chronic sore throat, dry mouth, low back pain.
# Tonify KD/HT Yin – insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, poor memory, mania, rage w/desire to kill, hot flashes, night sweats.
# Loss of consciousness, yang collapse.
# Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to descend the energy in the body particularly after qi gong exercises, energy healing sessions, etc. Useful for headache, nausea, insomnia, etc.

e. 曲池穴 Quchi(LI11)

qu chi

qu chi

Actions & Effects:
· Reduction of high fevers, patients with the 4 bigs, combine with LI 1, LI 2 or LI 4.
· Damp Heat skin diseases, red, itchy, oozing & inflamed (hives, herpes zoster, acne), may be used with UB 40 for any skin disease.
· ST Excess Issues, burning diarrhea.
· Elbow and upper limb disorders, pain and inflammation, atrophy, tremors – expels wind dampness from the channel.
· Hot flashes a/or menstrual issues with heat in the Blood.
· Expels summer heat with UB 40 & SP 10, for heat stroke add SI 3.
· Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Useful for any blood circulation issue (raynaud’s, anemia, etc.), skin problems (hives, itchiness), tennis elbow.

In order to get excellent results from pressing those acupuncture points, you should know which are the main factors to cause your high blood pressure and choose the best combination of these and other points. To diagnose the cause is out of the scope of this article and it’s our professional practice to do so, but believe me, for you as patients those points will do good jobs for you.

3. Reflexology to reduce high blood pressure.



Reflexology is simple to do and without any side effects and many benefits not only in controlling blood pressure, but to an overall body system. By massaging reflex areas of Heart, Liver, Kidney, and Lungs. If you find any pain, numbness in this area, then special attention should give to that area. Because a different sensation indicates, there is some simple problem with that organ. If that particular point shows any positive change after the massage, then increases the frequency of massage to that location. Otherwise, discard that reflex point from your massage. Please note some conditions not recommend to use this method, like people with recent or healing fractures, unhealed wounds, or active gout affecting the foot should avoid reflexology and also not used for pregnant women..

Hope you can reduce high blood pressure naturally before taking herbals or any medications.


Improve Vision Without Glasses

If you happen to wear glasses and want to

Vision without glasses

improve vision without glasses,here’s some ideas:

Improving vision without glasses by DOING:

1.      Rest your eyes periodically
2.      Doing eye exercises
3.      Press Acupoints for eyes and doing facial massage
4.      Regular exercises at least 20 minutes a day.
5.      Treated for physical disorders that effect your vision.

Improving vision without glasses by NOT DOING

1.      Staying in front of your computer for a very long time.
2.      Living a stressful life.
3.      Eating an unhealthy diet.
4.      Subject your eyes to the Sun.

Why improve vision without glasses?

As a book lover and web surfer, I wear glasses. As some of you read my previous post may already know, my philosophy of health and treatment is base on natural, and our body’s healing power. To use glasses to correct our vision just another good example that our modern people don’t really seeking the resolution for the source problem, we just want quick fix. Do you know that

How glasses and contacts are practically guaranteed to ruin your vision over time?

The reason for this stems from the fact that glasses and contact lenses cause your eyes to shift differently and focus with another angle instead of their usual configuration. Although this is helpful in allowing you to see clearly, it also allows your ocular muscles to get lazy and get used to the new configuration. As a result, your eyes will not be able to return to their original healthy configuration. Thus, the great majority of people who use glasses or contact lenses will have their eye prescriptions changed every couple of years and their vision will most likely never improve.

Recently I found the work of Dr. W.H. Bates, a prominent eye physician, revealed a natural way of improving vision without glasses, which has been getting a ton of positive reviews. After got my copy, I’m willing to add my recommendation to his wonderful work

How to improve vision without glasses – By Dr. Bates

Truthfully it doesn’t surprise me that the method is working. Because it’s natural, not eye aid oriented. And it’s the kind of method not difficult to implement.

Eye vision is our most essential abilities and most precious asset, let’s take a good care of it.

Recommend to read— how to improve vision without glasses

Acupuncture for Kids

Do you ever heard about Acupuncture for kids? I recommend you to watch the following video which was posted on the ABC News site and was a feature that appeared on Good Morning America on April 5, 2009.

As parents you know how hard when your kids are not feeling well. Especially for younger kids you don’t want to give them so many medication to mess up their body, in the meantime it’s hard to give them Acupuncture treatment due to their fear of needle or they move a lot. In my practice, I use non-needle techniques such as finger or stick to stimulate the acupuncture points, together with Tuina massage and it works very well. Although younger kids can start Acupuncture treatment as young as 3 years old, due to their active movement, I try to use the above techniques instead and the results are almost as good as using needles. Why? Because they have a much pure energy than adults although they are weak physically.

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Don’t take medicine so easily

I don’t oppose taking medication, but oppose taking it so easily and frequently.

Our body is smart and so amazing that it naturally solves most of our problems. Allowing our body to do the magic without the disturbance of medicine pills, you are let your immune system to practice and build a stronger internal pharmacy. Don’t get drug every time you catch a cold or get a cough. How about drinking more water and sleep more and let it recover by itself? When you take medicine, yes they can cover up your symptoms but do you aware of their side effects?

The reason I prefer giving Acupuncture treatment to my patients is because it works naturally by just stimulating our Acupoints and the rest of job our body will do it for us.

To keep healthy, what we need to do is to properly use and maintain our body. Just like every car has a user manual, you follow those user manual properly, you will enjoy a longer and less trouble driving vehicle. Same apply to our body is that you follow our body user guide properly, you will enjoy a healthy life longer. The user manual for our body is to eat properly, sleep properly, exercise properly and be happy. Unlike a car can easily change any parts, unfortunately, we as human beings are customized. You need to use and operate your body properly to stay healthy.