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
· 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:
· 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
· 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:
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:
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.
“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:
· failure of the penis to erect
· weak erection
· cold extremities
· soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees
· frequent urination
Downward Flowing of Damp Heat:
· Inability of the penis to erect
· bitter taste in the mouth
· 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.
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.