Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem that affects tens of millions Americans.  It is the incapacity of the male to perform sex because of inadequate erection.  It can pose problems to the male especially in a personal relationship with the female species.  ED does not only refer to the incapability of sustaining erection (although it generally is about this problem), it also involves the improper curvature of the penis, painful sustained erection and premature orgasm.  The main physiological stimulus for penile erection is arousal.  Arousal allows the nervous system to increase blood flow to the penis.  The blood vessels in the penis relax allowing the blood to circulate in the penis.  If any of these procedures fail, erection will not occur.  A number of factors can cause ED.  Stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, obesity, poor nutrition and drugs can cause the nervous system to function poorly.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) such as acupuncture New York are more than able alternatives for ED.  Acupuncture treatment does not have harmful side effects and is a safe natural and very effective for ED as opposed to the drug medications that inherently carry toxins that can cause side effects that are sometimes are than ED.  The acupuncturist after examination of the patient can determine a diagnosis and the best treatment approach for the disorder.  Often acupuncture treatment is coupled with complementary herbal medicine to gain the maximum effect of the treatment.  Treatment may last for 10 to 20 sessions a session once a week.

TCM believes that there are two main reasons to ED.  Each reason is diagnosed according to the symptoms manifested.

1.  Mingmen fire deficiency – The symptoms of this disorder are flaccid erection, cold extremities, vertigo, uneasiness, no erection even after arousal, polyuria, low back pain and weak knees.

2.  Downward flowing of damp heat – Symptoms are bitter taste in the mouth, frequent thirst, hot, red orange urine, pain and weakening of the extremities.

Early acupuncture and herbal treatment can easily treat this disorder and the longer the symptoms continue the longer will be the length of treatment.  Acupuncture and herbal medicine are holistic types of treatment because they take into account the mental, emotional, environmental and physiological issues of the individual.  TCM believes that there are thousands of acupuncture points all over the body all connected to energy pathways or meridians which in turn connect to the different organs and tissues in the body.  The meridians are the networks that traverse the entire body where chi travels to supply the body with energy.  Sometimes the meridians are blocked hindering the flow of chi.  When these happen, the body suffers from sickness and diseases.   The insertion of hair fine needles eliminates the blockage and normalizes the flow of chi once again.