Erectile Dysfunction

by Hon Lee on May 27, 2013

Judging from the popularity of Viagra and the number of TV commercials for it and similar products, erectile dysfunction is a major concern for many men. According to Chinese medicine the Kidney and Liver systems are involved in the ability to get and keep an erection. The Kidneys are responsible for, among other things, the body's reproductive system. The liver channel wraps around the external genitals and provides blood flow to the penis.

Among the factors that can weaken the Kidneys are those related to overwork, aging, chronic illness or excessive ejaculation. The Kidney's Yang energy can be impaired by over exposure to cold, excessive lifting of heavy objects or prolonged periods of standing. The Kidney's Yin energy can be depleted by too many late nights, shift work, poor sleep, fever type illnesses, as well as certain medicinals. However, it's not just older men who have problems.

Erectile dysfunction and impotence are sometimes found in otherwise healthy younger men (in their 30’s and 40's) who consume large amounts of yang tonics. They will see ads for Chinese herbal remedies that claim to treat impotence. Unfortunately, the consumption of Yang tonics(e.g., deer antler, rhino horn and ginseng), in the mistaken belief that they can boost virility, can have just the opposite effect. Taking too many termally warm or hot tonics can burn up Kidney Yin. The depletion of Yin leads to a type heat that stimulates short term sexual arousal. However the Kidneys are actually too weak to sustain sexual activity. Having sex when the Kidneys are weak leads to even greater deficiency. The same holds true Men taking Viagra. It's a temporary fix that not only doesn't resolve the underlying problem, but also can make it worse.

Hon K. Lee is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Herndon, VA., and the founder of Sports Edge Acupuncture Clinic. He is also an author, teacher, martial arts instructor, qigong practitioner and a U.S. Marine combat veteran. Proceeds from the sale of his memoirs go to charities that benefit wounded warriors and their families.

Hon Lee – who has written posts on Acupuncture Herndon, VA.

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