Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
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Impotence is often called erectile dysfunction. It is defined as the inability to have a successful sexual encounter due to the inability to have or maintain an erection. Male impotence affects ten million men in the United States alone. There are three basic physiological changes that must take place in order to have a successful erection. The first is basic arousal. The arousal must signal the nervous system to increase the blood flow to the penis. Finally, the blood vessels of the penis must relax in order to allow the increased flow of blood. If any of these three functions do not take place, an erection can not be maintained. Stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and even the effects of drugs may have an impact on these functions.

Western medicine normally treats impotence with phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors, like Viagra (Sildenafil). They work by blocking an enzyme that destroys nitric oxide a chemical in your bloodstream that allows you to get an erection by dilating the blood vessels in your penis. However, one of the major drawbacks attached to the drug is that it can cause a range of unpleasant side effects, including headaches, facial flushing, dizziness and indigestion. Viagra may increase risk of raised blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, stroke and even sudden death in rare cases.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been involved in the treatment of male impotence since the time of the Chinese Emperors. It was a condition of concern to those poor emperors who often had as many as 3000 wives. Chinese Emperors viewed sexual function as an important part of health and longevity. If an Emperor had impotence he would seek the advice of his medical staff. Throughout Chinese history its society has been dominated by men. As this is an unfortunate reality it has also lead Chinese Medicine to be able to focus its medical knowledge on treating men's health and longevity. Traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for impotence has compared the effectiveness of the treatment with the use of such chemical substances as Viagra. However, traditional Chinese medicine does this with a great deal less adverse side effects. Sexual health is not the only concern for men today. As men age they begin battling with various other male disorders. Aside from impotence, men also suffer from conditions affecting urination, the prostate and testicles. Traditional Chinese medicine is very useful to treat different ailments including men health-related issues. Here is a brief list of male health problems that traditional Chinese medicine can help:

   Premature Ejaculation
   Low Sperm Count
   Diminished Sperm Motility
   Testicular Pain
   Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
   Male Climacteric (men-opause)
Male Infertility

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