Nova Article-The treatment of Impotence with Chinese medicine PART 2

In all cul­tures, sexu­al activ­ity is regarded as an import­ant intim­ate expres­sion of affec­tion between couples. Unfor­tu­nately, dif­fi­culties in achiev­ing, or sus­tain­ing, an erec­tion, is a com­mon prob­lem, and a great source of anguish for many men and their part­ners   In this second art­icle on Erectile Dys­func­tion, we will look at the treat­ment of this dis­order with Tra­di­tion­al Chinese Medi­cine.

Accord­ing to this ori­ent­al frame­work, the physiolo­gic­al pro­cess of obtain­ing an erec­tion involves the accu­mu­la­tion of both Yang Qi (energy), and blood to the penis. The four organs which are involved with this pro­cess are: the kid­neys, the liv­er, the spleen and the heart.  The male and female gen­it­al areas of both sexes are encircled by the liv­er meridi­an. There­fore, any dys­func­tion with that organ, or chan­nel can have a neg­at­ive impact on our sexu­al health   Also, the dila­tion of the blood ves­sels in the erectile issue of the penis, will not occur unless a min­im­um level of sexu­al arous­al has been obtained. Since it is the kidney’s energy which provides our sexu­al drive, in the major­ity of cases regard­less of the primary pat­tern, this organ will have to be strengthened.

In the West­ern world, the pace of liv­ing has sig­ni­fic­antly increased in the last few dec­ades, and sub­sequently the rising level of stress in the work­force has taken its toll. Nowadays, the major­ity of males with Erectile Dys­func­tion are the over­worked pro­fes­sion­als. Hav­ing to live in a state of anger, and stress for long peri­od of times eas­ily leads to the abuse of alco­hol, recre­ation­al drugs, junk foods, and excess smoking. These are the major causes of car­dio vas­cu­lar dis­ease which dam­ages the arter­ies cir­cu­lat­ing the blood through­out the body, includ­ing the sexu­al organs.
In Tra­di­tion­al Chinese Medi­cine, there is a cor­rel­a­tion between the mind and the body. Each major organ is asso­ci­ated with a spe­cif­ic emo­tion­al pat­tern. The liv­er is par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­able to anger, stress and depres­sion. A dis­har­mony in that organ is one of the most com­mon causes of male Erectile Dys­func­tion. In this pat­tern, the liv­er Qi stag­nates due to an emo­tion­al imbal­ance, and lack of phys­ic­al activ­ity, and there is not enough energy to cir­cu­late the blood around the chan­nels of the body. The male sex organ is deprived of both nutri­ents caus­ing the impot­ence to occur. It is often seen in com­bin­a­tion with oth­er digest­ive prob­lems, irrit­ab­il­ity, dizzi­ness, and chest pain.  The kid­ney chan­nel can altern­at­ively be affected from intern­al cold due to poor diet, on loc­al cli­mat­ic factors. This cre­ates an imbal­ance in the liver’s func­tion, and the blood cir­cu­la­tion is gradu­ally affected. For all these pat­terns, a dual approach includ­ing the use of acu­punc­ture, and Chinese herb­al medi­cine is recom­men­ded. The treat­ment strategy is aimed at har­mon­iz­ing the liv­er, warm­ing the kid­neys yang energy, and reliev­ing the blood stag­na­tion which is caus­ing the impot­ence.  Oth­er acu­punc­ture points, or Chinese herbs will be pre­scribed to nour­ish the blood, and calm the mind, or in the case of intern­al heat, to expel that  dis­turb­ance.

The herb Ren­shen (Korean Gin­seng) has a legendary status in many Asi­an coun­tries, where it has been tra­di­tion­ally used to pro­long life, and improve sexu­al stam­ina. It is a power­ful ton­ic which not only increases energy, but is bene­fi­cial for reliev­ing stress, although it shouldn’t be taken for long peri­ods of times. For the treat­ment of impot­ence, Gin­seng is often com­bined with the herb­al sub­stance Lu Rong (Cornu Crevi Par­vum) which is scrapped from the vel­vet of the young deer antlers. It is a power­ful Kid­ney Yang ton­ic used for treat­ing fatigue, cold lower back, or knee pain from kid­ney weak­ness, as well as impot­ence. It has a warm­ing action, and it increases the blood cir­cu­la­tion. If the patient suf­fers from excess heat, or high blood pres­sure, cool­ing herbs such as, Mei Gui Hua (Flos Ros­ae Rugo­sae) could be pre­scribed. It is a loc­al Chinese rose which is often made into medi­cin­al wines or paste. This flower is recog­nized in both our cul­tures as a sym­bol of love and romance. It has a cold action on the body, and an har­mon­iz­ing effect on the liv­er organ, being bene­fi­cial in reliev­ing the stag­nant energy (Qi) in that chan­nel.
If the intern­al heat is not excess­ive, the flower bud of the spice clove called Ding Xiang (Flos Cary­o­phylli), is com­monly pre­scribed in Chinese medi­cine to warm the kid­ney yang, move the Qi and increase the libido. It has an anti­bi­ot­ic effect, facil­it­ates the diges­tion, and relieves pain. It is com­monly used in Asi­an coun­tries to relieve toothache. Due to its warm­ing action, the spice clove has for cen­tur­ies been pre­scribed in Tra­di­tion­al medi­cine for enhan­cing sexu­al desire, and pro­vok­ing arous­al.

In both the West­ern and Ori­ent­al med­ic­al sys­tems, Erectile Dys­func­tion is con­sidered to be only a reflec­tion of a lar­ger pat­tern of poor health, and dis­ease in the body.

When the over­all con­di­tion of the patient is taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, and treated accord­ingly, there is ample evid­ence that the Tra­di­tion­al Chinese medicine’s approach can be very effect­ive in treat­ing this con­di­tion which affects the life of so many couples today.


About Olivier Lejus

I was born in France and I emigrated to Australia in 1980. I worked as a circus performer, puppeteer and actor before I began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine a the University of Technology of Sydney in 1997. I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of of science degree in Traditional Chinese medicine. I am now specializing in Japanese style acupuncture for the treatment of female and male infertility, pain, and anxiety.

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