Viagra, although initially studied for other issues, was approved for and widely marketed as the answer to erectile dysfunction (ED). The increase in blood flow to the genitals was actually a side effect of the medication. The marketing and sales of Viagra was a huge money maker and the medication gained worldwide prominence within a few short months of its approval.
The Fear Factor
In the medical text CAM: Chinese Acupuncture and Moxabustion, erectile dysfunction is said to be caused by the emotion of fear. Birth, growth, maturation, development, hormonal issues and reproduction are contained in the kidneys—what is called kidney essence or “jing” to be exact. This jing is more than sexual energy, it is part of our life force or "qi" with which we are born. Unlike digestive qi, it cannot be added to, yet it determines a great deal of how our health is expressed.
The fear factor is a deep-seated emotion and is often of unknown origin. Statistically, American men under the age of 40 with ED have experienced physical or sexual abuse, an emotional stressor, low back injury or surgery, or complications from drugs and alcohol.
A reduction in libido is normal in men over the age of 50. It is at this age that men begin to experience more fear—better known as a mid-life crisis. Not surprisingly, this is the greatest population with ED.
How Acupuncture Helps
Acupuncture has positive results on ED because of the redirecting of qi and blood and the reduction of tension in the muscles which enhances relaxation and blood flow. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that qi moves blood and blood is the mother of qi.It is this close connection of these two vital forces that determine health and/or dysfunction. Men that are symptom-free can use acupuncture for seasonal tune-ups. Those that are experiencing ED should get a complete Oriental medical diagnosis and enough treatments to heal from their condition.
Maryann McQuillan has been a New York state licensed acupuncturist since 2000 and a massage therapist since 1990. She specializes in fertility, smoking cessation (for free) and pain management. Goshen Acupuncture and Massage is now located at 26 Scotchtown Ave. in Goshen. She can be reached at 222-9781.