ED Education.

Today I'm educating you all on a very sensitive subject; Erectile Dysfunction

First, what everyone needs to realize is that this is an extremely common issue! In general, around as many as 52% of men will suffer ED. 40% of that will be men in their 40's and up and 70% of men in their 80's and up. Don't fall into those age ranges? Well, ED can be due to much more than just age!

Before I get into the causes, let me familiarize you all with how erections happen. It's actually a very intricate process, a lot of things occur chemically with in the brain in body. It's not as simple as one might think!

An erection starts in your head, meaning, your brain! Something that you saw, felt, smelled, heard, or thought will activated your central nervous system causing your nerves to send chemical messages to the blood vessels in your penis. The arteries in the penis relax and open up allowing more blood to flow in; at the same time, the veins clamp down holding the blood in. Once blood is in the penis, the pressure between the vessels and musculature create the hardening and engorgement. When the blood flow stops and the veins open, your penis becomes flaccid again. This happens after orgasm or if the chemical signals from the brain stop. 

Here's a glance at why the above may not happen: 

  • Heart Disease

  • Athrosclerosis (clogged arteries)

  • High Cholesterol

  • High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Peyronie's Disease (development of scar tissue inside the penis, this IS something I do treat as well)

  • Medications

  • Tobacco Use

  • Alcohol Use

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Treatments for prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate (another common issue I treat often)

  • Surgery or Injury that affecting pelvic area, genitals or spinal cord

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Other Mental Health Issues

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Low Self Image

  • Low Libido

  • Your Overall Health

If you have ED, what do you do about it? Everything you'll read on the internet, commercials you see on T.V. will tell you go to your doctor or take this drug and your doctor, all their going to do, is to prescribe you that drug!

Now sure, those drugs will give you a hard-on but they will not fix the actual problem. Their a band-aid. Right now, the latest, "greatest" drug is medication you inject. Yes! You have to stab a needle into your own penis to get an erection! I've seen how this works and it has been reported back to me both, that it does and does not hurt. It doesn't always give you an erection either, just as the pills don't always! So I ask, is it worth putting a drug with nasty side-effects in your body or stab your delicate penis with a needle when there's natural, safe solutions?

Now, I do not insert needles into the penis when doing acupuncture for any disorder! Needles are placed strategically throughout the head, torso, arms and legs based on your personal diagnoses. Treatments are crafted to you and your condition and not based on anyone else. There are commonly used points for ED but acupuncture is not a "one pill fixes all" ED type of treatment. That's part of why acupuncture works! We can always include herbs or supplements that are also natural and safe ways to get your body responding the way it should!

Ladies! Yeah, you girls! This does affect us too! Your partner's performance in the bedroom can definitely be a difficult subject to bring up. What I want you to know because I hear this often, is that his lack of response sexually, it truly isn't because of you! There is something going on with your man medically. Don't get down on yourself as that can potentially make the entire situation worse for both parties. Get him the correct help instead!

Erectile Dysfunction, or any other of the health concerns guys face, are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of! They do deserve attention! Don't just sit on it! You and your man can stand tall!

What do you Really know about Dopamine?

You may have heard of it in relation to depression as it is your "feel good" neurotransmitter. It is an essential chemical needed for motivation & the drive to do things. Dopamine is also associated with positive feelings such as being in love, exercising, listening to music & enjoying sex. Low amounts can cause problems with concentration, initiating or completing tasks, low energy & a lack of motivation. It can also lead to addictive or compulsive behavior.

Sound familiar? If it does & you or someone you care about is experiencing these problems, how do you get better?

Drugs for depression or anxiety have nasty side-effects such as:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Changes in sex drive or function
  • Drowsiness
  • Unusual sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry mouth
  • Greater appetite
  • Flu-like symptoms, including sneezing and runny nose
  • Unusual excitement

Or more seriously:

  • Hallucinations, which means seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe muscle stiffness
  • Thoughts about suicide or dying
  • New or worse depression or anxiety
  • Extreme agitation or restlessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unusual irritability
  • Anger or aggressive behavior
  • Impulsiveness
  • Mania, or an extreme increase in activity and talking
  • Other unusual changes in behavior or mood

Scary!! The first thing your doctor is likely to do is prescribe you a drug with these side-effects. One of the main side-effects of all of these drugs is Erectile Dysfunction. So again, how do you treat low dopamine levels if you want to avoid all the insane side-effects of these drugs (that ARE extremely over prescribed)?

Acupuncture, herbs, supplements, meditation, exercise & a healthy diet have all been shown to increase & maintain dopamine levels naturally, safely & very effectively!!

Together, we can get you or your loved one on a path to great mental & physical health!! Keep in mind, this can happen to anyone at any age. It can be improved at any age! Everyone deserves to be their healthiest!!