What is Erectile Dysfunction/Impotence?
One of the most troublesome conditions for a man to contend with is an inability to sustain an erect penis for sexual intercourse, known as erectile dysfunction. An erection is the result of specific stimuli directed to the brain, and as such, requires that nerves to the penis function properly and that there be sufficient blood flow to the penis. Erectile dysfunction can be the result of a number of factors, including conditions related to the nerves or blood flow, or psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Western medicine’s treatment of erectile dysfunction will depend on the supposed causes of the condition, though relatively newer oral medications, such as Viagra, have earned this healing process greater cultural prominence in recent history.
How can I treat Erectile Dysfunction/Impotence?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers erectile dysfunction to be the result of a deficiency of kidney jing, or vital force in men. Though much treatment in traditional Chinese medicine focuses on acupuncture and herbal therapies, other methods for treating erectile dysfunction include eating foods that are rich in zinc, including oysters, beans and legumes, brown rice, wheat germ, peanuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, as well as getting plenty of cardiovascular exercise to increase blood flow.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Erectile Dysfunction/Impotence?
To reverse the effects of erectile dysfunction, it helps to avoid a sedentary lifestyle, stress, and sleep deprivation.
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