Acupressure for Erectile Dysfunction


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Acupressure for erectile dysfunction, as explored in our interview with TCM therapist Ms. Mai Sogawa, offers a traditional Chinese medicine perspective for enhancing sexual health. This technique, known to our readers as a non-invasive alternative to acupuncture, involves applying pressure to specific points on the body. Acupressure, by balancing the body’s Qi, has become increasingly recognized for its potential to address various health conditions, including erectile dysfunction, making it a key component of holistic wellness practices. For those interested in exploring similar techniques for female arousal, our guide on pressure points for female arousal provides an insightful look into key acupoints that can enhance intimacy and sexual well-being.

Acupressure for Erectile Dysfunction: How It Works

Acupressure’s effectiveness in treating erectile dysfunction lies in its ability to enhance blood circulation, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy erection. Impaired blood flow to the penis can lead to erectile difficulties. Through acupressure, blood flow is improved, potentially enhancing erectile function and overall sexual health.

6 Acupressure Points for Erectile Dysfunction

  • BL-23: Located on the lower back, 1.5 thumb-widths from the spine, at the level of the waist, aligned with the navel.
  • GV-4: Found directly on the midline of the lower back, at the same level as the navel, on the lower border of the second lumbar vertebra.
  • Ren-3: Situated on the midline of the lower abdomen, 5 fingers width below the navel.
  • KD-12: Positioned 3 thumb-widths below the navel and then one thumb-width to the side, on the lower abdomen.
  • BL-32: Located in the sacral area, just above the buttocks, at the second sacral foramen.
  • BL-33: Found slightly higher than BL-32, at the third sacral foramen, above the anal cleft.
Acupoint: GV-4 (Other Names: The Governing Vessel-4/Ming Men/Life Gate)
Acupoint: GV-4 (Other Names: The Governing Vessel-4/Ming Men/Life Gate)
Acupoint: Ren-3 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-3/Zhong Ji/Middle Extremity)
Acupoint: Ren-3 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-3/Zhong Ji/Middle Extremity)
Acupoint: KD-12 (Other Names: Kidney-12/Da He/Big Plentifulness)
Acupoint: KD-12 (Other Names: Kidney-12/Da He/Big Plentifulness)
Acupoint: Bl-32 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-32/Ci Liao/Second Crevice)
Acupoint: Bl-32 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-32/Ci Liao/Second Crevice)

Locating and Applying Acupressure Points

  • Finding Points: Using mirrors and searching for tender spots.
  • Technique: Gentle pressure for accurate point location.

Application Techniques for Optimal Results

  • Pressure Intensity: Moderate, avoiding pain.
  • Treatment Duration: Consistency over at least three months.

Precautions and Considerations for Acupressure in Erectile Dysfunction

When practicing acupressure for erectile dysfunction, it is crucial to maintain hygiene, especially when massaging near the genital area. Always ensure your hands are thoroughly cleaned before starting the acupressure session. Moreover, it’s important to be aware of certain conditions where acupressure might not yield the desired results. If erectile dysfunction is caused by organic factors such as vascular blockage or nerve damage, acupressure’s effectiveness could be limited. In such cases, consulting with a healthcare professional is recommended. Additionally, if erectile dysfunction is a side effect of medications like antidepressants or antihypertensives, acupressure alone may not address the underlying issue. Therefore, understanding the root cause of the dysfunction is essential before opting for acupressure treatment.

Knowing When to Consult a Medical Professional

  • Seeking Help: When erectile issues persist despite treatment.
  • Addressing Underlying Conditions: Identifying potential health factors.
  • Professional Evaluation: For comprehensive health assessment.
  • Integrating Treatments: Combining TCM with conventional medicine.

Acupressure vs Acupuncture: Erectile Health Perspectives

  • Shared Benefits: Boosting blood flow and stress reduction.
  • Acupuncture’s Superiority: Greater impact on circulation and nervous system.
  • Acupuncture Limitations: Needle fear, discomfort, and accessibility.
  • Acupressure’s Convenience: Easier and non-intimidating, especially for sensitive areas.

Insights from a Study on Acupuncture Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

A study detailed in “Effects of Acupuncture Therapy on Male Reproductive Function” provides valuable insights into the effectiveness of acupuncture for erectile dysfunction. Conducted in Japan, the study focused on acupuncture stimulation at the Bl-33 point, around the third sacral foramen. It found that acupuncture at this point led to significant improvement in 15 out of 26 cases of erectile dysfunction, including those unresponsive to PDE5 inhibitors, commonly used ED medications. This suggests that acupuncture, particularly in the sacral region, might activate crucial neural pathways involved in erection, indicating its potential as an effective alternative treatment. Read more about the study.

Author: P. Sze

P. Sze P. Sze is the founder of TCM Tips and Dragon Acupuncture®. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a first-class honor in Civil Engineering. S he also holds a master’s degree in Engineering and is the brain behind the innovative TCM products of Dragon Acupuncture®. She is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds (ISBN 978-1520451398) and Facial Gua Sha - Fight the Signs of Aging Naturally and Inexpensively (ISBN 978-1980678922). She has dedicated her life to ensuring that the complex theories behind oriental medicine and the seemingly dangerous techniques that involve needles and fire do not scare you from trying oriental medicine. This is why she writes endlessly about acupressure and its countless health and wellness benefits.

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