This page on sexual impotence and its treatment aims to explain both how and why impotence occurs - from the point of view of Chinese medicine - and what can be done for it.
Please realise that Chinese medicine explains health conditions in terms of, for instance, what are called 'syndromes'.
These are patterns of imbalance
All those links to pages to read, coming so close to the start of this page, may be a bit daunting!
After all, you're interested in regaining, or invigorating, your sexual energy and ability. But these basic life energies which you want sexual impotence treatment for are at the root of Chinese medicine and they take a bit of explaining.
The words sexual impotence treatment apply more to men than to women. That's not to say that women don't also want to feel sexually aroused and to enjoy sex, of course, but in Chinese medicine theory the female sexual system is more complicated than the male!
He has really only got to do one thing. Biologically, males seem to be programmed to want to donate their sperm as widely as possible.
She, on the other hand, has usually a more rounded set of needs. For many women, for satisfaction she must invest energy in choosing her partner, arranging circumstances and the time of month so that she enjoys the build-up and the sex more, then - assuming she is successfully fertilised - nourishing the foetus and growing it for 9 months.
Following that she has to give birth, fortunately something that she seldom remembers fully - so powerful is the experience in obliterating her real memories of it. Then she must feed and bring up her baby, probably for at least several years. It's quite a commitment!
All this is often somewhere in her mind when seeking sex, though increasingly women are just keen to have sex, and forget the rest. But not all cultures are as 'liberated' as others, so if you don't agree with this perhaps your circumstances are different.
Sexual energy depends mainly on:
Problems with Mingmen and Kidney Yang come mostly from exhaustion, old age or infirmity. As you age, you use up your Mingmen supplies.
The Chinese (both ancient and modern) have spent a huge amount of time, thought, experimentation and entrepreneurial energy in trying to find ways to slow this process!
But eventually, when it's gone, it's gone.
Young people have good supplies usually of Ming men and Kidney Yang. If they don't, it is usually a genetic inheritance problem or caused by illness or exhaustion.
Kidney Yang, however, can often be helped. But even then, if Mingmen is weak, not a lot can happen. So this page is more about how to help
When you wake in the morning, do you get an erection?
If you do, then probably there is not much wrong with your Mingmen, Kidney Yang or supply of Blood.
If you get a good morning erection but it fails when with your sexual partner, probably your problem is due to some kind of Qi stagnation, or to your Shen Mind being unable to relax and not worry about it.
If you do not get an erection in the morning or during the night, or can only get an erection on very good days, your Mingmen and Kidney Yang energy has almost certainly been reduced by exhaustion, infirmity or age.
If you get an erection but it's weak, it might be because of reduced Mingmen or Kidney Yang (this occurs in men who ejaculate too often), or it could be due to Blood stasis. or Blood deficiency:
Blood deficiency comes in various forms, such as:
Firstly, there is often a great deal you can do to help yourself. This may solve the problem without needing sexual impotence treatment of any kind. See the section below.
Nearly every man on earth would like to have stronger Mingmen! The Chinese are not the only race to have been searching for the solution for millennia. There are many suggestions from different cultures all round the world.
As far as treatment goes, there are herbs and acupuncture points that may help your body work more efficiently. Whether they actually increase the amount of your Mingmen is more doubtful. But even just making it work better is a boon.
YOU can do something about it though! See below.
Your Kidneys derive their energy from your Mingmen. As the latter decreases, so does your Kidney energy.
Your Kidneys have two aspects to their energy, Yin and Yang. (You may like to read Balancing Yin and Yang to understand these ideas.) Ideally, you want plenty of both. You see it in healthy young adults and pre-pubescent youths. Ideally, as well as having enough of both, you want them to be in balance.
When Yang is deficient, you get tiredness and a tendency to depression, slowness and cold, none of which helps virility.
Sexual impotence treatment for Kidney Yang can be via acupuncture and herbs. Some forms of massage along the channels of acupuncture can encourage it too.
You make Kidney Yang weaker by allowing yourself to suffer from cold. Too much cold weakens Yang.
Some people can stimulate their yang energy by learning the benefits of cold showers. A little cold strengthens yang.
Various activities dissipate your yang energy. These include getting too little sleep, over-stimulation too often (such as from drugs or caffeine) and so on. Read more at Kidney Yang deficiency.
Fundamentally, if Qi can move and transform smoothly, you are healthy. When Qi is deficient you lack energy either to do things or to change your circumstances.
Chinese medicine recognises Qi deficiency as a cause of many conditions of ill-health, including sexual impotence.
However, Qi deficiency is only one syndrome. When Qi stagnates it manifests as tension, a kind of warring with your self.
This inner war is a common cause of sexual impotence or lack of virility, in both sexes, but probably more of a problem for men.
Qi stagnation occurs, 95% of the time, from inner emotional conflict.
Qi stagnation disrupts the flow of energy along the channels, especially the Liver channel. This channel wraps round the genitals and when stagnating, prevents natural blood flow to the area.
It causes all sorts of other problems, notably tension and cramps, often in the abdomen. It makes you less relaxed, more 'touchy'.
It can also make you harder to live with, so your partner may feel at a disadvantage, and find it harder to get in the right mood.
If Qi stagnation is the cause of your sexual impotence, there are many things you can do about it.
For much more on this read our page on it.
But here are a few of them:
Sleep is the best way to recover energy. Regular, deep sleep is one of the best things you can do for sexual impotence.
If regular, deep sleep is impossible, take naps - short periods of light sleep - through the day. But sleep is best.
If you find sleeping is a problem, check our page on Insomnia.
If your sleep is disturbed, what happens - in Chinese medicine - is that your Liver can't 'store your Blood'. Guess what?! Your Liver checks its Blood supplies just as you're getting ready for sex.
Since it is during rest or sleep that your Liver stores your Blood, if you don't get enough rest or sleep, the cupboard will be bare.
That means no Blood to provide the swelling you'll be needing.
That's no use is it?
So make sure you get your sleep!
Without enough blood in the right place at the right time, nothing much happens, does it?!
For more on this, read the page on Blood. There is a lot you can do to improve your Blood and most of the sexual elixirs advertised work on this principal, so nothing new there.
However, many of them miss the point.
1. Remove stuff from your diet that damages you. No, this doesn't just mean no fags and less alcohol, although it means that too. It means look at what you eat and make it more balanced. For example, it's true that sugar does have health benefits, but basically only when you are ill and severely weakened. Not every day!
If you take lots of sugar every day you weaken yourself.
(How? you ask? Too much sugar weakens your Spleen which includes your gastro-intestinal tract and most of your immune system. Your Spleen is first in line when it comes to making Blood. So a weak Spleen almost always leads to deficient Blood.)
2. Learn to eat a more regulated diet. This helps your Spleen.
3. Liquids. Blood is a liquid, I hope you'll agree. A high proportion of it is water. Do you drink enough water? OR eat enough fruit and vegetables to provide the moisture your body needs? (Beware too much fruit because it may contain too much sugar which is harmful to your Spleen, as mentioned. And too much sugar could give you diabetes, which rottens your circulation. Men, you need good circulation for healthy erections!) But you don't need to drink so much that your urine is colourless and you are forever needing to pee. If your urine is already colourless most of the time, you are probably drinking enough. Doesn't matter if it's a bit darker when waking after a good night's sleep.
4. Reduce diuretics, which make you pee out the fluids you need during sex. They include alcohol, coffee and tea. Peeing clears your system of fluid, some of which, men and women, you need for swelling your sexual apparatus!
5. Food. (At last, you say!) But actually if you are otherwise healthy, and doing as mentioned above, you're already half-way there. So yes, food is important, obviously. Look at our page on Blood Building foods. Then read our page on Nutrition. Then read our page on Supplements. There's quite a bit of reading there.
6. Do the above for a reasonable period of time (several months) and you should start feeling much better in yourself, more confident, more sexual and sexually confident.
7. Only if you're sure you've done all the above and you still have sexual impotence should you seek other methods, including expensive sexual elixirs, on which the people marketing them will persuade you to spend a notable proportion of your wealth.
8. Instead of elixirs, consider treatment for impotence, as below.
So you've read all the above and done all as suggested, and still nothing?
OK, treatment may help. For example:
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