Erectile Dysfunction From A Western and Chinese Medical Perspective
Male sexual function involves a cascade of intricate biological events that enable the repeatable occurrence of male arousal, erection, orgasm, and de-tumescence. Chinese medical theory reviews a way to understand the causes of this condition and provides insight into how a man can integrate his life and move forward towards his destiny and penetrating the world he lives in. More
Male sexual function involves a cascade of intricate biological events that enable the repeatable occurrence of male arousal, erection, orgasm, and de-tumescence. In order to achieve total sexual response, a synchrony of anatomical, vascular, neurologic, psychological, endocrine and systemic factors must fall into place. Any disruption of this sequence can result in varying sexual dysfunction results. Erectile dysfunction (ED) effects 160 million men worldwide and throughout history treatments have evolved from worshiping phallic gods to herbal formulas, pharmaceuticals, pumps and prosthetics. Few medical conditions have had as great an impact on the masculine psyche as erectile dysfunction. Reviewing modern Western medical ideals as well as ancient Chinese Medical theory, erectile dysfunction can be understood in systematic ways that provide a range of treatment options for the individual.
The virility of manhood has been an important theme throughout history, as expressed in ancient and contemporary literature. Those afflicted with ED have been exposed and humiliation at times, which has significantly impacted societies throughout the ages. John Ruskin, a 19th Century author, had a mental breakdown and retreated from a life of fame to one of isolation after his marriage was publicly annulled from non-consummation due to ED, and Henry the VIII's Britain was unstable due to his inability to father male heirs. More contemporarily, Bob Dole, a presidential candidate will live in infamy due to his public admittance to ED. The loss of potency for many men signifies a loss of self worth; therefore, it is not surprising how much energy has been taken to find a cure. However, due to the sensitivity and personal nature of the condition, and the lack of desire to admit to ED, the frequency of the condition has not been well recorded.
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