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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a fairly common condition affecting men worldwide. Though the term ED covers a wide range of disorders, it commonly refers to having trouble getting or maintaining an erection. ED is not uncommon and its incidence increases with progressive age. It was formerly called impotence and its incidence increases in ages above 65.
Persistent ED has a significant impact on the man's self-image as well as on his partner's sex-life. Indeed for many men & their partner this can be a frustrating problem as the penis is unable to become sufficiently rigid and performing intercourse may seem impossible.
Most often the symptoms of erectile dysfunction are:
Though once considered a taboo, more men are now seeking information regarding ED as well as volunteering to share valuable information about it. Current estimates state that Chronic ED affects about 5% of men in their 40s and 15-25% of men by the age of 65. Transient ED and inadequate erection affect as many as 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70.
To understand ED, it is essential to understand the normal process of achieving an erection. The anatomy of the penis is worth understanding in this aspect.
The penis contains two chambers full of spongy tissue called the corpora cavernosa. When a man becomes sexually aroused impulses from the brain and local nerves cause muscles in the corpora cavernosa to relax, allowing blood to flow in and fill the spaces within the tissue.
This creates pressure in the corpora cavernosa, making the penis expand.
A membrane called the tunica albuginea helps trap the blood in the corpora cavernosa, thereby sustaining erection.
The erection is lost when the muscles contract to stop blood flowing into the penis, and open outflow channels.
A successful, sustained erection requires a sequence of events to occur in a precise fashion. Anything which disrupts this sequence can lead to problems either getting, or keeping an erection.
The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is damage to the tissues, either the nerves, arteries, muscles or fibrous tissue.Conditions such as
Erectile dysfunction has many predisposing factors. One of the basic aims of diagnosing this condition is to ascertain whether the underlying cause of ED stems from psychological factors or whether there are indeed any physiological causes. More often both these factors co-exist in the same person.
A useful and simple way to distinguish between physiological and psychological impotence isto determine whether the patient ever has an erection.
If never, the problem is likely to be physiological; if sometimes (however rarely), it could be physiological or psychological.
There are no tests per se which diagnose erectile dysfunction. Many laboratory investigations are conducted to primarily rule out conditions like diabetes, arterial diseases [disorders of blood vessels supplying the heart (Coronary Artery Disease), increased lipid(fats) in bloodstream, disorders of peripheral blood vessels etc.]
Yet, other tests are performed to measure the severity of erectile dysfunction. These tests also provide an insight to the possible cause of ED. Some of these tests have been outlined:
Due to the sensitive nature of this condition, the conventional modes of treatment give a lot of emphasis to
All treatments aim at helping the individual achieve an erection and maintaining it long enough to perform intercourse. However, no treatment can provide a permanent cure for this condition.
Homeopathy offers remarkable results in the cases of Erectile Dysfunction, which may have arisen from both physical and psychological causes. Both, the mental as well as physical component of the disorder can be addressed using homeopathic medicines for Erectile dysfunction.
Selection of Homeopathic medicines for erectile dysfunction is not very easy. These medicines cannot be taken over the counter. The patient requiring Homeopathic medicines for erectile dysfunction should visit a qualified and trained homeopath or find one online to get real help, as the selection of the medicine is difficult.
For selecting suitable Homeopathic medicines for erectile dysfunction, your homeopath will study the cause of the problem. He or she will go into the detail of why do you have it at the first place, to check if it resulted from dysfunctional relationship or due to some physical problem or due to emotional stress.
Nux vomica: This is often indicated for young, hard-working executives who are not able to function adequately in the bed. This may arise due to a number or reasons such as stress due to work, deadlines, stress of achieving targets, irregular sleep and food pattern, lack of exercise, alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc. This medicine may help but superficially, and another deeper acting medicine may be required after its use.
Caladium: The patients requiring Caladium may have complete failure in sexual relation, due to the fact that they may not get an erection at all or the erection wouldn't’t last for over a minute. Coldness of genital, lack of erection or early ejaculation are some of the symptoms requiring Caladium. This patient may be a smoker.