Erectile Dysfunction is most commonly a psycho-somatic (Psoric in Origin) problem with males, where the person is unable to get or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory Intercourse. Erectile dysfunction refers to the inability to achieve orgasm with adequate stimulation resulting in either delayed ejaculation or no ejaculation. ED is however different from impotence.
The Latin term “impotentiacoeundi” describes the inability to insert the penis into the vagina. Mostly, such conditions are due to psychological causes. It is a sexual dysfunction in males that involves an inability to achieve or maintain an erection, sufficient to perform sexual intercourse. The cause may be physiological or psychological. Among the most common causes are anxiety, stress and emotional conflicts.
Causes of erectile dysfunction:
- Neurogenic: Neuropathy due to Diabetes
- Spinal cord Injury
- Pelvic Injury or Trauma
- Surgery or Radiation: Prostate or Bladder surgery or Radiation for Cancer treatment
- Caveronosal Cause-i.e. Pyronie Disease.
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Circulation or Arterial Disorders-Peripheral vascular disease.
- Cardio Vascular Causes: Hypertension
- Psychological conditions like nervousness and panic disorders
- Apprehension and Anticipation etc.
- Anxiety Neurosis
- Anti-Hypertensive Treatment
- SSRI (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
- Post Surgical or Reconstructive Surgery
- Age It usually takes place with advancing age
- Use of recreational drugs, tobacco, smoking etc. causing arterial narrowing and vaso-spasm
All these factors are predisposing causes in both sexes; hence it leads to sexual dysfunction. (PSORA)
Classification of dysfunction: (Root cause is Psora)
- Lifelong: The dysfunction has always been present.
- Acquired: At some point the person is able to function without dysfunction.
- Situational or Conditional: The dysfunction occurs only in some situations and not in others.
- Generalized: The dysfunction occurs regardless of the situation.
After understanding the above stated causes, we apply the knowledge of Homeopathy to the disease condition of the patient.
Role of Homeopathy in Erectile Dysfunction
Based on the law of similar, Homeopathy is entirely different in approach from most medical systems. In every case the Homeopath looks at everything that is going on in the patient’s life and prescribes based upon a “totality of symptoms”.
I often begin with administering Nux vomica, to patients who need to overcome the bad-effects of coffee, tobacco, alcoholic stimulants, highly spiced or seasoned food, over-eating, long continued mental over exertion, stress and sedentary life style, loss of sleep etc.
M.M. of Nux According to Boericke: Mild: Very Irritable, Sensitive to all impression, ugly malicious, cannot bare or tolerate noises, odors, light etc.
According to Nash:
Very particular, careful, zealous persons, inclined to get excited and angry or of a spiteful, malicious disposition.
For conditions like Azospermia and Oligospermia the following medicines must be thought of :
Remedies useful for sperm-related conditions:
AgnusCastus: By relieving mental depression, it corrects the desire and improves the functional impotence
AnacardiumOrientalis: Dual personality, Lack of self-confidence with severe depression associated with impaired memory
Argentum Nitricum: Very Apprehensive from the first night of marriage, fearful and nervous, leading to premature ejaculations.”Erection fails when coition attempted”.
Caladium: Excellent for smokers & tobacco chewers. Increases the sperm count rapidly in smokers and tobacco chewers.
Conium Mac: Testicular injury Hydrocele, Varicocele, orchitis effects of suppressed sexual appetite.
Dioscoria: Suited very well to tea drinkers.
Phosphoric Acid: Gives excellent results in Oligo-asthenospermia.
It increases the motility of sperm.
Titanium: Too early ejaculation
TribulusTerrestris: A very good medicine for patients in their mid- 40’s having partial impotence caused by overindulgence or advancing age.
Lycopodium: It has proved its great value in sexual dysfunction. (acquired and situational).Very effective in premature ejaculation!
TinosporaCardifolia(2X): This medicine proves its great value in anti-sperm antibody positive cases.
It should be appreciated that well selected constitutional remedies are an answer to infertility only, and not other male sexual disorders.
Factors affecting Fertility:
|MATERIALS||PRODUCTS||EFFECTS ON SPERM||CLINICAL RESULT|
|Lead||Pipes, lead paint||Decrease count||infertility|
|Alcohol||Liquor, beer, wines||Increase abnormal shapes||Impotence|
|Chloroprene||Industry,chemicals||No data||Impotence,decreased libido|
|Mercury||Thermometers,bad seafood||Decrease count||Libido affected|
|Tobacco smoke||Tobacco||Decrease count, increase abnormal shapes||Infertility|
|Vinyl chloride||Plastics, vinyl||Serious derangement in Sperm Morphology.||Miscarriage,decreased libido|
|Cocaine||Drugs||Decrease count,Decrease motility,Increase abnormal shapes||Infertility|
|Marijuana||Drugs||Decrease count,Increase abnormal shapes||Infertility|
|Ethylenedibromide||Fumigant||Decrease count, motility & viability||Infertility|
|Ethylene glycol ethers||Paints, thinners,inks||Decrease count, high abnormal shapes||Infertility|
|Estrogens||DES, PCB, DDT, phyto estrogens||Decrease count & motility, high abnormal shapes||Infertility|
|Heat 30mins,43-47C, 12days||Hot weather, sauna, ceramics||Decrease count||Infertility|
|Microwaves-high frequency||Electronics||Decrease count & motility, high abnormal shapes||Infertility|