By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Impotence is a distressing problem. In fact, the very word can be the source of immense stress for any one. The right word for this problem is actually erectile dysfunction. There is trouble with normal erection. Let us understand the thing better.
What is Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction
Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction is a condition in which there is a problem in getting or maintaining an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction or Impotence makes it impossible to have sexual intercourse. It is important to note here that having a problem once in a while cannot be labelled as impotence. If the problem keeps on occurring regularly, it should be called impotence or erectile dysfunction.
What causes an Erection
To understand impotence or erectile dysfunction, it is necessary to understand how an erection occurs. There are two spongy chambers in the penis known as corpora cavernosa. These two chambers are balloon like structures. When there are some sexual impulses which travel from the brain, signals from the brain cause blood to fill up in these two balloon like chambers. This filling up of blood in the penis causes it to become rigid and increase in size.
Prevalence of Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence
The prevalence of this problem is underestimated as a lot of people do not seek medical attention. It is estimated that 1 in 5 men have this problem. This is a large number although a lot less is reported because of various factors. Also, the incidence of this problem increases with age. The percentage of the problem increases three fold as age grows from 40 to 70. There may be various reasons for this and we shall discuss them shortly.
Stigma attached with impotence or erectile dysfunction leads to cases going unreported
It can be quite stressful for a man to have erectile dysfunction or impotence or sexual weakness as it is often referred to. A lot of social stigma is attached to this. The self image of a man is often affected as he thinks that he has lost his manhood. This can often cause some problems with one’s partner also. It can and has been known to break marriages or relationships between couples.
Is Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence treatable?
One often finds it difficult to express this problem and seek timely treatment just out of embarrassment or hesitation. A common misconception is that erectile dysfunction or impotence is not treatable. This is not true. It is as much a treatable problem as any other. This misconception in the minds of many people and the fact that they hesitate to approach doctors is an important reason why this problem remains untreated.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence
There are a lot of reasons which can cause impotence or erectile dysfunction. As mentioned earlier, increased blood flow to the penis causes an erection. Therefore anything that hinders this blood flow to the penis can cause erectile dysfunction. This may be due to some problem with the blood vessels or the nerves that regulate this blood flow to the penis.
Some of these problems are of physical or medical nature, while others may be related to stress or psychological factors. In some cases a combination of both physical and psychological factors may be involved. This happens a lot more in sensitive individuals who worry a lot over trivial issues. A slight physical problem may lead to a temporary problem with erection and such an individual might end up aggravating the problem due to excessive worry.
Physical causes of erectile dysfunction or impotence-
- Heart disease- As the proper flow of blood is required to cause an erection, any disturbance in the heart fucntion can cause blood flow to be impeded.
- High Blood Pressure – It can also cause disturbance to the blood flow.
- Diabetes- Diabetes can cause nervous weakness as well as disturbance in the blood flow.
- Obesity- Increased body weight can also cause this problem as it decreases metabolism.
- Drugs, alcohol or smoking – Any abuse of such toxic substances like drugs, tobacco and alcohol can also cause erectile dysfunction as it causes narrowing of arteries.
- Drugs and medicines – Regular use of many medicines like anti depressants can cause erectile dysfunction.
- Age- The problem increases with age. A lot of factors like obesity, slow metabolism, stress, hypertension and lack of exercise come into play with age.
- Nervous disorders- A lot of nervous disorders like Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis can also cause Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction.
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction or impotence
It has been observed that some psychological issues also can cause this problem, the primary ones being-
- Stress- If one is under stress of any kind, it can cause erectile dysfunction or impotence or sexual weakness.
- Depression – Those who are psychologically depressed for one or the other reason are at a higher risk for impotence or erectile dysfunction.
- Anxiety- Getting anxious at trifles or for some or the other problem, real or imagined can also cause impotence or erectile dysfunction.
- Performance anxiety – This is anxiety in which a person suffers anxiety whether he will be able to perform the act of coitus or not can itself lead to erectile dysfunction or impotence.
Symptoms of impotence or erectile dysfunction
The symptoms of erectile dysfunction or impotence are complete absence of erection or incomplete erection or inability to sustain the erection for sufficient time to have intercourse. Erections may be too soft though remain for some length of time. In alternative cases, the erections may be strong but very short lived.
A person can be called as having impotence or erectile dysfunction if he is unable to perform up to 75% of the time coitus is attempted. Whether the problem is of physical or psychological origin can be gauged by the fact if the person has nocturnal erections or not. Often men with erectile dysfunction have nocturnal erections when the mind is at rest and there are no psychological pressures. This suggests that there is no physical abnormality.
Tips for men with erectile dysfunction or impotence or sexual weakness
Any of the above mentioned causes that may be the reason for erectile dysfunction should be treated forthwith. Once the underlying disease which is causing the problem is cured, erectile dysfunction will also get cured. Therefore, first and foremost advice for anyone suffering from this problem is to go out and discuss the problem with a doctor. Generally speaking, it makes sense that one should exercise regularly. This helps not only in improving blood circulation but also in keeping one’s weight in check. Those men who have the habit of smoking or drinking should quit these habits. Eating a natural and balanced diet will also go a long way in treating this problem naturally.
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence
The first thing to be emphasized here is that impotence or erectile dysfunction is treatable. It is important to discover the cause of the problem before one starts the treatment. Once we know what has caused the problem, that cause needs to be treated first and the problem will be rectified on its own. As mentioned earlier, the causes like stress, obesity, depression, anxiety, diabetes and blood pressure may be the reason for this erectile dysfunction or sexual weakness as it is often called in layman language. Such causes need to be rectified by proper changes in lifestyle, eating habits, de-stressing or medications as might be needed for diabetes or blood pressure.
Allopathic treatment of erectile dysfunction or impotence
The commonly used medicines like Sildenafil, which is sold as Viagra is commonly used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. These pills are used as they temporarily increase the blood flow. These drugs are vasodilators which mean they relax the arteries for a while and allow more blood to flow into the penis. The effect is short lasting and not permanent. These allopathic drugs have some side effects too like headache, flushing, visual changes, backache and vertigo. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, the benefits are temporary or short lived.
Homeopathic treatment for impotence (or erectile dysfunction or sexual weakness) for permanent result
Homeopathy can cure this problem completely and permanently. Homeopathy looks at the problem of sexual weakness or impotence in totality as seen in relation to the whole individual. The patient’s lifestyle, his body build up, his mental make up and his temperament are taken into account while prescribing the right medicine. That is how the homeopathic medicines are able to cure the root cause of the problem and address the problem in its entirety. An added benefit of the homeopathic treatment of impotence or erectile dysfunction is that it has no side effects at all.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence or Sexual weakness
Treating impotence with homeopathy requires some tact and experience as one has to understand the problem of the patient in detail. Some problems may have their roots in the temperament and thought processes of the patient. To elicit such fears and anxieties need an experienced doctor.
I am giving below the 5 best homeopathic medicines that have been found very effective in the treatment of impotence or erectile dysfunction.
Here are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for erectile dysfunction or impotence –
Agnus Castus – best homeopathic medicine for erectile dysfunction with relaxed and cold penis
Nux Vomica – best homeopathy medicine for erectile dysfunction due to high life
Lycopodium – best homeopathic medicine for impotence in old age
Caladium – best medicine for erectile dysfunction treatment in homeopathy due to tobacco abuse
Kali Brom – best medicine for impotence due to diabetes with sadness
A number of cases require different medicines depending upon the causes, conditions and symptoms of each individual patient. Therefore it is advisable to consult an experienced homeopathic doctor for the treatment of this problem and not resort to self-medication.
1. Agnus Castus – One of the best Homeopathic medicines for erectile dysfunction or impotence with relaxed and cold penis
This is one of the best homeopathic medicines for impotence or erectile dysfunction. The penis remains cold and relaxed. There is no sexual desire and no erection. In some cases, this condition may come about after gonorrhoea or a sexually transmitted infection. This condition may occur due to lack or loss of nervous energy.
2. Nux Vomica- One of the best homeopathic remedies for erectile dysfunction or impotence due to high life
When the patient has lived a high life with lots of indulgences like wine, women, tobacco and other stimulants, Nux vomica is one of the best homeopathic remedies for sexual weakness. The patient is short tempered and an aggressive male. He has lived whole of his life as a go getter and an achiever who has stopped at nothing. He may have remained under a lot of stress related to his business and trying to achieve whatever he set his sights on.
3. Lycopodium- One of the best homeopathic remedies for impotence or erectile dysfunction in old age
When there is impotence or erectile dysfunction or sexual weakness in relation to advancing age, Lycopodium is one of the best homeopathic remedies for erectile dysfunction. An enlarged prostate may also accompany the problem. There may be no erection power at all. Even in cases where some erection is present, the sexual emission is premature.
4. Caladium – One of the best Homeopathic medicines for erectile dysfunction due to abuse of tobacco
When abuse of tobacco is the cause of erectile dysfunction, Caladium is one of the best homeopathic medicines for erectile dysfunction or impotence. There is no erection at all, even during caressing and embracing. In some cases, there is a partial erection during sleep but there is no erection when the patient is awake. The organs seem larger and puffed or swollen but relaxed.
5. Kali Brom- One of the best homeopathic medicines for impotence due to diabetes with sadness
When there is a history of diabetes and a persistent feeling of sadness or melancholy along with sexual weakness or impotence, Kali Brom is one of the best homeopathic medicines for sexual weakness or impotence. There may be loss of memory too along with. This situation may have come about as a result of sexual excesses.