Male Sexual Health
TCM for Men
Men’s sexual ability is much more dependent on Kidney Energy and Essence than women are; these qualities naturally decline as we age if not re-enforced through tonic herbs, qi gong exercises, and proper lifestyle choices.
Any appropriate tonic formula that contains Kidney tonic herbs will likely be beneficial to a man’s sexual health; many who choose to take Return to Spring formula for their hair loss are happy to report this unexpected side effect! Although some of the herbs used have immediate beneficial effects, the core herbal Tonics that address underlying deficiencies take time to repair the different bodily functions. Tonics should be used throughout our aging years to prevent the progression of chronic illnesses and to insure that we are able to fully enjoy all of the years of our life as a whole sexual person.
Common Patterns Associated with Male Sexual Issues According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Kidney Yang Deficiency and ED
Yang Deficiency leading to male sexual problems would have several indications which could include cold testes, soreness and weakness in the lower back and knees, poor memory, hearing and hair loss, loose teeth, aversion to cold and cold extremities. A clear sign of Yang Deficiency is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection.
The main symptom of Kidney Essence Deficiency for men would be a lifetime of low sexual drive. Poor sperm quality and malformation of the male sexual organs would also point to Essence Deficiency.
Kidney-Heart Imbalances and Male Sexual Health
Blood flow is vital for maintaining a healthy erection for men. The Heart influences Blood circulation throughout the body, and lack of proper circulation can be detrimental to not only a man’s general wellness, but to his sexual performance as well. One clear indication of advanced Blood Stagnation for men would be pain of the testicles or groin, whereas numbness and tingling in the hands or feet would be seen during the earlier stages.
Kidney-Liver Imbalances and Male Sexual Health
The Liver channel traverses the testicles and male sexual organs and the proper flow of Qi and Blood through the Liver meridian is essential for a male to have proper sexual function. Any issue with ejaculation points to Liver congestion. A man with pent-up stress from chronic Liver Qi Stagnation will possibly have the need to ejaculate often. A major symptom of Liver congestion is easy anger and a feeling of frustration often.
Dampness Impeding the Free Flow of Qi and Blood and ED
When the Spleen energetic organ (TCM) is impaired, Internal Dampness can accumulate in the body blocking the flow of Qi and Blood necessary for a man to function sexually, possibly blocking the ability to maintain an erection. One symptom of Internal Dampness in a man would be prostate issues, while another may be seminal emissions during urination: More indication of Internal Dampness.
Kidney Yin Deficiency and Male Sexual Health
Possible indications of Yin Deficiency in men can include Deficient Heat signs such as thirst at night, night sweats, hot flashes, tinnitus, nocturnal sperm leakages, or hyper-sexuality. An additional symptom of Yin Deficiency for men would be a strong sex drive but premature ejaculation.
Trauma Leading to Impotence
Trauma, surgery, pharmaceutical medications and other external forces that can contribute to ED are not as well addressed with Chinese herbs as indications of natural decline, but can be considered. Certainly, with trauma and surgery, herbs that improve circulation are going to speed healing and lead to improved outcomes.