Can acupuncture treat sexual health problems?
Scientific studies show acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of health problems, including sexual issues.
In fact, acupuncture has been used to treat sexual problems with and without Chinese herbs for over 5,000 years.
Practitioners insert very fine needles into certain points around the body to stimulate the flow of energy, or Qi (chi) around the body. It is thought this alternative treatment can improve sexual performance, increase libido and address any underlying causes contributing to sexual health problems such as hormonal imbalances, menopause and weight fluctuation.
Acupuncture focuses on treating the individual as a whole – not just the symptoms. This means addressing mental and emotional aspects as well as the physical.
Acupuncture is used to balance the energy levels in the body. When treating sexual performance, the practitioner will usually address the kidney and heart. Attention is geared towards relaxing the patient to reduce stress and balance hormone levels. Blood circulation can also be improved to stimulate blood flow to the sexual organs. These techniques are used to enhance erections, ejaculation and longevity during sex for men, and boost sex drive, lubrication and sensitivity in women.
If you’re not fond of the idea of acupuncture, you can opt instead for something called acupressure. Acupressure is a less invasive technique because it involves pressing the fingers, elbows and knuckles into the same points around the body. It is thought to stimulate blood flow to these areas.
Here are some sexual issues acupuncture and acupressure can be used to treat:
- erectile dysfunction
- premature ejaculation
- low sex drive
- hyperactive sexual desire
- prostate issues.
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