Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for impotence (erectile dysfunction).

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "impotence (erectile dysfunction)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "impotence (erectile dysfunction)" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "impotence (erectile dysfunction)" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: heart qi deficiency, liver and gallbladder damp heat, liver qi stagnation, and/or spleen qi deficiency.

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View KD 2 (Blazing Valley)

        Anterior and Inferior to the medial malleolus in a depression on the lower border of the tuberosity of the navicular bo…

        Generally useful for clearing excesses & acute presentations. Ying Spring Point - clears heat, especially KD empty heat - chronic sore throats, irritability, night sweats, thirst. Lower abdomen/sex organ/genital issues - Irregular me…
  • View KD 3 (Great Ravine)

        In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolus and the attachment of the achilles tendon.

        Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology. Asthma from KD Deficiency - difficulty inhaling. Tonifies Yin of KD (chronic sore throat, empty heat), LV (dizziness, tinnitus, headache) a/or HT (anxiety, insomnia, excessive dre…
  • View ST 30 (Surging Qi)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 2.

        Upper Sea of Water & Grain Point - excess or deficient conditions of the Stomach - hypogastric pain, bloating, abdominal pain. Regulates the Intestines - borborygmus, hernia - rectal, inguinal. Regulates genitalia - swelling and pain…
  • View UB 31 (Upper Bone Hole)

        On the sacrum at the midpoint of the PSIS and the PML, level with the 1st PSF.

        UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Liao" points and are all useful for local low back a/or sacrum problems and most genital and urinary related disorders. Of these UB 32 is most often used clinically. As it quickens …
  • View UB 35 (Meeting of Yang)

        .5 cun lateral to the GV line on either side of the tip of the coccyx bone.

        Clears damp heat from the lower warmer - principle point for hemorrhoids, also vaginal disharges/leukorrhea, diarrhea. Trauma a/or pain of the coccyx, deviation. Potentially useful for impotence and/or swellings in the genitals or in the…

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