Alternative Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Alternative Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction That Could Potentially Replace Viagra

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Viagra along with other PDE-5 inhibitors become the indispensable treatment for erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, these ED treatments have been found ineffective in solving men’s sexual issues associated with sexual impotency.

However, there’s good news to those who are fans with taking ED medications like Viagra, as a new treatment by applying a shock to the penis has been found to be potentially effective and perhaps offer better results than ED drugs. One study[1] looked at the method called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT). Administering the method encourages the release of chemical signals that lead to the growth of new blood vessels in the penis shaft. According to the researchers who conducted the study, this new growth of blood vessels can result to a better blood flow in the penis allowing men with erection issues to restore their erectile quality suitable for sexual penetration.

Using ESWT, it delivers a focused beam of acoustic waves to the penis on parts where it is aimed, which interact with penile tissues and deliver a small amount of stress to them at a safe level without inflicting damage, but stimulating the tissues to get active so blood can flow freely during an erection.

The patients should not be worried as the shockwaves applied to the penis are weak and low-intensity. It can, however, cause a bit of burning sensation during treatment or therapy. This is how it looks like having an ESWT erectile dysfunction treatment. This method is also being used as part of a treatment for Peyronie’s disease, or an abnormal curvature of the penis that causes pain, although it was unproven initially for that purpose.

Contrary to what is being found as part of Peyronie’s disease treatment, ESWT has shown positive results in a small pilot study mentioned earlier done by Denmark researchers. However, it was only tested in a small pilot study, and researchers recommend to conduct a larger study in order to establish and prove its safety and effectiveness for erectile dysfunction treatment.

During the study, researchers recruited 112 participants with age ranging from 37 to 80 years old. All men couldn’t perform sexually without taking medications. The researchers grouped the participants into two groups. They gave one group a shockwave therapy while the other simply a placebo. Shockwaves were aimed at 6 points on the penis, and therapy is done 5 times for 5 weeks. After 12 to 24 weeks of undergoing the therapy, the participants experiences were evaluated by the researchers.

After the first stage of the therapy, the researchers gave shockwave therapy to the placebo group. This group didn’t have any idea they were given placebo initially. After 5 weeks of the therapy, researchers found 57% of the participants who (this time) received the actual shockwave therapy were able to achieve erections and perform sexually without taking any medications. Sadly, the positive effects of the shockwave therapy declined after two weeks. Nevertheless, the 19% of participants in the group who were given shockwave therapy from the beginning, and 23% of the participants in the group who initially given a placebo were able to retain the positive benefits and perform sexually without medications.

This study shows a possible cure in some patients, but more research, longer follow-up in the placebo group and an international multi-center randomized study are needed.

Hopefully, there would be more future studies on this alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction. This could be more beneficial if combined with an erection aid device like the Bathmate pump, or even the use of a traction penis extender for men with abnormal curvature in their penis.

As always, prevention is always a better solution to anything including erectile dysfunction. Impotency is supposed to be experienced by men in their senior age like those in their 50s, 60s and beyond. However, as you can see the participants in the study were as young as 38 years old. ED was not as prevalence in younger men in the past, but perhaps through unhealthy lifestyle practices, this contributes and affects younger men today. Therefore, make sure to shift and practice healthy lifestyle that include regular physical activity or exercise, eating clean and healthy foods particularly those foods rich in flavonoids, minimizing stress level, ensuring you have enough level of Vitamin D either through supplementation or regular sun exposure, and regular consumption of 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day.

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