It is estimated that one out of 10 men, irrespective of their age, experience recurring erectile dysfunction at some point or the other in their lives, often under the effect of stress or as part of a disease. While impotency is the inability to perform sexually, erectile dysfunction is a broader term used to encompass various problems related to getting or maintaining an erection.
The most common psychological causes are performance anxiety and stress. Many men develop performance anxiety because they have read about, discussed, or watched exaggerated sexual performances, especially common in pornography. Physical causes that can give rise to the problem are excessive smoking and alcoholism, diabetes, high cholesterol, nerve problems, hormonal insufficiencies, side effects of certain medications, and early stages of heart diseases. In fact, recent studies have shown that younger men who suffer from erectile dysfunction are twice as likely to develop heart diseases.
Patients with psychological impotency can stimulate themselves physically or experience natural morning erections. Such patients need to be counselled and asked to de-stress so they can relax mentally. Being mind and body medicine, homeopathy can help to treat the problem at both levels simultaneously without side effects.
Pankaj, a 26-year-old male, approached us with erectile dysfunction that he had developed six months ago. He admitted that he had erratic sleeping habits due to constantly changing shifts along with tremendous work-stress, which he combated by chain-smoking and drinking alcohol. Since he was prone to get irritated and quarrelsome by nature, he was prescribed the homeopathic remedy of Nux Vom 200C, and advised to reduce his alcohol consumption and smoking habit, besides regularising his sleeping habits. We also counselled him to allay his fears of becoming completely impotent. Within a matter of weeks, he noticed a change in his vigour and vitality, and his erections were normal again. It has been nearly two years now and he hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t had a single episode of erectile dysfunction during this time. Homeopathy has truly helped his libido to rise to the occasion, much to his relief and satisfaction.
Article by Dr Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 12 October 2009