In Acupuncture the term Qi has a role of raising energy. Blood has the nature of nourishing and moistening. (Maciocia, 2005).
If there is a deficiency of qi in the body, there will not be enough energy to raise the penis. If there is a deficiency of yin there may not be enough blood or body fluid to fill the penis to become hard.
When acupuncturists assess erectile dysfunction we address qi and blood flow in the body and also look at the integrity of the kidney, liver, spleen and heart meridians. (Lin, 1992)
Qi, may exhaust due to age, exhaustion, chronic disease, drug use and excessive sex. Blood may be low due to not enough sleep, overthinking or anxiety.
In Chinese medicine the penis is known as the meeting place of the hundred sinews. Well we knew it was important right? ..and we all like to meet there so that makes sense! The sinews, are the tissues that are related to the liver and the liver meridian encircles the external genitals. The liver stores the blood and if blood is deficient there will not be enough blood to fill the sinews of the penis. Stagnant or depressed liver qi may constrict the free flow of qi into the penis. As the liver is involved with the emotions, psychological components of ED are related to liver function. Overeating greasy, spicy, sour foods and excessive alcohol intake may also create liver disharmony. (Lin, 1992)
Post-natal qi, is qi accumulated through food, drink, air and lifestyle is transformed and transported through the body by the spleen and stomach. If the body is unable to produce new blood and qi, there will not be enough qi and blood to fill the sinews for an erection. (Lin, 1992)
The heart is classified as the emperor and rules the blood. The blood that enters the genitals is sent there by the heart. The heart’s loss of command over the blood and loss of communication between heart fire and genitalia may be due to a disturbance in the heart. The heart houses the shen know as the spirit in Chinese medicine and if fear and timidity exist surrounding sexual function and relationships, then ED may occur. (Lin, 1992)
Trauma, long-term qi stagnation, cold or phlegm may create blood stasis and slow the free flow of qi and blood into the penis. (Lin, 1992) This includes vasectomy, or injuries from sports or accidents or prostate removal nerve damage.
So come in and see us to discover if your concern involves qi and blood or if we need to balance your liver, spleen or heart energy.
Whichever one it is... lets work on boosting your qi and building your blood so that you are experiencing the strongest and longest lasting erections for a satisfying and fulfilling sex life.