Sexual DysfunctionSexual dysfunction is broken down into four categories of disorders which are: orgasm, pain desire and arousal. There are many physical and mental factors that could contribute to sexual dysfunction such as nerve damage, enlarged prostate, back injury, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, diet, hormones or disease. There are also many pharmaceutical approaches to each of these dysfunctions which may help but remain a temporary fix as well as hold a possible toxic result. Integrative Med Solutions (IMS) works from within your sexual dysfunction by attempting to find the root cause rather than a fleeting band-aid treatment. Acupuncture and naturopathic medicine are the healing modalities IMS offers which includes a detailed, individual assessment that directs the remedy protocol. Acupuncture is often the first responder.

Acupuncture: Opening the Vital Passion

A healthy sexual relationship encompasses deep fulfillment on many levels and for something to get in the way of that adds to the already stuck energy it manifests. In other words, sexual dysfunction can lead to other physical as well as mental challenges. Acupuncture through the eyes of Classical Chinese medicine as practiced by IMS licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lisanti, may be able to open up your stuck chakras (vital energy pools) as well as meridians (energy pathways) to resume optimal functioning. The physician’s journal, Medical Acupuncture Vol. 13 Number 1 reported a study that compared acupuncture to the widely used ingredient in erectile dysfunction formulas stating that, “While sildenafil is reported to be highly effective, its efficacy is confined to penile erection and it can produce adverse effects. Acupuncture treats not only the sexual dysfunction symptoms, but also some of the physical and psychological causes. In addition to these advantages, acupuncture has been found to have no known side effects.” Points that may be targeted for sexual dysfunction healing include: Conception Vessel (CV1) located midpoint between the anus and scrotum/posterior labia for stimulating sexual muscle function; CV 2, 3, 4 & 6 for penile blood flow as well as peripheral autonomic neural control and Bladder (BL 28) for penile erection via pelvic nerve.

Botanical Medicine: Centuries old Remedies for Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction may seem more common these days given the barrage of advertisements for

conventional remedies however it has been a condition that humans have dealt with for hundreds of years. At IMS, herbal and plant based remedies are often used to assist the many other modalities available. These remedies must be maintained under the watchful eye of Dr. Lisanti, Classical Chinese Medicine as well as Western herbal expert, to avoid any contraindications your personal health history may pose. For erectile dysfunction, Dr. Lisanti may recommend specific doses of such things as Gingko Biloba, Yohimbe, Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng), Damiana, Maca and Fo-Ti. For female conditions especially menopause or dryness Dong Quai, Licorice Root, Black Cohosh, Chaste Tree Berry and False Unicorn (a uterine tonic).

Nutraceutical Supplementation: Nutritional Assistance

If your diet is not maintaining proper nutrition, this can be paramount in resulting in a variety of possible sexual dysfunctions. IMS creates an individualized vitamin, mineral, enzyme and /or amino acid nutraceutical supplementation protocol to attempt to boost your system during acupuncture and other naturopathic treatments. One common approach is an L-Arginine supplement. L-Arginine is an amino acid involved in the production of nitric oxide, the substance responsible for relaxing smooth muscle which in turn increases blood flow. Low zinc is another possible cause of various sexual conditions particularly erectile dysfunction as this mineral is highly beneficial to a healthy sex life.

Your sexual dysfunction does not have to be a painful, emotional experience. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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