The inability of the adult male to achieve penile erection or, less commonly to ejaculate having achieved an erection. Erections result from a complex combination of brain stimuli, blood vessels and nerve function, and hormonal actions. Anything that interferes with any of these factors can lead to impotence. It is extremely common in men with diabetes. Hormonal imbalances such as low levels of thyroid hormone may also contribute to this condition.
In the past, it was commonly assumed that impotence was primarily a psychological problem, but recently, therapists and physicians believe that as many as 85% of all cases have a physical basis. Several forms of impotence are now recognized:
Functional impotence – has a psychological basis
Anatomic impotence – results from having a physically defective genitalia
Atonic impotence – involves disturbed neuromuscular function. Poor health, age, drugs and fatigue can inhibit normal sexual function.
Impotence Cananga odorata [ylang ylang]; Mentha x piperita [peppermint]; Myristica fragrans [nutmeg]; Pimpinella anisum [aniseed]; Pinus sylvestris [Scots pine]; Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole, ct. camphor [rosemary]; Santalum album [sandalwood]; Syzygium aromaticum [clove bud]; Zingiber officinale [ginger]
Ashwagandha and schizandra – both ayurvedic herbs, are said to ensure potency and increase fertility
Damiana – good for improved blood flow to the genital area, and increasing desire
Yohimbe bark – expands blood vessels in the penis and increases blood flow. Claims to increase nitrous oxide (NO) which is important for producing an erection
Reflexology areas to emphasize:
- Brain – reflex can have a direct correlation with this condition
- Endocrine system – thoroughly work all endocrine reflexes: pituitary/pineal, thyroid/parathyroids, thymus, adrenals, prostate-testes, pancreas
- Achilles tendon/spine – because of its proximity
- Groin, lymphatics, urinary