So you’re looking for different ways to help treat premature ejaculation? Well, we’ve all heard of those little blue pills that claim to help you last longer, but what about acupuncture?

Can sticking needles in your junk really cure premature ejaculation? That’s what we’re here to find out. In this article, ShagLonger will be taking a deep dive into the world of acupuncture and asking the question: can acupuncture help with premature ejaculation? Let’s get to it!

What is acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. It is based on the concept that imbalances or blockages in the body’s qi or chi (energy) flow can result in disease and discomfort.

Acupuncture practitioners believe that by placing needles into particular places, also referred to as acupuncture points, they can encourage the flow of qi and facilitate healing. Pain, infertility, and addiction are just a few of the many diseases that are treated with acupuncture. Recently, it has also been applied as a treatment of premature ejaculation.

Is it effective for treating premature ejaculation?

In a study, published in the journal Sexual Medicine a systematic review analyzed the effectiveness, safety, and quality of evidence for complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of premature ejaculation (PE). 

The review included 10 randomized controlled trials, which are a type of experimental study in which participants are randomly assigned to receive one of two or more treatments. The trials included in the review evaluated acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic herbal medicine, and a topical cream called “severance secret” for the treatment of PE. 

The review found that acupuncture and Ayurvedic herbal medicine slightly increased the time for ejaculation to occur compared to the placebo, while the topical cream “severance secret” had a larger effect. 

However, the quality of the evidence for these treatments was unclear and there was limited information on the potential for adverse effects or drug interactions. The review also found that combination treatment with Chinese herbal medicine and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) was more effective than either treatment alone. 

The authors concluded that there is preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of these complementary and alternative medicine treatments for PE, but that further well-conducted trials are needed to confirm these findings.

How does it help with PE?

It is important to note that the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for PE is still limited and more research is needed to fully understand how and why acupuncture may be helpful in this context. 

However, One possible mechanism through which acupuncture may help with sexual dysfunctions like PE or erectile dysfunction is by regulating the nervous system and modulating pain perception. Acupuncture may also have an effect on hormones and neurotransmitters that are involved in sexual function. For example, acupuncture has been shown to increase the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is involved in mood and sexual function, in the brain.

Risks of acupuncture for premature ejaculation

The potential risks of acupuncture for premature ejaculation are generally considered to be low, as acupuncture is a relatively safe treatment. But As with any medical treatment, acupuncture carries a risk of complications or adverse effects. 

Common side effects

The most common risks associated with acupuncture are minor, such as bleeding or bruising at the needle insertion site, or feeling dizzy or lightheaded after the treatment. These side effects are generally mild and resolve on their own without further treatment.

Infection

There is also a risk of infection if the needles are not sterile or if proper hand hygiene techniques are not followed. The risk of infection can be reduced by choosing a qualified and experienced practitioner who follows proper sterilization techniques and uses disposable needles.

Punctures

In rare cases, acupuncture needles can puncture an organ or cause other serious injuries if not inserted correctly. This risk can be minimized by choosing a qualified and experienced practitioner. It is important to inform your practitioner if you have any bleeding disorders or if you are taking any blood-thinning medications, as these may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising.

Although many of these risks are low, it is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of acupuncture with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.

Tips for anyone considering acupuncture

Here are some tips for those considering acupuncture as a treatment for premature ejaculation:

Research the practitioner

Make sure you are working with a licensed acupuncturist who has experience treating sexual dysfunctions. You can check with your local acupuncture association or regulatory board to verify their credentials

Expect some trial and error

Acupuncture is a holistic treatment, so the acupuncturist may need to try a few different approaches to find what works best for you. Be patient and open to trying different acupuncture points and techniques.

Combine acupuncture with other treatments

Acupuncture may be more effective when used in combination with other treatments, such as herbal medicine or counseling. Discuss with your practitioner the best treatment plan for you.

Consider the root cause

Acupuncture can help to address underlying imbalances that may be contributing to premature ejaculation. However, if there are other underlying physical or psychological issues, these should be addressed as well. There could be different alternatives for getting rid of acquired PE.

Be open and honest with your practitioner

It can be difficult to discuss sexual issues, but it is important to be open and honest with your practitioner about your symptoms and concerns. This will help them to design the most effective treatment plan for you.

Summary

premature ejaculation is a sexual dysfunction that can significantly impact the quality of life for those affected by it. 

Acupuncture has been used as a treatment for premature ejaculation for many years and has shown promising results in clinical studies. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind how acupuncture may be effective for this condition, it has been shown to be a safe and potentially effective treatment option.

For those considering acupuncture as a treatment for premature ejaculation, it is important to research the practitioner, be open to trying different approaches, consider combining acupuncture with other treatments, address any underlying causes, and be open and honest with the practitioner about your symptoms and concerns.

Overall, acupuncture may be a valuable treatment option for those looking to address premature ejaculation and improve their sexual health and quality of life.

Dr. Frehiwot Tekie

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