What is erectile dysfunction? Explanation, causes, symptoms and preventive measures based on Unani Medicine

Erectile dysfunction is a condition where men are unable to perform sexually. It is the failure in erection that limits a man from having satisfying sexual intercourse.

 Erection failure is widespread in men above the age of 40 years. However, this condition can affect a man at any time in his life. Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual problems. But the disorder is considered a shame, indeed, because people lack awareness of it. 

How can you tell if you have ED or not?

Unexpected issues while having sexual intercourse or erectile failure cannot mean you have ED. Low interest in sexual contact also doesn’t mean it is ED. Erectile dysfunction is frequent or complete failure to achieve an erection or the inability even when you are interested in having sex. 

What happens if you let ED untreated?

ED can be cured and prevented by proper medication and regimental therapy. If not treated well, ED can result in deprivation of sexual desire or interest in sexual contact, lack of orgasm and even ejaculation. 

For getting an erection, men should get aroused. This requires a process of messages or signals from your brain, and it should reach your muscles and blood vessels. In other words, the brain sends the signal through hormones and nerves, then it comes to your blood vessels and muscles to get an erection.

Here’s the list of factors that can lead to ED

Many fatal diseases and situations can lead to erectile dysfunction in men. Relationships with your partner can also affect your erection or sexual desire. Other causes of ED are: 

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Tobacco usage
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peyronie disease
  • Insulin resistance syndrome
  • Injuries in the spinal cord and operations in abdominal areas 
  • Mental health issues like anxiety and depression
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular diseases

The essential list for preventing ED 

Unani medicine provides several different treatments and regimental therapy to heal the condition. Consulting an Unani physician will be useful in dealing with erectile dysfunction. Unani uses a wide range of herbal and other natural drugs to cure all kinds of sexual dysfunctions. 

The Preventive measure of ED based on Unani medication is regimental therapy, which includes lifestyle changes. Here are the practices you should and shouldn’t do to prevent ED and many other sexual problems. 

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Halt alcoholism and drug intakes
  3. Eat nutritious food and follow a medicinal food diet
  4. Talk with your partner regarding your relationship and issues of sexual dysfunction
  5. Give priority to your mental health by dealing with anxiety, stress and depression
  6. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
  7. Be aware of sexual problems and erectile dysfunction

Awareness of ED is very much needed in men to prevent or cure the condition. Seek help from a doctor or Unani practitioner to deal with erectile dysfunction. 

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Dr. Karthik M