Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is an inability to achieve or maintain an erection. In the majority of ED cases, emotional or psychological stress is at cause. Other possible causes can be related to physical disorders, such as drug and alcohol abuse, diabetes, clogged arteries, and neurological disorders.
During sexual arousal, impulses are sent from the parasympathetic nervous system causing erectile tissue to dilate, and blood flow to increase substantially. We have two main branches of our autonomic nervous system, sympathetic and parasympathetic. Only one can function at a time. The sympathetic nervous system is linked to our fight-or-flight response. Adrenalin (epinephrine) is a hormone which activates the sympathetic nervous system and gets us ready for action. The sympathetic nervous system generates the emergency response by increasing heart rate, constricting blood vessels, perspiring, getting goosebumps, dilating pupils, dilating bronchial passages, and increasing breathing and blood pressure. When the sympathetic nervous system is functioning, the non-emergency functions, such as digestion and sexual arousal are lessened or suspended. Conversely, the parasympathetic nervous system activates a state of rest that certain involuntary bodily functions require, and re-balances the body. When our bodies are at rest we are able to be sexually aroused, salivate, digest food and perform other necessary bodily functions. In order to achieve or maintain an erection, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system, either consciously or unconsciously. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are activated by our feelings, noise, light, and other stimulants or relaxants. However, the sympathetic nervous system is always functioning unless one is in a completely peaceful non-threatening state of mind. This shows the importance of coming to a tranquil state in order to promote sexual arousal.
Temporary conditions of impotence are often related to stress or fatigue. Deep breathing, clearing the mind of distractions by meditation, and not pushing one's self to perform when tired are helpful. Engaging in sexual interaction with any expectation of your performance, or satisfaction, only distracts your mind, builds tension, and blocks a connection with your sexual partner.
Bach Flower Remedies* can aid in emotional or psychological stress elimination and reduction. (Search the list on the link above for remedies associated with your stressors)
In chronic cases, erectile dysfunction usually stems from trauma, depression, and feelings of guilt, shame, and blame. A Kalos emotional process, or therapy can help address these long standing causes. Taking responsibility for one's life, and not blaming yourself or others is a good place to start.
If impotence is caused by blocked arteries, or from drug or alcohol abuse, cleanse the body with lemon water, or an oral chelation. Detoxification from allergy foods and other harmful substances allows the body to focus on healing itself.
If circulation or blood flow to extremities is the cause, as common in old age or low blood pressure cases, certain Chinese herbs can promote blood flow throughout the body, including sex glands.
Spiritually being connected to one's partner creates a fulfilling relationship, and brings satisfaction and ease during sexual interaction. Do you feel comfortable with your partner? Is there honesty and openness with your partner? Is there a desire to give to, or please your partner?