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   Causes of Impotence

   Therapy for Impotence

      1. Qigong Therapy

       2.   Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

           a.   Herbal Therapy

           b.   Acupuncture Therapy

           c.   Qigong Therapy

       3. Drug Therapy


       4. Implant

  • Almost all impotence case can be solved by implants but there are side effects and other factors to consider.

  • This is the last resort. It is does not have 100% rate of success.

  • Not advisable for young men or senior men.

  • Only when all other methods have failed.

  • Mechanical failure or side effect can happen, such as the implants can penetrate and stick out of the penis and cause infection. Then the implants have to be removed.

  • If this method fails, maybe nothing else can restore the function.

  • It is better to consult your sex partner before deciding.


Causes of Impotence

All these chronic illnesses account to about 70 percent of impotence cases.

  1. Endocrine Problems

    Diabetes which resulted in bad circulation. Almost 50% of diabetic men develop impotence. About 15% of men with abnormal glucose tolerance develop impotence.

    Hypogonadism consists of 5% of impotence cases. It can be caused by prenatal condition of under developed testes.

    Sclerosis of the liver which resulted in inability for the liver to process and metabolize the female hormone leading to the imbalance of male and female hormone.

    Insufficiency of adrenocortical hormone causes impotence.

    Chronic kidney function exhaustion can cause insufficiency of male hormone secretion.

    Hypothyroidism consists of 6% of impotence cases



    a benign tumor (called an adenoma) of the pituitary gland.

    Cushing's disease


  2. Vascular Problems

    Peripheral Vascular Disease

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    Chronic Renal Failure

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  3. Neurologic  Problems
    • Multiple Sclerosis  (if link fails click
    • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Spinal Cord Injury (50% Impotence risk)
    • Pelvic irradiation
    • Pelvic Surgery
      1. Simple Prostatectomy: 10% Impotence risk
      2. Radical Prostatectomy: 40% Impotence risk


  4. Drugs Related
    1. See Drugs that cause Impotence


  5. Habit Related Causes
    1. Substance Abuse
      1. Alcoholism (associated with Hypogonadism)
      2. Anabolic steroids
      3. Heroin
      4. Marijuana
    2. Tobacco Abuse
      1. Penile artery clot in 72% of men with 20 pack years


  6. Miscellaneous Causes
    1. Obesity  (if link fails click}
    2. Peyronie's Disease
    3. Psychogenic causes (20% of Impotence cases)


Over exhaustion

Substance Abuse

Conditions of Penis

Tumor in the penis can destroy the physical structure of the penis

Too short or crooked causes difficulty in penetration

Sexual Hormone Imbalance

Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism

Hypertension and Hypotension

Worries and Psychological Factors

Heavy Metal Poisoning

Smoking tobacco

Certain Drugs that Cause Impotence

Body Function Deficiency (TCM Point of View)



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Diabetes causes cardio vascular problems.  Almost  50% of  men with diabetes problems experience impotence.


Sclerosis of the liver can be caused by hepatitis, alcoholism, or substance abuse. Sclerosis of the liver causes inability for the liver to process and metabolize the female hormone leading to the imbalance of male and female hormones. See therapy for Sclerosis of the liver.


Cushing's Disease is a syndrome of  excessive glucocorticoid caused by tumor of the adrenal cortex or by increased production of ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone)  or of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, or by excessive intake of glucocorticoids. It is characterized by water retention, memory loss, osteoporosis, cataracts, obesity and weakening of the muscles. The name is from  Harvey Williams Cushing.

Duplex scanning involving B mode ultrasound imaging and integrated Doppler flow measurements by spectral analysis of cavernosal artery of the penis following intracavernosal administration of a vasoactive agent, performed during the period of pharmacological activity of the injected agent, to confirm a diagnosis of vasular etiology for impotence.


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