Men all over the world are facing sexual health problems. These vary from person to person, but they are not unique to a certain age, race or any other factor. One in ten men will have gone through some sexual problems at a point in their lives, and this leads to a decline in confidence and self-esteem. Erectile dysfunction (ED), more commonly referred to as impotence, is one of the most common problems men face when it comes to sexual health. This is the inability to maintain or get an erection during sexual intercourse.

Impotence can affect men who are in the 20s to 30s and also older men between the ages of 40 and 50. It is, however, reported that the chances of suffering from it increase with age. There are some factors that can affect a man’s ability to get an erection and these range from little things such as energy levels in the by, stressful situations one find himself facing on a daily basis and also lifestyle choices.

Impotence can be stressful for a couple who is trying to get pregnant because without an erection it is impossible to fertilize a woman’s egg, at least naturally. Another problem that is as common is that of premature ejaculation. This occurs when a man manages to get an erection but quickly ejaculates in less than a minute after penetration. This is usually the first symptom of impotence.

Causes of Impotence

  • Being under a lot of stress, anxiety or psychological tension is a top ranking cause for impotence. Other causes include:
  • Certain medication such as antidepressants.
  • When one suffers from chronic conditions, like diabetes.
  • Low levels of the male hormone, testosterone.
  • Poor lifestyle choices such as drug abuse, smoking, alcohol abuse.

Treatment Options

There are various ways of treating impotence which include surgery, using a pump to promote blood flow to the penis, and also reflexology or acupuncture. This is achieved by applying pressure to certain pressure points in order to increase blood flow.


Popular in China, acupuncture is an ancient method of healing that focuses on applying finger pressure on certain areas of your body in order to stimulate the body into healing itself naturally. Recently the Western community has adopted and accepted acupuncture as a genuine way of healing.

There are acupuncture points that one can focus on in order to relieve the body from impotence. Five will be discussed here but there are more, and you can only do one or two whenever you have a hand that you are not using at a certain point in time. Some take longer than others so use what will work best for you.

5 Acupressure Points To Treat ED

1. Gate Origin:

The Conception Vessel 4 (CV4), also called the “Gate Origin,” is the commonly used acupressure point used for impotence. You can locate it by putting four fingers below the belly button. It is stimulated by applying significant pressure between the belly button and the pubic bone for 1 to 2 minutes. Breathe deeply as you do this. This techniques help relieve impotence and other problems such as urinary incontinence, reproductive problems, the relief of lower back pain, and chronic fatigue.

2. Sea of Vitality:

Bladder 23 and Bladder 47 points are called the “Sea of Vitality.” They are found on the lower back in the same area like the belly button. You stimulate them by using the back of your hands to apply pressure. Rub them for about a minute so as to generate heat. Use the thumb and fingertips to press down firmly for another minute. These pressure points are helpful in the relief of impotence, lower back pain, and premature ejaculation.

3. Bubbling Springs:

Kidney 1 (K1) is found under the foot in the center area. This point is called the “Bubbling Springs.” You can stimulate it by pressing firmly with your thumb for about a minute as you take deep breaths, do this on both feet. It helps with impotence but also problems linked with menopause such as hot flashes.

4. Bigger Stream:

Kidney 3 (K3) is called the “Bigger Stream.” It is located in the back of the ankle halfway between the Achilles’ tendon and the anklebone. You can stimulate it by using the firm to press firmly for about a minute, try to angle the pressure more towards the ankle bone as you take deep breaths. Do this on both legs. This technique can also help with the relief of sexual tensions, fatigue, and swollen feet.

5. Three-Mile Point:

Stomach 36 (st36) is called the “Three Mile Point.” You can locate this point by putting four fingers below the knee cap and move with the width of one finger outside of the shinbone. You will know you have located this point if when you move your foot up and down, you feel a muscle flex. You stimulate it by using the middle and index fingertips to apply deep pressure for about a minute. Change and apply to the same area on the other leg. This technique also helps with the relief of constipation, insomnia, and other health problems. For it to work for impotence, you need to do it for a couple of months.


Impotence is a health issue that can hinder a couple from getting pregnant, and this can be very frustrating. There are ways to treat it, such as using supplements and traditional techniques like acupuncture can also help relieve impotence. A study was conducted to see if acupuncture treatment can relieve impotence and it was found that out of the participants, 15 percent reported a better quality of erection while 31 percent said their sexual activity had increased.

Author Bio

David Gomes (@davidgomes14) is a health and wellness expert by profession. He lives in Oakland, CA. He loves to write on a variety of topics such as joint health, weight loss, beauty and skin care for blogs and on-line publication sites. You can connect with him on Linkedin , Google+ and Pinterest.

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