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Acupressure and Erectile Dysfunction

By Melissa Smith ; Updated August 14, 2017

Erectile dysfunction is a complex issue with many possible causes. Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, treats erectile dysfunction by looking at the whole mind-body complex. Acupressure is a powerful TCM technique that you can use to refresh your energy and help resolve erectile dysfunction. Acupressure is not a replacement for conventional medical therapies.


Cultivating qi--the vital universal energy that surrounds and permeates all living things--is a large part of optimizing your health, according to TCM. Normally, your body draws qi from the environment, transferring it to the kidneys. The kidneys convert qi, so the rest of your internal organs can use it. For men, ejaculation constitutes a loss of qi. Erectile dysfunction indicates that your kidney qi is depleted, notes Zhanwen Liu of the Department of Health Preservation and Rehabilitation at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, in his book “Essentials of Chinese Medicine.” Forcing an erection through the use of anti-impotence drugs can further dissipate kidney qi and make erectile dysfunction worse over time.


Acupressure helps resolve erectile dysfunction by balancing the autonomic nervous system, which governs heart rate, respiration, perspiration, and digestion. This system can also cause a decrease in libido and erectile dysfunction if it becomes imbalanced, according to Acupressure Online. Combine acupressure with refraining from sex when you are tired, advises Liu in “Essentials of Chinese Medicine.” If you engage in heavy physical work, have just eaten, are hungry, or feel excessively emotional, it’s best to wait to have sex.


A typical TCM approach to erectile dysfunction evaluates the individual’s emotional landscape. TCM theorizes that different organs are inhibited by different negative emotions. Fear is the emotion associated with the depletion of kidney qi, according to Andreas Noll, TCM practitioner in Munich, Germany. In his book “Chinese Medicine in Fertility Disorders,” Noll notes that it’s important to acknowledge any fear you might have about your sexuality, since this emotion can contribute to your erectile dysfunction. By working on points associated with the kidneys, acupressure can address both fear and kidney qi depletion.


Refresh the kidneys by treating the bubbling spring, or K1, a point on the bottom of the foot, just behind the ball. This point draws energy from the earth and into the kidneys. Probe the area until you find a tender spot. Firmly massage the point, then press and hold it. You might also focus on the low dantian. Located just below the belly button, this energy organ stores qi. To stimulate the dantian, Acupressure Online recommends working on a pressure point called CV6, or the sea of energy, two finger-widths below the belly button.

Acupressure for Two

Turn your acupressure treatment into an erotic massage for you and your partner by working on each other’s sea of vitality points, located on the lower back, advise Pala Copeland and Al Link, tantric sex and relationship coaches in Ottawa, Ontario. Trace a line from your partner’s belly button, around to the spine. Use your fingers or thumbs to firmly press about 1 1/2-inches out from the spine on both sides, until your partner tells you you’ve found two tender spots. Massage and press these spots firmly, until they are no longer tender. Move out another 1 1/2-inches on both sides, until you find two more points. Massage and press firmly until your partner reports a numb sensation spreading out from the points. Working these points should refresh your energy, according to Copeland and Link.

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