Erectile dysfunction treatment and traditional medicine-can East and West medicine coexist?

Lee, Joe K. C. , Tan, Ronny B. W. and Chung, Eric (2017) Erectile dysfunction treatment and traditional medicine-can East and West medicine coexist?. Translational Andrology and Urology, 6 1: 91-100. doi:10.21037/tau.2016.11.13


Author Lee, Joe K. C.
Tan, Ronny B. W.
Chung, Eric
Title Erectile dysfunction treatment and traditional medicine-can East and West medicine coexist?
Journal name Translational Andrology and Urology
ISSN 2223-4691
2223-4683
Publication date 2017-02-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.21037/tau.2016.11.13
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Start page 91
End page 100
Total pages 10
Place of publication Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Publisher AME Publishing Company
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual problem affecting many men irrespective of cultures, beliefs and nationalities. While medical therapy for ED has been revolutionized by the advent of oral phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors and intracavernosal injection of vasoactive agents, recent technological advances such stem cell therapy, low intensity shock wave and newer generation of penile prosthesis implant offer hope to men who do not respond to conventional medical therapy. In contrast, traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) focuses on the restoration and better overall bodily regulation with the use of various herbal and animal products as well as exercises to invigorate qi (energy) in vital organs. Western medicine involves an analysis of ED symptom and underlying causes that contribute to ED, while TCM emphases the concept of holism and harmonization of body organs to achieve natural sexual life. The following article reviews our current understanding regarding the philosophical approach, and evaluates the evidence surrounding various ED therapies between mainstream Western Medicine and TCM.
Keyword Eastern medicine
Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Herbal products
Qi (energy)
Traditional and complementary medicine (TCM)
Western medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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