Erectile Dysfunction (ED) – Basics

Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man is completely unable to have an erection, inconsistently is able to achieve an erection, or is unable to sustain an erection beyond short periods of time. There are several causes of ED, including certain medications, damage to the nerves and tissue (commonly due to disease), smoking, physical inactivity, emotional or psychological stress, and injury to the penis, bladder, prostate, pelvis or spinal cord.

Treatment of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Commonly used points: SP6 Sanyinjiao, ST29 Guilai, BL23 Shenshu.

Commonly used herbal formula: Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan, Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, Zuo Gui Wan, You Gui Wan.


Weak positive evidence (Cui 2016 – SR of 3 RCTs)(1): of the three RCTs with a total of 183 participants: one trial showed the beneficial effects of acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture; one trial suggested that acupuncture combined with psychological therapy was superior to psychological therapy alone.


1. Cui X, Zhou J, Qin Z, Liu Z. Acupuncture for Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Review. Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:2171923.