Evidence for acupuncture in impotence is weak
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Men may not want to pin their hopes onas a treatment for impotence, or erectile dysfunction, a new review of evidence suggests.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of stimulating specific body points through the insertion of specialized pins that sometimes carry faint electrical charges. Traditionally, acupuncture has been used to maintain and restore body functions.
Several studies had reported “acupuncture increases nitric oxide,” which has been tied to the ability to maintain erections, Dr. Myeong Soo Lee, at Korea Institute ofin Daejeon, told Reuters Health by email.
Yet to date, published studies that evaluated acupuncture as a treatment for erectile dysfunction provide “no convincing evidence” that acupuncture is beneficial for this condition, Lee and colleagues report in the journal BJU International.