Acupuncture could help men with premature ejaculation, a new report claims. The improvements were small, and the studies were of varying quality. However, researchers in the UK concluded various alternative treatments – including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Ayurvedic herbal medicine and a Korean topical cream – have significant desirable effects improving male sexual performance.
Experts claim the finding could bring welcome relief for men who have not got Viagra out of embarrassment, or are marred by a months-long wait to see a doctor.
‘It’s important to evaluate the evidence for other therapies,’ said lead author Katy Cooper of the University of Sheffield.
‘To our knowledge, this is the first systematic review to assess complementary and alternative medicine for premature ejaculation.
‘There are a range of treatments available for premature ejaculation, including drug treatments, behavioral techniques and counseling. ‘However, some men may not want to visit the doctor, take drugs long-term or be on a long wait list for counseling.
In the current study, published in the journal Sexual Medicine, researchers evaluated 10 randomized controlled trials that included comparisons either to another type of treatment or to a placebo. Two studies were of acupuncture, five were of Chinese herbal medicine, one of Ayurvedic herbal medicine and two of Korean topical ‘severance secret’ cream.
Together, the two acupuncture studies found that the treatment slightly increased intravaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT) by about half a minute compared to placebo. Chinese herbal medicine increased IELT by about two minutes, Ayurvedic herbal medicine increased IELT by nearly a minute and topical cream increased IELT by more than eight minutes.
In some instances, a combination of traditional and alternative options was the most effective.
For example, Chinese medicine paired with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increased IELT by two minutes longer than SSRIs alone and nearly three minutes longer than the Chinese medicine alone.
‘There are no approved treatments for premature ejaculation,’ said Donald Patrick, vice chair for research at the University of Washington in Seattle. ‘This is a common condition that has serious psychological effects on relationships,’ said Patrick, who wasn’t involved in the study. ‘We need treatments to address it, and it should be treated with equal seriousness as erectile dysfunction.’
Story Source The Daily Mail