Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects 30 million men in the United States, so you’re not alone if you’re suffering from the inability to get or maintain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. The good news is that there are effective treatments that can improve your sexual health. Holistic health care practitioner, Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, in Columbia, Missouri, offers a noninvasive treatment called shockwave therapy for ED, as well as the P-Shot®. To learn more about holistic treatment for ED, call the office or request an appointment online today.

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What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a medical condition in which you’re unable to get or maintain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. It’s normal to experience impotence from time to time, but ED is a chronic problem that may interfere with your intimate relationship, as well as your self-esteem and self-confidence.

ED is very common, and it’s very treatable. If you’re suffering from ED and you’re looking for a holistic approach to improve your sexual health, help is available at Bonnie S. Friehling, MD

What causes ED?

You may develop ED from an underlying health condition or an emotional problem. Some of the most common causes of ED include:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Certain lifestyle factors may also contribute to your development of ED, including smoking, lack of exercise, and excessive use of alcohol. These health conditions and lifestyle factors may interfere with blood flow and sensation in your penis, leading to your ED.

What are the treatments for ED?

Treatment for your erectile dysfunction depends on the underlying cause. Making lifestyle changes can significantly improve many of the underlying causes of ED, including:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting more exercise
  • Smoking cessation
  • Abstaining from alcohol

Dr. Friehling is a holistic health care provider and can help you make the necessary lifestyle changes to not only improve your ED and sexual health but also your overall health. 

To improve penile health and function naturally, Dr. Friehling offers the P-Shot, which is an injection that contains platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a blood product rich in your body’s natural healing properties, including platelets, growth factors, and specialized proteins. When Dr. Friehling injects the PRP into the shaft of your penis, after applying a numbing agent to minimize pain, the PRP stimulates the production of new blood cells and nerve endings to improve function and sensation.

Dr. Friehling also offers shockwave therapy to help restore penile health and function.

What is shockwave therapy for ED?

Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive treatment for ED that uses low intensive shockwaves to the penis to open up blood vessels and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. The shockwave therapy works by triggering the dormant stem cells and growth factors in your penis to promote rejuvenation of your erectile tissue.

Dr. Friehling recommends 6-12 shockwave therapy sessions, which only take 15 minutes, to get the desired effects. To reduce your discomfort, she uses a numbing cream before she starts your treatment. 

To learn more about shockwave therapy and how it can help your ED, contact Bonnie S. Friehling, MD’s office by phone or online today.