Mens Health

Medically speaking, men are less complicated than women. The most troublesome of their problems that are suitable for self-help are usually the result of infections. The urethra in the male is much longer than that in the female, and therefore tends to be less susceptible to invasion by germs. Men thus experience fewer problems with urinary control and infection than women. However, because the urethra is connected to the testes, epididymes, and prostate gland,

DISORDER

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Problems with erection may result from physical causes, for example injury or surgery to the genitals or spine; from chronic illnesses such as diabetes; from nervous disorders; or from taking drugs, either medically prescribed or recreational, or alcohol. Erectile dysfunction may also occur because of tiredness, or a lack of appropriate stimulation. Most physical problems occur because there is an insufficient supply of blood to the penis. The stresses of modern life or anxiety about sexual intercourse may further inhibit the ability to initiate or sustain an erection. SELF-HELP To reduce the psychological problems that may accompany erectile dysfunction, try to maintain a relaxed state of mind when making love. Forget about penetrative sexual intercourse for a while and concentrate on giving and receiving pleasure in areas of the body other than the genitals. CAUTION If symptoms persist, see a doctor.

SPECIFIC AILMENT PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

Erectile dysfunction in anticipation of failure

Erectile dysfunction caused by bruising

Erectile dysfunction caused by sexual excess

Penis remains cold and small Possible premature ejaculation if erection does occur

Great desire for sweet foods

Penis is bruised as a result of injury Penis feels sore and tender to the touch Possible premature ejaculation if erection does occur

Erection is not firm enough for penetration General weakness and nervous exhaustion Penis remains cold and small Possible premature ejaculation if erection does occur

HYDROCELE

A soft, painless swelling of the scrotum, hydrocele is due to a build-up of excess fluid in the sheath surrounding the testes. It may be precipitated by injury, and is common in older men, although in most cases the cause is unknown. The condition may be congenital. The swelling may be caused by inflammation, infection, or, very occasionally, a tumor. Usually hydrocele is just monitored, but fluid may need to be drained off should the swelling become too great.

CAUTION If symptoms persist beyond a month, see a doctor.

Hydrocele following injury

Hydrocele with an aching testicle

Bruising with painful swelling of the scrotum and testicle

Swelling may be filled with blood

Testicle aches during thundery weather Association with orchitis (inflammation of a testicle)

Right testicle is the one usually affected

BALANITIS

This swelling and soreness of the foreskin may result from the friction of underwear, or from irritation caused by condoms or contraceptive creams. It may be associated with herpes or diabetes.

SELF-HELP Bathe the foreskin and head of the penis (glans) in a solution of hypericum and calendula (see page 271) every four hours, then apply calendula ointment.

CAUTION If symptoms persist for five days, see a doctor.

Balanitis with inflammation of the foreskin and glans

Inner surface of the foreskin is irritated and inflamed Possible itching

Possible discharge of offensive-smelling pus Possible ulceration

THRUSH

Often transmitted from an infected partner, this fungal infection albicans yeast grows under the foreskin, causing inflammation. SELF-HELP Bathe the penis in a solution of hypericum and calendula (see page 271) four times daily. Apply calendula ointment. CAUTION If symptoms persist beyond 14 days, see a doctor. Make sure that your partner also goes for treatment.

Thrush with inflammation and discharge

Inner surface of the foreskin is inflamed and itchy

Head of the penis is red, with a raised rash that is itchy

Possible itchy, smelly discharge from the penis any kidney, bladder, or urethral infection can spread easily to the reproductive system (see page 198). Disorders of that system are the subject of this section. Men's sexual activity can be extended into later life by following a lifestyle that promotes general good health, including a balanced diet, sufficient exercise, and effective stress control. Men may be reluctant to seek medical help for their ailments, especially those concerning the reproductive system. Many conditions are, however, easily treated if diagnosed early, and respond well to homeopathy. Neglect, on the other hand, can lead to complications that threaten fertility, sexual function, or even life.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS BETTER

SYMPTOMS WORSE

REMEDY & DOSAGE

• High sex drive but lack of

• For loosening clothing

For wearing tight clothing

Lycopodium

self-confidence and expectation

• For warm drinks

In very hot rooms

(see page 59)

of failure to achieve or sustain

• For urinating

For overeating

30c twice daily

an erection

up to 5 days

• Desire to be left alone

• For bathing in cold water

For touch

Arnica

• Denial that there is a problem

• For adopting a sexual position

For further injury or bruising

(see page 37)

• Refusal to get medical help

that avoids putting pressure on

For sexual excesses

30c twice daily

• Fear of being touched

the bruised area

up to 5 days

Anxiety about health Fear of death

Increase in sexual thoughts despite decline in sexual function

For applying firm pressure to the penis For rest For ejaculating

For touch

For sprain or injury For sexual excesses

Agnus castus

(see page 173) 30c twice daily up to 5 days

Desire to be left alone Denial that there is a problem Refusal to get medical help

For bathing in cold water For adopting a sexual position that avoids putting pressure on the bruised area

For touch For movement

For lying for too long on one side

Arnica

(see page 37) 30c 3 times daily up to 3 weeks

Nervousness

Fear of thunderstorms and great sensitivity to approaching storms

For heat

For continuous movement For lying in bed with the legs pulled up to the chest

Before thunderstorms In windy weather For rest, standing, and upon starting to move

Rhododendron

(see page 162) 6c 3 times daily up to 3 weeks

Restlessness at night • In moderate temperatures • At night Merc. sol.

Loss of willpower • For rest • For perspiring (see page 85)

Indifference • For scratching the affected area • For overheating 6c every 4 hours

Suspicion • In the morning • In cold air and drafts up to 5 days

Restlessness at night • In moderate temperatures • At night Merc. sol.

Loss of willpower • For rest • For perspiring (see page 85)

Indifference • For scratching the affected area • For getting overheated or too cold 6c 4 times daily

Suspicion • In the morning • For urinating up to 14 days

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