Sound Wave Therapy: The First Alternative to Viagra in 15 Years

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A Long-Term Solution To Men’s Erectile Dysfunction

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The new revolutionary extra-corporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) could provide a longer-term solution to men with erectile dysfunction, according to several studies discussed this month at a meeting of the European Society for Sexual Medicine in Madrid, Spain.

Viagra and similar drugs work by increasing blood flow to the organ, whereas the So-called ‘extracorporeal shock wave therapy’ (ESWT) has been found to improve blood flow to the heart by inducing blood vessel growth and may also improve circulation to the organ.

Another study found that ESWT improves erectile function in men who do not respond to traditional drugs.  Other small trials have also reported positive results.  The treatment is unlikely to cause any harm because the sound waves are of such low energy, says Delphine Behr-Roussel of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University in France, who is studying the effects of ESWT in rats.

Although ESWT is offered in some clinics around the world, Trinity Bivalacqua at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, says that he would not offer it to his patients just yet, because treatment protocols need to be standardised. However, he is hopeful for the future of the therapy.  “I’ve been a sceptic, but I’m becoming a believer,” he says.

Source: New Scientist

 

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