One of the primary causes of erectile dysfunction is decreased blood flow to the penis. An erection occurs when a rush of blood engorges chambers in the penis called the corpora cavernosa; without healthy blood flow, the penis simply can’t get hard. The impacts of this condition cannot be overstated: A man’s physical and emotional well-being, as well as his relationship health, may be in jeopardy. Whatever the cause, performance problems are a sign of poor penis health that requires diagnosis and treatment. For men with erectile dysfunction caused by inhibited blood flow, a new treatment method may be the savior of their sex lives.

Shockwave Therapy

Popping a pill to force an erection may no longer be the only recourse men with performance problems have - at least eventually. In recent years, researchers have been investigating the potential effectiveness of shockwave therapy for male problems. This involves the use of a wand that emits energy directly into the penis; the energy stimulates growth factors that create new blood vessels, thereby increasing the amount of blood flow to the member. The treatment method is called ED1000.

ED1000 isn’t available yet in the U.S., likely because there needs to be more research in support of its use. However, the research that exists is promising - it has so far shown to be effective for many users, and the treatment seems to create minimal, if any, side effects.

Unlike medications for erectile problems that merely manage symptoms, the ED1000 addresses the root cause of many cases by equipping the penis with the ability to receive adequate blood flow. The therapy is administered over 12 weeks, after which a man may be capable of naturally achieving erections for at least two years.

Risk Factors

Men are at higher risk of blood flow-related performance dysfunction if they have:

- Diabetes: Diabetes changes the way blood flows through the body, including the penis.

- High Blood Pressure: This condition can make blood vessels inelastic, meaning they aren’t able to hold onto the in-rush of blood during an erection.

- Clogged Arteries: Just as water can’t flow well through a clogged pipe, blood can’t run freely through clogged arteries.

- Pelvic Trauma: If surgery has been performed on the bladder, rectum or prostate, blood vessels may have been damaged, inhibiting flow to the member.

- Smoking: Cigarette smoke damages blood vessels, making it harder for blood to flow to the penis and other areas of the body.


While the emergence of a somewhat natural therapy for erectile problems related to blood flow restriction is certainly something to be happy about, men are much better off preventing the root causes of such restriction to begin with. Here are a few ways:

- Eat right. Diabetes, high blood pressure and clogged arteries are often diet-related health conditions. Go easy on the sugar, salt, cholesterol and saturated fats. Up the intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.

- Exercise. This not only increases the heart’s pumping prowess, but helps keep blood pressure levels down. It also keeps weight in check, meaning it can prevent diabetes.

- Don’t smoke. It’s that simple.

While men are pursuing healthy behaviors that keep blood flowing freely to their members, they may want to consider adding a penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) to their care regimens. While such a product is not a cure for erectile dysfunction, the good ones contain ingredients like vitamin C and L-arginine that support other efforts to maintain healthy levels of circulation. Look for a cream with Shea butter and vitamin E as well, which help keep the skin smooth and supple. Finally, don’t forget about those nerves; a quality cream should contain acetyl L-carnitine, which protects nerves from the desensitization they can undergo due to wear and tear.