Spontaneous ejaculation according to Chinese Medicine

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Spontaneous ejaculation can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like spontaneous ejaculation here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here spontaneous ejaculation is often associated with impotence, back pain and frequent urination in the pattern “Kidney Yang Deficiency”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause spontaneous ejaculation.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of spontaneous ejaculation we’ve identified three herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat spontaneous ejaculation.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause spontaneous ejaculation

In Chinese Medicine spontaneous ejaculation is a symptom for 2 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

The Kidneys is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Kidneys in Chinese Medicine

Kidney Yang Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

Kidney Yang Deficiency causes Internal Cold and weakness.

In addition to spontaneous ejaculation, other symptoms associated with Kidney Yang Deficiency include impotence, back pain and frequent urination.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Kidney Yang Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Late Menstruation, Menopausal Syndrome or Irregular Menstruation.

Kidney Yang Deficiency is often treated with Ba Wei Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Ba Wei Di Huang Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish yin and tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Yang".

Read more about Kidney Yang Deficiency here

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine

Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo), Hidden (Fu)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Pale

In addition to spontaneous ejaculation, other symptoms associated with Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency include poor appetite.

Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency is often treated with Fu Tu Dan, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Cuscuta Seeds - Tu Si Zi - as a key herb). Fu Tu Dan belongs to the category of "formulas that secure essence and stop enuresis", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Stabilizes the Kidney Qi".

Read more about Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency here

Three herbal formulas that might help with spontaneous ejaculation

Ba Wei Di Huang Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Yang. Warms the Kidneys and lower extremities.

Why might Ba Wei Di Huang Wan help with spontaneous ejaculation?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which spontaneous ejaculation is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney Yang Deficiency include impotence, back pain and frequent urination.

Read more about Ba Wei Di Huang Wan here

Fu Tu Dan

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Stabilizes the Kidney Qi. Strengthens the Spleen. Stops leakage.

Why might Fu Tu Dan help with spontaneous ejaculation?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency' of which spontaneous ejaculation is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Spleen And Kidney Qi Deficiency include poor appetite.

Read more about Fu Tu Dan here

Shen Qi Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies and warms Kidney Yang.

Why might Shen Qi Wan help with spontaneous ejaculation?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which spontaneous ejaculation is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney Yang Deficiency include impotence, back pain and frequent urination.

Read more about Shen Qi Wan here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat spontaneous ejaculation

Why might Yam (Shan Yao) help with spontaneous ejaculation?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat spontaneous ejaculation and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat spontaneous ejaculation as a symptom (such as Ba Wei Di Huang Wan for instance).

Yam is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach. Tonifies the Lung Qi and nourishes the Lung Yin. Nourishes the Kidneys and consolidates Jing.

Read more about Yam here

Why might Cornelian Cherry (Shan Zhu Yu) help with spontaneous ejaculation?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat spontaneous ejaculation and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat spontaneous ejaculation as a symptom (such as Ba Wei Di Huang Wan for instance).

Cornelian Cherries is a Warm herb that tastes Sour. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Preserves and tonifies the Kidney, Liver and Essence. Stops sweating and benefits the Yang and Qi. Assists menstruation and stops bleeding.

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Why might Lotus Seed (Lian Zi) help with spontaneous ejaculation?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat spontaneous ejaculation and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat spontaneous ejaculation as a symptom (such as Fu Tu Dan for instance).

Lotus Seeds is a Neutral herb that tastes Sour and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen, stops diarrhea. Strengthens the Kidneys, reinforces Essence. Nourishes the Blood and calms the mind.

Read more about Lotus Seeds here

Why might Deer Antler Glue (Lu Jiao Jiao) help with spontaneous ejaculation?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat spontaneous ejaculation and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat spontaneous ejaculation as a symptom (such as You Gui Wan for instance).

Deer Antler Glue is a Warm herb that tastes Salty and Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Yang tonification of the Kidneys and Liver, and to nourish vital Essence and Blood

Read more about Deer Antler Glue here

Why might Schisandra Berry (Wu Wei Zi) help with spontaneous ejaculation?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat spontaneous ejaculation and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat spontaneous ejaculation as a symptom (such as Fu Tu Dan for instance).

Schisandra Berries is a Warm herb that tastes Sour and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Kidneys and preserves the Essence. Astringes the Lung Qi and stops coughing. Retains Bodily Fluids and encourages their production. Tonifies the Heart and calms the spirit (Shen).

Read more about Schisandra Berries here