Men suffering from severe erectile dysfunction (ED) who are not responding well to medicines could benefit from undergoing low intensity shockwave therapy, a new study by Israeli researchers reveals.
Shockwave therapy has been successfully used in improving the blood flow to heart and researchers from Rambam Healthcare Campus in Haifa thought that it can also be used to improve blood flow in the penis. Such therapy has been found to be effective in treating mild to moderate form of ED but the researchers believe that it can also help those with severe form of the condition and those who are not responding well to drugs.
The researchers inducted 29 participants in the study and found that at the end of the two month trial period, those who underwent "extracorporeal shockwave therapy" displayed improved sexual function while nearly 30 percent of them managed to achieve normal sexual function even two years after the therapy.
However a number of health experts said that they do not recommend the therapy. Shockwaves are often used to break down stones in kidneys and the experts believe that such a therapy is destructive in nature and could have severe side effects.