Treatment alternatives

Ubud is the centre of alternative remedies in Bali. Here are just a few that could possibly hasten erectile dysfunction recovery:

  • Massage: You can just about get any sort of massage you want in Bali.  The problem is that few masseuses really understand human physiology or anatomy.  Most massages follow a set pattern. To find someone who understands and can focus on the nerves that need stimulating is not easy.  Esalen massage is one style I think might help. I’m lucky I do have a great masseuse but I am looking for others.
  • Pilates: I have a great pilates teacher right next door. Pilates routines combined with the pelvic floor exercises I now do are sure to help.
  • Traditional healers: there’s a few of them – which ones are the best and can they really assist is open to question.  Doesn’t mean I won’t try one when the time is right.
  • Reiki: I have read in magazines that Reiki can help with recovery of erectile functions after prostate surgery.  There are a few well regarded Reiki therapists in Ubud.  I will try one.  She also offered to train me in a one-day workshop so I can administer myself and to others. The cost is only $165 and I get a certificate! Why not give it a go?!
  • Sound healing: so much of this in Ubud and very little evidence to prove any curative impacts.  Though listening to beautiful gonging in wonderful surroundings is certainly relaxing.  Then again, I have my own gong.  Maybe I should gong myself.
  • Hypnosis: I have a friend who thinks this will help – I will give it a try.
  • Ayurveda techniques: I know nothing about it but there are people here who say it will help.
  • Tantra: certainly an alternative to intercourse sex.  Worth looking into when we are ready.
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    Couldn’t resist a bit of personal sound healing

    Kinesiology: I have been contacted by a neuro-kinesiologist (what the heck is this, anyway) who want to charge me 195 euro a session (more than one session required!) to help me. That’s more that my surgeon charged and it ain’t going to happen.

  • Supplements: no shortage of these: natural and produced by the big vitamin companies – all with limited evidence of efficacy.

I’m not planning to rush into any of these (and there are probably more). It’s early days.  But over the next months I’ll try a few, not in any robust research manner, and I’ll blog what hopefully works for me.

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