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Acupuncture and impotence in the elderly
Neda Dastyar *, Fatemeh Khajoei
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Background and Aim: With increasing age, the number of sexual encounters decreases and we see a decrease in sexual desire of older women and also a decrease in sexual function in older men. Studies have shown that only 40% of men and women aged 65-80 are sexually active, and a significant percentage of the elderly suffer from impotence. To moderate the impotence of the elderly, various strategies have been proposed, one of which is the use of acupuncture. Recent research has shown that acupuncture can be effective in improving impotence by activating a number of neural pathways and regulating neurotransmitters such as nitric oxide (NO). Therefore, the aim of this study was to review the studies conducted in the field of acupuncture and impotence in the elderly.
Method: In this research, a review of articles related to search in the database Pubmed, Cochrane, Scopus, SID, Iranmedex, IranDoc, Magiran, Web of science, as well as Google scholar search engine using the keywords acupuncture,  elderly, impotence and Sexual function was collected from 2015 to 2021. Data analysis was performed qualitatively. Jadad scale was used to evaluate the quality of studies.
Results: Out of 36 studies found, after applying the inclusion and exclusion criteria, only 12 articles were reviewed. most studies have shown a significant improvement in impotence in the elderly after acupuncture treatment and some studies that have examined the possible side effects of using acupuncture, none reported any specific side effects following acupuncture.
Conclusion: Acupuncture can be used as a non-pharmacological, convenient, low-cost, effective and safe treatment for impotence in the elderly; However, in order to generalize these findings, further studies with strong methodology and high sample size are necessary.
Keywords: Acupuncture, Impotence, Elderly
Type of Study: Systematic review | Subject: General
Received: 2021/06/30 | Accepted: 2021/07/24 | Published: 2021/08/1
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Dastyar N, Khajoei F. Acupuncture and impotence in the elderly. 3. 2021; 1
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