Alternative Peyronie's Treatments
I am using the term alternative Peyronie's treatments for all unconventional therapies that have been tried for treating Peyronie's disease.
The Skeptic's Dictionary defines alternative treatments as:
“A health or medical practice is called “alternative” if it is based on untested, untraditional, or unscientific principles, methods, treatments, or knowledge”
This definition includes methods like acupuncture, reiki, spiritual healing, reflexology, chiropractic, aromatherapy, heat therapy, naturopathy, relaxation techniques and so on.
Some people prefer unconventional Peyronie's treatments to what we call traditional or conventional medical treatments, like medication and surgery. Others like to use alternative treatments in conjunction with the more conventional Peyronie's treatments. While others consider all alternative treatments as total waste of time and money.
Whatever your view is on alternative methods for treating Peyronie's disease, always do your own research with open mind but also with your common senses and skeptic glasses firmly on.
And always discuss your Peyronie's treatment plan with your doctor prior to starting any form of treatment.
Do Alternative Treatments Work On Peyronie's?
I have not found satisfying scientific evidence that any alternative treatments works for treating Peyronie's conditions. In some cases, I have not been able to find any proof they work on any health problems at all.
This does not automatically mean that alternative Peyronie's treatments do not work. It only means there is no scientific proof that they work (or even that they don't work).
Very little or no scientific studies have been conducted on the efficacy of unconventional therapies for treating Peyronie's disease.
However, the lack of scientific support means I am personally skeptical about spending time and money on alternative Peyronie's treatments.
I though know that many people feel that some alternative treatments have benefited them with various health problems. So maybe it can help some men with Peyronie's too, even if only by improving their overall health and mental wellbeing.
Are All Alternative Peyronie's Treatments Useless?
Some of the unconventional Peyronie's treatments are aimed towards treating the Peyronie's conditions while others are aimed towards improving health and wellbeing in general, such as improving the blood flow or reducing stress and anxiety.
This is the reason why some men with Peyronie's disease use alternative Peyronie's treatments in conjunction with other more conventional treatments, like medication or traction device.
Unconventional Peyronie's treatments may play a role in improved overall health and wellbeing. As such they can be beneficial in reducing stress, depression and other Psychological Effects commonly associated with Peyronie's disease.
It is important not to forget about the psychological effects of Peyronie's disease and treat the soul as well as the body.
Healthy balanced diet, regular exercise, relaxation techniques, massages, herbal supplements, staying intimate with your partner, unconventional therapy... you should do whatever helps you to relax and feel better.
The stronger you feel physically and mentally, the better equipped you are fighting your Peyronie's disease.
The Most Popular Alternative Peyronie's Treatments
The following is a short overview of the most popular alternative treatments favored by men with Peyronie's disease.
Acupuncture Peyronie's Treatment
Acupuncture is commonly used treatment for number of health issues. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed over forty conditions for which claims of effectiveness have been made but Peyronie's disease is not one of them (The National Council Against Health Fraud ).
I have seen nothing that satisfyingly explains how acupuncture could work on Peyronie's conditions. However, according to the WHO list it may help to treat acute and chronic pain and depression and hence indirectly benefit men with Peyronie's disease.
It may be that patient expectations and confidence in the treatment is the key factor for acupuncture to work. Studies have shown that using needles is irrelevant to the success, but appearing to do so is still necessary for it to work!
Reiki As Peyronie's Treatment
Reiki is a form of energy healing but practitioners of reiki believe that health and disease are a matter of the life force being disrupted.
There is nothing to support that reiki works on Peyronie's conditions but as with acupuncture, reiki may help those that believe in it to feel better.
Reflexology As Peyronie's Treatment
Reflexology is the massaging of feet to diagnose and cure diseases. Practitioners of reflexology claim that they can cure a variety of aches and pains by massaging the correct reflex points on the foot.
It may as such help men with Peyronie's to feel better but nothing suggests that reflexology works on Peyronie's conditions. Quackwatch offers some points worth having in mind when evaluating reflexology as Peyronie's treatment.
Relaxation Techniques For Peyronie's
Using relaxation technique can be great way to release stress and anxiety and as such benefit men with Peyronie's disease.
There are many more alternative treatments that men with Peyronie's have tried over the years, and will continue trying. I'm though not going to cover more of them as most lead to similar conclusion, which is, there is no scientific proof that they work on the actual Peyronie's conditions but may still benefit up to some extend those that believe in them.
If you are interested in trying any alternative Peyronie's treatments, I encourage you to research the subject carefully on your own (with an open mind, common sense and skeptic glasses).
The Skeptic's Dictionary Alternative Medicine section is a good commonsense source of information and very useful when trying to evaluate any of the alternative treatments for Peyronie's disease.