Devi speaks with Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Master Herbalist, Tim Baglio about the ancient Taoist practice of semen retention for male health, the nature of seminal essence, how semen retention practices “nourish the jing”, and how to recover from excessive or frequent ejaculation.
Ever since the publication of the 2016 study by the European Association of Urology, which seemed to indicate that men reporting higher compared to lower ejaculatory frequency in adulthood were less likely to be subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer, men and women have been asking “Is semen retention safe?”
This study began in 1992, with reports issued in 2002, 2006, 2010, with the most recent findings in 2016.
Despite the media declaring that men should ejaculate as often as possible to stave off prostate cancer, the studies did not actually demonstrate definitively that frequent ejaculation is actually a beneficial practice.
In fact, the study from 2010 concluded:
“In summary, our results among predominantly white men suggest that ejaculation frequency is not related to increased risk of prostate cancer. High ejaculation frequency may possibly be associated with a lower risk of total and organ-confined prostate cancer.”
And, they also acknowledged that the seemingly positive effects of higher ejaculation frequency could be due to the positive and beneficial effects of the relaxation which occurs in the nervous system at the point of orgasm.
According to Chinese Medicine stagnation creates illness, so it seems reasonable to surmise that perhaps it was not the ejaculation itself that played a role in lower instances of prostate cancer, but a healthier, happier sex, relationship, and personal life in general that contributed to the findings of these particular studies.
There are a number of other loopholes and flaws in data collection that need to be examined before declaring definitively that frequent ejaculation prevents prostate cancer.
What can be declared from these studies is that frequent sexual activity, which results in orgasm, can have a positive and beneficial impact on overall health and wellness, which may, in turn, prevent some types of prostate cancer developing in the cisgender, heterosexual white men who participated in this study.
Now that is stating the facts.
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