Its a problem that affects more than half of men aged 40 to 70.
But hypnotherapist Rachel Farnsworth claims she has the solution to erectile dysfunction — and it involves finding the ‘root cause’ of their condition.
While high blood pressure and cholesterol are among the most common physical causes of the penile problem, the mother-of-one treats clients who live with erectile dysfunction and believe it could be rooted in past trauma.
Among this group, the condition stems from trauma and feeling ‘powerless’, according to Ms Farnsworth, from Spalding in Lincolnshire.
She claims she can help patients overcome this by using hypnotherapy to guide clients through their subconscious — the part of the mind that people are not fully aware of but which influences actions and feelings — to identify where the problem stems from.
Multi-award-winning hypnotherapist Rachel Claire Farnsworth says she has the answer to help millions of men’s major penis problems by curing their erectile dysfunction through hypnotherapy
It is estimated that by 2025, 322 million men globally will be affected by erectile dysfunction
Researchers at King’s College London estimate that by 2025, 322million men globally will be affected by erectile dysfunction — more than double the estimated 152million in 1995.
This includes around 4.3million men in the UK and 20million in the US.
Experts believe the rise is, in part, down to a surge in levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol — all of which are risk factors for developing the condition.
Sufferers are either unable to get an erection or unable to maintain it for long enough to have sex.
Psychological factors are thought to be behind up to one in five cases.
Ms Farnsworth believes the condition can stem from an experience in a man’s life, such as childhood trauma.
She claims it typically originates from a relationship — not necessarily their current or previous one — where a man has experienced trauma, abuse and felt ‘powerless’.
Rachel Claire Farnsworth: My first client
My daughter was first diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) when she was just 18 months old.
For most of her life my daughter has had regular quarterly hospital appointments at our local hospital and Queens Medical Centre Nottingham at the paediatric rheumatoid clinics.
She has been on Methotrexate, which is a cancer drug used to suppress the immune system.
However, this gave her horrid side effects, such as ‘brain fog’, nausea and she was physically sick at least once a week.
She really struggled with symptoms from the drug during the first few days after taking it. Her ability to retain information was affected, so her school work suffered too.
My session with her was amazing and her subconscious mind revealed that the pain was there to allow her to connect to others.
She has said that in the session she felt JIA leave her.
We have continued to have regular check-ups at hospital and in that time she has been drug free. She has now gone a year without medication and her doctor described her joints as ‘perfect’, when we went back last week!
These memories stick in the subconscious mind — which Ms Farnsworth explains is just like ‘day dreaming’.
The Reiki master, a title given to those who complete training, which can take up to three years, added that erectile dysfunction is the body’s way of communicating that something is not right.
She said: ‘For example, [clients tell her] “when I was five in the playground that bully made me feel a certain way and being in this marriage has made me feel exactly the same way”.’
Ms Farnsworth argues that the subconscious ‘sticks those scenes together’ and when a person is ‘triggered’ with a similar experience, feelings of powerlessness return and they are unable to get an erection.
She said: ‘It is like a string of lights lighting up your brain going “ding ding ding ding”, oh yes it is the same thing again and I need to move myself away from it.
‘Maybe you have moved on from that old relationship, on to a nicer and more loving relationship, but it is still is a relationship and it still hasn’t updated because the subconscious mind does not understand past, present and future.
‘It only understands the now moment.’
Ms Farnsworth explained that hypnotherapy ‘is a natural state of relaxation’ which allows people to focus on their ‘subconscious mind rather than conscious’ to go ‘back to how when and where the issue began’.
She added: ‘I’m not expecting anyone to know [their root cause] and if they do think they know, it probably isn’t.
‘So it’s by being relaxed to just use your subconscious mind and regress them back so they go, “oh this can’t be what it is about”. It is a beautiful story of self-discovery.’
Treatment for erectile dysfunction includes medicines that increase blood flow to the penis, such as Viagra, vacuum pumps, which encourage blood flow to the penis, or counselling and therapy if emotional or mental health problems are involved.
But Ms Farnsworth uses personalised tailored tapes to fully relax her clients before her sessions.
She creates these tapes by recording herself explaining to her clients on what to expect during the session and what they are going to experience in future sessions.
During the sessions, her clients are ‘taken through a journey’ into their subconscious mind in an attempt for them to find the ‘root cause’ to their erectile dysfunction.
This involves talking therapy where Ms Farnsworth, who works online, will guide people to a state of deep relaxation in hope to enter the subconscious mind.
The transformational coach has been a major asset to many people’s relationships as she uses hypnotherapy to guide people through their subconscious to find the ‘root cause’
People can either choose to to lie down or sit up with their eyes closed and neck supported while she talks them through their memories.
Ms Farnsworth then says she guides them through the rest of their treatment using hypnotherapy to release them from the emotions behind their erectile dysfunction.
A block of four sessions, which involve a two-hour initial appointment, followed by three that each last for one hour, costs £1,597.
The transitional coach said: ‘Erectile dysfunction is normally about powerlessness of some sort and feeling powerless so it is going back to how, when and where and in the subconscious mind it is just like daydreaming.
‘You go, “oh, I don’t know why I am thinking about this, perhaps, but I’m seven” and even though that wasn’t when the erectile dysfunction began, it might be when they first started feeling powerless.
‘It is about emotions because our subconscious minds are hardwired with emotion and they are not logical.
‘It is about looking at the scenes that feel the same but don’t necessarily look the same — it is about the emotions. The subconscious mind isn’t logical.’
Ms Farnsworth claims to have transformed her clients’ lives. She said: ‘They say they have got their life back and they got freedom.
‘We have all gone through trauma. And erectile dysfunction is just a presenting symptom of a trauma response.
‘Trauma doesn’t have to be held at knifepoint, it can be anything that made you feel bad about yourself and we have all gone through thousands of those.’
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection.
Erectile dysfunction can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological.
Physical causes include:
- Narrowing of the blood vessels going to the penis – commonly associated with high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol or diabetes
- Hormonal problems
- Surgery or injury
Psychological causes of ED include:
- Relationship problems
Source: NHS Inform