Last Modified on Apr 21, 2014
What Is Peyronie's Disease?
A condition that can have a number of negative effects on an individual’s overall health, Peyronie's disease involves the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis. This scar tissue causes a curvature in the penis, making erections difficult and even painful. While it is not entirely unusual for a man to have a curved erection, a man affected by Peyronie's disease experiences a significant bend typically associated by pain.
The onset of symptoms associated with Peyronie's disease may appear suddenly or may develop gradually. In any case, the most common symptoms include scar tissue that can be felt under the skin as flat lumps or a band of hard tissue, a significant bend to the penis, problems with erection, shortening of the penis, pain during an erection, orgasm, or anytime the penis is touched. Additionally, Peyronie's disease may prevent a man from having sex and cause stress and anxiety.
The exact cause of Peyronie's disease is not completely understood; however, a number of influencing factors have been identified. Researchers believe that Peyronie's disease is generally associated with the rupturing of tiny blood vessels in the penis, commonly caused by sex, athletic activity, or an accident. As the body heals, blood cells and other cells collect at the site and get stuck causing the development of scar tissue. Inherited traits may also be involved in the development of Peyronie's disease.
Natural Remedies for Peyronie's Disease
As Peyronie's disease is such a troubling condition, finding an effective remedy is important for developing and maintaining overall health. Many natural options offer safe, effective treatment. Castor oil applied topically to the plaque spots or areas of scar tissue dissolves the tissue and offers relief. MSM taken orally is also known for its ability to soften scar tissue. Additional treatment options include acetyl-l-carnitine, vitamin E, and DMSO.
11/06/2013: Twinsauntymom from Ca, U.s.a.: "Novel treatment for Peyronies Disease:
Hi, My husband had been struggling with quite severe curvature and indentation of his penis for over a year. We researched all over the internet looking for treatment, relief and hope. All we found at that time were expensive oral treatments, surgery (ouch) or traction devices.
Then we discovered the benefits of using castor oil, topically (that is, rubbing it on the skin) to dissolve scar tissue and ease the pain of arthritic joints - mine. We wondered if castor oil would also work on plaque - which is also described as scar tissue.
My husband had two rather large areas of plaque in the penile shaft which were causing him pain and distress. Knowing that castor oil can do little harm topically, my husband decided to try it. So, for several weeks, before sleep, he massaged castor oil into the areas where he could feel the plaque. He also would apply a cotton bandage to keep heat and pressure on the area overnight.
Within a couple of weeks he started to notice improvement. The indentation lessened. The curvature reduced and he could physically feel the size of the two areas of plaque reducing.
He has continued to use the castor oil 3 or 4 times a week. The scar tissue that he could feel is almost gone, his penis is now almost straight and not indented. The pain is almost completely gone. He is carrying on using the castor oil and we are seeing continued improvement, week by week.
Before you spend a lot of money on proprietary compounds or consider something as drastic as surgery, which may result in having to use a prosthesis to obtain an erection, I would suggest that you invest $5 or so in a bottle of castor oil and try it.
Do some research into the healing properties of castor oil to see why it is so effective. Give it a few weeks and see if it helps you too.
This is not an overnight cure. It will take time, but I would suggest it is well worth trying.
A couple of helpful hints. Cover yourself with a towel or an old pair of pyjamas for sleeping. The oil may well stain your bedclothes.
Make sure that you can get into the bathroom to wash when your hands are oily - finding yourself with oily hands and being unable to open either the bedroom or bathroom doors is a little embarrassing."Replies
01/13/2014: Mike from East Brunswick, New Jersey replies: "Does his penis curve down or up (or at least used too ), And did his penis look inflamated towards the bottom of it? Im wondering because thats how it is all for me and im going to see if castor oil can help me."
[YEA] 01/26/2014: Dave Simon from Miami, Florida replies: "Wow. This is actually working out really well. So I've had this issue ever since I can remember which makes me believe it is hereditary. So anyways, I started applying castor oil every single night since january 15 and than I wrap any kind of napkin around my penis to keep a bit of pressure. For the most part though it's so it doesn't get on my underwear. Its january 26 now and I can already see very good results and my penis is beginning to straighten out. This stuff works great! Also for anyone wondering theres a very good chance you'll see castor oil marketed as a laxative which it is so don't be confused. Oh, and I also apply it all over my penis... no specific reason or anything it only takes a few seconds."
02/27/2012: Junkman from Cleveland, Ohio, U S: "This used to be my problem as a school child. I wore normal old school (white underwear). During puberty and I would get erections in class contantly as normal kids do, well it always went to the left because it had to pick a direction in my pants. Because of that constant happening for me when I was naked and got an erection it would always go to the left slightly in a curve. This stopped when I became more hippie style and stopped wearing underwear. I would get hardons but it wouldnt be so resticted by the underwear and it became straighter and so then I helped it along by trying (not too hard) to straighten by bending it back whenever I got a hardon."
01/27/2013: Chris from Los Angeles: "Hi! Im 27 and have been diagnosed with Peyronie's disease. It's a fibrotic condition of the penile shaft causing hardness, damaged tissue and subsequent lack of flexibility. Are they internal and external treatments that might rejuvenate the scar tissue?
Thank you so much!"
09/17/2012: Fiddle from Toronto, Canada: "So called Peyronie's disease is caused by internal scarring in a man's penis, causing it to bend upward during an erection. It is painful. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on softening internal scar tisssue using natural treatments."Replies
09/18/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Fiddle, I know MSM will soften scar tissue. I had an old scar from an operation on my foot which was hard and raised for many years. After a period of taking MSM on a regular basis, one day, I noticed it was no longer raised or hard and was barely even noticeable! So, maybe this will work for this issue too. Best to you, Lisa"
07/31/2011: Sawdust1 from Columbus, Ga, Usa: "anyone out there who know of home remedies to treat peyronie's disease. Due to the nature of this desiese I will not post symptoms."Replies
08/01/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "I would look into serrapeptase due its ability to deal with scarring and plaques and possibly nattokinase to compliment it."
08/01/2011: Janet from Kendal, U.k replies: "Research has suggested vitamin E, MSM, and DMSO. have all shown to have some beneficial affects. Peyronies disease institute, have reported on this. Hope this helps."
11/13/2011: Brewpunk74 from Attleboro, Ma, Us replies: "I've been dealing with this problem for a almost 3 years now & have recently (finally) been getting some relief. Believe me, I've tried everything in the book. What have I been doing as of late? I began seeing a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner who has been treating me with acupuncture, moxabustion, blood-letting/cupping & has put me on an herbal powder called Yunnan Baiyao. In addition, I have been taking shilajit (mixed with the Yunnan Baiyao powder). I have also been using Blue Emu as a massage cream & it does wonders for the aches & pains."
04/21/2014: Gabriel from Cebu replies: "Regarding peyronie' disease page. Pls if you visit this site you will find several times the words, MSM and DMSO, can you pls tell me what they mean ??? Thank you, Gabriel"
06/28/2010: David from Nashville, Tn: "Is surgery the only answer to Peyronies Disease? I have tried Neprinol with no change."Replies
06/30/2010: John from Hampton, Va. replies: "Hey Dave, Research acetyl-l-carnitine. I have heard that it may help."
07/01/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "David: SSKI is "saturated solution potassium iodide." I'm not sure of the size bottle it's available in but, I think it's available off the shelf at pharmacies, or else at a compounding pharmacy.
Dupuytren's contracture" and "Peyronie's disease" are two "fibrotic" conditions that can be helped considerably by SSKI. In Dupuytren's contracture, thickening (fibrosis) occurs along one of the tendons in the palm in the hand, pulling the related finger down towards the palm. As the problem progresses, the finger often can't be straightened any more.
In Peyronie's disease, a very similar thickening occurs along the shaft of the penis, making erections increasingly "curved" and painful. In both cases, rubbing SSKI into the thickened tissue at least twice daily softens and lessens the fibrotic area over a period of several months allowing for more normal function.
For these conditions, it's additionally helpful to take para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) 2 grams, three times daily and to rub a mixture of Vitamin E and DMSO into the thickened areas, also. However, if "caught early", SSKI alone will often "do the job". (It's also advisable to have glucose-insulin tolerance test done, as there's an unusually high incidence of "insulin resistance" in people with Dupuytren's contracture or Peyronie's disease.
07/01/2010: David from Nashville, Tn replies: "Thanks John!! I didn't think I would get a reply to this one. I will read more about acetyl-l-carnitine."
10/10/2010: Sherynb from Milwaukee, Wi replies: "If you haven't worked with a urologist who specializes in Peyronie's you might try to find one. If it's not caused by an injury, it's generally an inflammatory process, and aside from cooling the inflammation in your body generally... GENTLE vacuum pressure can slowly straighten the curvature (yeah, the vacuum pumps sex shops advertise). But getting too enthusiastic with it will only exacerbate the problem, so I'd recommend the supervision of a knowledgeable physician if you can find one."
03/07/2012: Km from Ny replies: "Take a look at this website as I believe it is one of the better sites on this topic.
They don't sell anything. It is pretty much a patient advocacy site. Lots of sharing of experiences and research papers. Most everything discussed above so far can be found on this site and more.
I will warn those about predatory websites on Peryronies disease that promise a solution with their elixer. There is no silver bullet. Watch out for false profits. Some people improve but it is often achieved with a variety of lifestyle and supplement changes.
According to many testimonials on the site, following a medical grade vacuum pump therapy protocol is a common theme in healing."
03/23/2012: Beesting from Santiago, Chile replies: "The plaque within the penile, called peyronies, is the same plaque plated on one´s teeth! The driving force to this deformity of the penile is the immune system and its need to protect damaged parts of the body! Sexually, many animals mate only a few times a year! Humans mate excessively all their adult lives! So as in a tennis player having tennis elbow, overly aggressive sex in men produce peyronies, bent penis! The story gets much worse for peyronies has 7 levels of deformity! Of course the immune system does not stop there, over use of the sexual organs requires continued repairing via of plaque depositions elsewhere, like within the prostate gland and both testicles no less! I have presented several letters online. If interested a simple search on Google with keywords, peyronies, beesting should be helpful.