Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Heat

Hot packs are a good Peyronie's treatment

Even though you follow a good Peyronie’s disease treatment program based  current scientific knowledge of biochemistry and physiology, many men overlook a very effective therapy that is essentially free.

Heat – moist heat – can be incorporated in every Alternative Medicine Peyronies plan, especially those that use external therapies.  I am currently coaching a few MDs about treatment of their Peyronie’s disease plaque and fibrin that it contains; I can see a few of them roll their eyes when they read this.  Imagine, using moist heat for Peyronie’s disease – isn’t that cute.  Many people would probably not even consider using because it seems too low-tech, too simple, too basic, too dumb, to be of any  value.  Yet, I used it and so do a lot of the men I work with about their treatment plans.  Moist heat should be an important part of your Peyronie’s disease treatment plan.

Applying moist heat before and after using the combination of DMSO, topical vitamin E, and the copper peptide serum makes a lot of sense.  The heat dilates the blood vessels of the area and causes greater absorption of these three therapies into the tissue of the Peyronies plaque. Use moist heat on you penis if you are going to be doing any kind of external therapy.  For that matter, even if all you are doing are internal therapies of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, moist heat is still a good inexpensive therapy to do every day, all by itself.

Moist heat applied before other therapies (DMSO, copper peptides, vitamin E oil) will give them an extra advantage.  If you precede most any external therapy (or sexual activity) with moist heat you will bring extra blood to the genital area.  The additional blood flow and increased lymphatic drainage that occurs will allow other therapies to penetrate deeper and expand the tissue more fully.   In addition, you can also apply more moist heat after any or all of your therapies.  Moist heat will assure a better therapeutic response.

An element of potential danger is present when you apply heat to the delicate tissue of the genital area.  You must be very careful the heat is not too great and that you do not fall asleep with the heat being applied.  If you have a fair complexion, or have a history of burning easily, take extra steps to protect yourself from injury.  It is important that you check your skin frequently to assure you are not burning yourself.  If you use common sense and care with the process, there should be little problem.

Here is an excerpt from my book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook”:

"A hot shower is generally not effective because the heat is applied in such a broad area that much additional blood cannot be sent over the entire body surface.  You will not experience the degree of increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage as when the heat is focused to a smaller and more specific area.

To do this properly, prepare three towels:

The first is used to cover the surface you will be sitting or laying on.

The second should be a large clean towel.  Soak it water as hot as you can stand to handle.  Wring the towel out as completely as you can, so that it is not dripping excess water.  Lie down in a comfortable position on top of the dry towel.  Apply the large hot moist towel to the genital area for 5-15 minutes, with special attention to covering and wrapping specifically around the penis, being careful not to burn yourself.

The third is a towel to cover and insulate the moist towel to keep it as hot as you can stand, for as long as possible.

The first time you do this, PLEASE check yourself after the first few minutes and check yourself again five minutes after the first check, to assure that you are not burning your tender genital tissue.  If it should happen, because that is the nature of accidents, use:

1.      Ice pack to the area for 20 minutes only, no more. After 20 minutes the response of the body to the ice changes, and the tissue begins to swell and favor retention of inflammatory by-products.   Do this twice the first day and then daily until you are no longer in pain.

2.      Neosporin topical ointment applied to the area of injury according to package instructions.  Keep the area clean and covered with sterile gauze.

3.      Aloe vera gel applied to the area will speed healing.

4.      Determine what you did wrong with the heat; don’t do it again, because you will be using moist heat again in a slightly different manner, as it is still a good thing to do.  Adjust and modify your technique so you will not burn yourself again.

At the conclusion of the moist heat application you should be nicely red – only.  You should not feel like you are sore to the touch after using the hot towel.  If possible, keep the hot moist towel in place while doing other therapy; apply moist heat while doing DMSO, copper peptide, and vitamin E Peyronie's treatment, or soft tissue massage to the lower pelvis.

"As a very nice option, you can also simply use a hot water bottle wrapped with a moist towel to the genital when you go to bed, or simply put it in place if you are going to be sitting for a long time in front of the TV, your computer or even your car.  Or, you can even put a half or full cup of rice in an old sock, tie off the open end, and heat it in the microwave for a few minutes.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to make a handy reusable heating method for your problem area.  Every little bit helps."

Do not underestimate the value of moist heat applied to the penis to speed up healing – it might seem old-fashioned, but it works wonders.  Do it!

Any questions about this post?  Ask your questions under the main heading of “Ask Dr. Herazy…”    TRH

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment with DMSO

DMSO is a wide based Peyronie's treatment

Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) was first synthesized in Germany in 1866.  Since then it has been available as a pulp-industry by-product for many years. Its principle use is currently that of an industrial solvent. While it is in use in medical and surgical treatment, it can be used in DMSO Peyronie's therapy.

In 1964 Dr. Stanley W. Jacob and others at the University of Oregon Medical School were the first to describe the remarkable medicinal properties of DMSO.  In this first work with DMSO they applied it to intact human skin, and discovered it penetrates rapidly and produces a wide range of pharmacologic actions.  Some of these are anti-inflammation properties, local analgesia, stopping bacterial growth in it presence, increased renal function to reduce edema, a carrier action with drugs it is coupled with, softening of collagen (the primary component of the Peyronie’s disease plaque), nonspecific enhancement of immunity, dilatation of blood vessels, and reduction of blood platelet adhesion.  As a result, DMSO has been used widely to treat various conditions (arthritis and bursitis, acute and chronic musculoskeletal trauma, scleroderma, chronic urogenital disorders, and unresponsive postoperative pain syndromes). To date, little to no local or systemic toxicity or tissue destruction has been noted in humans when DMSO is administered.

Of special interest in Peyronie’s disease treatment, when normal tissue is injured or deteriorates for any reason, the damaged tissue naturally produces chemicals called "free radicals."  It just so happens that DMSO is a potent scavenger of these radicals, maintaining the normal integrity of cells and tissues. These free radicals exert further harm to the damaged or aging cells, and thus prevent or slow the healing process.  Using DMSO in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease seems to make sense because it can be applied locally over the superficial surface of the plaque region.  Not only that, but it can be used to bring in other therapies directly into that same area – a double benefit. DMSO has been called "the most controversial therapeutic advance of modern times."  However, the 40 year controversy since it first made medical headlines seems to be bureaucratic and economic, rather than scientific. More than 10,000 articles on the biologic actions of DMSO have been reported in the scientific literature, along with 30,000 articles on the chemistry of DMSO. These reports and studies strongly support the contention that DMSO is a truly significant new therapeutic principle.

Currently, DMSO is a respected and approved pharmaceutical agent in more than 125 countries, but not the U.S. In 1970, the FDA approved DMSO for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in dogs and horses. Many veterinarians consider DMSO to be the most valuable therapeutic substance in their armamentarium.  Later, in 1978, DMSO was given FDA approval as a therapy for interstitial cystitis, a painful and disabling urinary bladder inflammation.

In many ways, DMSO is the "aspirin" of our time. If aspirin had been introduced in 1963, as was DMSO, with its multiple beneficial therapeutic properties, aspirin surely would have been similarly restricted.

DMSO became prescriptive for humans in the USSR in 1971, in therapy of various musculoskeletal problems. Dr. V. Balabanova of the Moscow Institute of Rheumatology estimates that approximately 50 percent of the Russian population who have arthritis will receive DMSO as part of their therapy. There are more than one hundred articles in the world's literature relating to DMSO and arthritis. This widespread and common use is based on the well-established pharmacologic actions of DMSO to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, soften scar tissue and contracted fibrous tissue elements, remove free radicals, increase circulation and stimulate healing.  No one with Peyronie’s disease can deny the value of these functions in the repair of the Peyronies plaque.

Based on research from around the world, DMSO has proven to be an effective treatment for many illnesses that otherwise have no known therapy. DMSO is safer, far less expensive, and at least as effective for a variety of problems for which the medical community is presently using other, less effective, and more costly treatments. In 1972 the National Academy of Sciences evaluated the scientific data on DMSO and determined it was a least as effective as other currently approved treatments for three musculoskeletal inflammatory human conditions. Yet, it has not been given FDA approval for these same conditions. Certainly, one of the most important questions about any new medicinal therapy is safety.  The only potentially serious side effect is the occasional patient who is allergic.  In Peyronie’s disease treatment, this is reduced simply by the small area to which DMSO is applied and the administration of topical vitamin E and urea with the PMD-DOMSO formulation created by PDI.

A careful review of the published literature on DMSO shows there is not a single death which can be definitely attributed to this agent. Since it first appeared in the mid-1960s, hundreds of millions of treatments have been applied worldwide, showing that DMSO is a substance of extraordinary low tissue toxicity. At that time the FDA had received data submitted by approximately 1,500 U.S. physicians concerning over 100,000 DMSO applications, all showing safety and effectiveness. The pharmaceutical companies submitting this positive data were Squibb, Merck, and Syntex, all who would have suffered economic harm if this inexpensive therapy was made more popular and readily available.  With the withdrawal of their support, all further U.S. DMSO research and documentation of effectiveness has stopped.  Thus, the large drug companies blocked further interest or use in a safe, easy, effective and inexpensive substance that could help stop the progression of Peyronie's disease, so they could develop drugs in which their profit potential was much greater.

Much of the resistance to the use of DMSO in Peyronie’s disease can be thought to be more political and economic, than scientific.  For these reasons, the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has used DMSO in its therapy program from the onset.   TRH

Masturbation as Cause of Peyronie’s Disease

Here is a common kind of question asking me if I think this young man's Peyronie’s disease started with masturbation.  In this discussion we explore the cause of Peyronie's disease, and my response advising him how to manage his problem.

hi dr. herazy

thank you for your quick replies to my questions!!

i know that i cannot ask anyone else this question, because it is so embarrassing for me…and you are the only one i know who I can trust…but i need to know because it is just driving me crazy and i do not know who else to ask before i hurt myself even more.

as i told you, i got my pd almost two years ago when i was 17, and i have kept this problem from my parents all this time…the reason i have not told them is because i do not know how they would react if i told them that i think i got peyronies by masturbating too hard…do you think this is possible?  ever since i was about 11 or 12 i would masturbate sometimes a few times a week…sometimes a few times a day…and I developed what i now see are some pretty strange and brutal rituals to reach ejaculation….one day i got so carried away with rubbing and twisting really hard that i got so sore for over a week that i thought i broke something inside…i got black and blue and then about a month later i noticed a lump of tissue on the top and side; after that the curve started that has only gotten worse for two years.

please tell me if you think i did this to myself, so i will know and maybe i will be able to stop masturbating after all this time…waiting for your answer.

thanks for your past advice.


—–Original Message—–
Sent: Fri, 12 Oct 2008 4:54 AM
Subject: RE: Question

Greetings, CXXXXXX,

It seems like every few weeks I get a phone call or an email from someone who tells me his Peyronie’s disease started from a injury that started from over-aggressive masturbation.  I mention this to you so you know you are not alone.  It seems many men – both young and old – sometimes get so carried away with their masturbation that they injure the delicate tunica albuginea membrane inside the shaft of the penis. When this happens it is possible for one or more masses of fibrous material (called plaque) to develop in response to the injury as a way of healing it – it has been said that PD is nothing more than an excessive or exuberant healing response of the tunica to injury.  This plaque prevents a normal erection from developing and leads to the severe 90 degree bend you now have.

I have no way of knowing for sure if that was the case with you.  However, based on what you have told me how you have rubbed and rammed your penis against your mattress or into a pillow for years, I think there is a good chance that this is how your problem started.  Actually, my concern is more about how to take care of your problem than in trying to help you blame yourself.  It is in the past.  The only thing that is important right now is what you are going to do to help yourself today.

So what are you to do now?  We have already discussed how I suggest you go about using Alternative Medicine to promote repair of your PD. You need to carefully and faithfully work that Medium Plan and add in the information from the gentle manual stretching video just as soon as you receive it.

In addition to all that, you need to stop being so rough in your masturbation – notice I am not saying stop masturbating – I am telling you to refine and improve your technique so that it is more like intercourse.  I know that you have never had sex with a girl because of your PD, so you need to imagine what it is like and use your hand to mimic what you think that feels like.   Do not use inanimate objects for the time being – use only your hand so that you can control the softness of the stimulation and to heighten the pleasure that you are looking for.  You must use a lot – loads – of lubrication when you masturbate so that you do not injure yourself further.  Never masturbate “dry” again.  There is no sense in you doing all this work to help your body to heal your Peyronie’s plaque if you beat yourself up every night while masturbating, OK?

You have to get ahead of your problem and being soft and gentle is the way to do it.  I am sorry, but you will probably find that in the beginning maybe for a few days or a few weeks you will not be able to come to orgasm with your new way of masturbating.  You will have to change what you do, young fella, even if it is difficult and not as familiar to you at the start.  Over time your nerve system will adapt to this new pleasant sensation and you will probably enjoy it more in the long run.

Let me know if you have any more questions.


Theodore R. Herazy, DC, LAc

Peyronies Treatment and Breast Cancer

Peyronie's disease treatment information to use

Here is an some interesting information about Peyronie’s treatment from an unlikely source: breast cancer research.

German researchers who track breast cancer rates of progression have proposed the controversial notion that some forms of breast tumors found in mammogram studies might naturally disappear – or heal – on their own if left undetected. Archives of Internal Medicine November 24, 2008;168(21):2311-2316. Mammography and manual breast self-examination for tumors have become the standard methods for early detection of breast cancer during the last 20 years.Dr. Per-Henrik Zahl and colleagues examined highly invasive breast cancer rates among nearly 120,000 women age 50 to 64 who had a mammogram examination over a six-year period. They compared the number of breast cancers found in another group of approximately 110,000 women who were screened only once at the end of the same six-year period.

Dr. Zahl expected to find no differences in breast cancer rates. However, he found 22 percent more invasive breast tumors in the group who had mammograms every two years, raising the possibility some cancers somehow disappear naturally.

This landmark cancer study suggests that some cancer can go away on its own, something that most doctors and oncologists would never consider. Prior to this study, when a cancer disappears without treatment, it is typically dismissed as an error of diagnosis or a fluke. But this German study suggests that even highly invasive cancers not only may go away without active medical treatment, but that they do more often than previously imagined.This supports the Peyronie's Disease Institute concept that our body’s have the remarkable capacity to heal, and that ability is determined largely by our lifestyle – including and primarily your nutritional intake. If you eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and sun exposure and address your emotional stress, your body has the best opportunity to maintain a healthy balance toward correction of many health problems like Peyronie's disease. Is this an infallible method of health care? Of course not.

People still need medical intervention and need to visit their medical doctors. But they also need to remember that the body can heal itself when given the opportunity, and that opportunity must be promoted by following reasonable things that promote health as we discuss on the PDI website.

If you are interested in information that will help you understand how to promote your best possible chance for a natural Peyronie's treatment, then go to the website of the Peyronie's Disease Institute.

If the body can cure an invasive breast cancer, it can do many wonderful and miraculous things when given the opportunity. PDI gives you information about promoting that opportunity for the best Peyronies treatment possible.


Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Cameras

Profit motive in Peyronie's treatment

In the past I have written that many forms of effective Peyronie’s disease treatment will not be given a fair investigation – or any investigation – because they lack sufficient profit for the medical industry.  They are ignored because they do not represent enough money, even though there is some evidence they might be helpful.

This statement seems a harsh and cynical attitude to many, I am sure.  After all, aren’t doctors and the drug companies and hospitals that work with them, all interested in helping humanity when we are ill or injured?

Here is a reprint of an interesting article that appeared in the 12-15-08 issue of Business Week magazine, titled, “The Inside Track in Medical Cameras” 558172.htm?chan=magazine+channel_what%27s+next In this nicely written article, the author describes what these medical cameras can do, the intense business competition among the various camera makers in the $2.5 billion gastrointestinal endoscopy camera market, and how these companies are working to improve their products and sell more of them.  As you would suspect, this article is all about the business side of the medical camera market.

Here is a part of that discussion of new medical cameras that are used to look inside the body to either assist in diagnosis and treatment of illness.  Please pay special attention to the two lines I made bold for emphasis:

“…HDTV sharpened the quality of the images doctors could generate
and turned Olympus into the No. 1 player in the $2.5 billion
gastrointestinal endoscopy market, with 70% of global sales. (Japan's
Pentax and Fuji vie for second and third place.)

But with competition on the rise and hospital budgets weighed down by
the struggling economy, Olympus must persuade customers that its
$20,995 surgical cameras are still worth the premium price. "These
devices have to enable them to do more procedures, and to do them
more efficiently,"
argues F. Mark Gumz, chief executive of Olympus
Corp. of the Americas, who has been calling hospital CEOs personally to
try to assess how far their spending might fall. "It's a concern—there will
be significant financial stress on hospitals."

The part that I highlighted indicates that the decision to buy a new Olympus  $20,995.00 camera will be made on the basis of greater profit for a hospital if the camera will enable more surgeries to be performed or to do the existing surgeries more efficiently (faster), which basically means more surgeries.

Note that the hospital’s decision to buy a new Olympus  $20,995.00 camera will not be made on the basis of other things that this camera is supposed to do.  The article states that it is capable of showing greater details of the inside of the body, thus allowing the doctor to detect problems more skillfully or find problems that might otherwise be missed with a poorer quality camera.

Thus, even thought the camera can help the doctor do a better job for the patient, the hospital’s decision to actually purchase the camera is made on the basis of profit, not patient benefit.

This is a simple and harsh reality of life that I fully understand, as do most of us.  Yet, I am sure there is a part of all of us that wants to hope and believe that while health care is indeed a business, when it comes to OUR health, that things are different.  We would all like to know that compassion, good will, kindness, altruistic thinking, noble effort, selfless service, and a blind and huge effort to turn over every stone to get us well will prevail when it comes to our individual health care, and that profit or human emotions of greed, jealousy, anger, or simple fatigue will not influence how our health problems are treated.  Of course we all want to believe this, yet we know it probably is not so.

For those of us with Peyronies disease, this is also true.  As I have written many times, the decision to investigate a promising Peyronie’s disease  treatment benefit with simple vitamin E, or PABA, or MSM, or acetyl-L-carnitine, simply will not happen because there is insufficient profitability for the health care industry in this therapeutic area.  This is why you so often read that a small study showed that an herb or vitamin showed initial signs of success in treatment of Peyronie’s disease, but no further research testing has been done.

I trust that this small example of a very large pattern of conduct – and omission – makes it a little easier for readers to understand why the PDI treatment concept is not being promoted or used within standard or organized medicine.  It has little to do with effectiveness; it has to do with profit.