Erectile dysfunction (ED) can occur for a number of reasons, from underlying health conditions through emotional problems, depression, stress, the effects of medication, drugs or alcohol abuse (among others). In whichever case, it can lead to further depression, anxiety and feelings of inadequacy in those that suffer from it. Yet, aside for cases which involve serious surgical or medical attention, there is a host of natural and non-invasive treatments that can help alleviate erectile dysfunction, helping men pursue a satisfying sex life. Before looking at natural remedies, it is first important to note that your doctor will help find the root cause. So, what exactly are the natural options?
Ginkgo Biloba and Panax Ginseng
Ginkgo and ginseng have long been used in Chinese medicine to aid male vitality and longevity. Nowadays, they are also commonly promoted for their perceived benefits to cognitive function and memory retention. Ginkgo has been proven to improve blood circulation by opening up blood vessels which, when taken for ED, helps blood vein health and flow to the penis. Similarly, ginseng works as an adaptogen to stabilize physiological processes, potentially combating erectile dysfunction. Both are commonly taken together, and both have a long history of use for energy and virility in ancient cultures. As such, science now even suggests (see studies of ginseng and ginkgo) both have had positive effects in relieving ED.
L-arginine is an amino acid the body uses to build proteins and can be extracted from a host of natural sources, from wheat germ to various nuts. It works to improve blood flow and, as such, has been utilized in supplement form to help treat erectile dysfunction. The science is scattered, but several studies are confirming L-arginine’s positive recorded effects on sexual health.
Saw palmetto is another herbal extract — coming from the fruit of a small palm tree — that has some proven effects in relieving prostate disorders such as prostatitis or enlargement with age. As such, several scientists have alleged it may help in curing erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, there is little more to back this up. However, if your erectile dysfunction is caused by an enlarged prostate, saw palmetto tackles the root cause.
Stress Relief, Exercise and Diet Change
It sounds simple, but stress is one of the biggest causes of impotence, as are bad diets and lack of exercise. If you are currently overweight or stressed and suffering from impotence, consider making lifestyle changes such as adopting a new exercise regime and getting at least 30 minutes or moderate exercise a day; practicing yoga or meditation regularly, for instance, has been proven to both lower stress and help maintain a healthy weight. Although this may sound broad and oversimplified, the best progress in patients has been made by those adopting regular exercise routines, getting enough sleep every night, reducing their stress and, perhaps most importantly, eating well-balanced meals. After all, there is nothing more natural than living simply, naturally and organically. In fact, antioxidant-rich foods such as pomegranates may even help cure your impotence.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
As with the previous point, drinking more than 14 units a week will have an inverse effect on your sexual health. If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction and you drink perhaps more than you’re supposed to, give yourself several days off a week and work to reduce your intake overall. Binge drinking, in particular, should be avoided. This is because alcohol is actually a depressant and can, therefore, cause both temporary and long-term erectile dysfunction.
Last on this list and a bit of a gamble is acupuncture. Studies of acupuncture’s efficacy in helping cure erectile dysfunction are mixed, but some do indeed attest to its profound effect on both quality and quantity of erections.
About The Author:
Stuart works with Dr. Felix, a leading online pharmacy servicing the UK and Europe. He has written for several well-known websites, covering various aspects of personal health and wellbeing.