Erectile dysfunction is a big problem, and it has a big impact on the quality of a man’s life. Fortunately, there are effective medications that help to overcome the condition.
Viagra, Cialis, and other related drugs work well. However, there are cases where these medications are not recommended. For example, they are very dangerous for men with low blood pressure and/or diabetes. For other men, side effects from these drugs can be a problem. Also, erectile dysfunction can be caused by other medical conditions, and can go away on its own when the underlying condition is fixed.
Natural remedies for erectile dysfunction exist. In fact, they have a longer history than the drugs mentioned above, and they have the benefit of less side effects. Most natural remedies also offer additional health benefits besides just treating ED.
Before doing anything else, the first step is to see your doctor. You already know that, but it still needs to be said. Yes, it can be an embarrassing conversation topic, but doctors talk about this stuff all day long and they’re quite desensitized by now.
Checking in with your doctor is important because the majority of ED cases are due to other medical conditions, and they can be very serious if left untreated. Some sources suggest that around 70% of ED cases in the US are caused by potentially life threatening conditions. That should motivate you to get checked out!
Fixing ED isn’t always hard. Sometimes all that’s needed is a few simple lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise, reducing your alcohol intake, stopping the use of hard drugs, or quitting tobacco.
For many cases of ED, natural remedies can be very effective. You may just need to change your diet and put it more in line with the nutrition guidelines found inside the Erectile Dysfunction Protocol by Jason Long. (Read this ED Protocol review for more details.)
Adding the amino acid Arginine to your diet (in supplement form) can also be an effective natural remedy for erectile dysfunction as several studies suggest. A study in 2003 showed that a combination of Arginine and pycnogenol (a pine extract) were very effective together and had no side effects.
Testosterone is a hormone that plays an essential role in male sexual response. It’s not necessary to take testosterone injections to boost the levels of this hormone in your blood. Instead, you can supplement with DHEA, which occurs naturally in wild yam.
DHEA is produced in the body, and is converted into testosterone naturally. When the body doesn’t produce enough of its own DHEA, testosterone levels drop. DHEA from supplements is effective at maintaining healthy testosterone levels. However, there are some indications that the long term use of DHEA actually suppresses the pituitary gland, so this should only be used as a short-term treatment.
Ginseng (especially Korean ginseng) has proven to be effective in traditional Chinese medicine and also in clinical trials. Currently, scientists are not sure exactly how it works.
However, ginseng seems to work well as a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction, and it’s also good for supporting general health. Before you take ginseng, always check with your doctor as some medications interact badly with the herb and can lead to other health complications.
Some people also swear by pomegranate juice as a way to solve erectile dysfunction problems. Pomegranate juice is high in anti-oxidants, which makes it a healthy choice. There are some promising results from clinical trials, but they do not reveal how it works, and the evidence is not conclusive.
There are plenty of other natural remedies for erectile dysfunction, but they have not received as much intensive study. Hopefully they will receive more attention, as the scientific community takes a greater interest in evaluating natural ED treatments.
In the meantime, don’t be afraid to try different natural remedies for ED and see what works for you. Just be careful about what you take, as some harmful drugs are sold by unscrupulous people as “herbal Viagra.” Make sure you only buy supplements from reputable sources, and always check the ingredients to make sure they are safe.