Erectile Dysfunction is a condition in which a man can’t attain an erection during sexual intercourse. It is also commonly known as impotence and the risk of having it increases as men age. The symptoms of ED often include a decrease in libido or sexual desire. ED also has psychological effects on sufferers such as anxiety and reduced self-confidence.
The inability to achieve an erection occasionally is not abnormal but if the condition becomes frequent or lasts for several weeks or months, you should visit your doctor who may then diagnose the condition. It is good to get it checked out as soon as you can because ED could be caused by an underlying and potentially more serious health issue such as heart disease or psychological issues like depression.
Depending on the nature and severity of your ED, you may be prescribed oral medications such as Avanafil (Stendra), Vardenafil or Sildenafil (Viagra). If your doctor determines that oral medication doesn’t work, there are other treatments like penile implants and penis pumps.
However, medication doesn’t work for everyone and there have been an increased interest in natural treatments and they could be good alternatives for those having side effects to drugs such as Viagra.
Natural Treatments for ED
Before you try ‘natural’ treatments, consult your doctor and note that there are plenty of bogus claims for ‘natural’ treatments for ED. So, seek medical advice and do your research before attempting them.
Some of the most common natural treatments include:
- L-arginine: Some research studies concluded that high dosages of L-arginine improve blood flow to the penis. This should not be taken with Viagra.
- Ginseng : Ginseng is an Asian ginger-like root has been shown to improve Erectile Dysfunction.
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA): Some evidence points to DHEA improving libido in both men and women and having a positive impact on ED sufferers.
- Propionyl-L-carnitine: Studies have reported that Propionyl-L-carnitine, when used in conjunction with Viagra show better results than Viagra used on its own.
- Gingko: Gingko is a native Chinese herb that could increase blood flow to the penis. However, it is also reported to increase the risk of bleeding. So, patients taking blood thinners should be cautious and seek medical advice before trying out Gingko supplements.
There are other natural treatments like Epimedium and Yohimbine, but these have been linked to serous side effects and studies on them have shown mixed results.
One of the safest and most effective ways to avoid ED or at least improve erectile function is to lead a healthy lifestyle.
- Healthy Diet: Maintaining a healthy diet can help slash the risk of conditions like heart disease or diabetes which are known to be risk factors for ED.
- Exercising regularly: Regular exercise can improve blood pressure and increase blood flow to the penis, reducing the risk of ED
- Find ways to reduce stress: Stress is another contributor to ED and reducing stress or anxiety can greatly improve ED.
- Quit smoking and excessive drinking