Erectile Dysfunction: 5 Natural Treatments

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, is a condition in which a man fails to achieve or maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. Your doctor is likely to diagnose you with ED if the condition lasts for more than a few weeks or months.

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Normal treatments for erectile dysfunction include vacuum pumps, prescription medications, implants, and surgery. However, most men prefer natural options.

  1. Rhodiola rosea

A study showed that Rhodiola rosea may help treat ED. For the research, twenty-six out of 35 men were given 150 to 200 mg a day for three months. The men experienced improved sexual function. This herb has been shown to improve energy.

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  1. Panax ginseng

Panax ginseng is also known as the herbal Viagra. Researchers looked at seven studies of red ginseng and ED in 2008. Dosages ranged from 600 to 1,000 milligrams (mg) thrice daily. From their conclusion, there was suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

  1. L-arginine

L-arginine is an amino acid present in your body that helps make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels to aid a successful erection and is vital for healthy sexual functioning. Thirty-one percent of men with ED taking 5 grams of L-arginine per day experienced noteworthy improvements in sexual function, according to a study.

  1. DHEA

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural hormone produced by your adrenal glands and it can be converted to both estrogen and testosterone in the body. DHEA is produced from wild yam and soy.

The Massachusetts male aging study showed that men with ED were more likely to have low levels of DHEA.  About 40 men with ED participated in another study in 2009. Half of the participants received 50 mg DHEA and half received a placebo once a day for six months. Those receiving the DHEA achieved and maintain an erection.

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  1. Yohimbe

Yohimbe is extracted from the bark of the African yohimbe tree. According to some studies, yohimbe has shown positive effects on sexual performance.

The American Urological Association doesn’t recommend yohimbe as an ED treatment because there’s not a lot of evidence to show its efficacy. Also, its side effects which includes heart rate, tremor, and increased heart rate may be damaging to health.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes and diet can help relieve symptoms of ED in most cases. Lifestyle changes to improve sexual performance include exercising and losing weight, stopping tobacco and reducing intake of alcohol.

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