Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that many men will end up suffering from at some period in their life. While ED may be a sign of a more serious complication such as diabetes or heart disease and warrants a visit to your physician, sometimes, especially in younger men,Â it may be something simple that triggers it. Stress, cigarettes and excessive drinking (alcohol) have all been known to trigger ED.Â
While pharmaceutical giants have tackled the problem of ED and have come up with extremely popular drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, there are many herbal and natural remedies out there that a man can use to treat his problem. However, if deciding to use a herbal remedy, be sure to still consult your doctor before doing so. While something might be derived from nature, it still could interact in a bad way with any prescription medications that you happen to be taking. Double-checking with your health care professional and reading all the information on the label of what it is that you are taking is always a good idea.
There are a number of different herbal remedies out there that claim to improve the condition of erectile dysfunction.Â In order to understand how these natural remedies work, it is important to understand how a erection is achieved in the first place. The first step is sensory stimulation (tactile or imagery) of the brain.Â Once the brain is stimulated, it sends signals down to the nervous system setting things in motion. The nerves surrounding the penis are vital in maintaining an erection. If they are not working properly the achieving and maintaining an erection becomes a difficult task. Once the nerves are stimulated, then the circulatory system kicks in, sending blood flowing into the shaft, causing it to become engorged and erect. As men age, the circulatory system does not function as properly as it once did resulting in poor blood flow to the penis. All three of these stages of arousal can be enhanced with herbal and natural remedies. Natural remedies that promote a state of relaxation can help men who suffer from ED because of stress, anxiety, or depression. If you believe your ED is being caused by emotional or stress related issues, you may want to try aromatherapy, acupuncture, or a deep tissue massage, to see if a state of relaxation helps you. There are many natural remedies out there that can help repair and restore your nervous system.Â
There are also many herbs out there that have been used for centuries to improve blood circulation, which is essential when it comes to maintaining an erection. Many of these remedies can be found in health food stores and are sometimes even labeled as aphrodisiacs, although there is no absolute guarantee that they will help you with your condition.
Here is a short list of the most popular ones out there:
Ginkgo Biloba: a stimulant
Asian Ginseng : used for centuries in china as a aphrodisiac
Horny goat weed: known as “natural viagra” containing icariin which increases the levels of nitric oxide in the system allowing more blood to flow to the penis.
Fo-Ti: a longevity agent
Damiana: a nerve tonic
Muira Palma: A folk medicine from Brazil
Maca: a radish like plant once used by Peruvian warriors
Tribulus Terrestris: a fertility plant from India that helps raise hormone levels
Tongkat Ali: “natures testosterone booster.”
In addition to these herbal supplements, there are a variety of different vitamins and amino acids that men can take to help improve their condition. L-Arginine, for example, is a key amino acid that allows the penile blood vessels to relax. Priopionyl-L-Caritine is another example of an amino acid that is used to treat ED. Vitamins to increase blood flow and improve nerve reactions are also recommended. Vitamin C and E, Zinc, and flax seed oil are prime examples of supplements that men could try to help with ED.
Here isÂ a simple andÂ effective home remedy:
Mix 1 part of ginger powder with 1 part of honey. Take 1/2 teaspoon of the mix 3 times a day.