Are there Natural Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a medical condition that commonly affects men. In fact, over 30 million men in the United States suffer from ED. Erectile Dysfunction includes the inability for a man to get and keep an erection. When this happens, men often feel inadequate and have low self-esteem. Furthermore, ED can make relationships difficult. Oftentimes, women believe it is their fault until their partner gets diagnosed.

Men usually start to seek medical attention when the condition starts to affect their relationship. If they go to a medical doctor, the doctor will probably prescribe medications, or suggest implants or surgery. Another popular treatment for men is the use of vacuum pumps. But, overall, most men prefer to use natural treatments.

Here is a list of four common natural treatments for ED:
Panax ginseng.
Known as the herbal Viagra, Panax ginseng (red ginseng) has clear-cut research backing it. In a 2008 review, researchers evaluated seven studies of red ginseng. There were varying dosages administered, from 600 to 1,000 milligrams (mg) three times daily. The researchers found “suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.” 

Panax ginseng seems to be most effective for men with high lipids in their blood and metabolic syndrome. The benefits of this herb include: being anti-inflammatory, improving lung function, and improving blood flow.

Rhodiola rosea.
In a study about Rhodiola rosea’s effect on Erectile Dysfunction, 26 out of 35 men were given 150mg to 200 mg per day for three months to treat their ED. It was found that the men experienced a better functioning libido and sex drive. Rhodiola rosea is also indicated to combat fatigue and improve energy.

Dehydroepiandrosterone or (DHEA) is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It converts to both estrogen and testosterone in the body. Scientists can make this hormone from wild yam and soy.

In 2009, a Massachusetts study indicated that men with ED had a greater occurrence of low DHEA levels. In another study, a total of 40 men with ED participated, in which half were given 50 mg DHEA and the other half were given a placebo once a day for six months. The men that received the DHEA were more likely to achieve and maintain an erection.

L-arginine is a naturally occurring amino acid in the body that helps make nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels to cause a successful erection and is vital for healthy sexual functioning.
In a study about the effects of L-arginine’s effects on ED, 31 percent of men with ED that took 5 grams of L-arginine per day experienced substantial improvements in sexual function.

Always speak to a medical doctor before using any natural treatment for Erectile Dysfunction. There are two reasons for this. First, the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) does not regulate quality, strength, purity or packaging of herbs. Because of this, it is important that you buy your herbs from a trustworthy source. Second, you may have an underlying medical condition that is causing your ED. If so, that medical condition and your ED need to be treated.

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