Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction:
Scientific support for the claim of any remedy can safely and effectively treat erectile dysfunction is lacking. If you’re considering the use of a natural remedy, it’s important to consult your physician first and avoid self-treating with alternative medicine.
1. Red Korean Ginseng
Red Korean ginseng from Korea, is prepared by steaming and then drying. In herbal medicine, this type of ginseng is said to stimulate sexual function and boost energy more so than “cooler” types of ginseng such as white or North American ginseng. Red Korean ginseng may boost blood flow to the penis, but study quality has generally been low. Human trials suggest that red ginseng may improve erection quality in men with ED.
2. Ginkgo Biloba
Known as a treatment for cognitive decline, ginkgo biloba has also been used to treat erectile dysfunction. Especially cases caused by the use of certain antidepressant medications. One study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy found that it worked. A more rigorous study, published in Human Pharmacology in 2002, failed to replicate this finding. “Ginkgo has come out of fashion in the past few years,” says Ronald Tamler, MD, assistant professor of medicine and co-director of the men’s health program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “That’s because it doesn’t do much. I can say that in my practice, I have not seen ginkgo work — ever.”
3. Horny goat weed
Horny goat weed and other related herbs have been treatments for sexual dysfunction for years. Italian researchers found that the main compound in horny goat weed, icariin, acts in a similar way as drugs like Viagra.
L-arginine is an amino acid that increases nitric oxide levels, a molecule that signals smooth muscle surrounding blood vessels (including those in the penis) to relax, in the body. This dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow which is necessary for maintaining erections. L-arginine is fairly popular in sports and bodybuilding as it is used for protein synthesis in the body.
There have been two studies evaluating the effectiveness of L-arginine with Erectile Dysfunction. One study published in the British Journal of Urology International found that L-arginine supplements (5g daily) was not beneficial, however there was an improvement in the subset of men who had low urinary nitrate and nitrite levels (markers for nitric oxide levels in the body).
In another study, a combination of L-arginine, glutamate and yohimbine was used and in another, a combination of L-arginine, carnitine, acetyl carnitine and ginseng was used. Although there were improvements, the effect of L-arginine isn’t clear because the studies used combined supplements.
L-carnitine is involved in energy metabolism with in the body. It is produced naturally in the body, but is also found in foods like animal products as well as in supplement form. There are various forms of carnitine supplements like propionyl-L-carnitine that have been used to increase blood flow and has been explored for erectile dysfunction.
6. Pomegranate juice
Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. Pomegranate juice may also protect against ED. No proof exists, but results of a study published in 2007 were promising. The authors of the small-scale pilot study called for additional research, saying that larger-scale studies might prove pomegranate juice’s effectiveness against erectile dysfunction. “I tell my patients to drink it,” says Espinosa. “It could help ED, and even if it doesn’t, it has other health benefits.”
7. Muira Puama
Muira Puama is a flowering bush native to the Brazilian Amazon that has historically been used as a remedy for erectile dysfunction, joint pain and digestive disorders. Today it’s used as a treatment for ED and as an aphrodisiac.
8. Low Testosterone and ED
Men in their later years who have ED accompanied by a low libido may have a testosterone deficiency. Please note that testosterone products should only be used under a doctor’s care. It’s important to monitor your testosterone levels when taking supplements.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.