Erectile dysfunction is the name given to the condition where a man is incapable of sustaining an erection firm enough to allow for complete sexual intercourse. This problem is rather common and affects men across different demographics. There are different causes of erectile dysfunction (abbreviated ED). Medically, these causes are divided into two broad categories: Psychological and Physical.

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Psychological causes revolve around mental factors such as depression, low self esteem, rocky relationships and anxiety among others. Physical causes on the other hand range from hormonal problems, invasive surgical procedures and the narrowing of the vessels in the blood circulatory system.The latter is commonly linked to hypertension, increased levels of cholesterol, obesity and diabetes. In some cases however, Ed is the result of using specific medication.

While ED causes embarrassment in many affected patients, it is important to get the right diagnosis done to identify the root cause of the condition. This is key because it allows for the doctor to address the possibility of underlying health conditions. Once this is done, the course of treatment provided is dependent on the cause of ED, whether psychological or physical. In addition to the choice of treatment, a number of natural treatments have been fronted as optional or supplementary ways to treat ED. The advantage of using these remedies is that they provide less invasive alternatives, most of which are effective for the typical patient.


1. L-Arginine

Time Required: 5-15 Min
What You Need: L-Arginine capsules OR foods that are rich in L-Arginine (these include nuts, peas, meat, fish and seeds among others).
Difficulty: Easy

 

L-Arginine is recommended as an effective natural treatment for those who suffer from ED. This remedy consists of an amino acid (defined: the basic building block of proteins) whose mode of action in this course of treatment helps increase the concentration of Nitric Oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is an important component for any male because it works by relaxing the blood vessels and muscles, thus allowing increased blood flow to the penis.

Different medications work this way, but L-Arginine trumps them all with the simple advantage of having zero side effects by comparison. Different studies indicate that the amino acid also helps to increase the production of the male sex hormones, noticeably testosterone. This definitely adds to the remedy’s list of benefits. To get the best of L-Arginine, source the remedy online or from health stores.

NOTE: It is advisable to get the recommended dosage of L-Arginine capsules from your personal doctor. Alternatively, make sure you eat foods that are rich in L- Arginine as mentioned above.

Directions:

  1. Take the L-Arginine supplements as guided by your doctor.
  2. Alternatively, get foods that are rich in the amino acid and make these a regular part of your meals.

 


2. Korean Red Ginseng:

Time Required: 5 Min
What You Need: Korean red ginseng supplements.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Korean red ginseng is popularly referred to as the ‘herbal viagra’ and goes by other different names including the Chinese ginseng and Asian ginseng. This remedy’s healing properties have made it an ideal natural remedy for those suffering from ED. the herb works by increasing the flow of blood to the penis, in effect allowing for firmer and longer-lasting erections. Depending on the prescribed dosage and the availability of accompanying natural herbs for ED treatment, Korean red ginseng has also been seen to improve sexual potency in males.

NOTE: As with many supplements used for the natural treatment of ED, it is important to consult your doctor before using this remedy. This is done to avert potential drug-drug interactions as well as consider any potential allergic reactions.

Directions:

  1. Use the Korean red ginseng supplements following the dosage provided by your doctor.
  2. Typical dosage ranges from 600 mg to 1000 mg depending on the outcome of your doctor’s consultation.

 


3. Ginger:

Time Required: 25 Min
What You need: Fresh ginger root, knife, pestle and mortar, a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of raw organic honey
Difficulty: Easy

 

Ginger is recommended for the treatment of ED, not just because of its aphrodisiac properties, but also because it is rich in compounds that enhance the flow of blood to the penis to sustain a firm erection. These active compounds include gingerol (this is the main ingredient in raw ginger) and shogaol. Honey creates a perfect base for the remedy, while the salt eases the process of paste preparation. This is an easy remedy which you could use at least twice daily for a month and see whether you notice any improvements.

NOTE: Ginger is not recommended for anyone who suffers hypertension.

Directions:

  1. Peel the ginger root and wash well before cutting into small pieces.
  2. Pound the ginger pieces using the pestle and mortar, making sure to add the salt to ease the process.
  3. Scoop the consistent paste and transfer to a shallow bowl.
  4. Add the honey to the ginger paste and mix well before using the remedy.

 


4. Fresh Garlic and Cayenne Pepper:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 4 Cloves of fresh garlic, fresh cayenne pepper and clarified butter. Alternatively, use ground ginger, cayenne pepper powder and a glass of water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Garlic belongs to the onion family, and is believed to aid in the treatment of ED, thanks to the presence of allicin. Allicin, the main active ingredient in the garlic helps increase blood circulation to the penis, thus allowing for sustained erections over a period of time. The presence of allicin in the body has also been shown to cause the dilation of the blood vessels across the body, and including to the penis. Cayenne pepper complements these benefits, making the herbal combination an effective powerhouse for anyone suffering from ED. Additional advantages of using this remedy include the reduction of blood pressure and the treatment of extremely high cholesterol levels in the body.

Directions:

  1. Peel and clean the garlic cloves before cutting into small pieces.
  2. Place the clarified butter in a pan and turn on the heat to low setting.
  3. Add the chopped garlic pieces and sprinkle the pepper powder on it.
  4. Allow the mixture to heat until the garlic changes to a delightful golden brown color.
  5. Take these cloves daily until there’s an improvement in terms of the ability to get and sustain a firm erection.

 


5. Acupuncture Techniques:

Time Required: 1/2 Hr
What You Need: Professional acupuncture services.
Difficulty: Moderate, largely due to the fact that this method constitutes non-conventional treatment.

 

Acupuncture is a treatment option that involves the insertion of needles into different parts of the body for the purpose of re-channeling energy and treating an array of conditions. When it comes to ED, the standard site of acupuncture is the abdomen. The needles used are extremely thin, which then eliminates the possibility of invasive procedures. The catch in the use of this natural remedy is to make sure that it is done by a professional acupuncturist.

Directions:

  1. The acupuncturist, who is well versed with the different modes of treatment using acupuncture, will follow a detailed procedure for those suffering from ED.

 


6. Pomegranate:

Time required: 10 Min
What You Need: Pomegranate juice. This may be supplemented by using Pomegranate supplements.
Difficulty: Easy

 

While studies showing the efficiency of pomegranate have not been quantified to provide extensive statistics, a pilot study has shown that Pomegranate could be an effective treatment against ED. Pomegranate juice is not only rich in antioxidants which protect the integrity of cells throughout the body, the juice also assists the process of blood circulation particularly to the penis to allow for an erection. Additionally, the juice has also been shown to increase the concentration of Nitric Oxide in the body. In place of Pomegranate juice, you may use Pomegranate supplements for the same benefits in the treatment of ED.

Directions:

  1. Ensure that you take at least 1 glass of Pomegranate juice everyday until there’s improvement.
  2. Alternatively, take Pomegranate supplements under the guidance of your doctor.

 


7. Maca Root Herb:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Plain Maca Root (in powder form) and a cup of filtered water and a tea strainer. Alternatively, use Maca Root capsules.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Native to the high Andes of Peru, Maca Root makes for a great home remedy for the treatment of ED. The root has a pleasant taste, and its unique traits have made it a world-acclaimed super food. The root has been passed down from one generation to another, and is regarded as a great aphrodisiac by natives in the Andes region. Additionally, with the root’s ability to ensure a hormonal balance and improve stamina, it is little wonder that the root is used for treating ED.

The root is particularly helpful for those whose ED is psychological and results from stress. The latter benefit is attributed to the fact that Maca Root is in fact an adaptogen. By definition, an adaptogen is defined as a plant or herb that assists the body make adjustments to an array of stress factors. Overall, these benefits help ensure a man’s sexual health remain intact. You may use this remedy in powder form (to prepare tea) or as a supplement. The former is the most affordable as the capsules can be costly over a considerable period of time.

NOTE: Since Maca Root has an effect on the hormonal levels in users, it is not recommended for males on hormonal therapy and those on treatment for conditions that affect the reproductive system such as prostate cancer.

Directions:

The best way to prepare Maca Root tea is to use infusion method.

  1. Bring the cup of water to boil before preparing the tea.
  2. When boiling hot, lower the heat and pour over the plain Maca Root powder.
  3. Cover and allow the herb to steep for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain the mixture and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Sip on this tea and enjoy its distinct taste as you savor its healing properties.
  6. Alternatively, simply add the powder when preparing your dishes for significant improvements over a period of time.
  7. In place of Maca Root powder, you may use the supplements as guided by a medical doctor.

 


8. Almonds:

Time Required: 20 Min – 2 Hrs
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of powdered almond, a cup of warm milk and/or a handful of almonds daily + a bowl of warm water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Almonds have long been considered an aphrodisiac, and for good reason. The nuts have a high concentration of Vitamin E, which is great for sexual health. The almonds are also rich in Zinc and Manganese, both integral to the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Lastly, regular intake of almonds enhances the flow of blood in the body and to the penis for sustained erections. Depending on the severity of ED, some people notice an improvement withing just about a month of using the nuts.

Directions:

  1. Place the powdered almond in a glass and pour over the milk.
  2. Stir and drink this daily at bedtime.
  3. Alternatively, soak a handful of the almonds in the bowl containing water for 2 hours.
  4. After this time has elapsed, munch on the almonds.
  5. Repeat this at least once daily.

 


9. Exercises that Target the Pelvic Floor:

Time Required: Varies depending on the exercises.
What You Need: A comfortable mat to exercise on and a handy guide for the different exercises.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Pelvic floor exercises are recommended as a remedy for the restoration of erections in males previously diagnosed with ED. The purpose of these exercises is to improve urinary continence while contracting and releasing the pelvic muscles. This is key because it strengthens the muscles which aid in erection. It helps to consult your doctor on how to go about these exercises before doing them during your personal time. It takes about 12 weeks for you to notice an improvement, so this is not a quick fix remedy.

Directions:

  1. Follow the exercises as outlined by your doctor.
  2. Make sure you do them daily.

 


In addition to these remedies used for the treatment of ED, there are lifestyle changes that you can make to speed up the recovery process. Make a point to avoid processed foods as this hamper sexual performance and impede arousal, thus worsening ED. Cutting down on cigarette smoking and reducing alcohol intake also goes a long way in improving the healing process.

In place of these foods, am for fresh healthy foods such as fish, chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as pumpkin seeds. Regular exercise has been known to reduce the risk of ED dramatically, so get active!. What’s more, exercise helps with weight loss which in turn helps manage ED that arises from obesity. Lastly, make sure you deal with relationship issues before they morph into depression triggers, thus predisposing you to ED from a psychological point of view.