Erectile Dysfunction is generally referred to as impotence. If you have a problem with Erectile Dysfunction (ED), here’s what you should know – you are not alone. It is a condition that a majority of men tend to have as they get older. Even younger men are not immune to this condition. In the United States, for example, over 30 million men have some form of a sexual dysfunction.
There is nothing unusual for men to fail to perform in bed; but if they fail on five or more occasions a month, then there is every reason to be worried. Men who fail to perform on a frequent basis are diagnosed with Erectile Dysfunction.
What Causes Impotence?
There are several causes of impotence, such as stress, fatigue, performance anxiety, pressure at work, relationship issues, weight gain, addiction to alcohol, and smoking. Health conditions such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and an enlarged prostate gland are known to cause this condition as well.
Achieving an erection involves a combination of the brain, muscle, nerves, blood vessels and hormones. If there is an issue with any of these components, this could affect the normal functioning of the penis. Alcohol consumption is considered to be one of the most common causes of impotence.
Treatments for Impotence
There are several treatments for impotence such as pharmaceutical drugs like Viagra, Levitra, Cialis and Kamagra. Some male sexual health experts recommend vacuum pumps, surgery and implants.
Implants are surgically inserted into the penis; using vacuum pumps is a technique that involves pulling blood into the penis using a pump before the intercourse and blood vessel surgery is done to repair the leaking blood vessels in the penis.
We are not big fans of using surgical procedures, implants or pumps to reverse male impotence as a lot could go wrong such as bruising of the penis and infections. It is far better to use natural alternatives to cure impotence. Natural treatments can minimize many of the symptoms that one associates with impotence.
Here are some of the best natural treatments for impotence…
Panax Ginseng or “red ginseng” is referred to as the “herbal Viagra”. Researchers have found that there is significant evidence that using this herb can help in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in men.
Rhodiola rosea is another herb that has been widely studied by researchers. It was found in a study that 26 of the 35 men who were given this herb for three months experienced an improvement in their sexual performance.
DHEA or Dehydroepiandrosterone is a natural hormone that can be converted into oestrogen and testosterone. Scientists have found that men with erectile dysfunction have lower levels of DHEA. That’s why taking DHEA supplements is recommended to those suffering from impotence. A study found that a majority of the participants who took 50 mg DHEA supplements experienced a much better performance in bed and were able to achieve erections more often than not.
L-arginine is a naturally occurring amino acid found in the body which produces nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes the blood vessels in the penis, which helps men achieve successful erections. In a study done in 1999, 31% of men who took 5 mg L-arginine supplements on a daily basis as a cure for their impotence were able to experience a substantial improvement in their performance in bed over a period of time. Another study found that taking L-arginine combined with a plant product called pycnogenol for a period of two months, helped restore full sexual health to 80% of the participants in a study.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique which has been used for over two thousand years to treat men with issues related to sexual performance and impotence. A study done in 2003 found that acupuncture restored sexual function to 21% of the participants and improved the quality of their erections.
If you think that you have a problem with impotence or Erectile Dysfunction, it is important to visit a doctor or a male sexual health specialist on an urgent basis and get your medical treatment started. You can discuss the various pharmaceutical or natural treatments mentioned here with your doctor and find out which is best suited to your condition. There is no reason why impotence cannot be cured, you just need to get the right advice.