6 Ways to Naturally Treat Erectile Dysfunction
Alisha Bridges | July 14, 2016
Reviewed by Jennifer Sobol, DO on July 16, 2017
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is not the “old man” disease you may think it is. Research published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine finds that, within the study, a quarter of men between the ages of 17-40 suffered from sexual impotence. The most shocking part is that 48 percent of these men were under 40. Reasons for ED vary for each individuals, but there are some natural treatments that all can try.
You are not alone
Studies reveal there are about 18 million men who suffer from ED, and many do so in silence. This condition not only causes embarrassment but can have a negative effect on a man’s confidence and self-image. It can also effect a spouse who may be left feeling incapable of providing fulfillment. Here are eight natural ways to solve erectile dysfunction.
Exercise to promote the release of sex hormones
One possible reason for ED is a low male libido. The hormone testosterone is responsible for many things, including sex drive. If low, it could affect a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection. This issue is often found in men who are obese. Exercise can help promote the increase of testosterone.
Lose the weight, gain more blood flow
For many men, weight is a huge factor of ED. The extra pounds themselves can change a man’s ability to get an erection. A study released by The Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that men who have a BMI (Body Mass Index) higher than 28 percent are 30 percent more likely to suffer from ED compared to those with a lower BMI. Extra pounds can prevent proper blood flow to the penis, leaving it to remain flaccid no matter how much he may desire sex.
Try an herbal remedy
Studies have found that dosages ranging from 600mg to 1,000mg of red ginseng up to three times a day can possibly help with ED. Red Ginseng is a root from a tropical plant found in China. But no worries, there is no need to travel to another continent for possible relief. You can find this herb in health stories everywhere across the country. It has other health benefits to offer as well!
Poke around with some acupuncture
Acupuncture used to be a taboo form of treatment. Discovered in China, it has now been accepted by western society and used to treat several aliments of the body, including ED. According to herbalist and acupuncturist Robert Linde, this treatment in conjunction with a good diet can be helpful in eliminating ED. In this video he revels what point needs to be stimulated in order to correct the condition.
“Use it or lose it” – exercises may help
Not treating ED can have detrimental and irreversible results. “The penis,” urologist William O. Brant explains, “is a use it or lose it organ. [If not used it] will shrink and atrophy.” That means the penis will no longer be able to maintain length, and if it does it harden it may be shorter than before. Doing Kegel exercises, which can be found here, can help promote erections.
Add a little zinc to your life
Although solid research on zinc and its correlation with sexual health needs more review, researchers found that zinc therapy on male rats improved sexual competence. Low levels of zinc could mean troubles in the bedroom. Natural herbalists swear by zinc therapy, stating that it’s a guaranteed way to help with libido and better erections! If you are interested in this type of therapy, it’s best to have your zinc levels tested to see if they are low.
It could be all in your head
Although ED is common and usually easy to solve, it is best to consult a licensed professional before making any drastic decisions on how to handle your condition. If your issue is more psychological than physical, it may also benefit you to schedule counseling to help reduce depression and restore confidence. Just know you are not alone and there is aid out there to help get your sex life back.
Please consult with a professional before deciding on a treatment.