Natural remedies for impotence (erectile dysfunction)
Today marks the start of Men’s Health Awareness Month, so to kick off this article explores the alternative remedies for this distressing condition. Erectile Dysfunction (E.D) or impotence is a common health problem amongst men of all ages, but is especially prevalent in those over 60 years. There are many potential causes of E.D. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure can cause impotence. Certain prescribed medications can also cause a man to become impotent as part of their side effects. If you think this may be the case, do not stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. However, there are many natural remedies for impotence available.
Long term smoking, high alcohol consumption and the use of recreational drugs all contribute to developing E.D. Obesity and lack of regular exercise are also factors that can lead E.D. So if you think that you may have E.D the first thing is to cut out smoking and recreational drugs, cut down on alcohol consumption and start regular exercise. Anxiety and stress can also lead to men developing E.D. This can be helped by taking time to relax, or consulting a homeopath for treatment.
Homeopathic and herbal remedies such as Avena Sativa and Passiflora can be taken to help relieve strees. These natural remedies can be taken to help with short term stress that may be causing E.D. Bach Rescue Remedy or Ainsworths Recovery Remedy can also be taken to help with short term anxiety that may be causing E.D.
The following natural remedies may help treat Erectile Dysfunction (E.D):
Catuaba is a Brazilian herb that is a natural aphrodisiac and supports the nervous system. The herb Gingko Biloba improves circulation and blood flow.
The nutrients Zinc and Selenium are important in the healthy function of the male reproductive sysytem, and are also good antioxidants.
The amino acid L-Arginine is used to treat E.D. It works in a similar way to the drug Viagra, by enhancing the action of Nitrous Oxide, which causes the smooth muscle to relax. This results in improved blood flow to the penis. The drug Viagra works by breaking down the enzyme which destroys Nitrous Oxide, whereas L-Arginine helps to produce Nitrous Oxide. Other health benefits of L-Arginine are improved circulation which can help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.