Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a very common problem plaguing many men as they age. Occasional difficulty getting or maintaining an erection can be the result of fatigue, overuse of alcohol or temporary stress. However, if problems with ED persist, treatment may be required.
Many men look for ways to overcome the problems associated with ED without resorting to common medical treatments that include drugs like Viagra or surgical penile implants. In many cases, ED can be treated naturally, using supplements and lifestyle changes.
Treating ED the Natural Way
Before beginning any treatments for ED, ensure you're living a healthy life. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, particularly if you're planning to have sex later in the day. If you smoke, stop, as smoking impedes circulation and may contribute to the lack of blood flow to the penis. Get regular exercise to relieve stress and ensure you're getting enough sleep. Lose weight if needed.
Along with lifestyle changes, it is often beneficial to use supplements that can help improve sexual function. One supplement that has shown great promise in treating ED is ginseng.
Ginseng's Benefits For Impotence
Ginseng is a perennial herb. There are two primary types, including American ginseng and Asian or Korean ginseng, often referred to as "panax ginseng". The Asian variety is more potent than the American herb. It is often expensive, since the plant grows for five years before the first harvest.
Ginseng has many benefits. It is widely regarded as a beneficial herb for improving the immune system, and for shortening the length of colds and other viruses in adults. It also acts as a blood thinner, and may help keep blood sugar levels stable.
The class of drugs that Levitra, Viagra, Stendra, and Cialis belong to are called PDE5 inhibitors. They work by relaxing tight blood vessels, allowing more blood to surge into the penis and cause an erection, says Gregory Bales, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago.
The little pills do the trick for more than two-thirds of men with Viagra protects the heart (ED). They also work for guys who simply need them for a short time to get their “confidence back,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University.