Herbal Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction

Most men suffering from erectile dysfunction would like to avoid the use of expensive prescription medication with potentially serious side effects and the use of awkward and embarrassing sexual aids and devices. To that end, it will come as no surprise that alternative herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction have grown in popularity over the last few years.

Here is a brief overview of the most relevant and potent herbal remedies that can be used to treat the symptoms of male impotence. As always, speak to your doctor before taking any herbal supplements. Herbal treatments can interfere with your other medications and this combination may cause serious side effects.

Herbalists recommend a special class of herbal treatments casually referred to as relaxing remedies. These are remedies that are prescribed to reduce or tame feelings of anxiety, depression, and tension. Many cases of male erectile dysfunction can be attributed to stress and anxiety, so these so-called relaxing classes of herbs are thought to be of help for men suffering from impotence. Relaxing herbal remedies include valerian, wild oats, lavender, passionflower, and California poppy. If you choose to take any of these herbal treatments, find a herbal supplement made by a reputable and well-known manufacturer, and follow the directions on the label.

Another class of herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction recommended by herbalists and naturopathic doctors are aphrodisiacs. These remedies have historically been associated with arousing intense sexual interest and desire in men and women. Although there is no miracle herb, several herbs have been traditionally used to help build and sustain sexual energy.

Probably the best-known aphrodisiac is ginseng but there are literally dozens of kinds of ginseng out there. For the best results, look for one that is labeled as "red Chinese" ginseng or "red Korean." These types tend to be more potent than the commonly sold white, unprocessed kind of ginseng. There is some research to support that ginseng may be especially helpful in patients over 40 years of age who suffer from weak digestive systems. People who are not getting the right amount of proper nourishment and who have deficient immune systems may be more prone to suffering from a lack of sexual appetite or erectile dysfunction. Ginseng may be able to help individuals in this situation. Also, ginseng has been shown to increase the levels of testosterone in the male body. This can also help restore a person's sexual appetite and ability to sustain an erection. Most herbalists recommend that ginseng be taken daily. often in combination with tea, especially ginger tea or powdered extract.

Other popular aphrodisiac remedies include turmeric, Mira puama, ginger, chocolate, and damiana. Other herbs that may be incorporated into a herbal program to combat male erectile dysfunction may include those that stimulate the body's circulatory system. Herbs that help enhance the circulatory system include ginger, mother wort, prickly ash bark, and turmeric. Herbs such as ashwaganda, schisandra, and eleuthero may also be helpful.

If you are interested in using herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction, consider buying a comprehensive supplement that incorporates many of these herbs into one safe to use formula that is both convenient and effective.

Page Updated: November 12, 2016
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