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Natural Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

There are times when a man is unable to achieve an erection. Sometimes it cannot be maintained long enough for effective sexual intercourse. Some call this impotence while the medical term is erectile dysfunction (or ED for short). ED can be caused by stress, weight issues, as well as other medical conditions. The easiest way to tell if a man may has ED is by their sex drive, or lack of one, or ability to keep an erection.

ED can be found in over 30 million men in the United States. While there are many ways to treat ED, and medications are often a first line treatment prescribed by doctors, many patients seek out natural treatments to improve and sustain erections. Most natural remedies are derived from herbs and plants and have been used by different cultures effectively for centuries:

1. L-arginine and Pycnogenol
While L-arginine is found naturally in the body, both of these combined can be potentially effective in combating erectile dysfunction. Studies done on these found that men taking a small dosage of 5 grams of L-arginine every day showed a significant improvement in their overall sexual ability. Adding pycnogenol which is found in tree bark, raised the restored sexual function.

2. Panax Ginseng
This natural resource has been dubbed the herbal version of the medication Viagra. It has a very long track record in showing vast improvement for those with erectile dysfunction and the recommended dosage is between 600 and 1,000 mg a day. Panax Ginseng is also known as red ginseng and the herb is known to also improve lung functions, anti-inflammatory abilities, as well as improve blood flow.

3. Acupuncture
While not typically thought of when it comes to remedies for ED, this actually can work when done properly. Studies have shown that acupuncture helped improve the quality of erections as well as overall restored sexual function. It is strongly recommended that this type of remedy should be done by a professional.

4. DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
Better known in its abbreviation, DHEA is a natural hormone that is produced in your body by your adrenal glands. Studies have found that men taking a supplemental dosage of DHEA of 50mg were able to achieve and maintain an erection longer.

5. Medicinal precautions
As with any type of remedy for any medical symptoms or complications, it is always strongly suggested to seek medical advice from a licensed physician. Some treatments or natural remedies might be better than others. If other medical ailments are already prevalent, speaking to your doctor would be best. ED doesn’t mean that sex is no longer something that can be enjoyed. With natural treatment options readily available, it is easy to find remedies that will help.