Horny Goat Weed (epimedium sagittatum)
The main ingredient in Horny Goat Weed is extracted from Bulgarian tribulus terrestris, which is said to increase levels of testosterone and thyroid hormones. It is also claimed to decrease toxicity in the liver and kidneys.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
Maca is commonly referred to as Peruvian Viagra. Maca is an herb that is found in the Peruvian Andes and has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and treatment for impotence. According to South American folklore, it is believed to possess magical healing qualities.
The local population believe it has a profound effect on impotence, reproduction and virility. It’s also said to enhance mental and physical stamina and counteract osteoporosis.
Yohimbe Bark Extract is the only alternative impotence treatment to have received FDA approval. It was discovered in South Africa, and was originally used as an aphrodisiac. The active compound in yohimbe bark – yohimbine – helps dilate small blood vessels, particularly in the penis. Men given yohimbine injections have been reported to experience immediate erections.
Ginseng has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as a male sexual tonic. Ginseng contains phytochemicals which are said to increase stamina, lessen fatigue and improve overall wellbeing.
An article published in the British Pharmacology Journal concluded that an extract from ginseng known as ginsenosides enhances the effects of nitric oxide. This helps relax blood vessels in the penis, allowing for greater blood flow, which helps produce an erection.
An extract of the pine tree bark, pycnogenol can lower blood pressure and increase nitric oxide levels, both of which can help those with erectile dysfunction.
L-Arginine is an essential amino acid. It is said to bolster the immune system and increase human growth hormones. L-Arginine also increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body, which helps dilate blood vessels, resulting in an erection.
Deer Velvet has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for impotence. It’s also believed to improve libido and increase sexual endurance. Like deer velvet, elk antler has been used for centuries by the American Indians to enhance male virility, overcome impotence and increase reproductive function.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used gingko biloba as a beneficial treatment for male impotence for thousands of years. Ginkgo biloba is extracted from the leaves of the tree bearing the same name, which is believed to be one of the oldest surviving tree species.
Gingko biloba is said to have a beneficial effect on blood circulation and the central nervous system. Because it boosts oxygen supply to the blood, it enhances blood flow, particularly to the penis. The blood vessels are able to dilate, fill with blood and produce an erection.
CoQ10 occurs naturally in small amounts in the body. It helps boost the immune system and is believed to enhance feelings of wellbeing which in turn triggers increased libido and sexual stimulation.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant, helps stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics, reduces blood pressure and helps prevent heart disease.
Alternative Impotence Treatments
Other Nutrients for Impotence Treatment
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 assists in the processing of amino acids, which are responsible for the creation of some hormones. It’s also responsible for the formation of neurotransmitters that affect mood and enhance sexual stimulation.
Vitamin B6 is believed to benefit impotence by not only enhancing levels of testosterone but also by improving the stimulus required to “kick start” the erection process.
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Vitamin B3 helps break down and utilize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in the body. It also increases blood circulation and is involved in the synthesis of sex hormones.
OK, so we said 10 natural treatments for ED because we wanted to make it a nice round number. But here is one more for you to consider:
There’s a natural component in garlic called allicin, and this special sulfur compound can improve blood flow throughout the body. As such it has shown promise in treating erectile dysfunction, especially when the problem is physiological.
Alternative impotence treatments certainly have their place in the expanding array of traditional medications and treatments now available. Herbal remedies and natural treatments for overcoming ED are mentioned in the Old Testament in the Bible. The Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greeks also recorded their recipes for impotence cures in their earliest texts.
As our knowledge of natural therapies, herbs and supplements increases, and many people move away from mainstream medications, alternative impotence treatments will no doubt gain more acceptance and popularity.