Erectile dysfunction or impotence is the inability of a man to obtain or sustain a proper erection during sexual activity. Although it is seen more in men over 65, but it can occur at any age.
Natural Cures for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can occur due to aging, diseases (like diabetes, multiple sclerosis etc), neurological disorder, medications (side effect allergy or reaction), stress or psychological problems, or any physical injury.
In most cases, there is emotional or psychological factors, with mental stress being a common cause. Lifestyle changes, proper diet and exercises are best suggested in such case.
Some natural cures for erectile dysfunction are described below:
1. Natural supplements: In diet, include Arginine, Bioflavonoids, vitamin C and E, and flaxseed meal. L-arginine is an amino acid that the body uses to make nitric oxide, which helps the man get better erection. L-arginine is naturally found in dairy, fish, meat and poultry.
2. Zinc: Depletion of zinc can also contribute to erectile dysfunction, which can occur due to diabetes, stomach disorders (like diarrhea), or certain medications. Dietary zinc can be found in oysters, veal liver, lamb (mutton), peanuts, dried watermelon seeds, low fat roast beef, toasted wheat germ, roasted pumpkin seeds, cocoa powder and dark chocolate.
3. Herbal Remedies: Asian ginseng and Ginkgo biloba may help to improve erectile function. Ginkgo herb is safe, and may prove very beneficial especially in people who experience erectile dysfunction from the side effects of antidepressant drugs. The herb Indian Ginseng or Ashwagandha(Withania somnifera) is also believed to have similar effects on the body.
4. Acupuncture/Acupressure: This is an ancient Chinese system of healing, which believes that the flow of energy (chi or qi) flowing through the body meridians gets blocked. By inserting small needles (acupuncture) or applying pressure (acupressure) at specific points on the body, the flow of energy is restored, and the person benefits in the disease.
To improve the erection, the man should also:
A. Stop smoking
B. Stop or limit alcohol consumption
C. Perform regular exercise and Yoga
D. Check any medication that might cause problem with erection
E. Take steps to reduce stress, anxiety and depression