Erectile dysfunction (ED) is increasingly common, affecting 30 million Americans between ages of 30 and 70.
Most cases—some 80% are due to circulatory problems, drug side effects, hormonal imbalance, prostate problems or injury.
Most cases—some 80% are due to circul atory problems, drug side effects, hormonal imbalance, prostate problems or injury.
Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and depression are also definite causes. Additionally, a reduction in male hormones, rise in male infertility and a global decrease in sperm count is mainly due to the estrogen-like effects of pesticides and other environmental toxins. Thus infertility in couples is due to the male in 35% of cases. “Male menopause” is also a fact of life, expressed as a decrease of testosterone and related functions.
Some herbs work like Viagra, increasing circulation to the pelvic area and penis. Others act through mental relaxation or by stimulating specific brain areas. Importantly, tonic and adaptogenic herbs have longterm androgen/testosterone–building effects, rejuvenating the pituitary, adrenals and gonads to balance hormones and increase sex drive. Viagra does none of these. The result can be a permanent improvement in both sexual function and total health.
Impotence is extremely common in men who have diabetes; the estimate is that 50 percent of men with diabetes are impotent and that the other 50 percent will become impotent over time.
Hormonal imbalances such as low levels of thyroid hormone may also contribute to the problem. Low levels of the hormone testosterone are rarely the cause of ED. Testosterone is responsible for the process of desire, not for ED—but of course, lack of desire may be the problem. If desire is not there in the first place, it is difficult to either get or maintain an erection. Loss of libido (sexual desire) may be caused by depression, illness, or medications, and of course, a waning attraction to one’s partner.
ED may be chronic or recurring, or it may occur as a single isolated incident. One or two occurrences, however, are rarely thought of as impotence, although they may be upsetting at the time. Most of the men who have this problem are age forty or over (one in three men over sixty is affected), but those under forty may also have the problem.
In the past, it was assumed that impotence was primarily a psychological problem, but many therapists and physicians today believe that as many as 85 percents of all cases of impotence have some physical basis. The Association for Male Sexual Dysfunction recognizes over 200 drugs that may cause impotence. Some of the most common are alcohol, antidepressants, antihistamines, antihypertensives, the blood-pressure medication, cancer chemotherapy, diuretics, narcotics, nicotine, sedatives, steroids (if abused), stomach acid inhibitors, and ulcer medications.
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries (one type of arteriosclerosis), poses a risk to the condition of both the heart and the penis (impotence can, in fact, be a symptom of this disorder). Most people today know smoking and eating fatty foods lead to the production of plaques that clog arteries and block the flow of blood to the heart. These plaques also can block the arteries leading to the genitals, interfering with the ability to attain an erection.
1. Ashwagandha-Withania somniferous
- Ancient tonic for promoting longevity, vitality. Increases sperm count.
- Normalizes reproductive hormones. Improves endurance and fatigue.
2. Astragalus-Milk Vetch/Astragalus membranaceous
- Increases sperm count, vitality, energy, sexual f unction and endurance.
- Normalizes reproductive glands, improves nervous and immune function.
3. Chaste Tree-Agnus cactus
- Treats impotence, infertility, and emissions, especially in old age, from sexual overindulgence, excess masturbation or after venereal disease.
- Regulates the pituitary, increases sperm count, i ncreases testosterone.
4. Cordyceps-Cordyceps Sinensis
- Helps impotence, improves sexual function and rel ease of reproductive hormones, increases sperm activity and is used in states of exhaustion.
5. Damiana-Turner aphrodisiac
- Stimulates circulation in the penis and clitoris, increases sensitivity.
- Enhances pleasure, stimulates sexual performance, relieves anxiety.
- Strengthens hormonal and nervous systems; testost erone-like effects.
6. Ginkgo-Ginkgo Biloba
• Improves circulation to the penis to help erectile e function. Helps with impotence due to antidepressant drugs; effective for depression.
7. Ginseng-Panax ginseng
- Stimulating tonic and adaptogen. Impotent men show a 60% increase in sex drive and ability to achieve the erection. Increases interest, function.
- Increases sperm production, a growth of testes, tes tosterone levels.
8. Maca-Lepidium me yen
- Traditional Peruvian aphrodisiac and cure for imp otence, infertility.
- Increases sex drive, sexual stamina, and strength; improves erectile dysfunction, male impotence, increases sperm count, counters fatigue.
- Improves physical strength; helps maintain activity ty in geriatric men.
9. Muira Puama-Ptychopetalum placodes
- Increases sexual desire helps in impotence or ma intaining erection.
- May work through nervous system or increase sex h ormone production.
- Studies show it increases libido in 62% and impro ves impotence in 51%.
10 Oats-Avena Sativa
- For impotence due to nervous exhaustion, overwork, mental stress.
- Helps with substance withdrawal. Neurological ton ic improves libido.
11. Sarsaparilla-Smilax Officinalis
- Contains precursors to the synthesis of male sex hormones. Used traditionally in Central and South America, as well as China and Caribbean.
- A tonic and aphrodisiac, increases muscle mass, t reats impotence.
12. Schisandra-Schisandra Chinensis
- Sexual tonic and aphrodisiac, stimulates libido, sexual secretions.
- Enhances overall stamina and longevity. Improves stress response.
- Improves mood, sleep, efficiency. Counteracts effects of stimulants.
13. Siberian Ginseng-Eleutherococcus senticous
- Heightens sexual performance, increases sperm count, reproductive
- vigor, and vitality; balances hormones. Helps impotence due to stress.
- Promotes sound sleep, increases endurance, well-being, mental acuity.
14. Tribulus-Tribulus Terrestris
- • Helps low sex drive, impotence, infertility; impr oves heart, liver, kidney.
- • Markedly stimulates libido, fertility in both sexes; increases testosterone and estriol levels significantly (30% in 5 days). Helps menopause.
15. Yohimbe-Pausinystalia Yohimbe
- Increases ability to achieve and maintain erection n, working on circle-
- Tion to the penis. Has adrenaline-like activity and potential toxicity.
- FDA approved for impotence, requires 6 to 8 weeks for maximum effect.
Author: Dr. Izharul Hasan Encyclopedia of Home remedies for better life