Comprehensive approach for natural ED treatment

It is not so easy to treat erectile dysfunction with natural remedies. None of them can be as effective as Viagra or Cialis. However, there is everything necessary in nature for it. Here is a review of substances and herbs you can find useful in your treatment.

L-arginine is an amino acid used by the organism for production of nitric oxide, a substance that makes the smooth muscle in the penile area relaxed. It causes dilation of the blood vessels thus increasing the blood flow of the patients. Relaxation of smooth muscles of the penis and subsequent enhanced blood circulation lead to erection.

L-arginine is contained in common products such as meat, dairy products, poultry and fish, in other words, protein foods, which are used by bodybuilders for protein synthesis in the organism. There are tablets of L-arginine supplements that are sometimes called "natural Viagra".

Two studies were carried out to assess the effect of L-arginine for ED treatment.

In one study, 50 men participated in the study. Men were treated with L-arginine (5 g per day) or placebo. After six weeks, most of the men who took L-arginine showed improvement in sexual function in comparison with the men who took a placebo. Interestingly, the best effect was observed in men with inherently low nitrogen oxide level.

The second study, during which 32 men with erectile dysfunction received lower doses of L-arginine, did not show any benefit from the use of L-arginine. The duration of treatment was shorter. The men took oral L-arginine supplements (500 mg three times a day) or placebo for 17 days. Oral L-arginine had the same effect as placebo.

Side effects include indigestion. A high dose of L-arginine can stimulate the production of gastrin hormone, which increases gastric acid production in the body. For this reason, L-arginine may be harmful for people with ulcers and those who take medicines for stomach.

Ginkgo is used to treat erectile dysfunction, in particular, in men who suffer from sexual dysfunction that was developed as a side effect of antidepressants. The goal of treatment is to ensure the relaxation of the smooth muscle and enhanced blood flow in the penis.

However, ginkgo also showed diverse results during the studies. In one of them 60 men took part, and only 50% of men had improvement after 6 months of treatment. Two additional studies have not shown any difference between ginkgo and placebo.

Yohimbe bark that grows in West Africa is the source of yohimbine, a substance that is capable to stimulate blood flow in the genital area, increase libido and reduce the period between ejaculations.

However, most doctors do not recommend use of yohimbe, as the substance is potentially dangerous, even in small doses. Side effects may include dizziness, anxiety, nausea, sudden drop of blood pressure, abdominal pain, fatigue, hallucinations, and paralysis.

Asian ginseng, that is also called Panax ginseng, as well as Ashwagandha, is a better alternative to the variants mentioned above as it features much milder effect. It is harmless, as a rule. Asian ginseng is known for general stimulating effect, but it is also a great sexual energizer. The treatment period is 6-8 weeks. Still Asian ginseng has side effects: irritability, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

Significant depletion of zinc caused by long-term use of diuretics among the patients diagnosed with diabetes, digestive disorders, and some kidney and liver diseases, brought to erectile dysfunction, as practice showed. You should apply this mineral substance to regulate hormones and enzymes in your body. Zinc is contained in poultry and red meat. You can also find it in fortified cereals, beans and oysters. Vegetarians are more inclined to suffer from this condition due to limited bioavailability of zinc in their diet.

For better effect, you should apply comprehensive approach. You may not find certain remedy effective enough but in combination with other means it can work perfectly. Introduce some lifestyle changes in addition to your oral treatment. Stop smoking and taking alcohol, remove the source of stress and anxiety, start doing physical exercises regularly and you will see considerable changes in your life.