Erectile dysfunction is well known under the name impotence, and it refers to the inability in men to get an adequate erection for sexual activity. Usually, it happens in men after they reach 65 years, but there are also some cases when impotence occurred much earlier.
Herbs for erectile dysfunction
There are several herbs and natural remedies that can help in solving this problem.DHEA is very good at increasing the level of testosterone in men, and thus it is very effective for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Acne and the lowering of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol may occur as the side effects when taking DHEA. Gingko is another natural remedy that is very helpful for this condition, because it improves the flow of the blood to the penis by relaxing the penis muscle. Typically, Gingko is used in men who have erectile dysfunction that occurred as the result of taking some antidepressant medicines, but it is not recommended to take this herb when preparing for a surgery, because this herb can cause the thinning of the blood and subsequently bleeding. Ginseng is an herb which is very helpful in increasing sexual function, but it is not proven if it is effective for erectile dysfunction. The side effects of this herb are very rare, but sometimes, the use of this herb can cause sleepiness and insomnia. It should not be used along with antidepressants. L-arginine is the amino acid which enhances the effects of nitric oxide. L-arginine helps in the relaxation of the muscle that surrounds the blood vessels in the penis. As a result, the blood flow is increased due to the wider blood vessels and erection is possible. The most common side effects of this amino acid are diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramps. Yohimbe may be very effective for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, which occurs because of some psychological problems. Hypertension, tachycardia, mood swings, as well as nausea, headache, and dizziness are the adverse effects of this remedy. Epimedium or Horny Goat Weed is also used for the erectile dysfunction because it enhances the level of testosterone and increases the libido.
It is not proven why, but Zinc deficiency has effects on erectile dysfunction. Therefore, Zinc is good for treatment of impotence. The combination of folic acid, vitamin E and Viagra is very helpful for the reaching of an erection. All these remedies must be used in normal dosages, because otherwise, unwanted side effects may appear. Anyway, it is always better to first consult a doctor or an herbalist, and then decide to use some of herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction.