Erectile Dysfunction Natural Remedies
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance. Causes include medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, drinking too much alcohol, or being too tired. Natural remedies include ginkgo biloba, L-arginine, ginseng, and yohimbe.
Ginkgo biloba comes from the Ginkgo biloba tree. The leaves of the tree contain compounds that may improve blood flow and circulation. A small study showed that taking ginkgo biloba daily for eight weeks helped men with mild to moderate ED.
L-arginine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. The body uses L-arginine to make a substance called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gas that helps blood vessels open wider. This helps more blood to flow to the penis. A small study showed that taking 5 grams of L-arginine per day improved ED in some men. But a follow-up study found no difference between the control and L-arginine groups.
Ginseng is a plant that grows in Asia and North America. The root of the plant is used to make medicine. Ginseng is thought to stimulate blood flow and help the body adapt to stress. A small study showed that taking Korean red ginseng root three times a day for eight weeks improved sexual function in men with ED. But another study found no difference between the men taking ginseng and the men taking the placebo.
Yohimbe comes from the bark of an African tree. The active ingredient in yohimbe is yohimbine. Yohimbine is thought to improve blood flow to the penis and increase sexual desire. A small study showed that taking yohimbine daily for eight weeks improved sexual function in men with ED. But another study found no difference between the men taking yohimbe and the men taking the placebo.
If you are thinking about taking any herbal supplement, talk to your doctor first. This is especially important if you take medications or have a medical condition.
These natural remedies for ED may help you manage your condition. But they may not be right for everyone. If you’re not sure which treatment is best for you, talk to your doctor.