Natural ways to overcome erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to obtain or sustain an erection reasonable for a satisfactory sexual intercourse. Though it is more common in men over 65, it can occur at any age.

Often synonymised with weakness and failure, erectile dysfunction further fuels strained relations and depression. Unfortunately, men invariably fail to seek appropriate treatment for a condition that is quite treatable. Yes, you read it right – treatable.

While seeking medical help is important, trying out these natural remedies may also prove helpful.

Natural ways to overcome erectile dysfunction

L-arginine is a naturally occurring amino acid found in meat, dairy, poultry and fish. It helps the body produce nitric oxide, a substance that dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow.

Largely marketed as the “natural Viagra”, it relaxes the muscles in the penis, leading to an erection. But, L-arginine is found to be effective only in people who are deficient in nitric oxide. Also, its regular consumption spells digestion complaints.

Another type of amino acid found in meat, poultry products, milk products, fruits and vegetables, Propionyl-L-Carnitine is typically marketed for its role in aiding weight loss, improving stamina and exercise performance, and to enhance the feeling of well-being.

Side effects of Propionyl-L-Carnitine include muscle weakness in uremic patients and seizures in those with history of the problem.

Gingko is one of the most popular medicinal herbs. It is commonly used in correcting erectile dysfunction particularly in people on antidepressant drugs. The herb relaxes and smooths muscles and enhances blood flow in the penis, leading to an erection.

However, the use of the herb has been associated with many side effects including excessive bleeding, digestive problems, headaches and allergic skin reaction.

Erectile dysfunction may at times be an outcome of chronic zinc deficiency.

Long-term use of diuretics and conditions like diabetes, digestive troubles, kidney and liver disease rob the body of its zinc levels, leading to erectile dysfunction. Taking regular zinc supplements can thus correct the problem.

The ancient Indian herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is known to increase energy and stamina required for carrying out a satisfactory sexual intercourse.

But its role in curing erectile dysfunction in humans is still not proved scientifically.