Erectile Dysfunction is often a symptom, not a condition. If it is not due to stress or emotional reasons, then it is an early warning of a more serious illness. It occurs when a man cannot get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
It happens most often when blood flow in the penis is limited or nerves are harmed. Though, it is not rare for a man to have some problems with erections from time to time, ED that is progressive or happens routinely with sex is not normal and it should be treated. Some known risk factors are: high blood sugar (Diabetes), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, using drugs or drinking too much alcohol and obesity. Certain diseases, injury or surgery in the pelvic area can harm nerves around the penis. Cancer treatments near the pelvis can affect the penis’ functionality. Surgery and radiation for cancers in the lower abdomen or pelvis can cause ED. Treating prostate, colon-rectal or bladder cancer often leave men with ED. Drugs used to treat other health problems can negatively impact erections. Emotional problems can cause or worsen ED. Finding the cause(s) of your ED will help treat the problem and help with your overall wellbeing.
Let us look at some natural remedies.
Diet: Eating a balanced diet may help maintain sexual function and decrease your risk of ED. A 2020 study found that men who strictly followed a Mediterranean diet or a healthy eating diet had a lower chance of developing ED. In particular, they consumed less red or processed meat and primarily ate fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and fish.
Exercise: Researches have indicated that physical activity may help protect against and improve ED. It may be particularly effective if your ED is caused by obesity, inactivity or cardiovascular disease among other conditions. A 2018 research found that moderate-to-intense aerobic exercise helped reduce ED. Physical activity helps improve blood vessel health, lowers stress and raises testosterone levels.
Sleep: It is important to get enough sleep each night for your overall health. Sleeping regularly may also improve your ED. A 2017 study found that men working night shifts who reported worse sleep quality were at higher risk for ED. A 2015 study also indicated that people with a sleep disorder had a greater risk of developing ED.
Weight loss: Your weight may be another factor in ED. According to a research review from 2020, ED was significantly more common in men who are overweight or had obesity or larger waist circumferences.
A 2014 study indicated that gastric bypass surgery improved blood vessel health and ED among extremely obese men. A 2017 research review similarly found an improvement in ED after bariatric (weight loss) surgery. If your weight is contributing to your ED, exercise and a balanced diet can help you lose weight and improve your ED.
Stress reduction: Mental health issues such as stress and anxiety are often linked to ED. A 2019 study found that stress was one of the main predictors of ED, with anxiety and depression also associated with the condition. The study suggested that chronic stress may affect testosterone or cause sleep deprivation which may contribute to ED.
Smoking cessation: Smoking is another behaviour that likely contributes to ED. This may be caused in part by smoking damaging blood vessels, preventing enough blood from reaching the penis for an erection. Smoking may also reduce the availability of nitric oxide in the body which is needed to cause the involuntary muscle relaxation and increased blood flow that play a role in erections.
According to a research review from 2015, more-frequent smoking was associated with an increased risk of developing ED, as well as more-severe ED. Some damage from smoking may not be reversible. Still, the review concluded that quitting smoking, especially for men under age 50, may help improve ED.
In a study titled, “Evaluation of Crocus sativus L. (saffron) on male erectile dysfunction: a pilot study,’’ by Ali Shamsa et al, the effect of Crocus sativus (saffron) was studied on male erectile dysfunction. Twenty male patients with ED were followed for 10 days in which each morning they took a tablet containing 200mg of saffron. Saffron showed a positive effect on sexual function with increased number and duration of erectile events seen in patients with ED even only after taking it for 10 days. A study titled, “Effects of Chlorophytum borivilianum on sexual behaviour and sperm count in male rats,’’ by Rakesh Kenjale et al was designed to evaluate the aphrodisiac and spermatogenic potential of the aqueous extract of dried roots of Chlorophytum borivilianum in rats. The result shows that roots of Chlorophytum borivilianum can be useful in the treatment of certain forms of sexual inadequacies, such as premature ejaculation and oligospermia.
On the chewing stick series, most of the plants discussed have aphrodisiac properties. On the medicinal plants series too, I remember that I jokingly said that nature seemed to like men because almost all the plants I discussed have aphrodisiac properties. You need to check all the articles up again. Tribulus terrestris (part of the ingredient of Manix capsule) and
Mondia whitei (Isirigun) are some of the aphrodisiacs I have discussed. Panax ginseng, maca, yohimbine, ginkgo, horny goat weed, Chlorophytum borivilianum, Crocus sativus are herbs that have been proven to be effective for erectile dysfunction. They have been made into capsules/tablets. You can buy them in big pharmacies.
If the cause of your ED is emotional, just bear it in mind that life is neither always a bed of roses nor a bed of thorns. It is a bed of roses filled with thorns. Whatever you are going through shall pass. Our forebears ate healthy foods and they never led a sedentary lifestyle. So, they were healthy. With good nutrition and an active lifestyle, we will definitely snatch our lives from the diseases ravaging humanity.