A health treatment that is not classified as standard Western medical practice is referred to as "alternative" or "complementary." Alternative treatments include nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and acupuncture. Here we are going to discuss natural supplements and herbal remedies to treat erectile dysfunction.
L- arginine: L-arginine is an amino acid that aids in dilation of blood vessels by relaxing smooth vessels. This, in the penis, leads to erection. It can, though cause gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems along with bleeding disorders and electrolyte imbalance.
Propionyl-L carnitine: Propionyl-L-carnitine were found to enhance the effectiveness of sildenafil, and result in improved erectile function, sexual intercourse satisfaction, orgasm, and general sexual well-being compared to Viagra alone.
Zinc: Continued and significant depletion of the mineral zinc, associated with long-term use of diuretics, diabetes, digestive disorders, and certain kidney and liver diseases, has been shown to cause erectile dysfunction.
DHEA: DHEA is a supplement related to testosterone. Studies show inconclusive results in its treatment for erectile dysfunction. DHEA may interact precariously with other medications.
Herbal Remedies:Although herbal remedies are believed to be very effective, reliable and popular, contrary to popular belief, they are not entirely safe and should be taken only under medical supervision. Some of the more popular herbal medications used are:
Gingko: The herb ginkgo is used for treatment of erectile dysfunction, particularly in people who experience sexual dysfunction as a side effect of antidepressant drugs. It is thought to relax smooth muscle and enhance blood flow in the penis. Although the risks for gingko are found to be low, there is an increased risk for bleeding at high doses and interaction with vitamin E, anti-clotting medications, aspirin, or other NSAIDs.
Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL): GBL is found in products marketed for enhancing sexual function. But in some cases, this substance can convert to a chemical that can cause toxic and life-threatening effects, including seizures and even coma.
L- arginine: L-arginine is an amino acid that aids in dilation of blood vessels by relaxing smooth vessels. This, in the penis, leads to erection. It can, though cause gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems along with bleeding disorders and electrolyte imbalance
Ashwagandha: The herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is sometimes called Indian Ginseng because of its similar effects on the body. It is believed to increase energy, stamina, and sexual function in males. However, no studies have examined whether it is effective for erectile dysfunction in humans.
Yohimbe: It is a compound that has been found to stimulate blood flow to the penis, increase libido, and decrease the period between ejaculations. It is not recommended though.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture has helped some men with ED. It is not recommended as it has serious systemic and metabolic side effects.