ED / Impotence
One of the most fashionable (and profitable) issues of the day, erectile dysfunction (ED) has led our society into a complicated game of biochemical manipulation. Using prescription medications to resolve a performance problem will almost certainly cause a biochemical tipping of the scales, resulting in other, possibly dangerous, problems down the road. Most of these medications concentrate on chemically increasing nitric oxide in your system, which is the main factor in creating erections. Nitric oxide, however, also causes inflammation in your joints, skin, and other body tissues.
If nothing else, the new explosion of ED medications should teach us that we can manipulate our sex drive and performance. But be careful of traditional medicine’s answer. Here are some suggestions for natural alternatives.
What Causes ED?
ED has many possible causes, ranging from physical to biochemical, to emotional issues. What’s important is that you don’t go right out and get a prescription drug to eradicate the symptoms. This will do nothing to cure the problem behind the ED. Instead, use natural stamina enhancers while digging into the root of the problem. Some possible causes include:
- Thyroid and Adrenal imbalance (including stress)
- Other hormone imbalance, including pituitary issues
- Low energy or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Prostate disorders
- Psychological and neuroemotional issues (even relatively mild ones)
- Use of antihypertensive agents, antidepressants, analgesics and antipsychotics
- Use of antiinflammatories, especially antiinflammatory pharmaceutical medications
- Food and drug toxins
- Sedentary lifestyle and circulation problems
- Peripheral arterial disease
First make sure your prostate is healthy (see Prostate Health), then check possible causes one by one to see what’s truly ailing you. Hypothyroidism, often caused by insufficient intake of iodine, can sometimes cause impotence. Poor circulation may also be a contributing factor. Diabetes and the vascular problems associated with diabetes account for a large percentage of impotency in middleaged men. In fact, Viagra was first used to treat diabetic vascular disease. Each of these causes has a representative entry in this book. When you’re ready and have begun a plan of attack on the true cause of the problem, follow the plan associated with that issue. Here are a few herbal treatments you can add:
- Take picolinated zinc (5075 mg/day) with succinate vitamin E (400 IU) or vitamin E complex with tocotrienols. For men, this combination puts lead in your pencil. For women, it builds testosterone naturally and will increase your arousal potential.
- One of the most potent plantbased performance enhancers is the mushroom Cordyceps, which is considered an aphrodisiac as well as stimulating erection in men. Athletes often use it to increase energy levels.
- Many have reported that the following supplements work like Viagra: tongkat ali, Rhodiola rosea, yohimbe, maca and Larginine (poor man’s Viagra). Larginine helps stimulate blood flow to the penis and helps create nitric oxide. Viagra, by contrast, inhibits the PDE5 enzyme that blocks nitric oxide. Either way, you end up with more nitric oxide in the right place. Larginine should be taken regularly for best results.
- Foods like peanuts, bananas, and mangoes are reputed to be sexual stimulants and performance enhancers. And spices like clove, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and cayenne are circulation enhancers, therefore possibly directing increased blood flow toward the groin.
- The tantric tradition builds sexual potency through awareness and control of energies—sexual and others. Through certain practices and beliefs, practitioners and adepts can control the flow of energy to (and from) the sex organs, resulting in total control over orgasm, arousal, and performance.