April 24, 2012

Herbal Medicine for Erectile Dysfunction – Powerful Natural Remedies

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction plagues millions of men in the United States, straining otherwise healthy sexual relationships. According to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education, the prevalence of erectile dysfunction affects about 40% of men over the age of 40 years. I was not surprised to find out that men aged 70-years and older have a prevalence exceeding 70%, too.

Before the advent of brand name pharmaceuticals, like Cialis 20 mg, treatments for erectile dysfunction were only minimally effective. I have heard my fair share of feel-good testimonials from couples, who have rekindled the fires of their sex lives by using generic prescription drugs such as Sildenafil 100 mg. Although, the truth about treating erectile dysfunction is that drugs are not the only treatment option available. Herbal medicines are getting a second look from the medical community, and the evidence looks promising.

Defining Erectile Dysfunction

I am certain that the definition of erectile dysfunction seems self-explanatory, but there are a few myths that first need to be debunked. Mainly, erectile dysfunction is not a natural part of the aging process, contrary to popular misconception. The inability to achieve and maintain an erection is also clinically distinct from the loss of sexual appetite and an inability to climax during sex.

Doctors have narrowed down the causes of erectile dysfunction very well. Personally, I believe psychological factors play a larger role than the hard statistics dictate. Nonetheless, medical causes include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, nerve damage, low testosterone, substance abuse, and even certain medications are well known to trigger sexual dysfunction. Since older men have a higher risk of developing these conditions, erectile dysfunction corresponds to old age.

Natural Herbal Treatments

To my surprise, natural remedies for erectile dysfunction, like Ginseng, carry many of the same health risks as pharmaceuticals. The shear powers of herbal medicines have been recognized for centuries, but modern medicine is only beginning to unveil this truth. Herbal Viagra-like products are so potent that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned several “herbal Viagras” a few years ago.

Say what you will about the FDA’s removal of “herbal Viagras” from the market, but the truth is that herbal remedies can potentially cause harmful side effects, regardless of how organically they are grown. For example, Ginkgo is well known to increase the risk of uncontrollable bleeding. Also, ingesting excessive amounts of zinc can also trigger immune system dysfunctions, according to information provided by the Mayo Clinic.

Recently, the medical community has started to investigate the effectiveness of Yohimbe, an African tree bark, which has been used for centuries in Zaire and Gabon. Clinically speaking, Yohimbine, the tree bark’s active ingredient, appears to increase blood flow to the genitals as well as stimulate nerve impulses, too. Even the National Institute of Health is beginning to recognize Yohimbine as a possible candidate to counter-act the sexual side effects of other chemical compounds. In my opinion, Yohimbe is one of the most exciting natural remedies for erectile dysfunction available today.

Yes, other herbal treatments for erectile dysfunction exist, but Yohimbe bark is getting a long, hard look from the medical community. The upcoming research will determine whether the benefits of ingesting Yohimbe outweigh the health risks.

November 16, 2011

A fresh look at Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

erectile dysfunction disorderErectile dysfunction is caused from a lack of blood entering the penis, resulting in an inability to achieve an erection. A 2011 medical study conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center concludes that positive lifestyle changes can both prevent and treat erectile dysfunction.  Alarmingly, this study confirms the link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease.  However, head clinical researcher for the study, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, sees this association as an opportunity for both men and GPs; he hopes this discovery will motivate the former to make lifestyle changes to improve both their coronary and sexual health, while he hopes the latter will send patients with erectile dysfunction symptoms to cardiologists.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment:

While typical erectile dysfunction treatment for severe erectile dysfunction includes oral phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor therapies (i.e. medications), this study suggests that lifestyle changes can be very effective at improving the sexual health of men experiencing mild erectile dysfunction.  The study advocates natural remedies for erectile dysfunction, which include having a balanced diet, quitting smoking and exercising.  Dr. Stephen Kopecky stresses the latter, stating that “exercising for 20-30 minutes, five times a week has a huge effect.”  The study found that these aforementioned positive lifestyle changes can improve a man’s erectile dysfunction score by up to 2.7 points (as measured by the International Index of Erective Function 5).

Erectile Dysfunction Psychology:

Positive lifestyle changes will not only positively affect a man’s sexual performance and coronary health, they will also benefit a man’s mental health.  Mental health is often overlooked; however, it is intrinsically tied to a man’s sexual performance and negatively affected by erectile dysfunction disorder.  Thus, these positive lifestyle changes will improve the overall well being (coronary, sexual, and psychological) of a man, giving more incentive for a man to make these changes.

Erectile Dysfunction Medications:

While natural remedies for erectile dysfunction may work for mild erectile dysfunction, the study still recommends using PDE-5s  for severe erectile dysfunction (medication can improve a man’s Index of Erectile Function Score by up to 10 points). Thus, if a man is unable to achieve and maintain an erection, in spite of lifestyle changes, there are many highly affordable and effective medications available, such as Viagra or Cialis. To order Viagra or buy Cialis you should visit an online pharmacy.

July 16, 2008


This medicine is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, commonly called impotence. It works by relaxing certain muscles in the penis and widening blood vessels, which increases the blood flow to the penis and helps to cause an erection. When the effect of the drug wears off, blood flow returns to normal and the erection disappears.

Before using Caverject, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine; if you are taking blood thinners; if you have stomach problems; if you have peptic ulcers; if you have any other medical condition like liver or kidney function impairment or heart problems.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Caverject?

  • Development of any unusual deformity of the penis while using this medicine is a signal to stop taking the injections and inform your health care provider.
  • Small amounts of bleeding at the injection site can increase the risk of transmission of blood-borne diseases such as HIV.
  • Use caution while driving or operating any machinery as Caverject may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Caverject does not protect against the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Before using Caverject inform your doctor:

  • if you have blood problems, bone marrow problems or other conditions that may increase your risk for a prolonged, painful erection
  • if you have a penile implant, deformed penis, or certain other penile problems
  • if you have any other physical reason that you should not have sexual intercourse
  • if you have inflammation or infection of the penis, kidney problems, urinary problems, or a history of prolonged or painful erections
  • if you use other medicine for erectile problems
  • if you have a blood-borne disease (eg, HIV, hepatitis)

Side effects of Caverject

Most severe: Abnormal vision, back pain, bruising at the injection site, cough, dizziness, flu symptoms, headache, heart attack, high blood pressure, infection, inflamed or enlarged prostate, injuries/fractures/abrasions/lacerations/dislocations, leg pain, nasal congestion, pain, redness, sinus inflammation, skin disorders.

Most common: Blood-filled swelling at the site of injection, disorder of the penis (such as discoloration of the head, strange feeling, tearing of the skin), hardened tissue in the penis, pain in the penis, prolonged erection, upper respiratory infection.

Other: Abnormal ejaculation, bleeding at the urethra, blood in the urine, dizziness, dry mouth, extreme dilation of the pupils, fainting, fluid retention at the injection site, frequent or urgent urination, hemorrhage at the injection site, impaired urination, inflammation, irritation, itching, lack of sensation, leg cramps, low blood pressure, nausea, numbness, painful erection, pelvic pain, profuse sweating, rash on the penis, redness, sensitivity, swelling at the injection site, swelling of the head of the penis, swelling of the scrotum, testicular pain, tightness of the foreskin, warmth, weakness, yeast infection.

This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Caverject, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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September 14, 2007

Erectile Dysfunction – Cialis

Cialis is a prescription medication used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It is clinically proven to work up to 36 hours and work in some men as fast as 30 minutes. Cialis may not be for everyone. Tell your doctor about your medical conditions and what medications you’re taking, and ask if you’re healthy enough for sexual activity.

Although Cialis is not a cure for erectile dysfunction studies have shown that it can improve:

  • The ability to get an erection
  • The ability to keep an erection for successful sexual intercourse
  • The ability to complete sexual intercourse
  • Confidence in the ability to get and keep an erection
  • Erection hardness and satisfaction with hardness
  • Satisfaction with sexual intercourse

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man is unable to get an erection that’s hard enough for sexual intercourse. He may have difficulty keeping an erection until the end of sexual intercourse. It’s not uncommon for men to have erection problems every once in a while, but with erectile dysfunction, problems happen again and again.

For a man to achieve an erection that is hard enough for sexual intercourse, a series of events must occur in the body. Sexual stimulation triggers the brain to send nerve messages to the penis. This signals blood to flow into the penis, which causes the penis to get hard. Blood stays trapped in the penis until sexual activity is completed. Disturbing one of these events can cause erectile dysfunction.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Possible Physical Causes Include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Nerve diseases
  • Injuries or surgery to the pelvic area
  • Low hormone levels
  • Possible side effect of medicine
  • Lifestyle factors

Possible Psychological Causes Include:

  • Depression
  • Stress at work, at home, or in social life
  • Anxiety about sexual performance
  • Relationship problems

Side Effects of Cialis

Common side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Upset stomach
  • Back pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Flushing
  • Stuffy or runny nose

Cialis side effects usually go away after a few hours. As with any ED (erectile dysfunction) tablet, in the rare event of priapism (an erection lasting more than four hours), seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury.

***If you think you may have erectile dysfunction tell your doctor, as it may be an early warning sign of other health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or hypothyroidism.

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