Erectile Dysfunction supplement natural remedy, treatment herbs, vitamins as alternatives to ED drugs
Safer and natural approaches to treating this male condition and alternatives to Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis prescription medications
June 26 2018
by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Natural solution, home remedy, herbal remedies that work in a man
Male erectile dysfunction is defined as the consistent inability to obtain or maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual relations. For many years patients relied on medications for ED treatment, but now there is a growing number of effective herbs and supplements, providing a natural solution and cure and as alternatives to ED drugs. These herbal products do not work as fast as the medications. It usually takes them 2 to 4 days to be effective.

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Dr. Sahelian and his research staff have tested various doses and extracts of dozens of herbs from a number or raw material suppliers to determine the ideal dosage and combination for optimal aphrodisiac properties with the fewest side effects. After years of experiments, a special proprietary blend with more than a dozen herbal extracts from the best raw material suppliers has been created.


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Later on I discuss the various factors involved in psychological and physical (organic) erectile dysfunction, but for now I wanted to let you know about my discovery regarding years of research in formulating an herbal blend to enhance sexual stamina and support healthy erectile function. I'm proud to announce a wonderful blend called Passion Rx. Some chemicals found in the body and brain involved in the human sexual response include dopamine, acetylcholine, and nitric oxide. All these three natural chemicals and others can be manipulated and influenced through the use of natural herbs and supplements.

Caution: There is a higher rate of heart disease in men who have problems with maintaining an erection. All men with ED -- particularly older men who are more likely to have physical causes as opposed to psychological causes -- need a medical evaluation, detailed cardiac assessment, blood pressure measurement, lipid profile and blood sugar tests, as well as lifestyle advice regarding weight management, diet improvement, smoking cessation, reduction of alcohol use, sleep quality improvement, and exercise. If you have a problem with erectile dysfunction, make sure to have a full medical evaluation before starting therapy or remedy, whether with an herbal product or a prescription drug. Some herbs are very potent and have a tendency to accelerate heart rate or increase blood pressure which may not be well tolerated by those who have cardiac or cardiovascular problems. Even though herbs are safer than prescription medications, they do have side effects in high doses.

Erectile Dysfunction supplement natural remedy, treatment, herbs, vitamins
he potent herbal extracts in Passion Rx include ashwagandha herb, catuaba herb, cnidium, herba cistanches, horny goat weed herb, maca herb, muira puama, passion flower, tongkat ali herb (extract called LJ100), mucuna pruriens extract, tribulus terrestris extract and yohimbe herb. A version without yohimbe bark extract is also available. I am not convinced that l arginine amino acid, by itself, is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Additional nutraceuticals that help ED are Propionyl-L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine. They enhance the effectiveness of sildenafil. I know onions help with treating ED, perhaps it is the quercetin in them.

Q. For the natural herbal treatment of ED, if you were to personally choose, take, and alternate between only two of the following four herbs, catuaba, ginseng extract, horny goat weed, and Tribulus Terrestris Extract, which two would they be? Or, which two of the above three herbs work better for ED?
   A. Different people react differently to these herbs and combinations. I prefer using a formula that has several plant extracts. One may also adapt to a single herb if used too often and it is a good idea to alternate their use.

Q. In a study they mentioned that grape seed extract in similar dosage was found to have the same effect as Pycnogenol for less money as a natural treatment for erectile dysfunction. That got me to wondering about other pine bark extracts and what the comparison would be to those three items, taking into account whatever it is in Pycnogenol coupled with L-arginine that caused the high rate of success.
    A. There are not enough such studies regarding pine bark extract, grape seed extract or other similar compounds to know which are effective as natural erectile dysfunction treatments but some reports from users indicate that they may be of benefit.

Q. I have significant erectile dysfunction, have been taking saw palmetto herb to counteract prostate enlargement, and I am wondering if the saw palmetto works by "suppressing the effects of testosterone" or by actually suppressing the levels of testosterone in the body? According to a blood test, my total testosterone is less than 1/2 of the normal "low" value, while free testosterone is about 10% below the normal low value. I am 58 and have been using saw palmetto for about 4 years, the same length of time I have been experiencing erectile dysfunction. I have recently started testosterone injections.
   A. My latest understanding with saw palmetto in regards to testosterone is that it may inhibit its conversion into DHT in prostate tissue. Whether saw palmetto influences levels of testosterone in the body or is a factor in causing
erectile dysfunction is not clear to me at this time. Many people have the opposite reaction, they notice sexual benefits from the use of this herb.

Mucuna pruriens herb works due to dopamine content and other substances in the plant
Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2017. In vitro and in vivo investigation of natural compounds from seed extract of Mucuna pruriens lacking l-DOPA for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The polar extract of M. pruriens seed can be used for ED therapy, especially in patients with metabolic diseases including diabetes. The action of the extract might be due to catechol and its derivatives and polyphenols.

Diet and weight loss, the foods you eat make a difference in the long run
Exercise and weight loss improve sexual function in obese men. We know that eating a healthy diet that's loaded with fruits and veggies, fish, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a normal weight reduces one's risk for heart attack and stroke. Research shows that these same lifestyle changes are effective in improving ED. Time and time again clinical trials have shown obesity to be a common cause of ED. Eating garlic, onion, and ginger can be of help in treating ED.
Eating foods that are rich in certain flavonoids reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction in men, especially those under 70, according to research from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2016. Of the different flavonoids, anthocyanins (found in blueberries, cherries, blackberries, radishes and blackcurrant), and flavanones and flavones (found in citrus fruits) were found to offer the greatest benefits in preventing ED.

Natural herbs and supplements as cause of ED, negative effect
Certain dietary supplements, such as 5-HTP that converts into serotonin, and the herb kava, can, if used frequently, reduce sex drive, urge, and sensation. Perhaps so can the GABA agonist phenibut and perhaps picamilon.

Exercise helps, daily walks
Physical activity levels improves a man's ability to have better erections and orgasms, the quality and frequency of erections, and overall sexual function, possibly due to the deeper sleep it provides and perhaps improved body image.

Am J Cardiol. 2015. A home-based walking program improves erectile dysfunction in men with an acute myocardial infarction.

Daily exposure to light early in the morning improves sexual satisfaction scores and boosts testosterone levels in men with reduced libido or erectile difficulty.

Understanding the causes
Erectile dysfunction can be classified simply under two headings. Psychological: that is, mental; or Organic: that is, due to some form of physical or medical problem. Organic
ED becomes more common as men get older. Psychological causes are more likely in those below the age of 30.

Psychological causes
The causes of psychological erectile dysfunction are numerous, and it is difficult to list them all, but most often this condition is related to depression, performance anxiety, marital stress or relationship problems, marital boredom, life crisis, financial difficulties, religious repression, or some type of mental illness. Improving ED in these cases may require addressing the underlying causes.

Organic causes
There are four major causes of organic erectile dysfunction: Vascular, Neural, Hormonal, and Drug-induced. The cause of ED determines the treatment approach. Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and tobacco abuse are the three most common causes in men older than 50 years of age.

Med J Aust. 2013. Risk factors for erectile dysfunction in a cohort of 108 477 Australian men. In a large population-based cross-sectional study, ED increased considerably with age. There are a range of potentially modifiable risk factors for ED, including smoking, low physical activity, and high body mass index.

Vascular causes involving poor blood flow
Alterations in the flow of blood to and from the penis are thought to be a common cause. For instance, medical conditions such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high cholesterol, hypertension, or diabetes reduce blood flow to the penis and genital organs thus leading to difficulty with erection or genital swelling.  Erectile dysfunction could be an early indication of oxidative stress and vascular dysfunction.
Patients with cardiovascular disease and patients with diabetes represent the largest group of patients with
ED. Lowering cholesterol through diet, supplements, or medicines improves this condition.
   Metabolic syndrome can increase inflammatory markers in blood and negatively influence endothelial function resulting in poor vasodilation and a higher incidence of erectile dysfunction.
   Additional factors that can impede blood flow include penile injury and surgery in the pelvic and abdominal area.
Heavy smoking is an important risk factor for ED in men and quitting smoking, over time, improves this condition. Stopping cigarette smoking leads to improved penile tumescence and rigidity.
  Chronic periodontitis is characterized with inflammation of the gingival tissues, which causes endothelial dysfunction in different organs. There seems to be an association of chronic periodontitis with ED.

Neural causes
Nerve damage from disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and stroke affect the brain’s ability to respond to sexual stimulation and cause erectile dysfunction. In women, abdominal or pelvic operations can occasionally lead to nerve damage. ED is common in men undergoing surgical treatment for prostate enlargement or cancer.

Hormonal causes
Low levels of androgens, such as testosterone, are sometimes a component of erectile dysfunction. Testosterone levels decline about 1 percent each year in men, which may contribute to erectile dysfunction with aging. Testosterone also declines with age in women leading to a decrease in female libido. Replacement of androgens can sometimes be helpful in those with age related erectile dysfunction. Testosterone is available by prescription only. An over the counter hormones, such as DHEA, converts into testosterone and thus has a positive influence on erectile dysfunction. Pregnenolone is another over the counter hormone that may increase testosterone levels and thus improve erectile dysfunction. Many herbal aphrodisiacs also have a positive influence on erectile dysfunction. Routine hormone blood studies for erectile dysfunction evaluation are not needed during the initial evaluation but perhaps later if treatment modalities are not successful. Prominent diseases of the endocrine system, such as diabetes mellitus, hypogonadism, and hyperprolactinemia, may cause erectile dysfunction. Sometimes erectile dysfunction treatment with hormones such as DHEA or testosterone can be effective.

Drug or Medication-induced ED is quite common, even some herbs and supplements can be a cause
Drugs that interfere with erectile function include antihistamines used for allergy treatment, some anti-hypertensives used for high blood pressure, SSRIs (like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and others), sedatives (such as Zanax, Valium, prescription sleeping pills, and others), narcotic pain medications such as codeine and morphine, and beta-blockers. SSRIs - treatment for depression - cause ED mostly due to their effect on serotonin metabolism. Serotonin has an inhibitory effect on erectile function and sexuality. Beta blockers such as propranolol, atenolol, and others, are some of the most common medications that cause erectile dysfunction. DHT blockers such as Avodart and Proscar, Propecia, are also known to cause ED. The generic names are dutasteride and finasteride.
   Surprisingly, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen also cause erectile dysfunction. Regardless of the reason for taking them, painkillers classified as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) apparently increase the likelihood that middle-aged and elderly men will develop erection difficulties.

I am a sufferer of ED caused from Propecia drug. I live in Cyprus, many young men can reach finasteride from local pharmacy without a doctor's prescription. I'm 30 years old and had a very good sexual life strong erections and good sex drive all my life until I took Propecia for two months. My prolactin level increased from normal ranges 3-15 to 35. MRI showed no pituitary tumor.

I'm a 53 year old man, used to smoke for 20 yrs. Never used to drink alcohol. For 4 yrs I take Disopyramide 100mg 2 times a day and losartan 25mg x2 half a day. I am starting to get ED gradually now for the past 2 weeks I have almost full ED.

Medical diseases and metabolic disorder
Certain medical conditions cause erectile dysfunction or reduce libido, performance, or enjoyment. These include hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, obesity, peripheral vascular disease, neurologic disorders, and insomnia.
In diabetic men with ED, the severity of their sexual performance problem increases as control of blood sugar levels worsens.
   Sitting on a bicycle too long. Men who log several thousand miles a year on their mountain bikes suffer scrotal damage that could reduce their fertility or cause erectile dysfunction.
Have you heard of the metabolic syndrome or Syndrome X? Symptoms of metabolic syndrome include a large waistline, high blood pressure, raised insulin levels, excess body weight and abnormal cholesterol levels. If someone has three or more symptoms they have the syndrome and a higher risk of suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Patients with metabolic syndrome have an increased prevalence of erectile dysfunction.
   Insomnia is a common cause.

Am J Mens Health. 2018. Association Between Erectile Dysfunction and Subsequent Prostate Cancer Development: A Population-Based Cohort Study With Double Concurrent Comparison Groups. Erectile dysfunction (ED) and prostate cancer share common potential risk factors such as chronic inflammation, prostatitis, cigarette smoking, obesity, a high animal fat diet, a sedentary life, and depression.
Diabetes, high blood sugar
Diabetic men are much likely to develop ED as non-diabetic men. The cause is multifactorial, but most commonly reflects endothelial dysfunction and autonomic neuropathy. Diabetes and vascular disease may be a marker for silent occlusive arterial disease. Treatment is effective in the majority and all options should be considered, beginning with the much preferred oral phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil).
Review of Cialis, Levitra, Viagra and erectile dysfunction pills
Viagra sildenafil, approved by the FDA in 1998, has been the most popular medicine for the treatment of ED. Viagra works very well in dilating blood vessels in the genital region leading to an erection or increased blood flow to the vaginal tissues, however it does little to directly increase libido or sexual arousal. The effect of Viagra is often noticed within an hour after taking a pill of 50 or 100 mg, and ease of erection may last up to 12 hours. Side effects of Viagra include headache, flushes, nasal congestion or runny nose, malaise, nausea, changes in blood pressure, irregular heart beats, visual disturbances including rare cases of blindness, and chest pain. Viagra may cause stickiness of blood platelets.
Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra can cause muscle aches and low back pain. Trimetazidine, a drug that prevents heart-related chest pain, is a better choice than "nitrate" drugs, such as Nitro-DUR and Isordil, for men with heart disease who are taking Viagra sildenafil for erectile dysfunction treatment. There have been concerns about dangerously low blood pressure when Viagra is combined with nitrates, the authors explain, yet many men with heart disease are currently seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction.
   I personally find natural sex boosters quite effective and preferable to pharmaceutical erectile dysfunction drugs.

Q. Do you know where Vitaros is in its FDA approval process? Iím a 63-year-old man, and donít have much luck with any of the pill supplements, even in fairly high doses. My libido is strong, but the hardware isnít cooperating. I hate using Muse and the injections seem sort of terrifying.
   A. As far as I know FDA rejected Apricus Bio's ED cream Vitaros in 2018.

Research studies
Saddle pressure can cause temporary erectile dysfunction for men who take part in long distance cycling events, but bike adjustments may decrease the risk. However, bicycle seats with "cutouts" designed to relieve the pressure could actually put certain men at greater risk for the problem. Researchers found that among 463 men who'd taken part in long-distance cycling events, just over four percent developed short-lived erectile dysfunction within the following week. And while many of those who reported using a cutout saddle were at lower risk, others -- namely, those who felt numbness in the groin during the ride -- were more likely to develop erectile dysfunction if they used a cutout seat. The researchers also found a greater erectile dysfunction risk among men who used a mountain bike for the road race, and those with handlebars higher than the saddle. The findings are published in The Journal of Urology.

Natural treatment emails
Q. Is there any supplement that will benefit a male with erectile dysfunction after having a heart attack and quad bypass surgery. Since my heart attack and surgery I have had a problems and it is so frustrating. Sexless in Oregon.
   A. Most of the sex herbs can stimulate heart tissue and are not indicated for those with heart disease. Eating a healthy diet can improve cardiovascular function. Eating more fish, perhaps fish oil capsules, and maybe Prostate Power Rx one capsule a few times a week. As a rule, those with heart disease should be cautious about using herbs that have a cardiac stimulating nature, and most sexual enhancement herbs do have such stimulation potential.

Q. Does alcohol make erectile dysfunction disorder worse?
   A. Heavy alcohol use can cause ED. Alcohol is an anesthetic and has hormonal affects.

In general are there any herbs that one would be taking that could result in erectile disfunction?
    Kava herb is one example, and 5HTP nutrient is another.