One of the most dreadful nightmares of any man is facing the problem of erectile dysfunction (ED). A crushing blow on our masculinity itself, this is an issue that can easily ruin relationships and decrease one’s quality of life.

The good news is that ED is treatable with a number of safe, natural, and quite effective ways. Each of the described methods is backed by serious scientific studies, so rest assured this is not some sort of worthless blabber.

Ready to go? Without further ado, let’s start right away!

10 Ways to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Lose weight

Excess weight and obesity isn’t just a problem of how you look. It increases the risk of heart diseases, development of diabetes, and even may lead to erectile dysfunction.

A study published in 2005 researched whether a lifestyle change with subsequent weight loss could lead to an improvement in ED, and the results are astonishing. 31% of men who managed to slim down during the trial had their erectile dysfunction restored without taking any drugs or supplements whatsoever. Also studies have proven that losing that excess weight can boost your testosterone levels. Find out more by reading this post (Testosterone and obesity (Does fat decrease testosterone levels?)

 

Consume more nitric oxide boosting foods

To get an erection, it is crucial for the vessels in your penis to relax, and thus be filled with blood. This relaxation is triggered by a substance called nitric oxide (NO). NO is naturally produced in your body.

Did you know that Viagra’s main component, sildenafil, works mainly by enhancing NO-mediated dilation of the blood vessels in your penis? The other way to get this mechanism working is by consuming more NO-boosting foods, such as spinach, dark cocoa, and walnuts. The later are a great source of L-arginine, which is known to boost nitric oxide production and restore sexual ability in general. Need help boosting your nitric oxide levels? Good I got you covered check out these post to get a jump start.

Stop watching porn

Some scientists consider this advice as somewhat controversial, while others tend to state an association between frequency of watching internet pornography and rates of sexual disturbances. For instance, a 2015 research found out that hypersexual men who masturbated (most times with the aid of porn) had sexual dysfunctions in 71% of the cases.

There is an opinion that watching more porn could increase a man’s anxiety regarding his possible sexual performance, as well as impose unreachable standards for the average guy. Altogether, these factors could lead to ED development, so it’s safer to keep your porn sessions under control.

Exercise (Improve cardio vascular health)

A strong erection requires two main factors: increased blood inflow and restricted outflow. The first of these components can be quite easily improved by regular aerobic exercise (like running or cycling) that would strengthen up the health of your heart and vessels.

Try these herbs

Before stacking up on modern supplements and the good ol’ Viagra, you should try to take advantage of what Mother Nature has grown in her garden. There are a lot of plants that could significantly improve your sexual ability, but let’s take a look at the most powerful herbs:

  • Korean red ginseng is a real treasure of Eastern medicine. For centuries, it has been used to improve a man’s sexuality, and with great results that were confirmed by modern studies.
  • Icariin (horny goat weed) bears its name for a good reason, and we bet you’ve already guessed it. Yep. This herb is a Chinese traditional medicine classic with significant positive effects on penile erection. Studies have officially confirmed this in rat models, so it’s safe to say humans could also benefit from icariin.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a powerful adaptogen, meaning a substance that helps you to fight stress and reduce both physical and mental fatigue, which could be the cause of your ED. Learn more about this herb (here).

Boost your testosterone

Although there isn’t a direct and consistent association between testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction, several studies indicate that men suffering from severe forms of ED may have significantly lower T-levels. By boosting your testosterone, you will be subsequently improving your ED in an indirect way. For example, it could be through an increase in your sex drive, and through being more inclined to working out and exercising, which usually goes hand in hand in modern society, thanks to the stereotypical link between testosterone, bodybuilding supplements, and masculine athletes in general.

Stop over masturbating

Masturbation is the low hanging fruit on the tree of sex, and some people tend to indulge to much in it without knowing of the possible consequences. Especially thanks to the accessibility of internet porn. Although this matter regularly sparks a lot of discussions here and there, we cannot ignore the fact that there is a certain connection between excessive masturbation and such things like erectile dysfunction.

The solution? It goes right behind the point number 3 on this list: control your porn and masturbation rates. We don’t say “quit forever and right now,” hell. Just stay at a moderate frequency and don’t overdo it.

Try acupuncture

A 12-week study researched whether acupuncture could have a significant effect on one’s sexual activity and erectile function. Based on a diary which both the patient and partner were regularly filling up, the evaluation was done after the twelfth week. 15% of men reported an improvement in their ED, and 31% stated that their sexual activity has gone up. Impressive, isn’t it?

Stay hydrated

You won’t have a strong erection without a decent amount of blood, and the latter is roughly 50% water by volume. In other words, it’s crucial to stay hydrated at all times if you want to say goodbye to the loathsome ED. Moreover, it was confirmed that drinking mineral-rich water could result in several factors that are highly beneficial for a healthy erection. Being dehydrated  during exercise may also decrease testosterone, find out more (here).

Improve your confidence and self-esteem

Erectile dysfunction can be caused not only by a range of physical factors, but be the result of psychological issues as well. Hyposexuality, anxiety, and depression are well-known factors that greatly contribute to the development of ED, but they are all treatable from the very core side of the problem.

Of course, serious cases of the mentioned conditions should be always treated according to the recommendations of a professional healthcare practitioner, but light to moderate cases can be alleviated by one’s own efforts. Boost up your confidence, pump up your self-esteem, value and love yourself for who you are – and voila, you’re on the right road.

Summary

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most feared conditions of any man, but few of them know that it can be quite effectively improved using safe and natural means. For starters, slim down and start exercising, consume foods that boost your nitric oxide rate (like dark cocoa and walnuts), drink enough water, and get rid of your psychological issues.

Check on your testosterone levels and manage them properly. Control your porn-watching and masturbating rates, as they also could decrease your sexual ability. Additionally, you could try acupuncture and Eastern herbs, such as the Korean red ginseng and icariin, or horny goat weed.

But above all, never forget to stay positive and greet bravely all challenges that life throws your way. You CAN make it. You CAN overcome everything. You CAN find a way out, resolve any problem, and learn from it to become a better person in the end. If you really believe these simple principles, no trial will ever be unbeatable for you, ED included.