Erectile Dysfunction: 4 Natural Remedies

Doctor William C Lloyd Healthgrades Medical Reviewer
Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Written By Wyatt Myers on January 21, 2021
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    Erectile Dysfunction: 4 Natural Remedies
    The adage “May the buyer beware” is a good rule of thumb when it comes to natural remedies for erectile dysfunction (ED). Most over-the-counter products that claim to be herbal versions of prescription drugs for an erection just don't work—and can even be harmful. There's also no evidence herbs or dietary supplements are effective for ED. For most men, ED is a problem that needs a doctor's attention. However, some lifestyle changes like these can help.
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    1. Quitting Smoking
    Here’s a natural remedy that will make a difference for ED (along with several other health conditions). Cigarette smoking has many bad effects on the body. One of them is that it constricts your blood vessels and blood flow. This directly affects your ability to get and sustain an erection. Many men report that their ED symptoms improve after they quit smoking.
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    2. Avoiding Alcoholic Beverages
    Overindulging when drinking is another lifestyle habit that can interfere with your ability to get an erection. Alcohol has a depressive effect on the body. This can lead to problems with sexual performance. And, when alcohol use grows, these problems grow as well. Cutting back helps many men improve their ability to achieve an erection.
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    3. Eating Healthy
    Eating a more nutritious diet can lead to weight loss. That in turn can have a positive effect on sexual function. Men who are overweight or obese often have problems with ED. But, research shows that men who shed some pounds by eating better often found improvement with ED-related issues.
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    4. Exercising More
    The other part of the weight loss solution is getting more exercise. This not only helps you drop extra pounds, but it also reduces stress and increases blood flow. Stress and reduced blood flow are two big factors that can contribute to ED. Making regular exercise part of your daily routine can make a big difference in sexual and overall health. If you’re experiencing problems achieving and sustaining an erection, talk with your doctor. Several medical treatments are available for erectile dysfunction, along with these natural lifestyle changes. By working with your provider, you can find a solution that improves your sexual function and allows you to enjoy a healthy and happy sex life.
Erectile Dysfunction: 4 Natural Remedies
  1. Erectile Dysfunction. University of Maryland Medical Center, 2012.
  2. Erectile Dysfunction – Lifestyle and Home Remedies. Mayo Clinic, 2016.
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Last Review Date: 2021 Jan 21
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