Treating Erectile Dysfunction Naturally

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Treating Erectile Dysfunction Naturally

Are you dealing with impotence or having trouble achieving an erection? Worry not!

Erectile dysfunction, also referred to as ED or impotence, is a common male sexual health-related disorder. [1]

This problem affects men of all ages and is usually caused by underlying health conditions, unhealthy lifestyles, emotional or relationship problems, medication, smoking, drugs, alcohol, etc. [1]

However, you can easily treat this condition using natural home remedies and get your sex life back in action!

What is Erectile Dysfunction? [1]

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is commonly called impotence. It’s a condition in which a man cannot achieve or maintain an erection during sexual performance. Symptoms may also include reduced sexual desire or libido. Your doctor is likely to diagnose you with ED if the condition lasts for more than a few weeks or months. Standard ED treatments include prescription medications, vacuum pumps, implants, and surgery, but many men prefer natural options. Research has found that some natural options can improve sexual health.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction [3]

The primary erectile dysfunction symptoms are:

  1. Getting an erection occasionally, but not every time one wants to have sex
  2. Getting an erection but not being able to maintain it until the completion of the sexual act
  3. Not getting an erection at all

The secondary symptoms of erectile dysfunction are:

  1. Poor libido
  2. Intense emotional stress
  3. Low self-esteem

How to Treat Erectile Dysfunction Naturally [2]

The natural remedies for erectile dysfunction listed below will answer your query, ‘How to cure erectile dysfunction naturally.’

1. Panax Ginseng/Korean Ginseng

Called the herbal Viagra, Panax Ginseng (red ginseng) has solid research behind it. Ginsenosides are one element present in Panax Ginseng extract that has action at the cellular level to improve erection. The action of Panax Ginseng is most effective for those with high lipids in their blood and suffering from metabolic syndrome. This herb has anti-inflammatory action, improves lung function, and improves blood circulation — all characteristics that may reduce ED. [2]

2. Tribulus Terrestris (Gokshura)

Tribulus Terrestris is a herb with notable aphrodisiac properties. In Ayurveda, this herb is called Gokshura. The use of this herb can improve libido, fertility, and sexual functions. The steroidal saponins, a compound found in this herb, can effectively treat the problem of erectile dysfunction. [4]

3. Rhodiola Rosea

One study indicated that Rhodiola Rosea may be helpful. Twenty-six out of 35 men were given 150 to 200 mg a day for three months. They experienced substantially improved sexual function. This herb can also improve energy levels and reduce fatigue. [9]


Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It can be converted to both estrogen and testosterone in the body. Scientists make the dietary supplement from wild yam and soy. The influential Massachusetts male aging study showed that men with ED were more likely to have low levels of DHEA. Thus, taking DHEA supplements may help manage erectile dysfunction [11]

5. L-arginine

L-arginine is an amino acid naturally present in your body. It helps make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels to facilitate a successful erection and is essential for healthy sexual functioning. So, L-arginine supplements can be used as a remedy for erectile dysfunction. [12]

6. Acupuncture

Though studies are mixed, many of the studies show positive results when acupuncture is used to treat ED. In Chinese folk medicine it is a common practice to treat erectile dysfunction with the help of acupuncture. During this therapy fine stainless steel needles are used to pierce the patient’s skin.These needles can remove blockages in the Qi energy and restore balance. Once the blockages are removed, all types of sexual dysfunctions, including erectile dysfunction may be cured. [8]

7. Maca

Use of the Maca root can improve sexual behavior in both men and women. The scientific name of Maca is Lepidium Meyenii. Studies show that the dried extracts of Maca root can have androgen-like effects, curing sexual issues like erectile dysfunction, low libido, infertility, low sperm count, poor sperm quality, and reduced semen volume, etc. [10]

8. Horny Goat Weed

Naturally improving erection with herbs is very much possible. Powerful hearts like Horny Goat Weed can make that happen. The scientific name of this herb is Epimedium grandiflorum. In Chinese traditional medicine, this herb has been used for centuries to treat impotence, poor libido, and fatigue. This herb is also used in treating osteoporosis or brittleness of bones in women after their menopause. [5]

9. Ginkgo Biloba

This is another natural cure for erectile weakness in men. The use of this herb can reverse antidepressant-triggered ED. The unique composition of terpenoids and flavonoids in this herb can effectively treat erectile weaknesses, low libido, and poor memory issues. [6]

10. Lifestyle Changes

Certain wrong lifestyle habits can increase the chances of erectile dysfunction. Physical inactivity, obesity, wrong food habits, alcoholism, and smoking are some of the bad habits that can lead to erectile dysfunction. By switching to healthier habits, one may address this issue. [7]

When to Seek Medical Help? [1]

If the problem of erectile dysfunction continues for several weeks at a stretch, then you must consult a doctor. In some cases, ED may be the first sign of a more serious and rather fatal health issue like cardiac problems. Also, undiagnosed diabetes and hypertension may manifest in the form of erectile dysfunction as an early symptom. If hypertension and diabetes are not treated, these health issues may prove life-taking. Thus, you should not delay much to see a doctor.


1. Can aging cause erectile dysfunction? [1]

Yes, aging is one of the reasons behind erectile dysfunction. The aging process may make one fall prey to penile muscular weaknesses. According to statistics, men beyond the age of 40 are more likely to get erectile dysfunction compared to the younger lot.

2. Can health issues cause erectile dysfunction? [1], [3]

Yes, many health issues could lead to erectile dysfunction among men. Health issues like diabetes mellitus, cardiac diseases, a disorder of the blood vessels, multiple sclerosis, prostate gland enlargement, chronic kidney diseases, atherosclerosis, and Peronei’s disease are some of the health conditions that may definitely lead to ED.

3. How to treat erectile dysfunction naturally with Ayurvedic oils?

Ayurveda recommends the use of certain powerful natural oils for treating erectile dysfunction. One needs to massage the penis with these oils an hour before the sexual act. The most effective oils are Ashwagandha oil, Shilajit oil, Shatavari oil, and herbs-infused sesame oil.

4. Can certain medications trigger the occurrence of erectile dysfunction? [1], [3]

Yes, certain medications play the culprit. Medications like hypertension medication, medications for treating prostate cancer, ulcer medications, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and appetite suppressants may trigger erectile dysfunction.

5. Can physiological issues be one of the causes of erectile dysfunction?

Yes, psychological issues like low self-esteem, fear of sexual failure, stress and anxiety, and depression may lead to erectile dysfunction.


Ideally, the remedies mentioned above will help in treating erectile dysfunction naturally. With the support of these natural remedies, you will possibly be able to bid farewell to ED and ensure that you have an active and happy sexual life. Since these remedies are natural, they are safe, and there are almost zero percent chances of you experiencing side effects. However, you must consult an expert if you do not observe any changes.


This article has been written from a health and wellness perspective and is not a substitute for medical advice.


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  3. Symptoms & Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
  4. Tribulus terrestris versus placebo in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms in patients with late-onset hypogonadism: A placebo-controlled study
  5. Horny Goat Weed
  6. Ginkgo biloba Extract in the Therapy of Erectile Dysfunction
  7. Lifestyle modifications and erectile dysfunction: what can be expected?
  8. Acupuncture for Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
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  10. Maca (L. meyenii) for erectile dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis
  11. Dehydroepiandrosterone and Erectile Function: A Review
  12. l-arginine and Erectile Dysfunction

Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma

Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma is an adept medical professional with an M.D in Ayurveda from Gujrat Ayurveda University where he was the university topper of his batch. In his B.A.M.S years in the renowned Devi Ahilya University, Indore, Dr Sharma was awarded two gold medals for his academics.


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