Science Says: 4 Natural Solutions For Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, affects about 30 million men in the U.S. The National Institute of Health states that 50% of men who are over 75 years of age experience ED. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, this can cause you to experience shame and frustration. However, ED is very common and there are natural treatment alternatives available to help you with your condition.

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Erectile dysfunction happens when a man cannot attain or maintain an erection during sex. Some of the common contributors to ED include being stressed, being fatigued, having anxiety related to sexual performance, relationship issues, and alcohol consumption.

There are also medical conditions which can trigger ED. They include multiple sclerosis, smoking, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and having an enlarged prostate gland. Lifestyle can be an ED factor as well.  High alcohol use is a contributing factor. Seventy-two percent individuals with a high dependence on alcohol were diagnosed with having sexual dysfunction. High alcohol use is also linked to premature ejaculation.

Natural Solutions for Erectile Dysfunction

Beyond medication, there are natural solutions – backed by science –  you can try if you are suffering from ED.

1.  Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a technique which involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles. In doing so, it helps to boost your body’s natural painkillers, increase blood flow, and stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. The practice is commonly used to treat pain, but acupuncture can also treat various physical, mental and emotional conditions – including ED.  The studies are mixed on acupuncture, but according to a 1999 study conducted with a group of participants with ED, 39% of them showed improvement.