Natural Remedies For Erectile Dysfunction

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With so many more men being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (ED), it can no longer be one of those subjects that is not talked about in the Black community.  But have no fear, there is help–natural help. According to research and other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful:

What You Need To Know:

• Quit smoking
Men who smoke have an increased ED risk

• Panax ginseng
Called the herbal Viagra, Panax ginseng (red ginseng) has solid research behind it. Researchers reviewed seven studies of red ginseng and ED in 2008. Dosages ranged from 600 to 1,000 milligrams (mg) three times daily. They concluded there was “suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.”

• Acupuncture
Though studies are mixed, many show positive results when acupuncture is used to treat ED. A 1999 study, for example, found that acupuncture improved the quality of erections and restored sexual activity in 39 percent of participants.

• Give ginkgo a go
Take 240 mg a day of a standardized herbal extract to increase blood flow to the penis