IMPOTENCE: CAN IT BE CURED WITHOUT DRUGS?
it up. Literally!
A vacuum device, composed of a plastic cylinder, pump, and elastic
ring or band, can be used to effect an erection.
The way it works is as follows: the cylinder is placed onto the
penis and the pump is then used to draw air out of the cylinder.
The vacuum causes blood to be forced into the penis, which in turn
causes an erection. Once erection is achieved, the man places the
elastic ring on the base of the penis, which keeps blood from draining
from the penis back into the body. The ring remains on the penis
until intercourse is finished.
This device works quite well, although some men complained about
the discomfort of the elastic ring, in addition to the hassle of
... er, pumping up.
Herbs: the natural answer for impotence?
Although they are often dismissed as ineffective solutions
to impotence, more and more clinical research studies have found
that herbs can help impotent men.
Some of the most popular herbs available on the market today include
tribulus, yohimbe, ginkgo biloba, and others. Although they are
generally safe and without side effects (unlike chemical drugs),
it is important to know that the quality of their extraction and
preparation processes vary widely.
One of the most promising herbs is the purified extract of Tribulus
terrestris. To date, its effects on treating impotence and
other sexual dysfunction problems have been extensively studied.
Tribulus has been used as traditional medicine to treat sexual dysfunction
and male infertility in Europe and Asia for many decades, before
improvement in scientific extraction techniques allowed identification
of its active ingredient called protodioscin.
Clinical studies performed on this purified extract have confirmed
the herb's beneficial effect. These studies showed that Tribulus
helps treat impotence caused by low testosterone level or an imbalance
in the body's level of sex hormones. The active ingredient of Tribulus
acts as a natural precursor to these hormones, and is converted
into its final forms by the body's own natural enzymes.
Other studies have suggested that Tribulus also acts by increasing
the level of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a naturally occuring
substance in the body believed to be important for a healthy sex
In all, these studies proved that Tribulus works very well in curing
sexual dysfunctions and in maximizing sexual performance when taken
regularly (it does not work immediately, however, Tribulus shows
positive effects only after two to three months). There is no known
side effect to this herb.
A note of caution: although there are many Tribulus extracts available
over the counter today, almost all of these have been found not
to contain any significant amount of the active ingredient. Be sure
to select a Tribulus extract that contains at least 45% protodioscin
(we recommend the Libilov for Men
Yohimbe is an extract of a bark of the evergreen yohimbe tree, and
was traditionally used in Africa as an aphrodisiac. Yohimbine, a
chemical substance derived from the Yohimbe extract, is actually
a prescribed medicine for sexual dysfunctions. Studies on yohimbine
have shown that it may help men achieve erection by increasing blood
flow to the penis and acting as a stimulant.
A survey of yohimbe extracts available as dietary supplements, however,
have suggested that most do not have significant amount of yohimbine
and therefore are not effective. Moreover, there are some side effects
of yohimbe that you should be aware of. These include increased
anxiety, sleeplessness, and mood swings.
Best known as an herb to boost memory and mental acuity, recent
studies have suggested that ginkgo extracts can help impotent men
by increasing peripheral and microcirculation of blood. Clinical
studies on impotence caused by antidepressant medications show marked
improvement in erection.
L-arginine, while not an herb, is a naturally occurring amino
acid present in food. Studies on L-arginine have shown mixed result,
and since it can affect insulin and carbohydrate metabolism, men
with diabetes (a leading cause of impotence, by the way) are not
recommended to take it.
Used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to treat "old
man's disease" of impotence and sexual problems, Ginseng is
one popular herb. Not surprisingly, studies have suggested the positive
effects of this root on the biochemical mechanism of erection. A
substance in the panax subspecies of ginseng, called ginsenosides,
have been thought to work by causing the release of nitric oxide,
a natural substance responsible for the increased blood flow into
Moreover, it seems that Ginseng has an overall beneficial effect
on health. For some (especially older men), this may just be the
boost they need for a healthier sexual life.
You no longer have to suffer from impotence
The fear of impotence, stemming from the belief that there is nothing
you can do for it, is slowly diminishing. Admitting being impotent
is the first step toward treating impotence.