Erectile Dysfunction / Impotence


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What is impotence? 

An inability to achieve or maintain an erection for a long enough period of time for sexual intercourse to take place is how impotency is defined with some men having a problem getting aroused in the first place or losing their erection during sex.  This condition usually affects men over the age of 40. It can be a one-off incident that may or may not reoccur but in some cases it is chronic.  



The cause can be psychological or emotional problems.  Physical diseases such as diabetes can lead to impotency.  Other causes include, history of sexually transmitted disease, use of certain drugs and medication, alcohol, cigarettes. 



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The following information does not constitute a prescription or recommended dose— studies have been conducted using the dosages stated and are included for your information only.

The nutrients mentioned here are often recommended by Health-Care practitioners  

EAT a well-balanced diet of fruit and vegetables.  Be sure to include in your diet lots of bee pollen, pumpkin seeds, and royal jelly.


DON’T EAT processed, fried, fatty or junk foods.  



DHEA Low levels of this hormone have been found in men who are impotent1.

Take 50 mg 4 times a day. 

VITAMIN E increases circulation, therefore take 200 IU daily and increase the dose slowly up to 400 IU and then again up to 1,000 IU.  Take daily. 

ZINC is important in reproductive growth, and prostate gland function. Take 80 mg a day in lozenge form.  If taking other supplements, check that you do not exceed 100 mg daily of zinc.



YOHIMBE  2,3  This herb must only be used under the instruction of a qualified practitioner and should not be taken if  you have kidney disease or a peptic ulcer.  A safe amount of yohimbe in the treatment of impotence is 15 – 30 mg daily.  The herb is also taken in tincture form in the amount of 5 – 10 drops per day. 

GINKGO BILOBA helps some men because it increases arterial blood flow4. Which may improve erectile function.

Men in the study took 200 mg per day5. 

The herbs mentioned here have historically been considered beneficial in the treatment of various conditions including impotence. Therefore, these, and previously mentioned herbs are often recommended by health -care practitioners.

DAMIANA has been hailed as an aphrodisiac since ancient times and has been used to treat various sexual disorders.  You can make a tea, by adding 1 gram of dried leaves to a cup of boiling water.  Allow it to steep for 10- 15 minutes and drink 3 cups per day.  To use in tincture form, take 2 to 3 ml three times a day.  You can also take capsules at 400- 800 mg three times daily.  Damiana is usually used in conjunction with other herbs but be aware that it has a minor laxative effect.   

ASIAN GINSENG is not to be taken by people with uncontrolled high blood pressure.  Find a standard of ginseng that contains 5- 7 % of ginsenosides and take between 100- 200 mg per day, every day for 2-3 weeks.  Follow this by having a rest period of 1-2 weeks before resuming. 



Stress, smoking and consuming alcohol should be avoided.   Check out any medication you might be on as certain drugs can cause impotency. Psychological issue such as repressed anger or a fear of intimacy can result in impotency and should and can be treated by a trained counsellor. 

There is a way to test if your impotency is due to a physical or a psychological problem as those with physical problem do not get erections and men with psychological problems do. (They only think they don't because they usually get them in the night, when they are asleep.) Night-time erections can be checked out by sticking a row of postage stamps around the shaft of the penis before going to bed, if the strip of stamps is broken in the morning then you must have had an erection in the night. 


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1. Reiter WJ, Pycha A, Schatzl G, et al. Dehydroepiandrosterone in the treatment of erectile dysfunction: a prospective, double-blind randomized, placebo-controlled study. Urology 1999;53:590–95.
2. Ernst E, Pittler MH. Yohimbine for erectile dysfunction: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. J Urol 1998;159:433–36.
3. Carey MP, Johnson BT. Effectiveness of yohimbine in the treatment of erectile disorder: Four meta-analytic integrations. Arch Sex Behav 1996;25:341.
4. Sohn M, Sikora R. Ginkgo biloba extract in the therapy of erectile dysfunction. J Sec Educ Ther 1991;17:53–61.
10. Cohen AJ, Bartlik B. Ginkgo biloba for antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction. J Sex Marital Ther 1998;24:139–43. 




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