As people become aware of the risks involved with using prescription medicines to address anything that ails them they are increasingly moving towards natural supplement use. While there are benefits to this approach, there are also risks, depending on what herbs and vitamins are used in the formula. Also, like prescription medications, a common variable is simply an individual’s reaction.
While there are not typically studies done on the various formulas that claim to treat erectile dysfunction, there are some things that are known about the benefits and risks of individual herbs and vitamins. It is a good idea to consider what the formula is made of and do your research on the various ingredients before deciding so that you are fully informed about what you are putting into your body. Not only will this reduce your overall risk of having a reaction, but it will help you to understand which ingredient may be the cause if you do find something about your overall health does change.
When it comes to the ingredients that you may find in such supplements that are believed to be both safe and effective there are a number of them. One very safe option is DHEA, when used in small doses. Not only is this useful for men, but it can also help to increase a women’s libido. One noted side effect, however, is that it can increase the occurrence of acne. Another option that is known to be generally safe is L-arginine when taken in high doses. It works by increasing blood flow to the penile region. However, it should never be taken in conjunction with Viagra. Some people have reported side effects including cramps, nausea, and diarrhea.
Ginseng has shown to be promising for those that experience premature ejaculation when it is used as cream, but some users have reported an onset of insomnia when used often. It is also noted that it loses its effectiveness over time. Last, but not least is Propionyl-L-carnitine. This is often recommended by physicians when Viagra alone is not effective. It has been found that combining the two increases Viagra’s effectiveness and is believed to be safe when used under the supervision of a physician.
One herb that has been shown to be very promising is Yohimbe. This is a common ingredient in many supplements claiming to address erectile dysfunction and absolutely should be looked for on the label. Unfortunately, however, there are some known risks to those that use it. It is advised that if you suffer from any heart condition, high blood pressure or anxiety you should abstain from this herb. Even those in great health find that these issues become a problem. This should only be used under your doctor’s supervision.
A couple supplements that you may want to stay away from altogether include Gingko and Horny Goat Weed. Ginko can increase blood flow but has not been shown to directly affect erectile dysfunction. There is also a concern that it could increase bleeding. Horny Goat Weed, however, has been shown to be effective but has not been thoroughly studied in humans. There are concerns that it could potentially affect heart function.
There are other herbs that may be included in a supplement that are not listed here. As stated before the best option when considering this as a form of treatment is to take the time to learn about each ingredient. It is also advised that you seek a recommendation from your physician as to whether or not the supplements are safe given your medical history. Every individual is different so what might be safe for another person could potentially lead to health problems for you.
Erectile dysfunction is not only a physical condition but can also affect mental health and personal relationships. Due to this, it can be tempting to seek out a remedy regardless of the risks involved. It is imperative that you approach this will as much reason and caution as you can. While this condition can be troubling, it is not worth jeopardizing your general health in the process by making a rash decision.