Home Made Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction
One of the best things about living in India is that its natives have developed a homemade alternative to many medications available at the pharmacy. You name it, and we have it. I mean, who hasn’t spent a day in their childhood trying to gulp down a bitter “kadha” (potion) when suffering from a terrible cold? And then watching their illness vanish in a day or two. Or which Indian has stayed unaware of the multiple benefits that tag along with consuming household items like turmeric, neem, or ginger? This is how strongly ingrained the concept of development healing treatments at home in this country is.
So, how are we faring when it comes to ailments that are not discussed in public with much ease? Like that of dysfunctional erection. You’d be surprised to learn the response to this question.
But before we get into that aspect, let me warm you up to the condition we are talking about.
Erectile dysfunction is the inability on the part of the male to keep their penis erect enough to have sexual intercourse. It has been estimated, as per a study, that almost 322 million men will be affected by erectile dysfunction globally by 2025. This is a double jump from 152 million men in 1995. So, if you or your partner is tackling this ailment, you folks are not alone. Many of us are sailing in the same boat.
Returning to the burning question about indian home remedies for erectile dysfunction, here are a few hot ones:
1. Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum)
Safed Musli is a Vajikarna (aphrodisiac) herb. The term can be divided into two halves to be understood better. “Vaji'' means horse, and “Karna'' means power. Vajikarna is a particular branch of Ayurveda that aims to promote sexual health and attend to sexual dysfunction in individuals.
The herb is known to increase the quality of the sperm and quantity of a male’s semen in multiple lab studies. It is available in the market in capsule or powder form.
How to take it:
You can take ½ teaspoon of Safed Musli in powder form with one tablespoon of honey or one glass of milk. Repeat twice a day. Repeat this for one to two months for sustained results.
2. Indian ginseng (Withania somnifera)
Popularly known as Ashwagandha (“Ashwa” means horse, “Gandha” means smell; the roots of the herb smell like the sweat of a horse), Indian ginseng is known to improve the fertility and sperm count in males. It also is used in cases of stress (by reducing cortisol levels), anxiety, and diabetes which are known to contribute to dysfunctional erection.
How to take it:
Take ¼ to ½ teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder and add it to two cups of boiling water. Add a pinch of ginger. Boil down the water to half. Let the mixture cool down to room temperature. Mix a little honey for taste. The mixture is all set to soothe you, top to bottom (pun intended).
3. Asparagus racemosus
Commonly known as Shatavari meaning “curer of a hundred diseases”, Asparagus racemosus is found throughout India, especially in the Himalayas. Please don’t confuse it with the Asparagus which is eaten as a vegetable. Shatavari is used for attending to an upset stomach, stomach spasms and ulcers.
Women use it for premenstrual syndrome, enhancing the production of breast milk, and for uterine bleeding. Males use it to calm their nerves and improve circulation - two aspects that can come in handy for those having dysfunctional erection. It is also known as the herb that encourages love and loyalty in the Ayurvedic school of medicine.
The herb is available in a powdered form. Not much research has been conducted to decide an optimal level of dose of Shatavari. We would advise you to consult an Ayurveda practitioner to finalize a dose that suits you.
4. Cassia cinnamon
This cinnamon herb is different from the one that is used as a spice in Indian food. Also known as the Chinese cinnamon, this particular herb is available easily in India. It is extracted from the bark of an evergreen tree that grows here.
Very few but effective researches have been conducted on its role in relieving males of sexual dysfunction. One study found that its consumption increased smooth muscle level, decreased collagen level in the penile tissue, and increased overall sexual function.
Not much is known about how much of the Chinese cinnamon needs to be consumed daily for best results. Just like in the case of Shatavari, we’d advise you to consult an Ayurveda practitioner to see what amount works best for you.
5. Panax ginseng
Our final herb is also referred to as the “herbal viagra”. Its role in the treatment of erectile dysfunction has been backed well. Look at this review of literature for seven studies that focused on the herb and the function it could play in reducing erectile dysfunction - “In conclusion, the results of our systematic review and meta-analysis provide suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in treating ED.”
The herb is known to improve lung function, blood flow and have an anti-inflammatory effect. All these three aspects have a role in managing erectile dysfunction.
How to take:
WebMD suggests the following - “1400 to 2700 mg of Panax ginseng, taken in two or three divided doses per day for up to 12 weeks, can be used.”
If you or your partner have been struggling with erectile dysfunction for some time now, you’d know how much it can impact your emotional, psychological and physical lives. For some couples, it can be a breaking point for their relationship. So if attending to the sexual dysfunction means looking at herbs that are easily available, the least you can do is give these herbs a shot! For all we know, the cure you might have been looking for has been sitting around and waiting for you, on a shelf at this nearby shop or in your very own house.
Lastly, you don’t have to find your way out of this concern alone. You can visit us at Mojocare - your one stop for all intimacy-related needs. From consultations with sexual health experts to medication, we’ve got it all covered!