Archive for January 2012
Arginine is a natural booster of nitric oxide which is produced in the human body and essential for erection process to occur. The amino acid L-arginine is naturally produced by human organism, and received from such foods as cheese, milk, beef, pork, poultry, fish, wheat, nuts and vegetables.
People having poor nutrition or certain medical conditions are recommended to choose foods rich in arginine.
There were different researches devoted to L-arginine’s effectiveness against erectile dysfunction have produced ambivalent outcomes. A trial conducted in 1999 proposed that L-arginine in high doses can enhance sexual function, but only in patients with atypical metabolism of nitric oxide which is usually related to cardiovascular disease.
The study conducted by Bulgarian scientists in 2003 demonstrated that males with ED who received L-arginine in combination with the pine extract pycnogenol had significant progress in sexual function with no adverse reactions.
Arginine can be profitable in the treatment of ED, but it should be administered only by a medical professional because it can interact with certain medications.
For some men experts recommend trying natural solutions for ED treatment. The most popular natural therapies include: ginseng, acupuncture, and pomegranate juice.
Acupuncture, ginseng and pomegranate juice are used as alternative more safe treatments for ED, but are they as effective as it is often advertised?
There is no any scientific evidence to verify the efficacy of natural therapies for impotence. Many of the natural therapies studies were small or poorly organized to prove the effectiveness of the mentioned therapies.
Doctors believe that before ED sufferers start any treatment, it’s better to go to the doctor and find out the underlying medical condition and correct it.
ED is a very common condition which can be caused by different diseases such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, kidney disease, vascular disease, neurological disease, or other serious conditions. ED can also be caused by surgical injury, any trauma to the genital area, certain medications and psychological problems.
Treating ED on your own without consulting a doctor can be very dangerous. If a man has ED, the first thing he needs is a correct diagnosis. Men with severe erectile dysfunction are usually prescribed ED drugs, but if ED is of mild character it can be corrected with natural therapies.
Acupuncture has been practiced to treat male sexual difficulties for centuries. Acupuncture studies give insignificant evidence that this therapy is effective for ED. So it is very hard to say that this treatment method may help in patients with serious underlying conditions and severe ED.
Korean red ginseng has a long history of usage to stimulate and treat male sexual function. However, few studies have tried systematically to support its positive results for impotence. According to one of the studies conducted in 2002 ginseng helped lessen the symptoms of impotence and provided the improvements in penile rigidity. Experts do not know for sure how ginseng acts, but it is considered to boost nitric oxide production. Before taking this herb, a patient should discuss with a doctor because ginseng can interact with many medications or cause allergic reactions.
Rich in antioxidants pomegranate juice demonstrates plentiful health benefits such as a reduced chance for heart disease development and hypertension. Still no verifications exist that pomegranate juice can also protect against ED or treat it.