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Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called "impotence," is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The word "impotence" may also be used to describe other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and reproduction, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation or orgasm. Using the term erectile dysfunction makes it clear that those other problems are not involved.

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, can be a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. These variations make defining ED and estimating its incidence difficult. Estimates range from 15 million to 30 million, depending on the definition used. According to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), for every 1,000 men in the United States, 7.7 physician office visits were made for ED in 1985. By 1999, that rate had nearly tripled to 22.3. The increase happened gradually, presumably as treatments such as vacuum devices and injectable drugs became more widely available and discussing erectile function became accepted. Perhaps the most publicized advance was the introduction of the oral drug sildenafil citrate (Viagra) in March 1998. NAMCS data on new drugs show an estimated 2.6 million mentions of Viagra at physician office visits in 1999, and one-third of those mentions occurred during visits for a diagnosis other than ED.

In older men, ED usually has a physical cause, such as disease, injury, or side effects of drugs. Any disorder that causes injury to the nerves or impairs blood flow in the penis has the potential to cause ED. Incidence increases with age: About 5 percent of 40-year-old men and between 15 and 25 percent of 65-year-old men experience ED. But it is not an inevitable part of aging.

ED is treatable at any age, and awareness of this fact has been growing. More men have been seeking help and returning to normal sexual activity because of improved, successful treatments for ED. Urologists, who specialize in problems of the urinary tract, have traditionally treated ED; however, urologists accounted for only 25 percent of Viagra mentions in 1999.

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Symptoms

If a man begins to feel sexually aroused, but is unable to have an erection, or he is able to get an erection, but cannot complete sexual intercourse, he is exhibiting one of the main symptoms of male impotence, or erectile dysfunction. When these symptoms only occur once in a while, there is no cause for alarm. However, if the symptoms persist, then a physician should be consulted.

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Causes

 

Since an erection requires a precise sequence of events, ED can occur when any of the events is disrupted. The sequence includes nerve impulses in the brain, spinal column, and area around the penis, and response in muscles, fibrous tissues, veins, and arteries in and near the corpora cavernosa.

Damage to nerves, arteries, smooth muscles, and fibrous tissues, often as a result of disease, is the most common cause of ED. Diseases—such as diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, vascular disease, and neurologic disease—account for about 70 percent of ED cases. Between 35 and 50 percent of men with diabetes experience ED.

Lifestyle choices that contribute to heart disease and vascular problems also raise the risk of erectile dysfunction. Smoking, being overweight, and avoiding exercise are possible causes of ED.

Also, surgery (especially radical prostate and bladder surgery for cancer) can injure nerves and arteries near the penis, causing ED. Injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, and pelvis can lead to ED by harming nerves, smooth muscles, arteries, and fibrous tissues of the corpora cavernosa.

In addition, many common medicines—blood pressure drugs, antihistamines, antidepressants, tranquilizers, appetite suppressants, and cimetidine (an ulcer drug)—can produce ED as a side effect.

Experts believe that psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, guilt, depression, low self-esteem, and fear of sexual failure cause 10 to 20 percent of ED cases. Men with a physical cause for ED frequently experience the same sort of psychological reactions (stress, anxiety, guilt, depression). Other possible causes are smoking, which affects blood flow in veins and arteries, and hormonal abnormalities, such as not enough testosterone.

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Home Remedies

Put 15 gm dried roots of asparagus in a glass of milk. Have this milk two times in a day. It will be useful in treating both sexual impotency and premature ejaculation.

Dry fruits are effective in curing sexual impotency. Pound and mix equal quantities of dates, almonds, pistachios and quince seeds. 100 grams of this mixture, consumed on a daily basis, is said to increase sexual power.

Seeds, fruits, nuts, grains, fresh green vegetables and fresh fruits in the diet is helpful in treating sexual impotence.

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Herbal Remedies

Horny Goat Weed (epimedium sagittatum) The main ingredient in Horny Goat Weed is extracted from Bulgarian tribulus terrestris, which is said toincrease levels of testosterone and thyroid hormones. It is also claimed to decrease toxicity in the liver and kidneys.

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) Maca is commonly referred to as Peruvian Viagra. Maca is a herb that is found in the Peruvian Andes and hasbeen used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and treatment for impotence. According to South American folklore, Maca is believed to possess magical healing qualities. The local population believe it has a profound effect on male impotence, reproduction and virility. It's also said to enhance mental and physical stamina and counteract osteoporosis.

Yohimbe Bark Extract is the only alternative impotence treatment to have received FDA approval. Yohimbe was discovered in South Africa, and was originally used as an aphrodisiac. The active compound in yohimbe bark - yohimbine - helps dilate small blood vessels, particularly in the penis. Men given yohimbine injections have been reported to experience immediate erections.

Ginseng has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as a male sexual tonic. Ginseng contains phytochemicals which are said to increase stamina, lessen fatigue and improve overall wellbeing. An article published in the British Pharmacology Journal concluded that an extract from ginseng known as ginsenosides enhances the effects of nitric oxide. This helps relax blood vessels in the penis, allowing for greater blood flow, which helps produce an erection.

Gingko Biloba a traditional Chinese medicine has used gingko biloba as a beneficial treatment for male impotence for thousands of years. Ginkgo biloba is extracted from the leaves of the tree bearing the same name, which is believed to be one of the oldest surviving tree species. Gingko biloba is said to have a beneficial effect on blood circulation and the central nervous system. Because it boosts oxygen supply to the blood, it enhances blood flow, particularly to the penis. The blood vessels are able to dilate, fill with blood and produce an erection.

Fenugreek is another herb that has acquired a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Chemical analysis has revealed the presence of diosgenen, a substance that acts in a similar way to the body's own sex hormones. Fenugreek has long been recommended by Chinese herbalists for impotence.

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Wellness Program

Although most men experience episodes of erectile dysfunction from time to time, you can take these steps to decrease the likelihood of occurrences:

  • Limit or avoid the use of alcohol and other similar drugs.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Deal with anxiety or depression.
  • See your doctor for regular checkups and medical screening tests.

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