If you’re one of a reported 30 million men suffering from erectile dysfunction in the United States alone, you may be looking for a cure that isn’t one of the big three pills: Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra.
There are numerous reasons you may feel more comfortable with an over-the-counter solution.
After all, there’s a growing distrust of big pharmaceutical companies in the United States, and depending on which side of the issue you fall on, you may simply want to avoid stuffing your body full of synthesized chemicals. This is partly the reason why programs like the Erectile Dysfunction Protocol have become increasingly popular treatment alternatives for men with ED.
Additionally, OTC erectile dysfunction remedies are more readily available and easier to ask for than prescription drugs like Viagra. Asking for help finding the “Yohimbe” doesn’t have the same level of shame and stigma that asking for pills prescribed specifically for erectile dysfunction does.
So let’s briefly discuss some of the best and most accessible non-prescription erectile dysfunction remedies.
Available in most health food stores, Yohimbe is derived from the bark of a tree of the same name that’s generally found in Central Africa. Yohimbe has received international attention due to its reported effectiveness at curing the symptoms associated most frequently with erectile dysfunction.
The National Institute for Health went so far as to comment, based on the most recent and best available evidence, that yohimbe is “possibly effective” in treating erectile dysfunction. However, when taking yohimbe, it’s important to understand that it does have some known side-effects associated with it. These include heart palpitations and high blood pressure. Always consult with a medical professional before you begin to self-medicate with any natural product.
Korean red ginseng is a popular product used to treat erectile dysfunction. Although there hasn’t been much in the way of “verifiable” research, many men suffering from erectile dysfunction swear by this natural remedy, and it’s readily available in most health food stores.
Korean red ginseng is a root that’s steamed and dried, and it may be somewhat preferable to yohimbe in that it does not have as many known side effects associated with it. Ginseng is a natural stimulant and works by increasing blood flow, which is vital to getting and keeping an erection.
DHEA, or dihydroepiandrosterone, is a safe and effective steroid hormone found to increase libido in both men and women. The Mayo Clinic reports that DHEA is generally safe and effective when used in low doses.
DHEA improves blood flow throughout the body and has a positive effect on the circulatory system, leading to beneficial results in the bedroom. Though DHEA does not have any known life-threatening side effects, it can occasionally result in nausea or stomach cramps. As always, speak with a medical professional prior to using any of the above non-prescription erectile dysfunction remedies.