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Erectile Dysfunction can have a profoundly negative impact on a man’s life. But sometimes the cure for ED is all about not taking certain prescription or over-the-counter medications that disrupt blood flow. Or in finding the right combination of herbs to treat the problem. If you’re not keen on taking Viagra for ED, there are a wide variety of powerful herbal remedies for ED to choose from.

Introduction to Finding an Erectile Dysfunction Cure:

When I was working through my graduate psychology courses, I had to choose a set of psychopathologies that I would summarize for my class as a presentation and then give a seminar about them. All the members of the class had to choose, but I was gone on the day when everyone picked their topic. I was in the hospital having a miscarriage. When I returned, the topic that was left for me was Sexual Dysfunctions.

I was okay with this actually, despite the fact that all my classmates were already uncomfortable with me because I had had a miscarriage (psychologists are notoriously fearful of things related to sex and death—that’s why they study it—I didn’t finish the program, by the way). Sexuality is infinitely important and having a healthy sex life, I believe, is a big part of being healthy overall. But nevermind my personal beliefs about sex and sexuality. Everyone has a right to their own beliefs and ways of doing things. What does perturb me, though, is that a number of pharmaceuticals today contribute to the so-called Sexual Dysfunctions that have been dubbed “psychological” in origin. Both men and women suffer needlessly, feeling like failures in bed or even in their relationship as a whole because of a simple reaction to very common drugs.

But First…Drugs That Cause ED

Antihistamines

One such drug that causes sexual problems like erectile dysfunction (also known as “ED”) is Sudafed or pseudoephedrine (phenylephedrine and other drugs that end with -ine can cause erectile dysfunction too). When you have a cold or allergies, pseudoephedrine works by opening the bronchioles (the little tubes that lead into the lungs). Makes sense, but what a lot of men don’t realize is that pseudoephedrine/Sudafed and other related drugs are also vasoconstrictors. (Yikes!) You need good blood flow to have an erection. Any drug that constricts the blood vessels could be a cause for ED. Lots of men have a negative reaction to pseudoephedrine, Claritin, and meds that have an impact on blood flow but their doctors, and pharmaceutical ads don’t educate patients about the possibility that this could happen. So men believe there’s something really wrong with them and either go to the doctor (where they receive a prescription for Viagra) or they just hope the problem will go away. Sometimes, if a man believes they have a psychological problem that’s causing the ED and they don’t discover the actual origin, the ED problems could conceivably persist after the initial bout that was caused by pseudoephedrine.

Several years ago, my husband went through a stressful period and had some inexplicable “difficulties” in bed. We blamed it on the stress, but he also had a cold and had been taking cold medications at the same time. The problem went away with the cold (at the time we didn’t notice the correlation), but returned very abruptly a year later around the same time (when he caught another cold). He didn’t go to a doctor for an ED diagnosis. He’s a healthy guy who jogs five miles a day and eats well. But we were both understandably concerned. He stayed up one night looking for causes of ED on the Internet. This was when he discovered the correlation between erectile dysfunction and Sudafed.

As a woman, I had noticed a change in “lubrication” when I took drugs like pseudoephedrine. That made sense to me because, having taken a physiology class in college as part of my pre-med curriculum, I knew that any drug meant to have a drying effect on mucus membranes in the body (like those in your nose and mouth) will impact all mucus membranes (including those in the vagina). So allergy medications that are geared at drying things out (like Guifenesin, for example) will dry everything out in a woman’s body. Men don’t have to worry about lubrication, but women who suffer with vaginal dryness may want to consider their allergy medications, over-the-counter and otherwise including pseudoephedrine as a possible cause. How many women who use KY Jelly actually just need a different allergy treatment option? (Consider acupuncture, ladies…it works!)

Statin Drugs

Statin drugs cause impotence, erectile dysfunction, and loss of libido because they interfere with the production of CoEnzyme Q10. Below is a list of common statin drugs that cause ED:

  • Rosuvastatin calcium (Crestor)
  • Simvastatin (Zocor)
  • Fluvastatin (Lescol)
  • Lovastatin (Altocor, Altoprev, Mevacor)
  • Pitavastatin (Livalo)
  • Pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)

Hair Growth Drugs

  • Finasteride (Propecia) can cause a variety of problems for men including Post-Finasteride Syndrome, which can include a range of awful problems affecting the genitals.

Other Drugs That Cause ED

In addition to those mentioned above, drugs in the following classes may also cause ED:

  • Parkinson’s Disease Medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihypertensives (high blood pressure medications)
  • Diuretics (medications that increase the production of urine)
  • Antiarrhythmics (medications that treat irregular heartbeats)
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Tranquilizers

Iodine

Most Americans are deficient in iodine. You need a combination of both potassium iodide and molecular iodine to feed your reproductive organs and your thyroid gland. If you have just one type of iodine or the other, you may notice changes in libido, inexplicable weight gain, foggy-headedness, depression, anxiety, and a host of other serious health issues. Most Americans are deficient in iodine because 1) the fluoride in the water supply competes with iodine in the body and 2) the bromine in insecticide, citrus drinks, bread products, furnishings (as a fire retardant), pajamas (also as a fire retardant), and in swimming pools (as a water purification agent) is an endocrine disruptor that pushes iodine out of the body. There’s really no way to avoid bromine or fluorine in the environment in the United States, but if you take Lugol’s Iodine or Iodoral, you can protect yourself from exposure to fluorine and bromine.

If you’re using Lugol’s Iodine 2% (which is not the same as Betadine, by the way), you should start by putting 5 drops on your skin or in your water each day. If you’re struggling with Erectile Dysfunction, consider putting the iodine directly on your scrotum. Slowly work up to 20 drops per day and be aware that at first, taking iodine may cause you to break out in a rash. THE RASH IS NOT CAUSED BY THE IODINE! If you go to a doctor, they’ll tell you that the rash is caused by iodine, but in fact, the rash is caused by bromine leaving the body as iodine takes its rightful position in your thyroid, prostate gland, and testicles. It is extremely rare for a person to have an actual allergy to iodine (though many people have an allergy to radioactive iodine, which is logical, but medical doctors have not been taught to differentiate between radioactive iodine and Lugol’s iodine). So the rash may happen every time you take iodine for a few days or even a week or longer until your body has purged bromine.

Iodine has a strong impact on libido and a lot of men find that their Erectile Dysfunction symptoms are alleviated by using Lugol’s Iodine or Iodoral every day. Iodoral comes in two strengths: 12.5 mg and 50 mg. Take the low dose Iodoral at first and work up to the 50 mg dose over the course of a few months. Otherwise, you’ll have severe fluorine and bromine detoxification symptoms.

If you have Erectile Dysfunction symptoms and you want to supercharge this type of therapy, you should also avoid swimming in pools that are treated with bromine (opt instead to swim in pools that use chlorine for disinfection), citrus drinks like Gatorade, Mountain Dew, and any soft drink or bread product that uses Brominated Vegetable Oil (abbreviated as BVO). You may be thinking, “But wait…I eat iodized salt!” But salt is a terrible carrier for iodine. When you open a box of salt, the iodine starts to evaporate immediately. Prior to the 1980’s (before the obesity epidemic started), bread products were fortified with iodine. Today, most commercial bread products on the market in grocery stores and in restaurants contain BVO (bromine). It has become more popular in some bigger U.S. cities for restaurants to offer un-brominated bread products, but if you’re trying to cure ED avoiding bromine will help along with taking iodine supplements. Give the iodine supplementation some time to work and combine it with some of the other supplements and herbal remedies for ED that I’m going to talk about below.

Also, you should know that if you supplement daily with Lugol’s iodine or Iodoral, your risk of prostate cancer will be significantly diminished.

Magnesium

Magnesium is another common deficiency in the United States (and other countries too for that matter). Having too little magnesium can lead to blood circulation issues, which would, of course, cause sexual problems for both men and women. Doctors who work regularly with patients who have Erectile Dysfunction, say that ED is a sign of circulation issues. But before you start taking high blood pressure medications or any other kind of pharmaceutical, consider taking high-dose magnesium instead.

There are different ways to get high doses of magnesium into your body if you want to increase blood circulation to your penis. You can do an epsom salts bath to absorb magnesium directly through the skin. Or you could get magnesium oils that can be sprayed onto the skin (also to be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream). And you can take magnesium supplements. For a problem like ED, consider doing Diarrhea Dosing with the Magnesium. Starting at a regular dose  and work up to the point where you get diarrhea. Then back off on the dosage by a few hundred milligrams and that’s the right daily dose of Magnesium for you!

Taking high doses of magnesium will open up the blood vessels throughout the body and it will also help you feel more chill. You NEED Magnesium to metabolize nitric oxide which plays a vital role in erections. Studies have shown that men with ED who take high-dose Magnesium supplements can often overcome the problem using this supplement, but again, give high-dose Magnesium a few weeks to take full effect.

Taking Magnesium and Iodine together will like transform your whole life, not just your sex life!

The Mucuna pruriens + B Vitamins ED Cure

Have you lost your zest for life? Does your wife complain that you seem tuned out or do you just put off dating because you get so sucked into Facebook or video games that you can’t pull yourself away to actually have a sex life? Mucuna can help! Take 1000 to 6000 mg per day of this bean for results that will change your WHOLE life, not just your sex life!

Mucuna pruriens is a bean plant that people eat as a part of their daily diet in certain Central American countries. Sounds pretty mundane, doesn’t it, but as it turns out, M. pruriens contains high levels of L-Dopa, a dopamine precursor. This amazing bean helps people overcome addictions, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues, but Mucuna is also beneficial as a cure for ED. When you raise dopamine levels, you automatically lower cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol in known as “the stress hormone”, so M. pruriens can help you lower you stress levels and improve your mood, but it also lowers the level of oxidative stress going on in penile tissue that can cause collagen deposits to build up and cause fibrosis of erectile tissue. Mucuna, in other words, can help you keep the structure of your penis healthy, while simultaneously improving your mood!

 

Take it with a high-quality B Complex Vitamin and Magnesium. Aim to take at least 20 mg of vitamin B6 daily to get the most out of your Mucuna supplement.

Nitric Oxide Supplements:

Nitric oxide helps the muscles in the penis relax so that the spongy tissues can become engorged with blood and it also widens blood vessels throughout the body to accomplish the same goal. Studies have shown that nitric acid supplements are not as effective as Viagra, but they’re still effective nonetheless and an excellent alternative ED treatment for men who would rather avoid the dangers of pharmaceuticals.

Beetroot Juice

One glass of beetroot juice increases nitric oxide levels in the blood. In fact, one glass of beetroot juice daily can significantly lower your blood pressure, which can help you treat ED naturally.

Amino Acids for Erectile Dysfunction:

There are two amino acids that raise nitric oxide levels in the body to increase blood flow and muscular relaxation in the penis:

  • L-citrulline
  • L-arginine (be aware that L-arginine can cause herpes flare ups if you have this type of infection.)

Herbal Remedies for ED:

Believe it or not, there are some powerful herbal remedies for Erectile Dysfunction that can help you keep your libido high and your sex life alive. Don’t diss plant medicines as a possible for cure for ED! Below are common plants that have been used for centuries to cure ED:

  • Tribulus
  • Maca
  • Horny Goat Weed
  • Tongkat Ali
  • Gingko biloba
  • Panax ginseng
  • Rhodiola rosea
  • Pycnogenol- this is a plant extract from the pine tree that also boosts nitric oxide levels in the blood.
  • DHEA
  • Yohimbine

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References:

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