Erectile dysfunction, which used to be called impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection. Occasional problems with erection are normal and affect most men at some time, becoming more common with increasing age. Persistent, long-term difficulties may cause distress, both to a man and to his partner.
Despite this, only about 10 per cent of men experiencing long-term erectile dysfunction seek help for it. Treatment is aimed at relieving the underlying cause, either by increasing blood flow to the penis or helping men to relax and feel less anxious.
A man’s ability to attain and maintain an erection is, to a certain degree, dependent on the blood supply to the penis. The dilation of the blood vessels (allowing increased blood flow) that is necessary to achieve an erection depends on the presence of a substance called nitric oxide. The amino acid arginine is essential for the formation of nitric oxide.
A 1994 study found that some men with erectile dysfunction, after taking 2,800mg of arginine every day for two weeks, experienced improved erections and were able to achieve better vaginal penetration. In 1999, a larger, double-blind, placebo controlled study showed that a third of men with confirmed erectile dysfunction benefited from taking 5,000mg of arginine each day for six weeks. They reported improvement and satisfaction in their sexual performance.
In a 1998 study of men who experienced mild to moderate erectile dysfunction, a formulation with a principal constituent of 2,800mg of arginine helped many of the participants. It improved their ability to maintain an erection during sexual intercourse and enhanced their satisfaction in their sex lives. In general, at least some men with erectile dysfunction may be helped by taking 2,800–5,000mg of arginine each day.
Vitamin B12 Supplements
There is some evidence to suggest that erectile dysfunction can sometimes be the result of vitamin B12 deficiency and that taking 1,500mcg per day of the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12 may help.
In case reports in which the homeopathic treatment of erectile dysfunction was successful, the medicine that is most frequently suggested is Phosphoric acid.
Agnus Castus is another important medicine that may be recommended by a homeopath when a man’s erectile dysfunction is accompanied by depression, with anxiety about health, and itching – particularly of the eyes.
Conium may be appropriate for older men whose erectile dysfunction accompanies the start of a new relationship after a long period without sex. The man may experience a dizziness that is made worse by lying down.
Lycopodium is a constitutional medicine which is prescribed more for the person than the complaint. Men who respond to Lycopodium are typically rather reserved; they dislike large gatherings. They are often conscientious people who worry in advance of important occasions and may be quite depressed, because they take their responsibilities very seriously. They often have stomach trouble, especially wind, and tend to be at their worst in the afternoon.
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