Homeopathy for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Formerly referred to as impotence, erectile dysfunction (ED) can affect men of all ages. It is the inability to get or keep an erection for the purpose of completing sexual intercourse. The likelihood of developing ED increases with age; however, men as young as 18-20 years of age have sought treatment for this disorder. Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that takes into consideration the root causes of erectile dysfunction. A homeopath will treat ED with remedies made from natural substances, thus avoiding the side effects of the popular pharmaceutical drugs.
Why Use Homeopathy to Treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Whether the cause is physiological or psychological, homeopathic remedies can help resolve the problem of erectile dysfunction. According to the Law of Similars at the core of homeopathic medicine, “like cures like”—that is, small amounts of a substance that would cause a symptom will also cure that symptom in a patient. The natural substances, usually derived from a plant or herb, are diluted many times so that they are nearly harmless. Homeopaths believe that this dilution makes them a very potent remedy.
How does it work? No one knows for sure, but some say the substances stimulate production of certain antibodies—like a vaccination of sorts. Since homeopathy uses natural substances to trigger natural responses in the body, it may be safer than pharmaceutical drugs, which often carry the risk of side effects.
Homeopaths take into consideration the exact symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED) and prescribe a remedy based on those symptoms—the remedies will treat the root cause, as opposed to some pharmaceutical drugs that treat the condition in general. Although relief from symptoms may require several doses and take longer with homeopathic remedies than with pharmaceutical drugs, homeopaths believe that the results are longer lasting and act on a deeper level in the body.
Symptom-Specific Homeopathic Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
The table below lists homeopathic treatments for specific symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED). Also included in the table are personal characteristics that may be demonstrated by the individual afflicted with ED.
Symptom Specifically Treated
|Cold sensations felt in the genitals || |
Previous intense and frequent sex-life
Problems remembering or concentrating
Failure to achieve an erection when intercourse is initiated
Nervous and imaginative
Cravings of sweet and salty foods
Completely limp genitals
Non sex-related dreams with nocturnal emissions
Weakened sexual urges
Decreased physical satisfaction during intercourse
Difficulty achieving an erection
Lacking self confidence
Often feelings of gassiness or bloated
Weakened sexual ability, though desire is present
Problem may start after an illness or fever
Loss of body hair (other than from the scalp)
Impotence due to feelings of being shy or embarrassed
Quiet in disposition
Exhibits deep emotions
Victim of abuse (in any form)
Additional Homeopathic Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Asian ginseng— this will help increase libido and maintain an erection. The typical dosage for this herb is 1,800 mg per day.
Catuba bark—increases erectile function while working also as an aphrodisiac to promote overall sexual health.
Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE)—helps to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) by increasing the blood flow to the penis. Dosages may vary, however 200-240 mg is typical.
Withana somnifera—shown to aid in maintaining an erection, this herb helps to dilate blood vessels, increase libido, and restore overall sexual health.
Yohimbine—this remedy may treat erectile dysfunction (ED) regardless of the cause, as it is known to dilate blood vessels. The recommended daily amount is 15-30 mg. *Due to the nature of this herb and possible side effects, this must be used under the direction of a physician.
What is Homeopathy?
C. F. Samuel Hahnemann developed homeopathy in 1796. Its underlying principle is that “like cures like;” that is, the substances that induce the same symptoms that an ill patient experiences can cure that illness. Homeopathic remedies are very small amounts of a substance diluted until there are only trace amounts of the substance in each dosage. It is the belief of homeopaths that the more diluted the remedy, the stronger its effects. Because the remedies are so diluted, side effects are rare.
Homeopathy is an extremely individualized system of treatment. The homeopath will want to know information about the patient’s constitution, lifestyle, medical history, and current symptoms in order to suggest the correct remedies.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
The cause of erectile dysfunction is generally due to one of two factors; the cause can be psychological or physical.
Psychological factors include feelings of nervousness related to sex; feelings of inadequacy, stress at work or home, and a troubled relationship with your partner may contribute to psychological issues hindering normal sexual function. Performance anxiety is a common problem that results from depression and anxiety related to sexual performance. Those who suffer from “performance anxiety” should discuss their feelings with their physician.
There are many physical factors and disorders that can lead to erectile dysfunction. The following list includes some of the most prevailing causes of erectile dysfunction (ED):
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Vascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis
- Prostate cancer
In addition to particular disorders, erectile dysfunction may also be a side effect of medications. Medications associated with erectile dysfunction include those used to treat:
- Psychological illnesses
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Prostate cancer
- Marijuana and cocaine use may lead to erectile dysfunction
Things to Consider
It is always wise to notify your physician of any homeopathic remedies or other complementary or alternative medicine you may use. Some remedies can interfere or interact with prescription drugs or other allopathic treatments.
It is important to carefully examine product labeling when you decide to use homeopathic remedies. You may want to ask a homeopathic physician or pharmacist for the indications of the remedy, as well as the proper dosage.
Index of Herb, Supplements, and Natural Therapies from Ray Sahelian, M.D.
Dr. Rajesh Shah's advice on Erectile dysfunction from Life Force Homeopathy.