The first step to naturally lowering your risk of impotence is to step out the door. Exercises like walking three hours per week drop your risk of having erectile dysfunction by 30 percent.1 And along with physical activity, a wide variety of herbs can also boost your sexual life.
The Value Of Movement
If you’re an immovable object, your sex life isn’t likely to budge, either. An analysis of 31,742 men age 53 to 90 reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2003 shows that exercise keeps you leaner and fit for sex, as well as mentally more ready for sexual interaction.
Often sexual drive and satisfaction slow and weaken because of stress and a preoccupation with work. The message of the movie, “The Secret,” that “what you think about and feel about, you bring about” applies to your sex life. If you want to boost your sex life, start thinking about creative ways to make your partner happy and increase her sexual desire. Begin your day with that end in mind. If you want to make it wonderful for her, you must build her confidence that she is attractive, desirable and the most important person in your life. She must feel sexy before she will be sexy. Use a few carefully chosen words and nonverbal cues, and she’ll be a believer.
Remember that good sex at nightfall begins at sunrise with caring words, nonsexual tender touches and showing you care for all her needs. She must know you care. That sets the scene for physical touches that lead to sexual enjoyment for you both. Often, a sensual movie can start the hormonal spark. But be creative.
Supplements To Improve Sexual Performance
An extensive number of natural products are available to enhance both male and female sexual activity. Most of these natural botanicals are herbs known to increase genital blood flow. These herbs are all safe, although you must be careful with yohimbine, which has adverse effects if you use too much.
When considering a nonprescription supplement for sexual enhancement, libido enhancement or erectile enhancement, keep in mind that many products can be purchased online. These are combinations of natural ingredients that often increase sexual hormones (testosterone, human growth hormone, DHEA), increase blood flow to the penis or clitoris, increase skin sensitivity and boost your personal energy.
L-Arginine is known to cause the smooth muscle of blood vessels to produce the vasodilator substance, nitric oxide. The resulting vasodilatation in the blood vessels of the penis is the key to an erection. A dose of 5,000 mg daily has been shown to significantly improve sexual dysfunction in a placebo controlled trial of 50 men over six weeks. At lower doses it has not been shown to be effective. Higher doses, however, can cause stomach acid pains, or alter levels of potassium in patients with kidney disease. (In those cases, consult your healthcare practitioner.)
Propionyl-L-carnitine is another amino acid naturally produced in the body that improves circulation. At 2,000 mg daily it has been proven to improve sexual function when used with sildenafil citrate (Viagra®).
Ginkgo relaxes smooth muscle to enhance blood flow to the penis. But this herb doesn’t work for everyone. Even when it is beneficial, it can take months before you experience results.
Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng, Ayurvedic ginseng) is reported to increase energy, stamina and sexual function.
Yohimbine from African yohimbine tree bark stimulates blood flow to the penis and decreases the period between ejaculations. In small doses it can cause dizziness, anxiety, nausea, a severe drop in blood pressure, abdominal pain and fatigue. The most common side effect is anxiety. At higher doses watch out for hallucinations, high blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, seizures or even kidney failure. Yohimbine hydrochloride is also a prescription medication for the same indication.
Maca root (Peruvian ginseng) has been thought to increase stamina, energy and sexual function in men and women. But research into this herb has had mixed results: Two studies showed improvement and two showed no improvement.
Horny goat weed is used to treat erectile dysfunction in men and low libido in women. It was first found by a Chinese goat herder who noticed its effects on the sexual activity among his animals.
Tongkat Ali has been used in Malaysia to treat erectile dysfunction because it is thought to increase testosterone. Testosterone helps with good mood, sexual desire and increased muscle mass. Unfortunately, testosterone stimulates the growth of existing hormone-sensitive cancers.
There are many other herbs known for sexual enhancement you’ll find in commercial products, including:
Hope this helps you to a more enjoyable life and companionship!
To your continuous health and happiness,
Michael Cutler, M.D.
Author, Easy Health Digest
1 Bacon CG, Mittleman MA, Kawachi I, Giovannucci E, Glasser DB, Rimm EB. Sexual Function in Men Older Than 50 Years of Age: Results from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
Ann Intern Med. 2003 Aug 5;139(3):161-8.