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Impotence

The stiffening of the penis is called an erection, it occurs naturally when the blood vessels in the penis accumulate blood, hardening the organ. The dilation of the arteries in the penis is the reason the blood is able to rush up into them, thus causing the hardening of the organ. Nerves in the brain and the spinal cord control these processes of arterial dilation, which in turn receive a psychological or sexual stimulation and respond. The medical condition commonly called impotence results when and a person is unable to achieve an erection and or is not in a position to maintain the stiffness in the penis.

The underlying physical cause of impotence in a man is a direct result of an impaired circulatory system which is unable to maintain the flow of sufficient blood into the penis to elicit a stiffening or erection, the hardening of the walls of the arteries or atherosclerosis may be the cause of this impairment of the circulatory system in the person. The side effects of certain drugs and medications can also induce impotence in men, and there are other probable causes such as the presence of some disorders in the body, including prostate disease, metabolic disorders such as diabetes, imbalances in the levels of hormones and certain types of nerve disorders. Psychological reasons play a huge part in the inability to get an erection but these make up only one in ten cases on average, that is though metal factors can play a role, physical factors seem to be the dominant cause of impotency in most individuals. It is important to discern between the two probable causes of impotence, thus an affected man may be able to find out the reason behind his impotency, and differentiate between a possible psychological reason and a physical one by undertaking the "postage stamp test". This test is possible because most men experience erections while asleep as a part of normal life. To carry out the test wrap the penis with using a roll of stamps and glue them cylindrically around the penis, turn in to sleep with these stamps on the penis. The cause of the impotence in the person is usually psychologically, if an erection has occurred at night and the roll of stamps have been consequently torn in the morning. Impotence of this sort is temporary in extent, and could be related to performance anxiety and very commonly to stress.

Supplements and herbs

The flow of blood into the penis can be greatly enhanced through the use of a combination of supplements, which can all help counter impotency. The elasticity and suppleness of the blood vessels is increased and maintained through the use of the vitamin C, this enables their rapid dilation and increases the flow of blood into the penis. Blood flow into the penis can also be improved and encouraged through the use of essential fatty acids found in abundance in supplements such as the oil of the flaxseed and the oil of the evening primrose herb, both of these supplements are excellent for long term use and help in the prevention of the narrowing of the blood vessels due to their weakening and reduce the level of the plaque forming substances such as cholesterol. The penile tissue can be aided through the use of the herb ginkgo biloba, which is mainly used to increases blood circulation in the brain; it may prove beneficial in this instance as well. An improved penile circulation was observed after six weeks, when an ultrasound examinations was conducted on sixty impotent men who were using the herb ginkgo biloba as a supplement to combat impotency. In this same study, fifty percent of the patients had regained complete function and had recovered from impotency within six months of continual supplementation with the gingko biloba. While the beneficial results of supplementation with the gingko begin to appear within a month of using it, the best results are achieved when supplements are used in the long term for at least six months at a stretch to combat impotency. Gingko and the other supplements can be used to holistically boost the health of the body as they possess other benefits besides addressing the impotency itself, these supplements can form a part of the general nutritional maintenance program besides being effective against impotency.

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Where the cause of the impotency in the individual is related to different factors, a variety of other types of supplements can be used. Where prostate disease or dysfunction is the cause of the impotency, use can be made of the African herb called the pygeum africanum as a supplement. The Siberian ginseng and another ginseng called the Panax ginseng increase the rate of testosterone production and its levels in the body of animals and this leads to an increase in mating behavior, these herbs may be useful to humans as well in the effective treatment of impotence. In situations where the other herbs are not able to provide any beneficial effects on the disorder in the person, a tea made from the "potency wood" scientific name- Muira puama can be used, this herb has found traditional usage in Brazil as an aphrodisiac, and it can probably help with impotency in individuals.

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Aromatherapy

Commonly used essential oils for impotence:

Homeopathy

Start the chosen homeopathic medication on a trial basis to observe the results during one or two weeks of usage at a dosage of about 30th strength. The homeopathic remedies described below can be used for dosage regimens lasting up to a month in the case of persisting conditions. After this month long regimen take a break for several weeks and re-continue the dosage with a different or similar medication, the main point is that the treatment should be suitable to the case concerned and must bring out results. While the potency of the remedy used may need adjustments from time to time, such as an increase up to 200c about once every week, or a reduction to 6c at least two times a day during the treatment, the response of the body to the remedy will improve and the condition will show signs of abating at every dose if the regimen is followed carefully.

  • Agnus castus
    Agnus castus is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from some form of impotency in which the symptoms of the disorder can include a flaccid penis and cold genitals along with serious problems like infertility. The person may suffer from some form of premature aging. This form of impotency can also come about as a side effect of contracting some form of venereal disease or can be induced through excessive masturbation, or because of sexual profligacy. The patient can suffer from a great deal of sexual desire but will not be able to get an erection, nor will there be any emissions from the penis and the sex drive will remain low. An impaired memory and absent-mindedness may infer the psychological aspect of the symptoms in the patient. Other psychological symptoms include feelings of regret and dejection including feelings of failure and inadequacy. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Agnus castus as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of impotency in the individual.
  • Baryta carb
    Baryta carb is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from impotency in which the symptoms of the disease can include the lowering of sexual desire and impulses, symptoms like premature ejaculation also regularly occur in such individuals. The physical symptoms in such patients also include emissions of fluids immediately after intercourse and during the night. The physical appearance of the penis in such individuals is small, very cold to the touch and given to flaccidity, the atrophy of the testicles may occur in some cases and they may even become retracted into the body of the individual. In these patients a peculiar symptoms is that the erections occur sporadically and may come on suddenly in the mornings and while riding for example, while at other times they may be delayed or do not occur at all. One of the symptoms in such individuals is that there is a massive loss of sexual drive. Other physical signs are a sensation of numbness in the penis of the individual. Psychological symptoms include the loss of memory and shyness. Another physical symptom in such patients is premature aging. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Baryta carb as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the impotency.
  • Lycopodium
    Lycopodium is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from impotence in which the symptoms of the disorder may include incomplete erections, the penis of such individuals may become cold and flaccid and there is general erectile dysfunction. The fluids secreted by the penis may in some cases come out in quick spurts while in other cases they may come out rather slowly. Other symptoms are the lowering or the alternate sudden and extreme increase in the sexual drive; the person may display some inhibition against the sexual act. The man may also suffer from further symptoms of premature aging and graying. Psychological symptoms in such individuals tend to be a loss of confidence, which at the same time is coupled with egotism and anger; the person may also dictate things to others or try to control situations. Other physical symptoms may be feelings of extreme hunger and abdominal bloating may also be present. The condition of the patient typically worsens around the time between 4 to 8 p.m. in the evenings, the condition is also aggravated when the person arises and in cold weather. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Lycopodium as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the disorder.
  • Phosphoricum acidum
    Phosphoricum acidum is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals in which the symptom of the disorder can include situations like the premature ejaculation of sperm and the development of hypersensitivity in the penis. The individual may suffer from a loss of sexual drive. For no apparent reasons, fluids are ejaculated from the penis during the activity of passing stool or when urinating, erections may also come about during sleep and all of these occur without any sign or feeling of sexual arousal. The person may be able to get an erection in the penis but this may be abruptly lost and the penis can become flaccid. Psychological states in such individuals may also come about in guilty feelings felt during the activity of masturbation. Another physical symptom often experienced by the patient is that a sensation of heaviness is felt in the penis. Also, after an ejaculation of sperm the sexual desire of the person actually increases. The pubic hair of the individual may fall down or thin out. Psychologically the individuals exhibit indifference to their surroundings and are often apathetic to things and situations in general. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Phosphoricum acidum as a homeopathic medication in the treatment of the condition.
  • Selenium
    Selenium is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of individuals suffering from impotence in which the symptoms of the disorder can include the generation of a lot of sexual thoughts and arousal but feelings of frustrations due to an inability to perform. The emissions of the penis may be delayed or come out really quickly, all erections are also incomplete and full stiffness is not achieved. The psychological state of the person becomes very weak after having sex and he may display irritability. The individual is quickly exhausted and fatigue is often a problem, symptoms of senility may appear, and the person may suffer from loss of hair. While passing stool the person may emit some semen, this occurs during sleep as well as when sitting down. This form of impotency can often arise as a result of masturbation. Psychologically the person becomes reclusive and avoids friends and other company; forgetfulness is another symptom often experienced by such individuals. The condition of the patient worsens after sleeping, and when experiencing or enduring hot weather, or after consuming tea. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Selenium as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the impotency.

Additional things you may do

To reduce the levels of stress and to increase the energy levels, regular exercise is a must as it also leads to an improvement in circulation. Habits such as the consumption of alcohol must be limited or avoided, please don't smoke, both of these activities can seriously aggravate the intensity of the condition and can lead to the persistence of the impotency. Psychological anxiety and stress, if the are contributing to the problem can be positively dealt with through counseling sessions.

Usual dosage

  • Evening primrose oil, 1,000 mg thrice daily. Can be replaced with 1,000 mg of borage oil daily.
  • Flaxseed oil, one tbsp (14 gr) of flaxseed oil daily. Should be taken in the morning with meal.
  • Ginkgo biloba, 80 mg thrice daily.
  • Siberian ginseng, 100-300 mg standardized extract two times daily. Rotate with Panax ginseng every fourteen days.
  • Panax ginseng, 100-250 mg two times daily; alternate with Siberian ginseng.
  • Pygeum africanum, 100 mg two times daily between meals. Upset stomach and nausea may occur as side effects.
  • Muira puama, as a tea - one tsp of dried herb per cup of hot water every morning.
  • Vitamin C, 1,000 mg thrice daily. If diarrhea develops, reduce the dose.

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