8 Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction Backed by Scientific Research

Erectile dysfunction is pretty common in the United States with an estimated 30 million males affected [R]. This condition can cause frustration and disappointment in many patients. Ultimately, it affects their relationships and quality of living, and cause depression and anxiety [R].

Here are some natural remedies for this condition:

1. Pycnogenol & L-arginine

A clinical trial with 40 men suffering from erectile dysfunction showed that 92.5% of those treated with a combination of L-arginine and Pycnogenol had a normal erectile function after approximately 3 months. The dosage of 1.7 grams L-arginine daily was constant, while the dosage of 120 mg Pycnogenol daily was gradually increased [R].

Another trial of a daily supplement combining 60 mg Pycnogenol, 690 mg L-arginine, and 552 mg aspartic acid showed an improvement in erectile dysfunction and sexual satisfaction in males after 2 months. This also resulted in a slight decrease in blood pressure and an increase in testosterone [R].

2. Korean Red Ginseng

A meta-analysis of 349 patients with erectile dysfunction in 7 randomized and controlled trials reported that Korean red ginseng effectively improved their condition [R].

Additionally, a double-blind, randomized, controlled study involving 60 men who have mild erectile dysfunction showed that a thrice daily intake of 1 gram Korean red ginseng can improve sexual performance [R].

3. Yohimbine

Yohimbine was found to be an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction than the placebo in a metaanalysis of 7 controlled studies [R].

Additionally, in a double-blind, randomized, controlled study with 82 patients, it was found that a monthlong treatment of yohimbine improved the erectile function of 28 patients [R].

4. Sulbutiamine

This synthetic and fat-soluble thiamine derivative is known in France as an energy booster that effectively reduces weakness and fatigue. In 2005, a clinical trial was done showing that a 30-day treatment of sulbutiamine improved the sexual performance of 16 out of 20 patients who had erectile dysfunction [R].

5. L-citrulline

A natural amino acid that is largely abundant in watermelon, L-citrulline is also available in supplements [R] [R]. In a single-blind study involving 24 males aged 55 and above, L-citrulline proved to be effective in improving erectile function and hardness. Some of these male participants even reported having more active and pleasurable sex life after treatment [R].

6. Saffron

Otherwise called Za’faran, saffron is a spice made from the flower of Crocus sativus.

In 2009, a double-blind, randomized, controlled study with 20 patients who had erectile dysfunction reported that a daily supplement of saffron increased erectile function (duration and frequency) after 10 days [R].

In another double-blind, randomized, controlled study of 25 men who had diabetes and erectile dysfunction as a complication, saffron gel proved to be an effective treatment [R].

7. Maca

Scientifically known as Lepidium meyenii, Maca or Peruvian ginseng is an edible plant that is native to South America, specifically in the Andres mountains of Peru.

In a double-blind, randomized, controlled study, a 12-week administration of Maca extract showed increased erections and improved sexual life in 50 males with mild erectile dysfunction [R].

On the other hand, in a study with 9 healthy males, black maca caused an increase in the volume, quantity, and quality of sperm [R].

8. Niacin

Niacin is a vitamin that improves blood flow by widening blood vessels. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study stating that 1.5 grams of niacin taken for 12 weeks significantly improved erectile function in males suffering from erectile dysfunction [R].

We strongly advise you to have regular check-ups  with your doctor and lab tests (blood, kidney, and liver) at least once every four months if you decide to take any herbal medicine or supplement mentioned in the list for long-term.

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