or erectic dysfunction, is the inability to achieve an erection. Impotence
may occur for any of at least 15 possible causes, including diabetes, drug
side effects, pituitary tumors, hardening of the arteries, hormonal imbalances,
and psychological factors. A few of these conditions respond to specific
treatment. For example, if a blood pressure drug is causing impotence,
the best approach is to change drugs. If a pituitary tumor is secreting
the hormone prolactin, treating that tumor may result in immediate improvement.
However, in most cases, conventional treatment of impotence is nonspecific.
Generic treatment options include the drug Viagra, mechanical device that
utilize a vacume to produce an erection, drugs for self-injection, and
implantation of penile prostheses. Psychotherapy can also be helpful for
treating all varieties of impotence, even when an organic cause can be
Principal natural treatments
natural treatments are widely recommended for impotence, but they have
not been scientifically proven effective at this time. Ginkgo, zinc, l-arginine,
however, because argirine restriction is an approach often used to treat
herps, treatment with l-argirine might have the reverse effect.
Other Natural Treatments
Many other herbs
are also reputed to improve sexual function, including ginseng, ashwaganda,
suma, damiana, pygeum, and muria puama. However, there is as yet no real
evidence that they work.
The herb yohimbe
is the source of the drug yohimbine, which has been shown to be modestly
better than placebo for impotence. However, this is a fairly dangerous
treatment, and is not recommended.