According to the American Urological Association, 1 in 10 men will experience ED at some point in their lives, with their odds increasing as they age. And, according to research, ED affects as many as 30 million men in the United States.
While ED is common and can be caused by many different things from stress to heart issues to lack of sleep and partying too hard, if symptoms persist and your overall health checks out, your doctor is most likely going to prescribe a medication to help you achieve erections.
The most common ED medications include:
- tadalafil (Cialis)
- sildenafil (Viagra)
- vardenafil (Levitra)
- avanafil (Stendra)
These medications work by increasing the levels of nitric oxide (NO) in the blood. NO is a natural vasodilator, which means it helps your blood vessels to widen, increasing the blood flow. The more blood gets to your penis, the easier it is for you to achieve and maintain an erection.
While these medication can certainly help you achieve an erection, they often come with some not-so-nice side effects such as:
This is the most common side effect of ED medications because a sudden increase in blood flow causes headaches. And, unfortunately, switching brands won’t really help because the very thing the medication is supposed to do is what causes the headache.
Many men experience body aches and pains while taking ED medications. Some men report specific pain in their lower back.
The most common digestive symptoms while taking ED medications are indigestion and diarrhea.
An increase in nitric oxide can cause some men to become dizzy. While the dizziness is usually mild, it can cause issues for some men depending on their job and daily activities.
There have also been cases of dizziness caused by ED medications that have led to fainting, and this can become a serious health issue. Men who faint while on ED meds are encouraged to make an appointment with their doctor right away.
Changes in Vision
ED medications can temporarily alter eyesight and even cause blurry vision. If you have vision loss already or a retinal disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, ED medications aren’t recommended.
Congestion and Runny Nose
Another common symptom of ED medications is developing either a runny or stuffy nose.
Now with a majority of these side effects, doctors commonly recommend their patient take an over-the-counter medication to help with headaches, stomach upset and congestion. But is that really what you want? To have to take another medication because the first medication is causing health issues?
Most men agree this isn’t the ideal scenario, which is why so many are looking for alternative natural treatments for their erectile dysfunction.
Here are some natural ED remedies that are scientifically backed.
Many studies have shown promising results when acupuncture has been used to treat ED. For example, a 1999 study found that acupuncture improved the quality of erections and restored sexual activity in 39% of participants.
Panax Ginseng has been called the “herbal Viagra” and has some solid research behind it. A 2008 review of several studies had researchers conclude there was “suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.”
Panax ginseng appears to work on two different levels: it offers an anti-inflammatory action and improves blood flow. And best part, no nasty side effects!
Royal jelly (RJ) is the honeybee secretion that is fed to “chosen” bee larvae and the queen bee. The substance is loaded with nutrients that helps the queen bee grow 10x larger and live 10x longer than the worker bees.
In one study, healthy volunteers were given either 3000mg of RJ or a placebo. After 6 months the RJ group was found to have increased testosterone levels. Another study gave 83 infertile men varying doses of RJ. After 3 months their testosterone levels increased by over 20%. Researchers also noted improved sperm quality and sexual desire.
Since low testosterone levels are one of the most common causes of ED in men, it stands to reason that finding natural ways to increase it can help.
While we can’t perform acupuncture on you, we are pleased to offer you our Golden Royal Honey, which contains powerful royal jelly, panax ginseng, and other natural ingredients that have been shown to help men achieve long-lasting erections.
If you’re tired of prescription medications that come with nasty side-effects, try our Golden Royal Honey today.