Erectile Dysfunction

What Is Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction refers to the inability for men to obtain or maintain a penile erection.  From time to time, men may experience issues when it comes to keeping a firm erection, however, if the issue progresses, occurring more often, it could be a sign of Erectile Dysfunction.  When the penis is erect, there’s an increase in the size of the blood vessels that carry blood to the penis, decreasing the size of the vessels carrying the blood out.  When men experience Erectile Dysfunction, there’s poor circulation in the penile area.  There’s an estimated 30 million men that experience Erectile Dysfunction.  Even though it’s more common for older men to experience Erectile Dysfunction, age is not necessarily a cause for the issue. Erectile Dysfunction can often lead to emotional and relationship issues as it tends to lessen men’s confidence.  Erectile Dysfunction is frequently a sign of an underlying issue.  

Signs Of Erectile Dysfunction

There are a variety of signs that typically indicate Erectile Dysfunction.  The inability to get or keep an erection after multiple attempts is the number one sign.  Other symptoms that are affiliated with Erectile Dysfunction are usually in regards to one’s emotions towards sexual activity. 


  • Inability to be erect when aroused
  • Weak erections (penis erection not strong enough for intercourse)
  • Decline in stiffness during sexual activity
  • Sexual frustration
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Increase of stress
  • Anxiety while performing
  • Lack of ejaculation
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Low Testosterone
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction

The cause for Erectile Dysfunction is normally due to poor circulation in the body.   Poor circulation can stem from a variety of factors, predominately from health ailments that decrease the blood flow and the size of the blood vessels.  Circulation is vital to men achieving erections, as blood also flows to the genital area.  It’s common for the exact cause of Erectile Dysfunction to be related to physical issues that derive from certain diets and lifestyles.  Erectile Dysfunction can also be from a combination of both physical and emotional issues.


  • Cardiovascular health issues (High Blood Pressure, Atherosclerosis, High Cholesterol)
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease or issues that affect the organ
  • Neurological and Brain conditions (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Stroke)
  • Peyronie's disease (scar tissue inside the penis)
  • Excessive Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug use
  • Poor Diet
  • Low Testosterone
  • Overweight
  • Stress
  • Constant Anxiety or Anger
  • Medication (hormonal supplements, steroids, prescription medication, antidepressants, pain medication)
  • Depression
  • Lack of Exercise or being active
  • Surgeries or procedures that affect the prostate or bladder (radiation, prostate cancer treatments, chemotherapy)
  • Pelvic Trauma



Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies


  • Eliminating foods that contribute to poor circulation is key.  Foods that tend to clog arteries and prevent proper circulation include caffeinated beverages, processed foods, sugar, alcohol, and foods high in starch and fat.  These foods mostly contribute to the impairment of blood circulation.  Cutting back on these foods alone can help restore the amount of circulation within the body.  To specifically help promote more circulation in the genital area, it would be best to consume foods that are high in Omega 3, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Vitamin and C.  Foods that have been known to help with circulation include oranges, garlic, cayenne pepper, sunflower seeds, avocados, ginger, cucumbers, celery, and red bell peppers.
  • Arginine is a type of amino acid, which are the building blocks of protein.  This amino acid has been linked to improving health conditions that are related to artery and blood vessel health.  Arginine has been recommended to help address Erectile Dysfunction in addition to other health ailments.  Foods that are high in Arginine include pumpkin seeds, spirulina, peanuts, almonds, raw lentils, and walnuts.  Consuming these foods can help stimulate the blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow.
  • Addressing your initial health issues is the best way to treat Erectile Dysfunction.  When you address the source of poor circulation, it’s easier to treat the symptoms some ailments may present, hence Erectile Dysfunction.  Repairing your body from the ailments that affect cardiovascular health and circulatory health can help achieve a better erection.  The only way to avoid  Erectile Dysfunction from reverting is to remedy what causes it.
  • Pelvic or Kegel exercises can help build up the strength of the erection. Engaging in these exercises also helps promote blood flow to the genital area.  It’s important for the penile muscles to remember their function.  There are several pelvic exercises that can help with Erectile Dysfunction.  Half way through urination, it is suggested to stop or slow down urinating to help locate muscles in the penis. Once you’re able to achieve the ability to stop or slow down urination, you’ve located the muscles and are strengthening them.  Another useful exercise is tightening the pelvic floor muscles while laying down, holding the contraction for three seconds on and off.  It’s important that you relax the other muscles in your body like the buttocks, legs, and abdomen when doing any pelvic exercises.
  • If you’re a person who smokes, quitting can help improve the conditions of Erectile Dysfunction.  Smoking can stress the body and specifically cause circulation issues.   Nicotine has been known to reduce genital blood flow specifically.
  • Acupuncture has been known to help with circulation issues as the needles help dilate blood vessels. There are specific acupuncture points that help get the blood moving again. Erectile Dysfunction can also be mentally related, in which acupuncture can help reduce the amount of stress or anxiety.
  • Erectile Dysfunction is essentially a physical issue, however anxiety and stress can make things worse.  It’s important that you emotionally address the condition, alleviating your conscience; think positive thoughts in hopes of remedying the impotence.  Talking to your partner for encouragement in hopes of overcoming the condition can also help.
Things you should eat


  • Asparagus
  • Pomegranate
  • Ginger
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Almonds
  • Raw Lentils
  • Pomegranate
  • Garlic
  • Avocado
  • Pistachios
  • Watermelon
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Shallots
  • Leeks
  • Flaxseeds
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Spirulina
  • Seaweed
  • Walnuts
  • Tomatoes
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