Erectile dysfunction (ED) - a condition that obstructs a person’s ability to achieve or sustain an erection - isn’t just about sex. It can be an indication of a number of medical conditions, hence, it shouldn’t be ignored!

Continue reading to understand the causes of ED and also explore some handy home remedies to get rid of this malady. 

What causes ED

Erectile dysfunction may occur if a person undergoes any or all of these conditions:

Heart-related issues

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According to various researches worldwide, cardiovascular diseases such as Atherosclerosis (a condition that causes narrowing or clogging of arteries, thus preventing the blood flow to the genitals) can affect one’s ability to maintain an erection.

Neurological disorders 

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Neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, brain or spinal tumor etc., can affect the brain’s ability to communicate with the reproductive system. This, in turn, increases one’s chances of developing ED. Better keep your physician informed, so that s/he may take the necessary steps to treat it.

Poor dental hygiene

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Several studies have linked periodontal disease or chronic gum disease with ED. It is supposed that bacteria from poor dental hygiene can enter the blood flow and damage blood vessels, thus impairing the flow of blood to the genitals.

Sedentary lifestyle

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If you are not keen towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle it will affect your overall health, including sexual health. So eat a balanced diet, exercise daily for at least 30 minutes, and get a sound sleep of 6-7 hours. Also, cut down on unhealthy habits like smoking, drug abuse, excessive alcohol, and junk food consumption.

OTC or prescription medications

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OTC medications like anti-depressants, beta blockers, diuretics etc. can affect the blood flow to the male genitals and cause ED. So if you are facing ED problem and also suffering from any other lifestyle disease like diabetes, hypertension, etc., then better speak with your doctor. S/he will plan your treatment accordingly.


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As you get older, your body tends to get weak physically, mentally, as well as emotionally. The ability to achieve and maintain an erection is dependent on your body’s ability to get sexually excited, which is an emotional response. Therefore, anyone over 40 years may suffer from ED. 

Along with the above ones, there are studies that have proven that low testosterone, high prolactin, and abnormal thyroid hormone levels can also cause ED. 

Remedies to deal with ED naturally

Try these six easy to follow remedies to overcome erectile dysfunction naturally:

Go for Garlic

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Allicin, a component found in garlic, is known to improve the blood flow. Thus it is a known remedy to deal with erectile dysfunction. Chewing 2 to 3 cloves of raw garlic daily on an empty stomach, for at least three to four months, may help reverse ED. 

Munch on carrots

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The carotenoids, vitamins, and minerals present in carrots are not only good for eyes but also play wonders for elevating testosterone levels. Include raw carrots in your daily diet or drink a glass of juice extracted from the concoction of carrot, beetroot, celery stalks, and a pod of garlic. 

Drink some pomegranate juice

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The polyphenol antioxidant found in pomegranate, aids in proper blood circulation. Thus, it is known to effectively protect men against erectile dysfunction and even male infertility. Eat one or drink a glass of pomegranate juice daily for better results.

Try ginseng

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Ginseng is a highly effective remedy for treating ED, as it has significant therapeutic effects on penile rigidity and patient’s libido. Consult a doctor for the right dosage.

Consume some ginger

It possesses aphrodisiac properties that help stimulating blood circulation and relieve problems of impotence and premature ejaculation. Drink two or three cups of ginger tea every day. You can have a two teaspoon of ginger paste mixed with a teaspoon of honey, thrice a day, for three to four months.

Besides these remedies, ED can also be treated with acupuncture, psychotherapy, behavior modification techniques, oral medications, locally injected drugs, vacuum devices, and sometimes even surgically implanted devices. So it is always advisable to seek a medical help before considering any natural/alternative remedies.

For any further query related to diagnosis and treatment of ED, you can consult a Urologist at

About the Author

Yeshvanthi Vasudevan

Yeshvanthi Vasudevan is a Content Editor for Ebix Software India, Pvt, Ltd. She has a special interest in content writing and her previous work experience also includes freelance content writing for Bonorganics.

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  • Inuwa habu
    Thanks. This is a good advice to me.

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