Anxiety, Depression and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
As we have already seen, drugs such as Viagra and Cialis are designed to focus on impotence directly, in that they only treat the physical symptoms of the problem. However, there are also several psychological conditions that can cause ED. Two psychological causes of erectile dysfunction are anxiety and depression. You can deal with each of these in a natural way.
In this respect, you will be able to attack the root cause of the problem, rather than the problem itself. For example, if you can alleviate the worst symptoms of depression in such a way that impotence disappears, that will be every bit as effective a natural cure for erectile dysfunction as it is for depression.
Natural Solutions for Erectile Dysfunction
Although it is your medical doctor’s job to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs, there will be natural solutions available, irrespective of what medical condition you might have that is causing impotence. It is impossible to say that these natural solutions will be as effective as pharmaceutical drugs for treating your primary medical or mental condition in every case. However, you can be certain that the natural treatments will have far fewer side-effects.
Consequently, if your impotence stems directly from another medical or psychogenic condition, you should seriously consider treating it naturally. Fortunately, this is easy to do, given the options available online. Better still, many of these are only a download away.
Self-Hypnosis for Erectile Dysfunction
Did you know that you can use self-hypnosis audios to treat sexual problems at home? Give it a try; you have nothing to lose but your ED problem!
If you suffer from impotence caused by any pre-existing condition, then that condition definitely needs treating. Yet, doing so in a natural manner should always be your first choice.
Depression and Erectile Dysfunction: Natural Treatments
We’ve seen that there are psychogenic problems that have impotence as a side effect. However, depending on the severity of the problem, there are conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression where there are a number of alternative treatments available.
Herbs for Erectile Dysfunction
As an example, people find that St. John’s wort is an effective natural treatment for depression. Some even claim it to be as effective as the drug, Prozac (which, in itself, can possibly cause impotence!). In Germany, health-care practitioners recommend St. John’s Wort 10 times more often than Prozac. It does the same job but without the side effects.
This leaves little doubt that St. John’s wort is supremely effective against depression. So if your impotence is a side effect of depression, St John’s wort is certainly a natural alternative you could try. Once you’ve gotten rid of your depression, there might just be a chance that your impotence problem will disappear as well.
Stress and Erectile Dysfunction
There is little doubt that a man who is suffering from anxiety or stress is far less likely to achieve or maintain an erection. Consequently, reducing anxiety or stress levels can help eliminate erectile dysfunction.
The first step towards reducing stress or anxiety is to identify what is actually causing the problem. It may be that you have a particularly hectic work schedule, combined with a lack of sleep, that is causing a stress problem, which in turn is leading to temporary impotence.
The key word here is “temporary” because the natural solution is to work less intensely and sleep more. As soon as it is possible to do both of these, the chances are that the stress problem that is causing your temporary impotence will go away – and so will your inability to “perform”.
Performance Anxiety and Erectile Dysfunction
However, perhaps the most common form of anxiety that results in erectile dysfunction is performance anxiety. This type of anxiety is a direct result of demands upon an individual to partake in sexual intercourse.
Generally, it’s men who have had some problems in the past who feel this problem most keenly. Those problems are now making them lose confidence in their ability to successfully engage in intercourse when called upon to do so. Hence, they become tense and anxious at the moment when they most need to be relaxed and confident. It adversely affects their performance in exactly the way that they feared it would.
While there are many herbs that have stress-relieving qualities, such as passionflower, lavender, lemon balm and valerian, it is unlikely that any of them is going to be effective in this particular situation.
Finding a suitable answer to a performance-anxiety problem is first and foremost going to be dependent upon your circumstances and situation.
For example, if you have a regular sexual partner with whom you have a great deal of understanding, it is likely that you will be able to sort out the problem between yourselves. If you have no such regular partner, it may be necessary to seek external counseling for this specific cause of impotence.
However, before going that route it would be worth trying herbs that are rich in adaptogens such as ginseng, maca and schizandra berries. The common characteristic of these adaptogens is that they relax the body while energizing it. Becoming both relaxed and energized could help anyone suffering from a performance anxiety problem.