Natural Treatments for Impotence

Impotence affects an estimated 20 million men in North America and is usually defined as the inability to have penile erections sufficient for intercourse. At least 25% of all men over the age of 50 have some degree of penile dysfunction. A loss of libido and subsequent impotence have an organic etiology in over 85% of cases while the remainder are related to psychological problems.


Several factors can contribute to impotence:

• Amphetamines, alcohol, anti-ulcer drugs, cocaine, tranquilizers, antihypertensives, anti-depressants
• Cigarettes and tobacco products
• Peripheral vascular disease
• Hardening of the penile arteries
• Diabetes
• Prostate enlargement
• High prolactin
• Low testosterone
• Mumps as an adult
• Psychological or emotional stress

Diet and lifestyle

Treating underlying physical or psychological problems is of primary importance. Regardless of the cause, there are a large number of self-care (complementary medical) approaches that are low-risk, high-benefit, and well worth a trial of several months.

A balanced diet low in animal fats, fried foods, sugar, caffeine, white flour products, alcohol, and junk foods is important. Alcohol is an underestimated cause of low libido and impotence as it can decrease the body’s ability to produce testosterone (male hormone).

Deep breathing exercises, meditation, visualization, and yoga are all methods that can enhance sexual energy.

Avoiding heavy exercise, severe stress, hot tub baths, and saunas may help some men improve impotence.

Supplements to help boost sex drive

• Zinc is especially related to male fertility and sex drive. Low zinc levels may lower testosterone production, lead to impotence, prostate problems, a low sperm count, and a loss of sexual interest.

• Vitamin C is vital for optimal sperm motility.

• The amino acid arginine is also important for sperm production and possibly enhanced libido.

Other nutrients or herbs important to increase the sperm count, improve prostate gland function, enhance sperm motility, increase male hormone production by the body, or create a healthier nervous system include the following:

• Vitamin A
• Beta-carotene
• Vitamin B complex, especially B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6 (pyridoxine)
• Vitamin E
• Bioflavonoids
• Calcium
• Inosine
• Inositol
• Octacosanol (a wheat germ derivative)
• Flax seed oil (essential fatty acids)
• Glandular extracts (bovine or porcine) of the male reproductive organs
• Ginkgo biloba extract
• Siberian ginseng
• Dong quai
• Sarsaparilla (contains natural testosterone-like substances)
• DHEA (dehydroepiandosterone)
• Exsativa® (combination of avena sativa, stinging nettle, and sea buckthorn)
• Yohimbine®

The use of all these natural remedies in consultation with a naturopath or medical doctor is advisable.

Dr. Rona

By Dr. Zoltan Rona| August 31, 2007
Categories:  Blog

About the Author

Dr. Zoltan Rona

Dr. Zoltan Rona

Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1984). He is past president of The Canadian Holistic Medical Association (1987-88) and is the author of three Canadian bestsellers: The Joy of Health (1991), Return to the Joy of Health (1995) and Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection (1997). He is co-author with Jeanne Marie Martin of The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook (1996) and is the medical editor of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (1998). He has had a private medical practice in Toronto for the past 35 years, has appeared on radio and TV as well as lectured extensively in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Rona currently writes regular articles for Reader’s Digest, Alive, Vitality magazine and for several web sites. His latest book “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin” was published in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Rona was named Chief Medical Advisor for NAKA Herbs and Vitamins and has developed a line of nutritional supplements (TriStar Naturals) which are sold in health food stores across Canada. He can be found at

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