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There are many, many natural remedies for impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, or ED. Entire books have been written on the subject, but a few remedies that often work can be covered here. Let's start with herbs that work.

  • Ashwagandha. This Ayurvedic herb is at the top of the list because it is usually available in an unadulterated form (which can't be said for most herbal remedies for ED). Men who use typically first start having dreams about sex, and then they find it is easier to have intercourse.
  • Yohimbe. This African herb is clinically proven to improve erections, but many products that claim to include it are fake. When the American Botanical Council commissioned a study of yohimbe supplements in the 1990's, 14 our of 15 brands were found to be fake. The Lhasa Karnak Herb Shop in Berkeley, California, sells the real thing.
  • Muira puama. This Amazon rainforest herb contains yohimbine, which is the active ingredient in yohimbe. Tincture is faster acting than capsules, and taking the tincture with an acidic drink (lemonade, for example) liberates the yohimbine so it can stimulate erection.

"Horny goat weed," which is sold in convenience stores everywhere, is great for billy goats but usually not all that helpful for male humans. It's more likely to make you need to go to the toilet than it is to give you an erection. L-arginine works for some men, but men who have cancer should never take it. Typically it is necessary to take about 20,000 mg (20 large, bulky, hard tablets) of L-arginine daily to have an effect.

Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor exercises, can also help men achieve stronger erections (and avoid problems with "leaking" urine)_. These exercises strengthen the pubococcygeus (PC) muscles, which men can flex to maintain erections longer if they are able to have them at all. It's very easy for men to do Kegel exercises. Simply stop your flow of urine in mid stream. This builds up the same muscles you need to maintain an erection. Once you get used to performing this at the toilet, then practice clenching the same muscles when you are not urinating, several times a day.

You can also practice Flexing other muscles further back, as if you were holding back a bowel movement, but be sure not to use your legs or abs.

Many men wear inflexible "cock rings" at the base of the penis to help them maintain an erection. These aids have to be removed after 15 to 20 minutes to restore circulation to the penis, or serious injury can occur. Some use vacuum pumps to make it easier for the penis to fill with blood, but for many couples it is hard to imagine this as part of a romantic moment.

A more useful device is an elastic band for the penis, which can be worn for several hours, which allows for blood circulation to and from the organ. Users find that it even helps men retain their erections after ejaculation, helping them extend pleasure for their partners. Don't use a rubber band.

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