Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. It is a frustrating condition for any man who is desirable of having active sexual life. With the growing age, the chances of erectile dysfunction increases. The good news is that erectile dysfunction can be treated at any age! Ayurveda recommends “Vajikaran therapy” to treat not only erectile or penile dysfunction but also other sexual problems found in men. Vajikaran increases the strength of a man to perform sexual activity with the vigor equivalent to that of a horse (' Vaaji' means horse in Sanskrit). However, if the problem of erectile dysfunction is only occasional, it can be tackled with certain remedies meant for erectile dysfunction. Before knowing these remedies, one must know what is erectile dysfunction and what are its causes so that he may stick to the recommended measures that require certain lifestyle changes as also changes in food habits and physical, mental activities.
Do not take physical or mental stress: Stress is one of the major causes of erectile dysfunction. Work towards solving your day to day problems but don't let them destroy or mental peace. Yoga and meditation can reduce and also prevent anxiety, depression and stress. Learn meditation and yoga if you find yourself unable to handle stress.
Make yourself physically active: Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise daily and regularly. If you can't do heavy exercises, at least take brisk walk for about 40 minutes a day. Many studies state that men who exercise regularly face the problem of erectile dysfunction less than those who do not. Obesity is one of the causes of erectile dysfunction. Exercises will help reduce weight which in turn helps in increasing testosterone level (the male hormone) along with sexual energy and stamina. It keeps diabetes at bay which is also one of the causes of erectile dysfunction.
Do not get addicted to harmful substances: Smoking, too much alcohol, drugs, marijuana, heroin, cocaine etc. all cause erectile dysfunction. Quit smoking and get rid of all other drugs. Smoking is known for formation of plaques in arteries (atherosclerosis) which obstruct the blood flow (even to the penis). If you can't avoid, at least consume alcohol in moderation.
Change your lifestyle for better: Avoid working for long hours at a stretch. This makes your body muscles weak. Get up from your office seat within regular intervals and walk or indulge in some stress free activities before again going to work. Take a break from regular routine at week ends and spend time with your partner (emotional bonding with your sexual partner is a must. Disliking for her is the major cause of erectile dysfunction). Try to maintain happy and comfortable atmosphere at home which is very essential to stimulate sexual desire and keep you sexually healthy. Sleep for adequate time required by your body. Take herbal oil massage for your whole body at least once a week (if not possible make it once every two weeks). According to Ayurveda, “Abhyanga” or full body massage is the best aphrodisiac. Avoid hot, spicy and bitter foods which imbalance vata (sweet foods are good for sexual desire but watch your weight too while indulging in too much sweets!)
Some Tips for Sexual Activities: Anxiety about 'performance' is a major hindrance in getting and maintaining an erection. Do not fear about not getting hard erections. Don't doubt your ability to satisfy your partner, which leads to psychological erectile dysfunction. If you indulge too much in masturbating, then reduce the frequency of masturbation. Masturbating twice a week is good enough. Do not control your natural urges. If trying to overcome erectile dysfunction, do not indulge in intercourse daily. Give at least 3-4 days gap between two intercourses.
If, after taking all these measures, you do not see any remarkable improvement in your erectile dysfunction, help yourself with some herbal supplements but under expert supervision. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before taking any herb for treating erectile dysfunction. Many herbs are considered excellent aphrodisiacs such as Ashwagandha, Safed musli, Shilajit etc. Shilajit, in fact, is known as Indian Viagra for its superb aphrodisiac effects.