Impotence, otherwise termed erectile dysfunction (ED) is characterized by a male not being able to hold an erection during sexual intercourse. Though erectile dysfunction may not cause male infertility directly, it may be a reason for male infertility as it may prevent conception. However, it does not directly affect sperm count or quality.
Erectile dysfunction affects the sexual life of an individual and may cause a man to feel inadequate and frustrated. It may further affect the relationship between him and his partner.
What causes Erectile dysfunction?
The main cause of erectile dysfunction is reduced blood flow to the penis. The decrease in blood flow results in shorter or no erections.
Apart from a decrease in blood flow, there are many causes of erectile dysfunction. Diagnosed and undiagnosed health problems, lifestyle choices, and emotional issues may all be contributing factors to erectile dysfunction.
Health problems include chronic diseases such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disorders, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.
While lifestyle factors that affect a male individual’s ability to hold an erection can be due to smoking, alcohol abuse, addictions, and sleep problems.
Depression, loss of a loved one, anxiety problems, and obsessive-compulsive nature, are some of the emotional causes for erectile dysfunction.
Further, it is important to note that the emotional causes may act as a vicious cycle, as not being able to fully perform sexually may lead to emotional damage and he may not be able to perform because he is troubled emotionally.
In addition, stress is an unavoidable causative factor. Just as with most modern-day health problems stress can cause major hindrances in one’s sexual life. It is the leading contributing factor to ED. The “vicious cycle” mentioned above holds for stress too.
Is Erectile Dysfunction curable?
The answer is yes, erectile dysfunction arising from all underlying causes is treatable. Either by managing the causative chronic disorder correctly or by eliminating the lifestyle factors and paying special attention to your emotional well-being.
Many over-the-counter medications are available on the market such as Viagra, Levitra, and Stendra to name a few. Assistive devices are also available. Although generally safe, the medications do bring along some form of side effects when used.
Headache, upset stomach, nasal congestion, vision problems, and rashes are a few side effects that can be caused due to use of these medications.
In many cases, the ED medications may be permanent. Acting as a dependency element for a man’s sexual performance. Sometimes, it cannot be cured completely, and the medications can only reduce the occurrence of erectile dysfunction.
Natural remedies: always the savior
As discussed above, the medications for erectile dysfunction come with certain limitations and side effects. In such a scenario, it is only smart to turn to age-old curative remedies that have been passed on to generations.
One such remedy is the use of garlic in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The wisdom behind eating garlic for erectile dysfunction is the presence of an element called allicin.
Allicin improves the blood flow to the penis. Improved blood flow will have a positive effect and can show an improvement in the condition of ED. Garlic has high antioxidants which may further prevent any underlying heart conditions in men.
How to eat garlic for Erectile Dysfunction?
As a remedy for erectile dysfunction, garlic must be eaten raw and on an empty stomach.
Method: Take 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, crush them to make a coarse paste, add a teaspoon of honey to the crushed garlic, and eat it on an empty stomach.
This mix must be consumed daily, early in the morning for 3 to 4 months. You will see improvement in your condition and prolonged use of this remedy may show a complete cure for the condition.
Garlic is known for its various benefits; it is used in traditional medicine to cure various ailments. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and Vitamin B6. However, the miracle element for the treatment of Erectile dysfunction is Allicin. Owing to Allicin, garlic can prove to be the ultimate medicine for Erectile Dysfunction.
Natural remedies do take an extended course of time to show positive results, therefore it is advisable to continue to consume garlic daily for over a few months religiously.