Herbal medicine | 12 things you need to know about Male Erectile. Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction | www.drtomobrien.ie Dr Tom O Brien PHD in Adult and Community Education and Master Herbalist, is based in Rialto, Dublin 8. In this video he talks about Erectile Dysfunction. In part two he will talk about the herbs he recommends for this condition.

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects many men. The technical definition for Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. An erection is a complex process that involves changes in the muscles, nerves and blood vessels in the penis. However, put simply, Erectile dysfunction happens because not enough blood can get into or stay in the penis long enough to maintain an erection.

More than 50% of men over 40 will experience some degree of Erectile dysfunction at some stage in their lives. Erectile dysfunction does not occur in isolation and is usually the result of other physical and psychological factors

So the root cause of Erectile dysfunction is usually not in the penis. Erectile dysfunction is usually part of a bigger story in our lives connected to being unhappy in other areas of life and work, being unmotivated or depressed, angry or disappointed with life or unhappy in a relationship

Physical symptoms that can affect the development of Erectile dysfunction include; low blood sugar, diabetes, poor circulation, cardiovascular disease, low immune system strength and low adrenal force.

There is an increasing body of evidence that smoking significantly increases the risk of erectile dysfunction. It has been found that almost two-thirds of impotent men smoke and that they smoke nearly twice as much as the smoking rate of the general male population.

Alcohol works as a depressant that dulls impulses of the central nervous system including those that stimulate the penis. Chronic heavy drinking impairs the male body’s supply of testosterone and increases the amount of oestrogen.

Frequent use of cannabis has been shown to decrease the levels of androgens a man can produce (Androgens are the main hormones in both men and women that determine the level of ones sex drive. Low androgens in men diminish interest in sex as well as adversely affect erection.

Erectile dysfunction is also an unfortunate side effects of many drugs. High blood pressure medications can also affect our libido.The anti ulcer drug Tagamet also causes impotence in many male users. Consult with your pharmacist or doctor regarding substituting alternate medication without these effects.

Diabetes is said to be the cause of nearly half of all male impotence, due to the stress of high blood sugar, which damages arteries and reduces circulation.

So if you have Erectile dysfunction you should consider the following;

Stop smoking if you smoke
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about the drugs your prescribed
Limit your alcohol consumption
Exercise and keep fit so as to your heart and arteries in good condition
Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Deal with anxiety, depression and stress – through psychotherapy, meditation or yoga
Talk to your partner or a friend about how you feel

and remember your body’s central control organ of sexual response is the brain.

We need to be first aroused by life itself, joy, happiness, imagination, creativity. Physical stimulation follows.

In part two of this series on Erectile dysfunction I will cover powerful plant medicines that can be used to help increase your sexual energy and overall health.