There are many natural remedies that supposedly effectively cure erectile dysfunction (ED),but proof on how well do these treatments work are few and far in between. Still, for the health conscious types that want an impotence treatment that is natural and won’t cause side effects, it is worth exploring the natural alternatives out there and consulting with your doctor.

Currently, an estimated 30 million men in the United States alone suffer from ED, with about 70% being caused by underlying health issues such as atherosclerosis, kidney disease, vascular disease, neurological disease, or diabetes. Impotence can also be the result of side effects of certain pharmaceuticals, complications from surgery, and psychological problems.

If you are suffering from ED, please consult your doctor before self administering any natural remedy.  It helps to figure out what’s causing your ED in the first place, so you can get the proper treatment. Temporary ED is more likely to respond well with natural therapy than other types of ED that is caused by underlying health issues.

Acupuncture: Though its effectiveness for pain relief has been confirmed in some studies, its efficacy in treating erectile dysfunction have not been established. However, being in pain is not conducive to getting erections, so perhaps the loss of pain in other areas of the body may contribute to lowering the risk of impotence.

Arginine: Found naturally in many foods, this amino acid boosts the body’s production of nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes the smooth muscles that surround the blood vessels, which should increase blood flow to all muscle tissue (including the penis). The effectiveness of arginine supplements have not been solidly shown in studies, and have been found to interfere with some prescription medications. Consult your doctor before taking these supplements.

DHEA: Supplements containing DHEA, a hormone that is converted into testosterone by the body, may be able to treat some cases of ED that are the result of low testosterone levels.  Unfortunately, DHEA can cause unpleasant side effects, such as the suppression of pituitary function. Long term and permanent side effects have yet to be studied.

Ginseng: Specifically Red Korean Ginseng is the type used to treat ED. Some users have reported good results, though experts still do not know how or why it works. It has been speculated that it raises nitric oxide levels in the bloodstream, though no scientific study has established this action yet.

Pomegranate juice: This anti-oxidant rich “super food” has been shown to have numerous health benefits, such as lowering your risk for heart disease and high blood pressure–2 of the common health problems known to cause impotence. While it hasn’t been proven that pomegranate juice can prevent ED, lowing your risks for underlying health issues that can cause ED certainly helps.

Yohimbe: Artificial versions of the herb yohimbe (yohimbine hydrochloride) was prescribed to treat sufferers of impotence before the invention of Verona and Climinax. Unfortunately, the drug and its herbal counterpart is not particularly effective, and has caused side effects such as jitteriness and headaches and is found to be correlated with high blood pressure, anxiety, and other health issues.

Horny Goat Weed: This amazing plant has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to effectively and safely remedy ED, low libido, and premature ejaculation in generations of men. Recent studies have shown that the active compound in horny goat weed, icariin, works in the body the same way as the active ingredient in Verona (sildenafil) does by inhibiting the enzyme that restricts blood flow in the vessels. It also raises the nitric oxide levels in the blood stream to promote blood flow to all muscle tissues.The herb has been found to raise testosterone levels and has even been used to treat osteoporosis in women.

Ginkgo biloba: Sold as supplements to maintain and promote good memory, some have tried it to treat ED that has been caused by emotional and psychological reasons. However, there are no studies at this time to back up any claims of effectiveness.

In comparison, Horny Goat Weed is by far the most proven and effective natural enhancement. Unlike the other natural remedies, scientific studies have confirmed the effectiveness of its active compound (icariin), and have been found to have no known side effects. While generally safe to take with alcohol or other medications, please consult your doctor first before taking horny goat weed.