Natural cures for erection problems

It's one of the most common male complaints -- but too many men are too embarrassed to talk to their doctors about it.

So instead of getting real, natural help like ginseng benefits for erectile dysfunction, many men engage in the riskiest sexual behavior of all: They buy penis pills such as Viagra from shady online pharmacies.

These drugs are dangerous enough in the best of times. But when you buy them from the back alleys of the Internet, you could get something even worse -- including tainted or even phony drugs.

But you don't need to mess around with these meds either from real pharmacies or online, because there are natural treatments that have withstood both the test of time and rigorous modern science.

One new study backs ginseng, a common remedy that's been used in Asia for centuries.

More than 100 men with erection problems were given either ginseng or a placebo. After eight weeks, men on ginseng benefits had small but measurable improvements across the board.

Of course, some men need more than small improvements. And for some men, the ginseng benefits may not even work at all. So while it's an option I sometimes recommend to my own patients, it's not the first one on the list.

Some of your other natural choices include:

L-arginine:This is usually the first supplement I recommend to men with erection problems. This essential amino acid can help improve blood flow. And when blood flows freely, it can flow to the places you need it most -- and yes, that includes "down there."

Ginkgo biloba: In one study, 60 mg a day restored sexual function in half of the impotent men who tried it. Higher doses will often have better results, so try between 180 mg and 240 mg a day.

For more all-natural solutions to impotence and other erection problems, see my book "Prescription for Natural Cures." Some men may need to try more than one remedy -- or even combine remedies -- until they find one that works best.

It's worth the trial-and-error.

Unlike sex drugs, these all-natural option, including ginseng benefits, have little risk of side effects.

Sex drugs, on the other hand, can pack a few side effects that can ruin your life -- including vision problems, hearing loss, cold symptoms, headaches, and other troubling conditions.

There's even a chance they can cause the infamous four-hour erection -- which might sound like fun, until you realize it's actually a very painful condition that requires immediate emergency medical care.

That's not exactly a recipe for romance with your wife.

In addition, many male sex problems are caused by low levels of testosterone -- and no penis pill in the world can correct that. So instead of turning to drugs, turn to a holistic physician who can test your hormone levels. If you're deficient, he can help restore you testosterone levels naturally.

And for expert hormone testing and treatment, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.