Sexual impotence, also defined as erectile dysfunction, is a very common problem which affects most men at least once during their lifetime. The incidence of erectile dysfunction varies with age, and increases in the proportion of affected men, from 7 to 8 %, from 20 to 39 years of age; to 55-60 %, in men older than 70 years; according to a study carried out in the USA. The largest increase is seen in men in the range of 60-69 years.
Although in the past sexual impotence was regarded as having almost exclusively psychic causes, we now know that from 85 to 90 % of all cases of erectile dysfunction have organic causes, such as peripheral vascular diseases, diabetes, imbalances in the sexual hormones, the effect of medications, etc. This has encouraged medical science to discover new forms of treatment, which are available and work well for a large number of patients. These treatments range from oral tablets and vasoactive drugs which can be injected into the penis, to vacuum pumps and implantable penis prostheses. Efectiveness of therapies may range from 40 to 90 %, depending on the proper choice of method.
Sexual impotence may result from psychological illness such as depression which lowers both sexual drive and erectile function, tiredness, alcohol abuse, the therapeutic use of oestrogens, paralysis of parasympathetic nerves by drugs or permanent damage to them, and diabetes.
Other causes of impotence include a devitalised condition of the system in general. The main problem of secondary impotence is the apprehension created by an earlier failure, which generates a good deal of anxiety for the next time. Impotence takes three forms. There is primary impotence when the man’s erectile dysfunction is there from the very beginning of sexual activity and he simply cannot have an erection. Secondary impotence is the commonest and this implies that the man can normally attain an erection but fails on one or more occasions in between normal activity. The third form is associated with advancing age.
Garlic is one of the most remarkable home remedies found beneficial in the treatment of sexual impotence. It is a natural and harmless aphrodisiac. According to an eminent sexologist of the United States, garlic has a pronounced aphrodisiac effect. It is a tonic for loss of sexual power due to any cause, and for sexual debility and impotency resulting from sexual overindulgence and nervous exhaustion. Two to three cloves of raw garlic should be chewed daily.
Onion: Eat onions liberally to increase the libido and strengthen the reproductive organs. White variety of onions is more powerful compared to the normal variety.
Asparagus: Boil 15 gm of dried asparagus roots in 1 cup of milk. Take it twice daily to heal impotency and improve premature ejaculation. It is an aphrodisiac used in Unani medicine and is marketed as safed musli.
Carrots are considered valuable in impotence. For better results, about 150 gm of carrots, chopped finely, should be taken with a half-boiled egg, dipped in a tablespoon of honey, once daily for a month or two. This recipe increases sexual stamina
Drumstick: Boil 15 gm of drumstick flowers in 250 ml milk. This soup is an effective sexual tonic for both men and women. Alternately, boil 120 gm of powdered dry bark in Â½ liter of water for 30 minutes. Mix 30 gm of this powder with 1 tablespoon of honey. Take it 3 times daily for 1 month to cure impotency, premature ejaculation, and thinning of the semen.
Ginger: Take Â½ teaspoon ginger along with a hardboiled egg and honey once a day every night. Continue treatment for a month to relieve impotency, premature ejaculation, and spermatorrhoea.
Raisin: Wash black raisin thoroughly in running water. Boil in milk to make it soft and sweet. Eat 30 gm of raisin with 200 ml of milk 3 times a day. Gradually increase intake of raisins to 50 gm.
Dried dates are a highly-strengthening food. Pounded and mixed with almonds, pistachio nuts, and quince seeds in equal quantities, about 100 gm should be taken daily as an effective medicine for increasing sexual power.
A vigorous massage all over the body is highly beneficial in the treatment of impotence, as it helps to revive muscular vigour which is essential for nervous energy.
cold hip bath for ten minutes in the morning or evening is very effective.
For a start, undergo a fruit diet for 5-7 days by taking 3 meals of fresh succulent fruits a day every 5 hours. Eat plenty of grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables supplemented with garlic, honey, sour milk (particularly goatâ€™s milk), cold-pressed vegetable oil, brewerâ€™s yeast, millet, and whey.
Avoid drinking alcohol, tea and coffee.