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What herbs and supplements are believed to help with erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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Currently, no herb or supplements have been proven to help treat erectile dysfunction. Herbs and supplements that some believe are helpful for erection problems include:

Before trying any alternative treatment, be sure to ask your doctor about it. Herbs and supplements, whether they help with erections or not, have real effects on the body. They could cause dangerous reactions with other medicines you might be taking.

  • Ginseng
  • Horny goat weed
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Muira puama
  • Pycnogenol
  • L-arginine
  • Damiana

SOURCES: 

American Urological Association: "Erectile Dysfunction Clinical Guidelines Panel. The Treatment of Organic Erectile Dysfunction: A Patient's Guide," 1996; and "AUA Guideline on the Management of Erectile Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations," 2005. 

Gaines, K. , February 2004.  Urologic Nursing

Lamm, S. , HarperCollins, 2005.  The Hardness Factor

Medscape Drug Reference from First DataBank: "Alprostadil Urethral" and "Sildenafil Oral." 

Vivus, Inc.: "Administering MUSE," 2004. 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Urological Association: "Erectile Dysfunction Clinical Guidelines Panel. The Treatment of Organic Erectile Dysfunction: A Patient's Guide," 1996; and "AUA Guideline on the Management of Erectile Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations," 2005. 

Gaines, K. , February 2004.  Urologic Nursing

Lamm, S. , HarperCollins, 2005.  The Hardness Factor

Medscape Drug Reference from First DataBank: "Alprostadil Urethral" and "Sildenafil Oral." 

Vivus, Inc.: "Administering MUSE," 2004. 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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