(by Jason Brick)
Sure, men with erectile dysfunction can go to the doc and get a little blue pill to try to fix the problem….
Or you can spend a fraction of the cost and suffer none of the side effects by opting for OTC ED pills available online or at your neighborhood supplement shop.
The stuff in these small, all-natural packages can do great things for a man’s package, and can help with yours too.
1: Pine Pollen
Chinese healers wrote about this during the Han Dynasty, and recommended it for all kinds of chronic and acute ailments. For ED in particular, we’re looking at its phytoandrogenic and sterol qualities.
Phytoandrogenic means it contains testosterone, which you probably already know is key to maintaining both your desire for sex and your ability to have it. Sterols are essentially steroids for plants, and there’s enough crossover to give you a similarly solid sexual boost.
Users of pine pollen consistently report almost immediate increase in awareness, energy, libido and erections. You can get it in a variety of forms, but the best results come from tinctures.
2. Tongkat Ali
The people of Southeast Asia have been nibbling and steeping this herb as an aphrodisiac for centuries. Westerners discovered it more recently and found out that it doesn’t just boost the amount of testosterone your Leydig cells produce.
It makes your body produce more Leydig cells. A 2012 study in Malaysia tested tongkat ali on a population with low testosterone levels, and found 90% of them had normal levels after a few weeks of the protocol.
An incomplete list of benefits subjects experienced includes:
3. Shilajit Resin
When a season’s growth of health-improving herbs get trapped under glaciers and crushed until spring thaw, the remaining resin is a concentrated cocktail of mens’ health.
Tibetan tribes have taken it since prehistoric times as an anti-aging agent and immunity booster because of its delivery of high-intensity nutrition and herbal mojo. Like that blue-green algae extract that broke big last decade, the resin lets us take advantage of nature’s process for distilling and concentrating the best of the good stuff.
It’s true that a higher dose of essential minerals and vitamins can help with some of the health problems that lead folks to seek out ED pills, but that’s not the real power of shilajit resin.
Its key power is the way it acts as a force multiplier for the impact of other herbs you take. A variety of its key compounds improve your body’s ability to process the active ingredients in other ED pills the way the sodium in salt improves your tongue’s ability to taste. Think of it as a wing man for the other ingredients on this list.
4. Cistanche Extract
Another entry from our ever-growing list of stuff we’re just learning about but the Chinese have used since Roman times, cistanche is a parasitic plant native to Mongolia and the Gobi desert.
It grows on the surface of other plants and looks like a pineapple, and has been harvested for its ability to treat premature ejaculation and infertility.
Like many health and virility tonics, Cistanche’s first line of ED offense is improved circulation. Your little soldier relies on circulation to get up for business, so anything that helps on that front can combat ED symptoms.
It’s also a warming herb, used to combat Yang deficiencies. Translated to western terms, that means it adjusts hormone levels to make you randier and more energetic in general.
Like most other OTC ED pills based on traditional remedies, cistanche extract hasn’t seen the kind of testing you’d get for big pharma solutions. A recent study did see testicle support and seminal vesicle support in lab rats exposed to a moderate dose.
5. Mucuna Pruriens
It’s right there in the name: pruriens and prurient come from the same latin root – and prurient means obscene like you want to be in the bedroom. Back when they were giving plants their scientific name, folks understood this one helped with sex.
In yet another example of science discovering stuff we’ve known all along, a 2012 study of mucuna pruriens in rats found that dosing with pruriens increased levels of luteinizing hormone and testosterone…with related increases in sexual behavior, libido, sperm count and levels of sex hormones.
So far, studies like that one have only looked at the effects, not the mechanism. We don’t know why it works, but we’re sure it’s an effective ED pill.
This list includes two basic kinds of OTC ED pills. One model treats ED by improving production of the hormones that lead to libido, erection and virility. The other handles it by amplifying the effects of those hormone levels.
But redundancy in this case isn’t a bug. It’s a feature. Potent ED pills like this aren’t something you can take every day. If you use the same substance to improve your sex life too often – more than once a week, say – you develop a tolerance…
Your body stops responding to the dose, and pretty soon taking the supplement does as much good as not taking it. Worse, your body without the dose can perform worse than it did before you started treatment.
There’s also a flushing effect. Like with vitamin C, your body can react to too much of some of these as a threat. Once your level reaches a certain amount, it will act immediately to purge your system of the excess and release hormones to counter the effects.
That’s why Cycling ED Pills is the winning strategy. Take one dose on Mondays, a dose of something different on Tuesdays, etc. Your libido remains fired up, but your body never gets so accustomed to a single OTC ED pill that it builds up tolerance.