The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.


As evidenced by the runaway sales of Viagra, this is a common problem, especially in middle aged and older men. It is defined as the inability to attain or sustain an erection satisfactory for normal intercourse. Sometimes it is caused by psychological factors. Many disease states and medications including blood pressure medications, sedatives, tranquilizers and amphetamines. A frequent cause is arteriosclerosis, which impairs the blood flow in the penis. Most medications for impotence increase penile blood flow.

If the problem is due to psychological factors, the erections will be possible with masturbation or noted on awakening in the morning. Underlying diseases should be treated appropriately. Medications which can cause impotence should be changed if possible.

Ginkgo- A clinical study showed ginkgo to be very effective in patients with arterial insufficiency. Positive changes were seen after 6-8 weeks, with 50% regaining potency after 6 months of treatment.
Liquid extract- 2 teaspoons three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 1000-2000 mg three times a day.
Standardized extract (24% ginkgo heterosides)- 40-60 mg three times a day.
Caution: Do not use aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs with ginkgo without consulting with your health care provider. Ginkgo should not be used with anticoagulant medications.

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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