Herbal / Natural Viagra and Other Viagra Alternatives

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The famous blue pill might well be the most recognized ED medication, and it is arguably the most effective one. However, we can say with certainty that it is far from being the only option available on the market. The alternatives vary greatly, ranging from so-called herbal Viagra to using special devices or undergoing surgery. So, what other ED solution could take the crown from Viagra in the near future?

Cialis and Levitra: Similar Effect, Less Popularity

Cialis and LevitraCialis and Levitra are both available in form of pills. Unlike Levitra, Cialis can be taken even with large amounts of food. Its action also lasts longer than both Viagra and Levitra. All three pills should be taken about an hour before intercourse to enjoy their full effect. The side effects of Levitra are virtually identical to those of Viagra, while Cialis users do not report changes in color vision, but suffered from back pain and hurting muscles.  All of them are capable of making a man feel dizzy and, in very rare cases, lose consciousness. Users who tried all three pills very rarely reported priapism (prolonged erection).

The drawback of all three drugs is the fact that they are based on the same active component, so their interaction with other medications is fairly similar. The only difference lies in the possibility to consume alcohol while taking Viagra and Levitra, as the combination hasn't been known to decrease blood pressure. Cialis, on the other hand, may cause hypotension when taken with substantial amounts of alcohol. Further drug interactions are identical for these three ED medications. None of them can be used with nitrate-containing drugs, as the combination can cause dangerous drops in blood pressure. For the same reason, it is strictly forbidden to take Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra with any medicine that treats hypertension, as experiencing the effects of two substances that lower blood pressure at the same time could have grave consequences.

Taking Strength from Nature: Herbal Viagra

Natural (or herbal) Viagra is not a single product, but a group of products, which are commonly called Viagra, even though they have nothing to do with the famous blue pill. Quite unlike the original medication, natural Viagra does not contain the chemical component called sildenafil. To achieve the Viagra-like effect, herbal Viagra relies on various other components. This variety makes the “natural” drugs hard to control by respective authorities. In addition, they are mostly sold online, so purchasing herbal Viagra is always a bit of a risk.

Claims of using only safe, natural components aren't necessarily always true. Many dishonest manufacturers produce drugs based on artificially obtained analogs of sildenafil, which means that such “herbal” Viagra will be effective, but not truly natural. What's more, some examples of natural Viagra medications have been reported to have quite severe side effects, as opposed to the original pharmaceutical. Some of them, if the dosage is big enough, could even be toxic.

ViagraNevertheless, there are also genuinely natural medicines available on the market, which are mostly based on ancient knowledge from various cultures. For instance, a recent study conducted in Brazil examined the efficiency of about a hundred natural recipes that were believed to be effective in treating ED by the Brazilian folk. In fact, only three of them turned out to be of any real help, but they are safe and they actually work. Catuaba (an evergreen tree that grows in Brazil) was found to be the most effective solution. The inner bark of Catuaba has been used for centuries to increase men's sexual potential. It works as a powerful aphrodisiac and as of yet, no side effects have been reported. It is widely available in Brazilian health food stores, and can be ordered online in many other parts of the world.

Unblock Your Blood Flow

Since an erection is highly dependent on the amount of blood that can flow to the penis when needed, problems with anything related to blood flow can trigger erectile dysfunction as a complication. This is corroborated by a study in which men aged between 40 and 70 were asked about their health. It turned out that men who were treated for cardiovascular diseases or hypertension were four times more likely to experience ED than the others.

If your sexual problems are connected with impaired blood flow, it is highly likely that you will need treatment for some other medical condition. However, you can try to help your blood flow freely on your own by using safe, complications-free methods. First of all, check your lifestyle habits. Are you an avid smoker? Do you have a lot of fat that you’ve been wanting to get rid of for ages but never got around to shedding? Do you happen to consume excessive amounts of alcohol? If you answered “Yes” to at least one of these questions, you should probably consider making changes to your lifestyle to make it healthier. Exercising is a great way to keep your body healthy and fit. As a bonus, will probably also feel more manly and self-confident, which is an important psychological component of sexual drive.

There are also other ways of improving your blood flow. Some foods or herbs are known as natural circulation stimulators. Garlic, for instance, can be highly effective in stimulating blood flow and normal hormone production as well. Other stimulators include ginkgo biloba and vitamin E. Ginkgo is well known for its capacity to improve memory. However, recent studies have shown that it is also effective as an ED medicine, as it helps bring blood flow back to normal. About half of men who took ginkgo for six months reported that they regained the ability to develop and maintain an erection. Vitamin E is also quite helpful in improving blood circulation. Many medical practitioners believe that increasing the recommended daily dose does not do any harm, but brings multiplied benefits.

An Indian Solution: Yagara

YagaraEven though traditional ED pharmaceuticals (Viagra, Levitra and Cialis) are all effective and tested by generations of users, researchers keep developing new products for men's health. They are trying to work out an “ideal” formula that would allow them to produce a drug of equal efficiency, yet with a cheaper cost and fewer side effects or possible complications. One of such undertakings, which is slowly but steadily gaining popularity among male ED patients is Yagara.

The new medication is a mix of many different Indian herbs, which have been used for centuries to treat ED in Indian men. It has a positive impact on many levels, affecting not only sexual potential, but also sexual desire, overall well-being, prostate health and the ability of the body to cope with stress. Even though Yagara is declared to be a temporary ED solution, some patients claim that it has helped them cure erectile dysfunction and boost their sexual potential. These claims remain unconfirmed by the drug manufacturer, and most likely come from patients whose ED originated from psychological reasons.

The obvious advantage of Yagara is its alleged lack of side effects. It is too early to claim that they are non-existent, but so far, user feedback has only been positive. As to long-term consequences, some men who used Yagara on a regular basis became more prone to headaches. Other possible consequences still need to be researched, as the drug is still in its earliest life cycle stages.

However, it is known for sure that, unlike Viagra, Yagara does not cause:

  • Color vision change
  • Chemical intoxication
  • Lower resistance to stress

Yagara is a new product on the market, yet it has the potential to become another well-known erectile dysfunction medication.

Prostaglandin E1: A Good Viagra Alternative

Prostaglandin e1A distinct feature of Prostaglandin E1 is its ability to help a man develop an erection even without any mental stimulation. It is an entirely physiological process that occurs independently from other factors. Prostaglandin is available in two forms: injections and pellets. A shot to the penis might seem terrifying for most men, yet it is a highly effective way to take the medicine. It works extremely quickly when compared with most pills, and there are no limits on the amount of food one eats prior to taking a pill. Many patients who have to resort to Prostaglandin already have diabetes, so they are used to regular injections and don't find it much of a problem. Besides, the needles for the injection are really thin, so the injection doesn't cause much discomfort. However, if a shot is performed carelessly or inexpertly, there is a risk of the penis being scarred or bruised.

If a man is unwilling to take the medicine through injections, there is a less discomforting option available: pellets. They are inserted into the penis prior to intercourse, so there are less uncomfortable feelings associated with the procedure. Nevertheless, this solution is far from ideal, because absorption through the urethra is noticeably slower and less efficient than through blood flow. This form of the medicine needs up to half an hour to start working. For the same reason, the dosage of Prostaglandin has to be significantly increased, compared with the injection (up to 100 times). The downside of such a dosage is the fact that it causes a lot of blood to flow to the pelvic area, so many patients experience strong abdominal pain, similar to what women feel during menstruation.

Pump It Up with a Vacuum Erection Device

According to statistics, only a small part of men who are diagnosed with ED actually get to the point where they buy and use men's health medications. What's more, an even smaller part of them ever repeatedly use their prescription of ED drugs. It seems that for some reasons, men are reluctant to admit that they have a problem and treat it. This might be due to the fact that they feel embarrassed to share such information with a healthcare provider. In addition, erectile dysfunction treatment generally involves taking pills, which is often associated with aging by many men.

Vacuum erection deviceIn such cases, when patients firmly refuse to take any oral medications, there is a need for some other type of treatment. Fortunately, there is a viable alternative to pills: a penis pump. It is a one-time investment of about 300-400$, which in the long run could save a lot of money that would otherwise have been spent on pills. It works as a pump that creates powerful artificial blood flow to the penis. The blood is later forced to stay inside the organ by means of a special rubber ring.

This method of counteracting ED is not flawless either. The erection developed by using a vacuum device might feel “floppy” and unstable. Besides, the ring restricts the flow of new blood to the penis, so it quickly becomes rather cold. For the same reason, it might get a slight bluish hue to it. However, this option is still a not bad alternative for those who hate taking pills or already are on some other medications that are incompatible with Viagra or its counterparts.

Falling Flat Because of Low-T

Testosterone is a very important hormone for the male body. It is responsible for many things, including sexual drive, changes in body weight and muscle build. Low levels of testosterone can lead to many unpleasant consequences, such as hair loss, fatigue, anxiety, low resistance to stress, and, of course, erectile dysfunction. It is logical indeed to blame the malfunction of a distinctly male organ on a male hormone, but in fact, low-T is only responsible for approximately 5% of all diagnosed ED cases.

Men who belong to those 5% need to have their testosterone levels restored back to normal. The sooner it is done, the better, since long-term low-T levels result in complications such as easily fractured bones. That’s not all. It also increases the chances of erectile dysfunction becoming harder and harder to treat.

A test has to be performed on a patient to determine whether his ED is caused by a deficiency of testosterone or not. Only after that can the medical practitioner begin the treatment.  Testosterone can be “delivered” into the male body in various ways. The most commonly used ones are through gels, shots or implants. They are all equally efficient, so the healthcare provider can choose the best option for every patient.Doctor

Why Would I Want a Viagra Alternative Anyways?

The fact that Viagra dominates the ED medications market remains true, even despite such a big number of available alternatives. Its popularity means that there are many returning customers who tried the product, found it satisfactory, and chose to use it again. Why is there a demand for an alternative solution then?

The answer is simple: Viagra can cause a lot of complications in the male organism. The officially proclaimed side effects include headaches, digestion problems, blurred vision or distorted color vision. However, there is also a greater list of other side effects reported by some Viagra users.

They include the following:

  • Skin rashes or itches
  • Dizziness
  • Painful erection
  • Erection that lasted longer than the promised four hours
  • Quickly running short of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Chest pains

This list is obviously longer, and chances are that even this one isn't complete. Another Viagra drawback is its incompatibility with drugs that contain nitrates, as their interaction can cause dangerous hypotension. What's more, there are claims that Viagra is to blame for 130 deaths, which occurred when the drug had just hit the market.

Treating ED can be done through many different methods, so think twice before you choose one of them. Try to find out as much as you can about all of them and define their pros and cons for yourself. Always consult your healthcare provider before making any final decisions and be sure to use the chosen method carefully and responsibly.