Men suffering from erectile dysfunction will try anything to have normal erectile function. Ginseng is one of the natural methods of restoring sexual function in men and is a treatment of erectile dysfunction that has few side effects.
But does it work?
Note: information here does not replace the expertise of your doctor. Consult with a professional before taking any supplements, especially if you have chronic underlying conditions (especially diabetes). This evidence is gathered from reputable organizations around the world simply to inform.
How Does Ginseng Help with Erectile Dysfunction?
Studies on the efficacy of ginseng to help with erectile dysfunction have been performed across the world. A 2008 systematic review out of Korea examined red ginseng (also known as Panax ginseng) for treating ED, which impacts 30% to 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70.
The review examined over 28 studies that met their criteria, with dosages ranging from 600mg to 3000mg.
Men reported an improvement in their ED during the studies, but why still remains a question that researchers have yet to answer.
There are a few hypotheses of why ginseng can help:
- Blood flow. Ginseng has been linked to an improvement in coronary flow reserves. What this means is that blood circulation may be improved to allow for stronger blood flow. Improved blood flow can help men reach erection and also produce stronger erections.
- Relaxation. Initial studies, done on animals, have shown that ginseng is able to relax the smooth muscle of the corpus cavernosum, or the spongy tissue that forms most of the penis. When relaxed, more blood can enter the tissue, leading to strong erections.
If you don’t mind taking ginseng and vitamin E, the combination has proven to improve erectile dysfunction in a six-week study with 52 participants. There were safe and acceptable adverse events during the study. Significant improvements were experienced for ED compared to the placebo group.
Side Effects of Ginseng
No one wants to have more side effects than benefits when taking a supplement. Ginseng is relatively safe, and in the studies that we’ve mentioned previously, none of the participants experienced any significant side effects.
Ginseng is likely safe when taken for up to six months at a time. Prolonged usage can result in hormone-like effects that may be harmful. Users that have ED can cycle their usage if they’re concerned about these effects.
The most common side effects when taken by mouth are:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased heart rate
- Blood pressure issues
Typically, ginseng doesn’t cause any severe side effects unless you have an allergic reaction to it.
Dosing will depend on the supplement you choose, but in many cases, you’ll find 600 to 2,700 mg divided into multiple dosages per day can be beneficial. ED sufferers can confidently take ginseng for 12 weeks at a time.
Men that have issues with premature ejaculation have used topical creams containing Panax ginseng to help improve their sexual function.
If you’re suffering from ED, small lifestyle changes and supplementation can help. Medication is available to help, but ginseng is another option that can help improve blood flow and lead to erections and stronger erections.
As an alternative to medications, it’s worth giving ginseng a try for at least eight weeks to see if it helps you escape the grasp of ED.