Learning to look at your life in a positive, more holistic way involves many elements, from eating habits to thought patterns. It can, in fact, inspire a major shift in how you do business—that is, in how you take care of yourself.
What does this have to do with erectile dysfunction or ED? Isn’t ED a physiological condition?
Well, yes it is, but not always. There are plenty of physical ailments that can directly lead to erectile dysfunction, but there are psychological causes, too. Not only that, but your lifestyle has a profound effect on your well-being, both physically and psychically speaking.
Still, what does this have to do with living a holistic lifestyle? Holism is a philosophical and medical concept that looks at a person’s entire being within a social, mental and environmental context.
In a medical sense, it’s not just concerned with a disease’s symptoms, but the underlying factors that helped it develop in the body, of which symptoms are but one manifestation. ED, then, is but a symptom, not a disease in itself.
What Causes ED?
Among the causes of erectile dysfunction, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common. While there are genetic factors at play, these medical conditions typically arise later in life because of poor eating and exercise habits as well as lifestyle choices such as excessive alcohol use or smoking. Of psychological causes, stress is the number one culprit, and practically anything can cause stress.
For men, any of these conditions increases the likelihood of experiencing erectile dysfunction at some point in life. So it stands to reason that if you can enact some important lifestyle changes and decrease your risk for developing an ED-causing disease, your chances of experiencing ED go down, too.
What to do about ED?
You’d have to have been living under a rock for the last decade, decade-and-a-half to not have heard about Viagra, Cialis and other prescription drugs designed to increase the flow of blood to the genitals and reduce the effects of ED. To be sure, these drugs have worked wonderfully for millions of men, but are they the best solution?
They treat the symptom—erectile dysfunction—not the disease. Looking at them from a holistic approach, though, they cannot be considered effective because they do not deal with the underlying issue.
Wanting to treat ED in a holistic manner, a person is forced to look at his entire spectrum of being—his eating habits, his exercise, his stress level, his lifestyle in general. But it goes deeper. What causes him stress? How does he cope with stress?
Diseases that cause ED can and might need to be treated by allopathic medicine, but if there are naturopathic remedies, why not try them? It seems reasonable to suggest that a healthy balance of allopathy and naturopathy would be most beneficial, both for ED and whatever is causing it.
Ideas for Treating ED Naturally
This list is by no means intended to be exhaustive. It is, however, intended to give you a few ideas of more natural ways to treat ED. We’ll go through these fast, so keep up. First, phase out processed foods in favor of whole foods. Second, try meditation or yoga, both as a means of calming the mind and increasing the flow of blood. Third, investigate possible herbal remedies such as ginseng or ginkgo.
If you detect some early warnings you have erectile dysfunction—high blood pressure, weight gain, anxiety or stress, to name a few—see your doctor. The symptoms might signify something more serious. Before you start popping meds, though, explore some alternatives to see if you can stem the tide. Not only might you keep it up, so to speak, but you just might change your whole life for the better.
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