Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Do you know of a natural approach to treating ED (Erectile dysfunction) in men? Viagra and Cialis seem to work, but I would prefer something natural.
A: ED and related conditions are often the result of nerves, excessive stress, worrying, tension, physical overwork, fatigue, frequent masturbation, or excessive indulgence in sexual activity. As we age, our “root” energy is declining, so we must preserve and nurture it.
Here is some dietary and lifestyle advice that might help:
1. Avoid obscene visual stimulation, dairy products, sweets, excessive masturbation, overwork, and excessive sex. It is recommended that sexual activity be limited to full moon, so as not to deplete the root energy.
2. Eat scallions, scallion seeds, lamb, rooster, bitter melon seeds, walnuts, yams, and lycii berries.
Try this: Make a porridge or cake from black sweet rice, black sesame seeds, black fungus, lotus seeds, walnuts, and black beans. Eat this with half a glass of red wine.
A well-known Chinese herb called Yin Yang Huo (Herba epimedii) has shown efficacy in treating ED. I suggest consulting with a licensed herbalist who can prescribe an appropriate formulation for your needs.
You may also find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for ED: “Dragon Male”, “Yang Exhaustion”, “High Performance”, “Enduring Youth”, and “Five Elements”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.