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Any serious medical condition including heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, depression or other psychological disorders, fatigue, overwork or simply lack of adequate sleep can lead to loss of libido (interest in sex) or the ability to gain an erection. Loss of interest or ability may also obviously result from relationship problems.

Hardening of the arteries to the pelvic organs may be a direct cause of sexual dysfunction and maybe also be a sign of heart disease. Therefore it is important to be tested for any blockage or hardening of the arteries even if other factors are a possibility. The arteries supplying blood to the penis are relatively narrow compared to other arteries (1-2mm) so they become blocked by plaque far quicker and maybe be the indication that other arteries may be seriously blocked or will become so soon.. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke so the sooner this is treated the better.

Many poor health habits lead to deterioration of numerous bodily functions, and sexuality is particularly vulnerable. Smoking, obesity, high stress, lack of exercise, lack of fibre, fatty acid imbalance (which affects hormones), vitamin, mineral or phytonutrient deficiency and certain drugs and alcohol consumption are all examples.

Chronic problems such as allergies, candidiasis, chronic fatigue syndrome and hypoglycaemia can also lead to sexual dysfunction.

As men age the ability to achieve an erection is affected. An erection will take longer to achieve, and will not be as firm as in youth. Some may find it difficult to achieve an erection at all. About half of all men between 40 and 70 will experience problems with gaining or maintaining an erection.

The causes of erectile difficulties can be either psychological or physiological, with psychological causes thought to be most prevalent. The anxiety and pressure that a man might face as his body changes, may act as a catalyst for erectile difficulties. Achieving an erection becomes a process of prolonged stimulation and intimacy.

Psychological causes of erectile failure are often mistaken for physiological disorders. By far, the most likely causes of erectile failure are related to mental or emotional problems. The most common of these is performance anxiety.

When a man feels pressured to achieve an erection (often spurred by occasional difficulty), he will commonly become anxious and nervous when in a sexually demanding situation. Anxiety conflicts with the ability to achieve an erection, and thus failure results, perpetuating further anxiety.

Any neurological disorder which interrupts the nerve supply to the erectile tissues will generally cause an erectile failure. There is little known about the nerves which cause erection and therefore it is difficult to predict how damage to certain nerves will affect erectile capacity.


Orchitis is an inflammation of one or both testicles. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection or by the mumps virus. Bacterial orchitis can be caused by an urinary infection or sexually transmitted infections, particularly chlamydia or gonorrhoea. Untreated infections of the bladder or urethra can spread to the epedidymis causing epididymitis which is inflammation of the tube that connects the scrotum to the vas deferens which is the duct that transports sperm to the urethra. Orchitis can lead to erectile dysfunction. It is best to be tested by a health professional to find out the cause.

Coccinia leaf and root extract has antibacterial properties which can help to treat bacterial orchitis. Boil 10 to 12 leaves in water for 10 to 15 minutes, strain and drink two times a day until the infection is gone.

Dandelion tea is known to help with treating orchitis. Drink three cups per day until the infection has gone.

Echinacea has powerful antibacterial and ant-virus properties which can aid in the treatment of orchitis.

Land caltrop herb can help to treat orchitis has it has a beneficial effect on the prostate and .urinary tract.

Moringa is a herb, also known as drumstick, which can be very beneficial when treating orchitis.

Raw Juice Therapy can help to treat orchitis. The best organic natural foods to juice are: apple, apricot, asparagus, carrot, celery, cranberry, cucumber, lemon, lettuce, parsley, spinach and watercress.

Yellow dock has antibacterial properties which can help to treat bacterial orchitis.

Other herbs that can help to fight off bacterial orchitis are: The following herbs have proved to be effective remedies for treating STD infections in some people: Blood root, blue flag, burdock root, caraway seeds, elderberry flowers, fagara, mandrake, Oregon grape root, plantain, prickly ash, linden, phyllanthus amarus, pine needles, poke root, red clover, sassafras and suma.

For more antibacterial and antiviral herbs see Medicinal Herbs and Spices.


The brain is a highly sensitive organ which can be affected by the slightest nutritional deficiency or toxicity so the diet must include high levels of fibre (to feed the friendly bacteria and aid digestion and absorption), vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Certain phytonutrients have a direct impact on the brain and nerve cells and can affect hormones which in turn can improve the capability of gaining an erection.

Almost any health-enhancing program of diet and exercise with basic dietary supplements can help the situation. It is also important to deal first with known medical and psychological problems. Even some of these may be helped with nutrition and dietary supplements. Remember to start by changing those harmful life habits. They will not only begin to improve the love life, but they will help to prevent the chronic and lethal degenerative diseases.

Drinking alcohol forces expulsion of zinc and other nutrients through the urine and this can cause erectile dysfunction.

Almonds can help to increase sexual vitality.

Arginine is converted to nitric oxide which aids in the relaxation of blood vessels. The effect is better blood circulation in the body and especially in the extremities (eg. genitalia). For this reason L-arginine helps in stimulating and maintaining erection. Men with erectile dysfunction may benefit from intake of L-arginine rich foods. L-arginine is a major component of ejaculate (seminal fluid and sperm) and there fore it is important for maintaining healthy ejaculate volume.

Arginine is found in high content in protein rich foods such as peanuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, coconut, animal products (milk and milk products, beef, chicken, turkey), sea foods, wholegrains (oats and wheat). Legumes such as soybean and chickpea are also rich natural sources of arginine.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) is required for cell respiration, helps in the release of energy and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, proper circulation, functioning of the nervous system, and normal secretion of bile and stomach fluids. It is used in the synthesis of sex hormones.

Citrulline rich foods such as: butternut squash, cucumber, kidney beans, melon, oily fish, organ meats, peanuts, pumpkin, rabbit, soya beans, tofu, watermelon and venison can help to eliminate impotency and lower blood pressure as well as help the body to overcome fatigue and stress.

The following natural foods all have properties which can alleviate erectile dysfunction: Angelica, bananas, camphor oil, cayenne pepper, cnidium monniera seeds, damiana leaves, dates, fenugreek, flax seed oil, ginkgo biloba, green tea, horny goat weed, liquorice root, kudzu root extract, passion flower, pepperwort, saffron, saw palmetto, suma and ylang ylang.


Camphor oil, when consumed, boosts the libido by stimulating those portions of the brain which are responsible for sexual desires and urges. When externally applied, it helps to cure erectile problems by increasing blood circulation in the affected parts, since it is a powerful stimulant.


Horny goat weed is commonly used as an aphrodisiac for men and women and has properties which can eradicate erectile dysfunction.


Moringa is a herb well known for its ability to treat sexual dysfunction in men.


Pepperwort (maca root), a root vegetable from Peru, has been used for centuries by native Perivians for its powerful ability to enhance fertility and overall wellbeing. Maca's natural "libido booster" properties are due to its high content of zinc, amino acids and vitamin C, which are essential nutrients for healthy sexual function.


The essential oil of ylang ylang can be very beneficial for those people who have lost interest in sex due to work load, professional stress, depression or the effects of pollution. The loss of libido or frigidity is a growing problem in modern life which can be resolved by using ylang ylang as a massage oil, in an oil burner or a few drops in a hot bath.


Extracted from the bark of West Africa's Corynanthe Yohimbae tree, Yohimbine has been used for centuries in the fertility rituals of African tribes. Yohimbine is thought to enhance libido and physical energy in both men and women and may stimulate erection in men. Reports also indicate Yohimbine may have thermogenic properties (meaning that it may act to elevate body temperature and burn off fat.


Though traditionally, Yohimbine has been used as a treatment for impotence and as a sexual aphrodisiac, yohimbine enhances many bodily functions, not just the sexual ones. It increases metabolic rate. You'll feel your digestive organs working better, and body builders have long used yohimbine to get rid of body fat before competitions.


WARNING: Therapeutic administration of yohimbine can cause nervous excitation, tremor, sleeplessness, anxiety, increased blood pressure, tachycardia, nausea and vomiting. In case of existing liver and kidney diseases, yohimbine preparations should not be used. Interactions with psychopharmacological herbs have also been reported.


Yohimbine must not be taken by elderly persons or children or if you have or suspect you may have any of the following conditions:

WARNING: Most aphrodisiac herbs have a tendency to speed up the heart rate and some may raise blood pressure so are best avoided by those with blood pressure problems or heart conditions.

The natural foods listed below have been chosen for their particular beneficial effect in eliminating erectile dysfunction. Also, foods to flush out toxins and ward off pathogenic bacteria, yeasts and viruses have been included as these can also seriously affect the brains cognitive functions and cause anxiety and depression which can cause impotency.


Consume a wide variety of the foods below in the daily diet to benefit from their powerful properties. Eating a multitude (not just 5) of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices per day will set the body and mind on the path to full health very quickly. If nothing else but the natural foods listed here are consumed for two weeks the body and mind will become full of vitality and strength and the erectile dysfunction should cease.

Try steaming a wide selection of the vegetables listed with the herbs and spices listed and a tablespoon or two of bottled or filtered water. Then place in a blender for a deliciously healthy potage soup and eat a small bowl before each meal.

Similarly blend a wide selection of the fruits together with nutmeg, cinnamon and honey to provide a tasty nutritious 'smoothie'. Add live probiotic organic yoghurt to make the 'smoothie' or soup creamy.

The Nutrients, Minerals, Protein and Fibre pages can help you understand body processes and the natural foods it needs to function correctly. The nutritional value of foods is important.

Stay away from substances that can further reduce the chances of conception such as  sugar, alcohol, coffee, medications, artificial additives such as aspartame, pesticides and household and cosmetic toxins.

Visit the Cleanse and Detoxify page to try that regime first which can clear the body of toxins and infection.

Drink one litre of bottled mineral water per day to avoid chemicals additives such as fluoride and chlorine and provide more of the essential minerals the body needs. One glass should be consumed just before sleeping to help the body eliminate waste and toxins from the body and the brain.

Meat and eggs (Three times a week)

Beef (organic lean grass-fed), calf's liver, eggs lambs liver, lamb, poultry and game bird, organ meats, rabbit and venison.

Fish (Three times a week)

Anchovies, bloater fish, carp, cod, eel, halibut, herring, hilsa fish, kipper, mackerel, octopus, pilchards, salmon, sardines, shellfish, sprats, squid, swordfish, trout, tuna (fresh only) and whitebait and all other oily fish. Anchovies are high in sodium so not advised for those with high blood pressure. Deep sea fish and bottom dwelling shellfish can be contaminated with mercury so it is advisable to consume these with some algae, coriander and other green leafy vegetables or sulphur-rich foods which can chelate (bind to) mercury and eliminate it from the body.

Dairy (Yoghurt and kefir milk daily and cheese three times a week)

Kefir milk, non-pasteurised blue cheese and yoghurt (plain with live cultures)

Fibre  (At least one every day)

Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa and teff. Consume one tablespoon of psyllium husks per day in a large glass of water or sprinkled onto meals as it has powerful properties that can support  digestion and excretory processes and will work within two days to fix many colon and digestive issues.

Vegetables (A selection of at least four colours per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a fortnight)

Algae, alfalfa, artichoke, ashitaba, asparagus, aubergine, beetroot, bell peppers (all colours), broccoli, carrot, celery, chicory, collard greens, courgettes, cress, cucumber, daikon, garlic, kelp, marrow, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, seaweed and spinach, Swede, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, turnips and watercress. Algae, such as chlorella and spirulina, contain many important nutrients and minerals often lacking in land-based crops. Take one tablespoon of one of them per day. Also consume three or four chopped garlic cloves per day. Let them and other allicin-producing plants, such as chives, leeks, onions and spring onions, stand for ten minutes to allow for the process, that produces allicin in these plants when they are damaged, to take place. Allicin has many powerful properties that benefit the health.

Legumes (Three times a week)

Black beans, black-eyed peas, broad beans, chickpeas, legumes, lentils, lima bean, mung beans, navy beans, peas, pinto bean, red kidney beans, soya beans and winged beans.

Fruit (A selection of 2 or 3 colours per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a fortnight)

Apples, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, cherries, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, grapefruit, grapes (black or red), mango, maqui berries, mosambi juice, orange, papaya, peaches, pears, plums, pomegranate, tangerines and watermelon.

NOTE: grapefruit can interact with many medications.

Dried Fruit (As snacks or added to meals daily. Best eaten with a handful of nuts and seeds)

Apricots, dates, figs, goji berries, raisins and sultanas.

Juice (Pure, additive free, unsweetened, preferably home-made - daily as often as required)

Beetroot (raw), carrot, cranberry, elderberry, grape, lemon, lime, mosambi, nasturtium (freshly pressed), orange, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate and tangerine. See also Raw Juice Therapy for many raw juicing recipes.

Seeds (As snacks or added to meals daily)

Flaxseeds, hemp, nasturtium, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and watermelon. Hempseeds provide the correct balance of omega-6 (inflammatory) to omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) fatty acids and should be consumed daily. A handful of pumpkin seeds can be sprinkled on any dish or in sandwiches daily and add many important nutrients.

Nuts (As snacks or added to meals daily. Best consumed with fresh or dried fruits to obtain the correct balance of vitamin C and E)

Almonds (five per day), brazil nuts (2 per week unless excessive sweating, through exercise or fever, has taken place, then eat 2 per day, cashews, chestnuts, coconut, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts (5 per day).

Sprouts (See the Micro-diet Sprouting page to find out how to grow your own then add to meals and snacks daily)

Alfalfa, almond, amaranth, barley, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, chickpea, corn, hazelnut, fenugreek, flaxseeds, kamut, leek, lemon grass, lentil, lettuce, milk thistle, mizuna, mung beans, mustard, oat, onion, pea, peanut, radish, rice, rocket, rye, quinoa, sesame, spinach, spring onions, sunflower, turnip and watercress.

Common Herbs (To be consumed as often as possible daily in meals or as teas)

Basil, cardamom, coriander, cloves, dill, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, safflower, sage, tarragon and thyme.

Medicinal Herbs

Angelica pubescens, borage, burdock root, black seed, cnidium monniera seeds, common stinging nettles, damiana leaves, dandelion, devil's claw, drumstick, elecampane, false unicorn, golden seal, ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, horsetail, hydrangea, Japanese or Chinese knotweed, jasmine, kudzu root extract, huang lian, lavender, liquorice root, lobelia, maca root, milk thistle, motherwort, noni, oatstraw, pan pien pien, passion flower, periwinkle, pine needles, Queen of the meadow,
red clover, rock-rose flowers, saffron, saw palmetto, schizandra, scutellaria, slippery elm, yellow dock root, valerian, and wild strawberry leaf.

Spices (To be consumed as often as possible daily. Can be added to teas also)

Cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves (three ground), cumin, coriander, ginger, Himalayan pink salt crystals, nutmeg, paprika, peppercorns (all colours), sea salt (pure unrefined) and turmeric. A teaspoon of turmeric should be consumed daily due to its powerful healthy compounds. Sprinkle on to egg, fish and vegetable dishes or on brown rice and other grains.

Oils (Cold-pressed only and used to cook with or dress vegetables and salads, especially with foods that contain fat-soluble nutrients, such as carotene, to enable absorption)

Coconut oil, flaxseed, grape seed, coconut oil, olive, rapeseed and a blend of sesame and rice bran oils. Also take one capsule of cod liver or krill oil daily, especially during the winter months between October and April in the Northern hemisphere.

Derivatives (To be consumed and used as desired on a daily basis)

Aloe vera juice, anise seed tea, apple cider vinegar, barley grass (powder or juice), bergamot tea, black strap molasses, brewer's yeast, brine pickles, chamomile tea, green tea, honey, miso, peppermint tea, pine needle tea, tea and tofu. Barley grass is one of the rare plants to contain vitamin B12 so is a useful addition to the diet of those that limit meat intake.

At least one (and ideally many more) natural foods and derivatives should be consumed each day from each of the categories above. Pick one of the six colours of fruit and vegetables to consume daily. Yellow/orange, white, red, green, black/blue/purple and cream/brown. Nature has kindly colour coded natural food for us and each colour provides specific nutrients and minerals in the right balances which are required daily. At least one iron rich green leafy vegetable or herb should be consumed daily.

If appetite does not allow enough consumption, juice them or make teas by steeping them in hot water for 20 minutes, then strain and drink immediately to gain the nutrients without the bulk. Teas can be gently reheated and honey and lemon added to make them more palatable and to add additional beneficial nutrients. See the Nature's Colour Codes page.

NOTE Non-heme iron is found in tea and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. However, tea and green leafy vegetables also contain oxalates that block the absorption of iron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme iron eat a couple of strawberries, a kiwi fruit or some orange, tangerine or mango at the same time.

NOTE: To benefit from foods containing fat-soluble nutrients, such as the carotenoids in carrots and tomatoes, always eat together with oily foods like rapeseed oil, olive oil, fish, nut or other seed oils or avocado because carotenoids are fat-soluble, meaning they are only absorbed into the body along with fats and can then assist with the manufacture of the essential vitamin A nutrient.


NOTE: Motherwort may be habit forming.

CAUTION: Many herbs are powerful and can react with medications. Always check before taking at the same time as any drugs.

NOTE: Some nutritional yeasts, especially brewer’s yeast, can  also interact with medications. Those who are on Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor antidepressants (MAOIs) medication are especially at risk. It is also best avoided by those carrying the herpes virus as it can induce a attack.

Try to avoid refined and processed foods, any foods with additives such as aspartame, coffee,  fizzy drinks, sugar, table salt (use Himalayan pink crystals or unrefined sea salt), white flour and white rice (choose whole grains and brown or wild rice).

Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they are organic because of the risk of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides:

  • Apples

  • Asparagus

  • Aubergine

  • Avocado

  • Bananas

  • Bell peppers

  • Blue berries

  • Canataloupe

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Cherries

  • Chilli peppers

  • Cocoa beans

  • Coffee beans

  • Collard greens

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapes

  • Kale

  • Kiwi fruit

  • Lettuce

  • Mange toute peas

  • Mangos

  • Mushrooms

  • Nectarines

  • Onions

  • Oranges

  • Papaya

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Pineapples

  • Plums

  • Potatoes

  • Raspberries

  • Runner beans

  • Spinach

  • Spring onions

  • Squash

  • Strawberries

  • Sweet corn

  • Peas frozen

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelon

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