Comedian George Burns said something that rings true…
Unfortunately, this is true for many people that aren’t yet 90. Whether you call it impotence or erectile dysfunction it is a problem for most men at some point in their life.
Is there something you can do about it?
If you need to turn your rope into a hard piece of wood, there are a few things you can do.
First of all, there is our Thor’s Hammer Formula, but you can get a number of other herbs that can help in this regard. As discussed with Dr. William Wong, there appear to be four main factors in turning rope to wood. Below, I’ve added an additional fifth one to that discussion.
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1 – Testosterone
Libido is one of the many functions of testosterone. There’s a little bit of a trick that nature seems to play on us. Often times, you might not have enough T to “get it up,” though the desire might still be there.
Although testosterone naturally declines with age, there are lots of things that you can do to restore it towards optimal and youthful levels. These include steps like diet, working out, sleep, having sex and much more. Be sure to check out this article on Men’s Hormone Health for more details, including the related hormones, enzymes and other factors at play.
Our two most popular herbs in this regard are Pine Pollen and Tongkat Ali. Though they work through different mechanisms both herbs help to give you better testosterone levels and help in sexual function in some other ways as well.
It was with pine pollen that we first noticed the morning wood effect. And if it’s happening more and better then that means it’s likely to work better at other times as well.
2 – Dopamine
Another aspect of libido appears to be the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine has a lot to do with desire, sexual and otherwise.
Dr. William Wong told an amazing story of Parkinson’s patients, at 60 and 70 years old, having sex like rabbits. This was because Parkinson’s has been treated with a drug called L-DOPA to restore dopamine levels.
The good news is there is a natural herb for this too. Mucuna is rich in L-dopa, the precursor to dopamine. For this reason, it appears to be great for getting your dopamine levels functioning better (and in a moment you’ll find out a couple reasons they can be disturbed from modern-day living).
Whether it is through this dopamine-precursor or through another mechanism, Mucuna pruriens has been shown to support both testosterone and growth hormone levels. This is a very exciting herb.
Many natural foods can also support dopamine. Precursors to L-dopa include the amino acids L-tyrosine and L-phenylalanine. So a good supply of these, which you can get from many foods, also will help support dopamine.
L-Phenylalanine → L-Tyrosine → L-DOPA → Dopamine
So why might your dopamine be disturbed? Dopamine is triggered to help you have a drive towards something. Once you get that something, dopamine is released. From hearing the ‘ding’ on your phone with social media, or with specially designed games meant to trigger dopamine addiction, this once helpful neurotransmitter can be hijacked to not work correctly.
One of the worst pieces of this problem in regards to our current issue is what is called Porn-Induced ED. With the simple access to porn of any and every type readily available with a click of a button online you can live out your fantasies even several times a day. And clicking from one video to another just to release a little more dopamine and get more excited further fuels this.
As bigger and bigger surges of dopamine get released in this way, your body and brain become resistant to its normal levels.
Eventually, you may get to a point where you can’t get it up without that same porn. Even “normal” sex may not be exciting enough. You’ll need to wean yourself off or go cold turkey in order to help get your dopamine-release around sex back in order.
Lots more could be said on this issue, but I just wanted to introduce it to you, in case it happens to be a problem for you.
3 – Nitric Oxide
So we’ve talked about hormones and neurotransmitters. Next, we move onto blood flow for our next to components.
Here’s a quick anatomy lesson. In order for the penis to become erect the spongy tissue in it, called the Corpus Cavernosum, must relax. Yes, that says relax which may seem counter-intuitive at first, as things appear to be anything but relaxed in that moment. This relaxation is triggered by nitric oxide (NO) in the endothelium of the blood vessels, which then allows blood to flow into the penis. Voila, you have an erection.
NO is important in more than just erections too. It acts as a vasodilator and thus plays a major role in exercise as well as general cardiovascular health.
One of the often used ways to support NO production is the amino acid L-arginine. This amino acid is a precursor to NO so many people take 2-10 grams before sex.
Herbs can also support NO. Cistanche is a likely candidate. Although there isn’t too much science to back it up, I’m sure it would be if studied. Historically, it’s always been used in sexual formulas and is said to direct blood flow to the genital area.
Some other foods and herbs that can support this function are garlic, cayenne, cacao, ginseng, pomegranates, Beets, amalaki, green leafy vegetables and Horny Goat Weed (which will be talked about more in the next factor).
4 – PDE5
NO is a gaseous molecule that only has a short half-life. What that means is that it can go away quickly. This may be responsible when you have no problems getting hard but then go limb.
PDE5 means phosphodiesterase type 5. We might not even know about this enzyme except for an accident with a drug. Sildenafil citrate was being investigated as a heart medication when they noticed a peculiar side effect. The men had raging boners! And thus, Viagra® was born and changed the face of medicine making significant amounts of money.
This drug and many of the others are classed as PDE5 inhibitors. Inhibiting this enzyme is useful as it primarily is used in the breakdown of factors, derived from NO, which keeps your erection.
The physiological details of how this works with PDE 5 and the NO-cGMP pathway is fairly complex which you can read more about here if you want to: The role of nitric oxide in erectile dysfunction: implications for medical therapy.
Although ED drugs are often thought of as a cure-all, they only work on this one mechanism and thus don’t work for everyone. As a drug, they also come with a list of side effects.
Horny Goat Weed, also know, as Epimedium, in addition to raising NO levels, has an “active” constituent called icariin which also acts as a PDE5 inhibitor.
Other herbs that are thought to be PDE5 inhibitors include Xanthoparmelia Powder. Cuscuta chinensis, and others.
It’s important to note that these natural herbs, unless the “active ingredient” is isolated and used in massive levels, they do not have the same powerful effects as drugs do.
Coming from that frame of mind, many people seem to expect too much right away. This should be strongly warned against.
5 – Psychological
In addition to these four physiological reasons for impotence, we also have to talk about the psychological.
For any man that has ever had things not work, perhaps based on one of the above factors, this can then set up a horrible loop where you have anxiety and worry about it not working. This surely then makes it harder for things to work.
There are lots of reasons your thinking can get in the way here that are beyond the scope of this article.
The good news is that supporting physiological function with herbs or other changes can often than help with the psychological too.
And we can’t discount the placebo effect either. If you think something might help, that can do a lot to relieve any mental pressure, and then things DO work better.
There’s also something to be said for the body’s wisdom. If things aren’t working, that can indicate too much stress in your life, lack of health in the many ways listed above, as well as relationship issues.
Special Note to Women
These factors matter for you just as much! Testosterone is a critical component in libido for women too, although progesterone and estrogen also play their role. Dopamine matters for you too.
And although it isn’t as well known, women have erectile tissue as well. For more detail, you can read Women’s Anatomy of Arousal.
Thus, NO and PDE5 will matter for you too, so the same practices and herbs can support your sexuality as well. And of course there are some women specific things to do, but that’s a topic for another time.
Putting this into Action
So, if you’re suffering from any signs of impotence what should you do?
The best bet is to try to identify the main component behind it. Is it one of the five reasons listed above? Is it a combination of them?
Try tweaking your lifestyle, and take herbs, to support that function. Notice if things get better or not. If they don’t, try something else.
Here’s a helpful guide on where you might want to start. As I said, it could be a combination of several factors.
Testosterone – Are you 50 or older? Do you see other signs of insufficient testosterone like losing strength, depression, fatigue or many more possible signs? Do you not wake up with morning wood?
You can also do blood or saliva testing for testosterone, though as mentioned here, it’s very beneficial to look at other related hormones too.
Dopamine – Be honest here. Are you watching porn regularly? Are you doing anything else that could be over-triggering dopamine, which could get in the way of your desire?
On the flip side, something you do want to see; when it comes time for sex do you get so exciting you’re almost shaking with it?
Nitric Oxide – Are you over 40? Can you not get hard in the first place? Do you not get frequent morning wood? Are you generally out of shape with a poor diet?
PDE5 – Do you get erections but they disappear? Do you have morning wood but it doesn’t last very long after you wake up?
Psychological – Do you worry about having erectile problems before or during sex?
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Do you ship to Nigeria?
Logan Christopher says
Unfortunately not generally. We do have an option to take on the risk yourself (lost packages) if you’d want to do that which you can find details about here. https://lostempireherbs.com/shipping/
Danny Cervantes says
Hello I placed a question on this page asking if I can make a single tincture using everclear grain alcohol and allowing it to sit for up to 30 days at home using pine pollen, tongkat ali, and nettle root powders that you guys sale? I’m not sure if I posted the comment now that I’m looking back?!?! Grrr!!! So just incase I didnt post it im asking again. Thanks for your time and input.
David Zwicker says
Hi Logan & Staff!
Is shelf life for herb powders & tinctures as well as best storage practices found under any subject tab on your site? I have searched under Products and General Information and don’t find anything.
I’ve read all about E.D. but never got the right one not even here so….why so much “bla,blaa,blaaa ” rather than get to the POINT…WHAT exactly can I purchase for a good LIBIDIO and STIF endurance ??
Justin Snyder says
Hi Liviu, please see our Thor’s Hammer Bedroom Performance Formula.
ABDUL RASUL NASEEM says
Is it easily available in Pakistan?
Chelsea Satterthwaite says
We do ship to Pakistan Yes.
I think that I might need some of your herbs that you had spoke about I am 48 years old and I’m not as effective sexually it not as hard and I cant last for ten minutes so witch of the herbs would you recommend
Justin Snyder says
Anthony, please see our Thor’s Hammer Bedroom Performance Formula.
You mention PDE5 and it’s importance. It then sounds like you talk about the importance of PDE5 inhibitors.
Which is it? Please clarify!
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Weak erections is a big problems that is affecting most man in their marriage today and it’s the reason why must marriage fail and its also one of the reasons why must married women cheat, and it’s what every married men should know, I’m saying this in my own experience, my wife cheated on me all because I was unable to satisfy her sexually, it was my fault, why because when I was growing up I masturbate frequently a lot and it leads to my premature ejaculations that I cannot spent up to 5 minutes on top of a lady, it was a very big problem for me to solve, I met with different medical doctors, taking all sorts of drugs and exercises, no one could actually work,. I can gladly tell you now that my premature ejaculations and weak erections problems i have been facing is now things of the past because i have found a solution to my problem, and I can now spend more than 2 hours on top of woman without ejaculations, I know so many men are having these kinds of problems too.
ciao mi chiamo Rocco ho 51 anni, sono un italiano. Vorrei sapere cosa hai fatto e cosa hai preso per avere erezioni di lunga durata. grazie aspetto tuo consiglio.
What did you did??
chad Day says
what is the solution?
What did you do to fix your PE problem?
I think majority of women would take 5m over 2hrs I too could do this with these guys pine pollen tincture which works to an extent on its own but to be like Eduardo I also used supplements called cirttruline, marine pine bark extract and 20 drops of GSE Do not over do it as blood pressure really drops as does body temps.
Please go on…
I’m looking for what you found
Can you provide more details on solution you found to your problem, to recover from PE?
I understand that
1. Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Night lights can cause and/or worsen ED
2. Drinking molecular hydrogen water can have positive effects on ED.
Please your thoughts on those.
Logan Christopher says
1. Wrote about this topic slightly in these articles:
2. This one is news to me, but hydration in general is going to affect every system in the body, so it makes sense.
Is it ok to mix the recommended dosage in a single serving;
1) Horny Goat Weed
2) Nettle Root
Logan Christopher says
Yes it is okay. I would start on the smaller side of recommended dosage on them though (as many have a range).
Kyle Montgomery says
I recently purchased black ant extract. Ive been taking 1 teaspoon in the morning and 1 teaspoon in the evening for a little less than two weeks now. I’m not sure ive seen results yet. Typically how long does it take? Also, i ordered Thor’s Hammer formula. I will recieve it this week. Is it ok to mix Thor’s Hammer with Black Ant extract as well as nueroshroom extract powder(lion mane, Reishi, Cordyceps)?
Logan Christopher says
It depends on what you mean by working. I recommend you read this article: https://lostempireherbs.com/feeling-herbs/
And yes you can mix all those herbs safely.