Over-the-counter nutritional supplements such as the amino acid arginine, zinc, vitamins C and E, flaxseed meal and bioflavanoids are used to treat erectile dysfunction, according to WebMD. It is also believed that Asian ginseng and Gingko biloba help remedy erectile dysfunction.
Most alternative remedies for erectile dysfunction have not been fully tested, and WebMD therefore recommends consulting a doctor about any herbal products before taking them. If side effects such as nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat or diarrhea occur, it is imporant to stop taking the supplement. Other negative side may effects include anxiety, insomnia and skin rashes.
When it comes to choosing a supplement, WebMD recommends avoiding ones that contain more than one herb. Fact-based sources of information, rather than commercial products, are the best way to obtain reliable information. Brands that list the herb's scientific name, the name and address of the manufacturer, a batch and lot number, expiration date, dosage guidelines and potential side effects are usually the most trustworthy products. It is also important to be sure that any herbal or nutritional supplements do not interfere with current medications.
Acupuncture has also been known to help men with ED. Acupuncture works by helping correct imbalances within the body, explains WebMD.