Monday, March 19, 2012

Doctor Love: Erectile Dysfunction

By Sigrid Salucop

For many Filipino men, having erectile dysfunction (ED) is an embarrassing problem. Although most men who have ED do not talk about it, an earlier study on erectile dysfunction in Filipino men, much like other races, affect 60% of those who suffer from diabetes or heart ailments.
How do you deal with ED?

Although the initial reaction is to find a solution on your own given the macho air most Filipino men have, self-diagnosis and self-medication are not really advisable because for you to be treated successfully, a medical professional must pinpoint the cause or causes of the ailment first.

ED Causes

This can be classified under two categories – physical or psychological. If the root of the problem is physical i.e. caused by a certain disease or a habit such as smoking or not eating the right kinds of food, the solution is pretty straightforward. If it’s roots are psychological however you may need to go through therapy. Determining what is causing sexual dysfunction is 50% of the solution that is why those who suspect that they have ED should contact a doctor as soon as possible.

ED Prevention and Treatment

There are a number of drugs advertised to help men with ED but medications such as Sildenafil and Tadalafil cannot treat erectile dysfunction and only aid in increasing blood flow into the penis or the penile region before sexual intercourse. It is important to note though that before you take any type of drugs or supplements that will help you maintain an erection, it is  imperative to consult with an expert. Men with conditions such as heart disease, history of stroke, heart attacks and the like are advised not to take drugs such as Sildenafil or Taladafil. Sildenafil is popularly known as Viagra and Taladafil is its arch rival in the industry more popularly known as Cialis.

Natural Treatments

We’ve heard this a dozen times before, you must eat right and get enough exercise to keep your body functioning like a well-oiled machine. A protein-rich diet is advisable for men suffering from sexual dysnfunction. This means that you should exercise regularly and include the following in your daily nutrition:

Cheese (parmesan, gruyere, traditional cheddar, feta, camembert, processed cheddar, ricotta)

Chicken Egg

Cow Milk

Soy Milk



Nori Seaweed

Green Vegetables




Whole Wheat

There are also a number of herbs and minerals that can help you get rid of ED or for those who are afraid of getting it to prevent it from happening to them. This includes Gingko, Horny Goat Weed (no pun intended), Folic Acid, Vitamin E, Ginseng, Yohimbe and Zinc.

Other Notes
Smoking also causes ED. If you are a chain smoker, it may be time to stop.


This article was written as a response to an inquiry to the Doctor Love Column. The writer however is not a medical doctor. If you think you may be suffering from erectile dysfunction, you should consult with a physician immediately.

Here is a list of hospitals that provide erectile dysfunction treatments in Metro Manila, Philippines.

This private hospital located in Muntinlupa City offers a range of medical services to both local and international patients. The hospital is the Department of Health’s and the Department of Tourism’s medical tourism partner.

A JCI accredited private hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of the most well-known multi-specialty medical institutes in the country. The hospital has been serving Filipinos for over a century. It has 1, 7000 affiliated medical consultants as well as over 600 inpatient beds.

This is a private, tertiary care hospital also accredited by the JCI. The Medical City serves 40, 000 inpatients annually making it one of the biggest health care facilities in the country.


Do not buy herbal Viagra. There are those who sell what they call "natural" Viagra but these pills are relatively unsafe and may cause complications.

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