Natural Methods and Supplements to Increase Blood Flow to Penis

May 31, 2022

Several non-pharmaceutical methods may help increase blood flow to the penis naturally. You can try these alone or in conjunction with medication. Here are some of our favorite natural methods to increase blood flow to the penis. 

Having a Great Diet

What you eat can have an overall effect on your performance in the bedroom. This is backed by science! The Massachusetts Male Aging Study linked a healthier lifestyle (including a healthy diet) to a reduced risk for ED as well as diseases that can contribute to ED. These include type 2 diabetes and obesity. A diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes is good for cardiovascular health, which is also good for increasing blood flow to the penis. Other research also supports eating more plants. In one study, about one-third of men who cut back on their consumption of cholesterol and saturated fat (both of which are found mainly in animal products) and increased their intake of fiber (found in plants) recovered their normal sexual function.

Taking Your Vitamins

The science behind vitamin deficiencies and ED skews both ways. Though several vitamins may help with blood flow and general circulation, few have been proven to increase blood flow to the penis. Some evidence suggests that many men with ED are also deficient in vitamin D. For them, taking supplements may help. However, other studies find no connection between levels of D and ED. If you think vitamin D may be an issue for you, talk to your doctor. They can do blood work to check your levels and, if necessary, recommend a supplement.


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Supplements to Increase Blood Flow to the Penis Naturally

Some over-the-counter (OTC) supplements may help increase blood flow to the penis and mitigate the symptoms of ED. Keep in mind that because the FDA doesn’t monitor or approve these supplements, you may not get a consistent dose. Additionally, the supplements may not always contain the ingredient advertised, or they may contain other unlisted ingredients. To be sure, it is worth always checking the reviews of brand and supplements online before talking to your doctor about the safety and efficacy of OTC medications.

  • Ginseng: A small number of studies suggests that red ginseng, or Korean red ginseng, may increase penile blood flow and help treat ED.
  • L-arginine: Some men with ED appear to have low levels of this amino acid. When combined with tadalafil (Cialis) or pycnogenol (a compound found in pine bark), it may help improve ED, but more research is required because the studies have been small.
  • Horny goat weed: This herb has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of ED and sexual dysfunction. However, one study, from 2017 found that while there is some evidence that it helps increase sexual activity in castrated rats, there is little to no direct evidence it increases penile blood flow in human males.

Doing Your Stretches

While there aren’t any stretches proven to increase penis blood flow, research suggests that some exercises may help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. These muscles are crucial to sustaining blood flow to the penis and facilitating erections. In particular, pelvic floor exercises improve blood flow to the genitals and may help treat erectile dysfunction when used alone or with other treatments. An experienced pelvic floor therapist can teach these exercises and ensure you’re performing them correctly so that you benefit.

To discuss ED further with one of Austin’s best urologists, or possibly meet with our dietician do not hesitate to call Austin Urology Institute at 512-694-888.  We would be delighted to take care of your urological and ED-related concerns!