Also known as curvature of the penis, Peyronie’s disease is the abnormal bending of the penis during erection due to the formation of fibrous tissue under its skin. It is an uncommon disorder that usually occurs in men over 40 years of age and causes pain and shortening of the penis during intercourse. Treatment may involve medications, radiation therapy and surgery, although surgery can lead to impotency and should be done only in extreme cases. Certain herbs and supplements may also help to treat and manage the condition. However, you should talk to a doctor before using any herbal remedy.
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Gotu kola helps to reduce the problems associated with the formation of fibrous tissues under the skin and may, thereby, help to manage Peyronie’s disease, says Tufts Medical Center. Gotu kola is available in capsule, tablet, tincture, and ointment form, and the dosage depends upon the age and the condition of the patient. Headache, upset stomach, dizziness and nausea are common side effects. It may also interact with certain cholesterol-lowering and diabetes medications. Always talk to a doctor before using gotu kola to treat curvature of the penis.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice and pineapple stem. It acts by preventing the deposition of fibrin, which causes thickening of the fibrous connective tissue in the penis. The Austin Diagnostic Clinic recommends a dose of 750 mg of Bromelain, three times a day on an empty stomach to prevent Peyronie’s disease. Bromelain is possibly safe to use, although side effects such as diarrhea and gastric discomfort may occur. It may also interfere with certain antibiotics and blood clotting medications. It is, therefore, important to talk to a doctor before using bromelain to treat Peyronie’s disease.
Castor oil is the oil extracted from seed of castor, or Ricinus communis plant. It can be applied directly to soften the hard tissues in the penis and in turn, provide relief from Peyronie’s disease, says the website Home Remedies. Castor oil is generally safe to use. However, it may lead to allergic reactions in rare cases. Other adverse reactions and drug interactions of castor oil have not been studied scientifically and it should be used only under the supervision of a physician.
Acetyl-L carnitine is a nutrient found in foods such as red meat, dairy products, wheat, avocado and peanut butter. It helps to turn body fat into energy. Acetyl-L carnitine supplements are also available at most pharmacies without a prescription. Some studies, such as the one published in the July 2001 edition of the journal "BJU International," have shown that carnitine supplements are safer and more effective in treating curvature of the penis than tamoxifen, the most common drug used to treat the condition. Diarrhea and increased appetite are the most common side effects. As with other supplements, it is best to talk to a doctor before using carnitine supplements.