Sexual Health for Men: The Complete Guide

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The Lure of Alternative Medicine
Men and women eager to take control of their own health have always looked beyond conventional medicine and embraced nontraditional remedies to provide relief, ease, and comfort. The passage of the 1994 Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act has made it much easier for men and women to obtain herbs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and even male hormones without a doctor's prescription. Some herbal remedies are remarkably effective, whereas others are surprisingly toxic. Today, all of us need to know more about alternative medicine. In this chapter, you will find discussions on:
1. What is alternative medicine
2. Saw palmetto and benign prostatic hyperplasia
3. Adverse effects of herbal medicines
4. PC-SPES and prostate cancer
5. Herbs, minerals, and vitamins to improve a man's sexual function
A. Ginseng
B. Vitamin E
C. Zinc
D. Yohimbine
6. Over-the-counter male hormones: androstenedione and DHEA
7. Alternative medicine and cancer prevention
8. The cost of alternative medicine

WHAT IS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE?

For centuries men and women have looked to those in their community who could act as healers. In bygone days, those aspiring to one of the healing professions, shamans, witch doctors, and others acknowledged to possess curative skills passed their knowledge on by word of mouth. Then as understanding of the workings and malfunctions of our bodies increased, there was a demand for a more scientific and structured system. This eventually led to a body of knowledge that formed the curriculum for the mod

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