In recent years, the use of medicinal herbs for impotence treatment has become a popular alternative to the more dangerous pharmaceutical options and there are many herbs easily available that can help to treat erectile dysfunction by addressing the underlying causes.
There are herbs that can help calm the nerves, increase blood flow to the penis, improve the circulatory system and increase the hormone levels which automatically decrease with age.
What scientists are finding out today is that the age-old reputation and traditional uses of many medicinal herbs as a treatment for erectile dysfunction have actually some scientific foundation behind them.
Impotence or erectile dysfunction is a serious problem that affects millions of men around the world and it’s usually defined as the inability of maintaining an erection long enough for sexual intercourse.
Impotence is not classified as a disease but rather as a symptom that is caused by one or many underlying factors both biological and psychological.
It was thought for a long time that the main reasons for impotence were psychological but now it has been confirmed that impotence can also be caused by biological factors.
There are many erectile dysfunction herbs on the market. Some are used primarily for impotence, while others have different main functions with improved sexual health as a positive side effect.
Vitamins and minerals, along with some amino acids, have also shown promise. Arginine, Carnitine, Zinc, Niacin, DHEA, and Pycnogenol are all considered good choices. Acupuncture and massage have also been used to treat impotence naturally.
When using medicinal herbs for impotence treatment it should be done so under the direction of a qualified healthcare practitioner. The underlying causes must be established in order to choose the appropriate herbal treatment and any significant interactions between the herbs intended for use and prescription medications must be investigated.
Commonly Available Medicinal Herbs For Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)
Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo Biloba)
This herb is best known for its ability to improve memory and sharpen focus. However, it is also considered a potent treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Ginkgo works by improving circulation without increasing blood pressure, especially in those blood vessels just below the surface of the skin. This herb has been recognized for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for erectile dysfunction and other sexual function disorders. Ginkgo use may also lead to increased stamina and improved sensitivity.
This herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction is especially effective in those individuals who have other symptoms of poor circulation or as a result of antidepressant use.
Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe)
This medicinal herb is probably the most popular herb today used for impotence treatment and yohimbine, the active constituent in yohimbe, is the most documented herbal solution for erectile dysfunction and has been proven to work.
The downside to this is that yohimbine can have many serious side effects like nausea, insomnia and nervousness. Also, it can increase the heart rate if taken in large dosages.
Both yohimbe and yohimbine are legally available over the counter as they are classified as an herbal remedy but they should always be used with the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Panax Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Asian ginseng, often used for its ability to improve mental and physical vitality, shows great promise among impotence herbs.
Studies in Asia have shown that this herb taken over a period of two to three months may improve sexual function and sperm count and motility. This supplement may also reduce fatigue which can lead to impotence issues.
Ginseng is generally safe, although large amounts may cause overstimulation leading to insomnia or irritability. Combining this herb with caffeine may also lead to over-stimulation.
Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides )
A Brazilian shrub that has been used in South America for centuries as an aphrodisiac and to stimulate the nerves. Considered by many as the best impotence herb available and in some clinical studies, it has proven to be effective as a treatment for erectile dysfunction in some men. But as with many other medicinal herbs, more studies are needed.
Damiana (Turnera Aphrodisiaca)
This herb was used by the ancient Mayan civilization as an aphrodisiac. Damiana improves sexual desire and increases libido. Studies have shown that it helps enable males to maintain an erection longer and achieve ejaculation. This herb is also effective for increasing sexual desire and pleasure in females.
Fo-Ti (Polygonum multiflorum)
This herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since the Tang dynasty. The herb’s Chinese common name, he-shou-wu, was the name of the man who purportedly was healed of his infertility after taking this herb.
This herb helps reduce fatty deposits in the blood and improves circulation, thereby helping erectile function. Some people have a sensitivity to fo-ti and may develop a rash. Taking large amounts, more than 15 grams, may cause numbness in the arms and legs.
Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia)
This is another herb with thousands of years of traditional medicinal use. Even with all those years of use, its potential as an herbal medicine is still being discovered. One of the traditional uses that are being rediscovered is the use of the herb as an aphrodisiac.
Tongkat ali appears to boost sexual desire in both males and females. One of the reasons for this is the increased production of testosterone. Since decreased testosterone is one of the common causes of impotence, this supplement is a good herbal impotence treatment.
Maca (Lepidium Meyenii)
Maca is a member of the mustard family found in the highlands of Peru. Its ability to increase energy, strength, stamina and sexual function has earned it the title “Peruvian ginseng,” although it is not related to ginseng.
As its popularity has grown, this herb has been dubbed “Peru’s Natural Viagra.” It also acts as an aphrodisiac and improves strength and quality of sperm. Maca acts by regulating hormone and enzyme levels in the body.
Maca´s ability to increased energy production, as well as to improve stamina and sexual function make it a good herbal impotence treatment.
Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium sagittatum, Epimedium grandiflorum)
Legend has it that this herb got its name from a goat herder who noticed an increase in sexual activity among his goats after they ate this plant.
Horny goat weed helps improve circulation, reduces fatigue, increases sperm production, and enhances sexual desire. The combination of effects helps males achieve and maintain an erection, improve stamina and longevity and enhance the overall experience.
The herb also inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which blocks the key cholinergic neurotransmitters associated with sexual arousal
Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris)
This is another important selection in the list of herbs for impotence. It has been shown to increase testosterone levels, especially in those whose levels may be low, and increase sexual desire.
This herb works at the hormonal level by increasing Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), in turn increasing LH and FSH which increase testosterone release. Tribulus is a safe herbal treatment, although some people do notice an upset stomach.
Cnidium (Cnidium monnieri)
Cnidium Monnieri has been used for erectile dysfunction treatment in Chinese herbal medicine since ancient times.
The main active substance present in the herb is osthol which is thought to work in a similar manner to Sildenafil in Viagra.
Osthole has been shown to affect the spongy tissue and blood vessels in the penis. It dilates and relaxes the blood vessels allowing for enhanced blood supply to the spongy tissue of the penis which in return can result in stronger erections.
Other herbs for impotence treatment
- Rhodiola Rosea – (Rhodiola rosea)
- False Unicorn – (Chamaelirium luteum)
- Guarana – (Paullinia cupana)
- Ashwagandha – (Withania somnifera)
- Saw palmetto – (Serenoa repens)
- Pygeum – (Prunus africanus)
- Garlic – (Allium sativum)
- Butea Superba – (Butea superba)
- American Ginseng – (Panax quinquefolius)
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