Best Male Enhancement Herbs That Are Safe And Effective

Best Male Enhancement Herbs
In this article I’ve put together a collection of the most used and effective best male enhancement herbs that can help to improve your sexual functioning.
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In this article i show a list of the best male enhancement herbs that i have tried on myself and most of them worked for me. all the herbs have to potential sexual benefits like:

  • Increasing your stronger orgasms
  • increasing your stamina in bed
  • Better control over your ejaculation.

From ancient times men have been using natural herbs and substances to ensure sexual wellbeing. Though most male enhancement herbs articles focus on boosting male virility, we believe a man’s sexual health is interconnected with his physical wellness. That’s why while choosing a natural aphrodisiac, it’s important to check if that herb is effective enough to aid your cardiovascular activities, psychological health, physical strength, prostate health, immune system along with your erectile function. 

Generally natural male enhancement herbs are known as aphrodisiacs. An aphrodisiac is a substance (found in foods or drugs) that boosts sex drive, sexual pleasure and erectile function. There are a ton of male sexuality boosting herbs out there. Therefore; do your research before deciding on any remedy that claims to help you!

All the following mentioned herbs have been used in medicine to treat different sexual and general health issues. While some herbs are known for their aphrodisiac properties, some are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Here we’ve enlisted the herbs that we think are effective and helpful. This is not a complete list. If you have any health issues or if you feel confused, we‘d suggest that you consult your physician to find the right herbs for you. 

what are the best male enhancement herbs ?

The chart below shows an idea of  natural male enhancement herbs

Image Herbs Purpose

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris is popular for increasing sexual drive. It helps to increase sexual desire, sensation, and ability to reach orgasm, and have quick arousals. It also helps to improve sexual satisfaction in males with ED.

Horny Goat Weed

Horny Goat Weed
This ingredient is also known as Barrenwort or Epimedium. This potent herb helps to fight ED and low sexual desire. Works to improve sexual performance.

Astragalus root

Astragalus root
Astragalus root protects and supports the human immune defense. It contains antioxidants. Which protects cells from damage and works as an anti-aging ingredient.

Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha

Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha
This popular herb is also known as Ashwagandha. Regular consumption of the root and berry of this herb will rejuvenate sexual organs. Also benefits male fertility and sexual ability.

Muira Puama

Muira Puama
This herb works as a potent aphrodisiac in increasing sexual interest. It also cures sexual disorders.

Bioperine or Black Pepper Extract

Bioperine or Black Pepper Extract
This ingredient benefits the immunity defense system. Confirms sexual arousal and a stronger erection.

Damiana

Damiana
This herb also works as a natural aphrodisiac. It helps in boosting mental and physical stamina. It helps the amelioration of different reproductive systems.

Maca Root

Maca Root
People use this herb for centuries to enhance fertility and sex drive. It also increases energy & stamina.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle
This herb helps to increase sexual desire & sexual interest. It increases sexual pleasure and semen volume in males.

Ginseng

Ginseng
Ginseng’s ginsenosides work as an aphrodisiac and treat various sexual dysfunctions. There are two types of ginseng: Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). The Asian ginseng is also known as Korean or red ginseng. This ingredient benefits the energy levels, prevents ED, boosts the immune defense.

Asparagus Adscendens

Asparagus Adscendens
This herb improves sexual performance and ability.(as an aphrodisiac)

Pygeum Africanum

Pygeum Africanum
The bark of the Pygeum tree is used to improve prostate health. It cures symptoms of enlarged prostate and prostate cancer. Also cures pain caused by inflammation, urinary tract troubles. Also may benefit sexual desire.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba is a powerful antioxidant. This ingredient is tested and proven to reduce inflammation. It improves blood circulation to different parts of the body.

Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla
It is an anti-inflammatory ingredient. Works against harmful bacteria and fungus. Also improves the bioavailability of other supplements.

Yohimbe

Yohimbe
Yohimbe bark contains a chemical called yohimbine. Yohimbine is clinically studied and proven to improve male penis size during sexual arousals.

Licorice Root

Licorice Root
It is a great antioxidants. Works as an anti-inflammatory element.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds
It contains Zinc. It’s a potent sexual drive enhancer in both males and females.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera
It helps to last longer in bed. Increases testosterone and sperm production in males.

Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna Pruriens
This ingredient is also known as Fabaceae. This herb helps with male fertility. It works as an aphrodisiac to increase sexual power and interests.

1.What is Horny Goat Weed?

Horny goat weed is a traditional Chinese herb that works as an aphrodisiac. It has

anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This herb is popularly used in supplements to help sexual health issues like erectile dysfunction (ED), low libido etc. It also improves cardiovascular activities, bone health, joint pain, etc.

Other names: Epimedium, Barrenwort, Yin Yang Huo etc.

Horny goat weed

Horny goat weed-Epimedium- Barrenwort- Yin Yang Huo

How does Horny Goat Weed work?

Horny goat weed’s active ingredient is icariin. Icariin boosts the production of nitric oxide. During a male sexual arousal, nitric oxide signals a chemical named cGMP that relaxes the penile muscles to cause more blood flow to insert the penis to cause an erection. So, horny goat weed improves the blood flow in the penis that leads to a better and long lasting erection. 

Also, icariin contains anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative etc. properties that improve the blood circulation. 

Erectile dysfunction and Horny Goat Weed

Horny goat supplements are widely used as a herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction or ED. ED is a sexual inability where a man cannot produce or maintain an erection strong enough to conduct penetrative sex. In ED patients a protein named phosphodiesterase-5 or PDE5, disturbs the nitric oxide, which is necessary for a satisfactory erection. The icariin in horny goat weed enhances the nitric oxide production and blocks the PDE5. This improves erection size, frequency and duration. 

Research

Research or studies of horny goat weed’s effects on humans are very limited. But there are authentic animal studies that prove the effectiveness of icariin. 

In a clinical study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the researchers discovered that rats that received treatment with icariin experienced improved erectile function. 

Another study shows that icariin is effective in inhibiting PDE5. PDE5 is responsible for causing erectile dysfunction in men. By inhibiting this enzyme, icariin improves erectile function. 

Health benefits of Horny Goat Weed

  • Treats weak bones
  • Treats osteoporosis
  • Cures low sexual desire
  • Treats Atherosclerosis
  • Controls blood pressure levels
  • Cures Hay fever
  • Cures menopause symptoms
  • Lowers HIV risks
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Reduces risks of certain cancers

Horny Goat Weed Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

  • In cases of erectile dysfunction and atherosclerosis, the recommended dose is 5 grams 3 times everyday. (1)
  • For the treatment of hay fever, the recommended dose is to boil 500 milligrams of epimedium into 250 milliliters of water for 10 minutes and consume it 3 times per day. (1)

Side effects of Horny Goat Weed

The possible side effects of horny goat weed may include:

  • Nausea
  • Fast or irregular heartbeats
  • Feeling dizzy and thirsty
  • Feeling hot and sweating
  • Slow blood clotting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Feeling irritated
  • May increase estrogen levels
  • Increase the risk of bleeding etc.

Also overdosing or taking horny goat weed for a long time may also be labeled as unsafe. 

What other drugs interact with Horny Goat Weed?

Medicines that may interact with horny goat weed are:

  • Belimumab
  • Cortisone
  • Prednison
  • Dexamethasone
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Cytochrome P450 substrates etc. 

This information does not contain all the side effects or interactions of horny goat weed. Consult your doctor or pharmacist with your prescription to check if this herb is suited for you or not.

What are the risks of taking Horny goat weed?

  • Horny goat weed works as blood thinners, so it slows down the blood clotting time. If you are on slow blood clotting medications (like anticoagulants) the combination might get dangerous if you get wounded or injured. Especially avoid this herb at least 2 weeks before having any kind of surgery.
  • This herb lowers blood pressure levels, if you are taking medications for high blood pressure the combination might lower your blood pressure too much.
  • This herb boosts estrogen production, if you have hormone sensitive cancer (like breast or uterine cancer) the situation might get worse.
  • Avoid using this herb if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

2.What is Tribulus Terrestris?

Tribulus terrestris is a tree that’s fruit, leaf, root are used as medicine to treat sexual health, heart issues, and to boost athletic stamina. It is an ayurvedic herb. It is usually found in several parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East etc. 

Other names: Caltrop, Puncture Vine, Gokshura etc.

Tribulus terrestris

Tribulus terrestris-Caltrop- Puncture Vine-Gokshura etc

How does Tribulus Terrestris work?

A component of tribulus terrestris –tribulosin found to improve heart health. The fruits of this plant are rich with antioxidants which protect the cells from oxidative stress, aging effects and damages.

Male libido and Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris is a very popular general dietary supplement for its potential health benefits. But this herb is mostly known for increasing male sexual desire and function. This herb boosts the androgen receptor sensitivity that enhances the libido. Androgen refers to the sex hormones which are responsible for male sexual and reproductive function. So by boosting the androgen receptor’s sensitivity, tribulus terrestris enhances male libido and function of sexual organs. 

Research

In a clinical study on the efficacy of tribulus terrestris on male sexual dysfunction, 180 men (ages between 18-65) with and without Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) were given doses of tribulus for 12 weeks. After 12 weeks the male participants who received tribulus showed significant improvement in erectile function than the placebo users. 

Another study on aphrodisiac effects of tribulus on female sexual dysfunction found that 250 mg of tribulus for 90 days caused a significant improvement in the 88.33% of female participants’ sexual function.

Another double blinded study on tribulus, examined its effects on females with type-2 diabetes. After three months, the results stated that participants who received tribulus experienced lower blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels than the placebo users. 

Health benefits of Tribulus Terrestris

  • Improves sexual satisfaction in ED patients
  • Increases libido or sexual desire especially in women
  • Improves women’s ability to reach orgasm
  • Treats chest pain or angina
  • Cures eczema 
  • Keeps the prostate healthy
  • Increases physical performance ability
  • Lowers blood sugar levels 
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Treats urinary stones
  • Improves menstrual cycle regularity
  • Protects from blood vessel damages
  • Keeps the urinary tract healthy

Tribulus Terrestris Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

The dosage of tribulus varies depending on the health issues and individuals. 

  • In a clinical study of tribulus’s effects on diabetic patients, 100 mg per day was given to lower the blood sugar levels. (2)
  • Another research on tribulus to check its effectiveness on libido enhancement showed 250-1500 mg per day boosts sexual desire greatly. (3)
  • Also, doses depend on the individual’s body weight, 4.5-9 mg per pound or 10-20 mg per kg. (4)

Side effects of Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris consumption is considered safe when taken for the highest 90 days and in proper dosage. It has no adverse or major side effects. But it may cause some minor side effects like:

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Cramps 
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Sleeping problems
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding etc.

What other drugs interact with Tribulus Terrestris?

  • Glimepiride
  • Glyburide
  • Insulin
  • Pioglitazone
  • Chlorpropamide 
  • Tolbutamide 
  • Lithium etc.

What are the risks of taking Tribulus terrestris?

One should be cautious about consuming tribulus terrestris if he/she takes any following medications:

  • Tribulus lowers blood sugar levels. If you are taking medications for diabetes, the combination might reduce the blood sugar levels drastically.
  • As tribulus terrestris is used to cure kidney stones, it works like a water pill or diuretic. If you take lithium, tribulus may decrease its effects.
  • Avoid taking it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

3.What is Astragalus Root?

Astragalus root is a traditional Chinese medicine that boosts the immune system. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. This herb is also used to treat common health problems like cold, diabetes, allergies etc. 

Other names: Milk Vetch, Huang Qi etc. 

Astragalus root

Astragalus Root Milk Vetch Huang Qi

How does astragalus root work?

Astragalus has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. This stimulates the immune system and boosts the immune system function. The oxidants protect the body cells from free radicals. Free radicals damage body cells and cause different health issues like aging symptoms, cancer, atherosclerosis, inflammatory diseases etc. Astragalus helps to prevent these health issues to some extent.

Research

In a clinical study, astragalus has been proven to improve heart function and cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis. Astragalus reduces the aortic fatty streaks which are responsible for causing atherosclerosis by blocking the arteries. As a result, the blood vessels pump more blood into the heart and decreases the risks of cardiovascular diseases. 

Another study proves that astragalus contains immune-modulating properties that boosts the immune system. It cures infections and chronic issues in the immune system. It also reduces immune hypersensitivity and fights against autoimmune diseases. 

Another 6 weeks clinical study on astragalus showed significant therapeutic effect on seasonal allergic rhinitis. In the study astragalus has been proven to cure rhinitis symptoms like runny nose, common cold, sneezing and stuffiness.

Health benefits of Astragalus Root

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Treats fatigue
  • Heals common cold
  • Treats allergies
  • Controls diabetes or blood sugar levels
  • Improves blood circulation and heart function
  • Improves kidney function
  • Fights the side effects of cancer drugs
  • Cures chest pain or angina
  • Cures Hay fever 

Astragalus Root Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. This herb can be found in capsules and liquid extracts. Different researches found the following doses to be effective for specific issues:

  • For blood sugar control 40-60 grams as decoction for 4 months everyday. (5)
  • For kidney infections 7.5-15 grams of powdered astragalus twice per day for 6 months. (6)
  • For seasonal allergic rhinitis 80 mg capsules of astragalus twice daily for 6 weeks. (7)

Side effects of Astragalus Root

Astragalus is generally considered safe to consume. It might cause minor side effects in some cases: 

  • Nausea 
  • Rash 
  • Itching
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose etc. 

What other drugs interact with Astragalus Root?

  • Lithium  
  • Cyclophosphamide 
  • Immunosuppressants drugs etc.

What are the risks of taking Astragalus Root?

You should avoid taking astragalus root if:

  • Astragalus root boosts the immune system function. So if you have any autoimmune disease or if you are taking any immunosuppressants medications, you should avoid taking astragalus. 
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Also, if you take astragalus through IV or injection, side effects like irregular heartbeats or fast heartbeat can bother you. 

4.What is Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha?

Withania Somnifera is a bushlike evergreen plant that is found in India, Middle East and in parts of Africa. Its root and berry are used as medicine to cure issues like stress, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease etc. 

Other names: Ashwagandha, Indian Ginseng, Winter Cherry etc.

Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha

Withania Somnifera-ashwagandha-Indian Ginseng-Winter Cherry

How does withania somnifera work?

This herb works as an adaptogen that helps the body to manage stress and fight depression symptoms. This herb lowers the cortisol levels and reduces adrenaline effects. It is also an anti osteoarthritis plant that prevents arthritis symptoms. It contains potent antioxidant properties that protect the body cells from damages of free radicals. Its antiinflammatory effects protect the body from infections and cancers. It also has nephroprotective effects that boosts kidney function.

Research

In a clinical study on ashwagandha root supplementation on type-2 diabetic patients, this herb showed significant effect on improving the subjects’ health issues. In this 30 days study, ashwagandha reduced blood glucose levels and cholesterol level in the participants. It also functioned as a diuretic to help the kidneys release more sodium into the urine, so that the blood pressure reduces. 

In another double-blinded, placebo controlled study on ashwagandha showed to reduce stress and anxiety in participants. In this 2 months study, the extract was proven to reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone in the body that increases glucose levels in the body and causes anxiety, depression, stress and diabetes. In the study, ashwagandha significantly lowered stress and anxiety in the participants in comparison to the placebo controlled team without causing any adverse side effects. 

Health benefits of Withania Somnifera

  • Controls diabetes or blood sugar levels
  • Reduce cortisol levels and cures stress
  • Improves anxiety and fatigue
  • Works as anti-cancer herb
  • Reduces inflammation 
  • Improves arthritis
  • Relieves pain and epilepsy
  • Boosts testosterone and male fertility
  • Increases muscle strength
  • Improves memory and brain function 

Withania Somnifera Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

This herb can be found in capsule, powder and in liquid extract form.

  • 250-600 mg of withania somnifera can help to reduce stress. (8)

Side effects of Withania Somnifera

Withania somnifera or Ashwagandha is considered to be safe when consumed for 3 months. Though no adverse effects have been found in long-term usage, it might cause minor side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramp etc.

What other drugs interact with Withania Somnifera?

  • Immunosuppressants 
  • Sedative medications 
  • Thyroid boosting pills
  • CNS depressants etc.

What are the risks of taking Withania Somnifera?

  • Ashwagandha boosts the function of the immune system. So, if you have autoimmune disease or if you are on immunosuppressants this herb can cause reactions.
  • Avoid taking it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • This herb slows down the central nervous system. So, if you are going for any surgery that requires anesthesia you should stop taking ashwagandha at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. Otherwise the combination might get dangerous.

5.What is Muira Puama?

Muira Puama is a bush that’s wood and roots are used to increase sexual desire. It is usually found in the Amazon region. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. It is also known for curing issues like menstrual disorders, joint pain, paralysis, erectile dysfunction etc.

Other names: Potency wood, Marapuama, Ptychopetalum olacoides, Ptychopetalum uncinatum etc. 

Muira Puama

Muira puama-Potency wood- Marapuama-Ptychopetalum olacoides- Ptychopetalum uncinatum

How does Muira puama work?

Muira puama is a natural aphrodisiac that improves sexual function and activity. It also works as an adaptogen that protects the body from the negative effects of aging. Adaptogen also relieves stress and oxidative stress damage. It improves male and sexual libido or sex drive.

Muira puama and erectile dysfunction

Muira puama is considered as a potency wood especially in Asia and in many other regions in  the world. This is believed to be the best amazonian folk medicine that gives the harder erections and improves sexual desire. Its aphrodisiac properties improve blood flow in the penis. Also improve erectile capacity and frequency.

According to the Translational Andrology and Urology (TAU), Muira puama is the most popular natural aphrodisiac in Asia that increases libido and improves penile hardness. It works as a nerve stimulant that increases the mental ability to receive sexual stimuli and physical sensation to enjoy sexual intercourse. It also improves sexual performance issues.

Research

In a clinical study on rats, combination of muira puama and other ingredients (ginger, paullinia cupana, l-citrulline) made the penile muscle cells smooth and reverse corporal veno-occlusive dysfunction (CVOD) which is the primary cause of erectile dysfunction. The study found that m.puama improved sexual performance in rats and reversed the symptoms of erectile dysfunction due to aging.

In another study on 202 healthy women with low sex drive, a combination of muira puamam and ginkgo biloba was proven to work greatly. After one month of treatment, 65% of the participants reported significant improvements in frequency of sexual desires, sexual fantasies and satisfaction in sexual intercourse. The combination increased the female participants’ ability to reach orgasm and made the orgasms more intense. 

Health benefits of Muira Puama

  • Boosts sex drive or libido
  • Improves male erectile function
  • Improves joint pain or rheumatism
  • Cures loss of appetite
  • Heals upset stomach
  • Improves depression
  • Improves memory in older people
  • Improves aging related brain function
  • Improves menstrual and premenstrual syndromes

Muira Puama Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

Side effects of Muira Puama

There are no known side effects of muira puama. In some cases, this herb can cause sleep problems and loss of muscle coordination.

What other drugs interact with Muira Puama?

There is no known interaction of muira puama with other drugs. We’d suggest avoiding using this herb if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to be on the safe side. 

What are the risks of taking Muira Puama?

There are no known or researched risk factors of muira puama. Consult your healthcare expert before taking this herb.

6.What is Bioperine or Black Pepper Extract?

Bioperine is the extract of black pepper or piper nigrum. It is popularly known for increasing the absorption rate of other ingredients in the body. It also contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. 

Other names: Black pepper, black pepper extract, piper nigrum etc.

Bioperine or Black Pepper

Bioperine-Black pepper- black pepper extract-piper nigrum

How does Bioperine work?

Piperine is the active compound of black pepper extract that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The antioxidant protects the body from oxidative damage of free radicals. The inflammatory properties reduce inflammation and infarction. Piperine boosts the function of digestive enzymes which help our bodies to digest faster and easily. It also has anticonvulsant properties. 

Black pepper extract and erectile dysfunction

The active compound in black pepper extract -piperine works as a vasodilator. Vasodilators are drugs that widen the blood vessels. Piperine widens the blood vessels that causes better and improved blood flow in the body. Erectile dysfunction or ED occurs due to the poor blood flow in the penis during sexual arousal. Relaxed and wide blood vessels allow more blood flow in the penile chambers which causes stronger erections along with bigger penis size. That’s how black pepper extract improves erectile frequency and quality and cures erectile dysfunction in men. 

Research 

In a clinical experiment on male albino rats, black pepper extract showed to cure erectile dysfunction and low libido. In this 55- days study, black pepper extract positively affected sexual drive and increased levels of testosterone in the rats.

In another clinical study, piperine’s anti-inflammatory properties were proven to improve inflammation caused by seasonal allergies. 

Several studies showed that piperine improves brain function. It’s anti-inflammatory properties play a big role in curing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumor growth, multiple sclerosis, and meningitis. (10, 11)

Health benefits of Bioperine 

  • Cures erectile dysfunction
  • Boosts sex drive
  • Cures bronchitis
  • Improves bacterial infection
  • Prevents the damages of free radicals
  • Improves gut health
  • Cures asthma and sinus infection
  • Controls diabetes and lowers cholesterol
  • Improves diarrhea and gas
  • Treats depression and dizziness
  • Cures vitiligo and scabies
  • Increases absorption rates of essential nutrients
  • Improves the absorption rate and effectiveness of medications etc.

Bioperine Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

Studies about the doses of black pepper extract are limited. Black pepper extract or powder is usually taken with cooked foods. 

  • In a research on piperine supplementation, 5-20 mg of piperine supplement dose per day appeared to be safe and effective. (9)

Side effects of Bioperine 

There are no found negative side effects of black pepper extract. It is considered safe to consume normal amounts of bioperine both in foods and cooking. But taking a large number of bioperine can cause burning sensations in the throat and stomach. Also, taking large amounts of black pepper by mouth (without any food) can choke you by getting into the lungs suddenly. 

What other drugs interact with Bioperine?

Bioperine increases the absorption rates of medications. This can be helpful for medications that take too much time to break down but it can lead to dangerously high absorption of powerful medications too. It can also increase the side effects of harmful ingredients of prescription medications. Therefore; be cautious about combining the following medicines with black pepper extract:

  • Lithium
  • Propranolol
  • Rifampin
  • Phenytoin
  • Theophylline
  • Carbamazepine etc. 

What are the risks of taking Bioperine?

  • It can slow down how fast the liver breaks down medications. So, if you are taking medications that are changed by the liver, the combination might cause side effects.
  • If you are taking any medications or supplements, bioperine might enhance its action through better and faster absorption. This can bring about serious side effects.

7.What is Mucuna Pruriens?

Mucuna pruriens is a legume or bean-like plant that grows in tropical Africa and Asia. It contains aphrodisiac properties. This herb is widely used to help male infertility issues, Parkinson disease, joint and muscle pain etc. 

Other names: Cowhage, velvet beans, cowitch etc.

Mucuna pruriens

Mucuna pruriens-Cowhage- velvet beans-cowitch

How does Mucuna Pruriens work?

Mucuna pruriens contains Levodopa or L-Dopa which is the precursor of dopamine. L-Dopa gets changed into dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter that plays several vital roles in improving mood, sleep, memory, and mental alertness. It boosts appetite, motivation and sex drive. Dopamine also plays an essential role in calming the nervous system. That’s why it is considered as an effective medication to treat parkinson disease which occurs due to low dopamine levels in the brain.  

Mucuna Pruriens treats erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and male infertility

Mucuna pruriens is a natural aphrodisiac that improves male virility. Its active compound L-Dopa or dopamine improves male sexual function. It improves erectile function and cures premature ejaculation in men. L-Dopa also improves testosterone levels in men. 

In several clinical studies, mucuna pruriens have been proven to treat male infertility issues on different parameters. It increases sperm concentration and motility in infertile men. Even in oligospermia (a male infertility issue that is caused by low sperm count) patients, mucuna successfully restored normal sperm concentration  levels. 

Research 

In a study mucuna pruriens has been proven to improve male erectile dysfunction. It’s component L-Dopa or dopamine works as a neurotransmitter which positively impacts sexual motivation and male genital arousal. The study reveals, dopamine also controls male sexual behaviour and sexual function.

Another clinical study on rats showed that mucuna pruriens extract cures premature ejaculation. The study reported that m.pruriens produced a significant and sustained increase in sexual activity and endurance in normal male rats. The result of the study showed that the subjects experienced delay in ejaculation and the refractory period was also decreased. 

A clinical study on 120 fertile and infertile men showed mucuna pruriens seed powder  improved sperm concentration and motility in infertile participants. 

A double blinded clinical and pharmacological study showed that powder of mucuna pruriens seeds were proven as a better substitute for parkinson disease than conventional L-Dopa preparations. 

Health benefits of Mucuna Pruriens

  • Boosts sperm production in the testes
  • Cures erectile dysfunction
  • Treats symptoms of premature ejaculation
  • Enhances testosterone production
  • Cures Parkinson disease
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Relieves stress, anxiety and depression
  • Releases dopamine and improves mood
  • Improves male fertility by increasing sperm concentration and motility

Mucuna Pruriens Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement.

The powdered preparation of mucuna pruriens is considered safe to be consumed for upto 20 weeks.

  • To increase sperm count, 5 grams of mucuna pruriens powder per day for 3 months was found to be effective.
  • 200-500 mg of mucuna pruriens with cooked food or upto 1000 mg of this herb per day is found to be safe. 

Side effects of Mucuna Pruriens

Overdosing can cause the following effects: 

  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • High blood pressure
  • Agitation 
  • Heavy heartbeat
  • Confusion etc. 

If applied to skin the hair of mucuna can cause irritation, burning sensation, itchiness, swelling etc. 

What other drugs interact with Mucuna Pruriens?

  • Antidepressants drugs
  • Antipsychotic drugs
  • Medications to control blood pressure -Methyldopa
  • Medications to lower blood sugar levels
  • Anesthetic drugs and anesthesia during surgery etc. 

What are the risks of taking Mucuna Pruriens?

Do not use this herb if:

  • If you have any liver related diseases, don’t use this herb. It might make the liver damage worse.
  • L-Dopa lowers blood sugar levels. So if you are taking diabetes medications, the combination might drop the sugar levels too low. 
  • This herb lowers blood pressure levels. If you have heart or cardiovascular diseases, your medications might interact with mucuna doses. 
  • Levodopa may increase the melanin levels in skin. Extra melanin can cause skin issues and cancer. 
  • People with peptic ulcers should also avoid using cowhage. As L-Dopa might increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with ulcers.

8.What is Damiana?

Damiana is a natural aphrodisiac that boosts sexual health and treats symptoms of anxiety and diabetes. It’s mostly found in parts of America, Mexico and Caribbean. 

Other names: Turnera diffusa, aphrodisiaca, Damiane etc.

Damiana

Damiana-Turnera diffusa- aphrodisiaca-Damiane

How does Damiana work?

Damiana is a potent aphrodisiac. Its flavonoid compounds in the leaves increase the function and sensitivity of sexual organs, especially in females. It works as a stimulant that increases sex drive, cures kidney, bladder and urinary tract issues. Its anecdotal properties cures stomach issues, diabetes and anxiety symptoms. Damiana also has mild diuretic effects that help to flush out the system. 

Damiana improves male stamina in bed

Damiana is an ancient aphrodisiac that has been widely used to cure erectile dysfunction and low libido. Many believe that damianan can improve sexual dysfunction and boost normal testosterone levels, more human trials are necessary to prove this theory. However; damiana has been clinically proven to boost sexual stamina in exhausted male rats and reduce the refractory period after an ejaculation. 

Research 

In a clinical study, 80 mg of Turnera diffusa or damiana extract has shown to impact the sexaul behaviour of (sexually) exhausted male rats. The extract increased the rats’ stamina to engage in a second round of sexual intercourse with their partner within a lower than normal refractory period. This indicates that the extract not only improved sexual stamina but also significantly reduced the post ejaculatory interval period. 

Health benefits of Damiana

  • Increases male sexual stamina
  • Improves sexual desire in female
  • Reduces vaginal dryness
  • Cures constipation
  • Cures headache and depression
  • Keeps the kidney healthy
  • Treats upset stomach due to tension
  • Increases frequency of sexual orgasm
  • Aids weight loss and weight management
  • Treats bladder and urinary tract issues

Damiana Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement.

Damiana is being sold as dried leaves and as capsules. The usual guideline or steps to consume damiana is to take 2-4 grams of dried leaves and boil it in water for 10-15 minutes. You can drink this tea 3 times a day. Or you can also take capsules of similar dosage. 

You can smoke damiana leaves (which is not advised) but it is known as a hallucinogen. A 200 grams dose of damiana has been reported to cause hallucinations in consumers. 

Side effects of Damiana

  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Sleeping problems
  • Hallucinations (dose of 200 grams)

What other drugs interact with Damiana?

  • Damiana can interact with medications for diabetics. 

What are the risks of taking Damiana?

Avoid taking damiana if:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are taking medications to lower blood sugar levels avoid using this herb. The combination might reduce the sugar levels too low.
  • If you are going to have any surgery, stop taking damiana at least 2 weeks before the operation. As damiana affects the blood glucose levels, it can disturb the blood glucose control during and after the surgery. 

9.What is Maca Root?

Maca is a Peruvian plant that’s root is traditionally used to enhance fertility, sexual desire and stamina. Maca root is highly nutritious and is usually dried and turned into powder to consume. 

Other names: Lepidium meyenii, Peruvian ginseng etc. 

Damiana

Damiana-Turnera diffusa- aphrodisiaca-Damiane

How does maca root work?

Maca is an adaptogenic plant that increases the body’s ability to fight damaging effects of stress, depression and anxiety and improves psychological function. It is rich in iron, potassium and iodine that boosts the healthy cells, improves metabolism and increases physical stamina. It also contains nutrients like calcium, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals which help the bones and memory. It improves both male and female fertility and treats postmenopausal symptoms. 

Maca root treats male infertility, erectile dysfunction and low libido

Several clinical studies and research on maca root clearly prove its effectiveness in curing different male sexual dysfunction. It significantly improves sexual desire in both male and females. Maca supplementations were found to improve mild erectile dysfunction. And most importantly, maca boosts semen quality in several parameters. As a result, male fertility and reproductive function improves. 

Research 

A 2016 review on maca root studies on male fertility reveals maca’s effectiveness in improving male fertility. Several studies showed that maca improves different semen parameters and semen quality. It also boosts sperm mobility. All these studies indicate its ability to boost male fertility.

A double blinded clinical trial on maca showed positive impact on male patients with mild erectile dysfunction. 2400 mg of maca dry extract for 12 weeks significantly improved the general and sexual wellbeing in the participants along with curing erectile dysfunction in comparison to the placebo users.

A 2010 review on the studies of maca revealed that it improves sexual desire or libido in both males and females.

Health benefits of Maca Root

  • Increases libido in men
  • Treats erectile dysfunction
  • Improves male fertility
  • Enhances energy and performance
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Treats symptoms of menopause
  • Fights free radicals
  • Reduces sun damage
  • Treats Alzheimer’s disease 
  • Improves memory and learning ability
  • Relieves depression and improves mood

Maca Root Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement.

Maca is available in powdered form, capsules and as liquid extract. It is usually considered safe as a food or supplement and there is no established optimal dose for this herb. But in the studies on maca root, the scientists used doses of 1.5-5 grams per day. 

Side effects of Maca Root

There are no known side effects of maca root. and modest amounts are unlikely to create any adverse implications. However, due to its effect on hormones, maca should be avoided by people who have thyroid problems.

What other drugs interact with Maca Root?

  • Avoid taking this herb if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Maca root acts like an estrogen. So if you have any estrogen or hormone sensitive diseases like breast or uterine cancer, avoid using maca root. 

What are the risks of taking Maca root?

  • If you have any estrogen sensitive health issues, avoid using maca root. 
  • If you take drugs to lower blood pressure levels, don’t take maca root. The  combination might drop the blood pressure levels too much. 

10.What is Stinging Nettle?

Stinging nettle is a common plant that grows in humid and fertile land. It is a popular herbal remedy for lower back pain, arthritis and seasonal cold related allergies. Stunning nettle leaves can create a burning sensation when touched, that’s why they need to be dried or processed to be consumed. 

Other names: Urtica dioica, common nettle, stinger etc. 

Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle Urtica dioica-common nettle- stinger

How does stinging nettle work?

Stinging nettle is a powerful diuretic that treats kidney problems, purifies blood and removes uric acid from the body. It contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidant properties protect the body cells from oxidative damage. It also has psychoactive effects which treat the signs of stress, anxiety and depression. Anti-inflammatory properties relieve pain and inflammation and treat medical conditions like arthritis, rheumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis etc. 

Research 

A double- blinded, placebo controlled, randomized clinical trial was conducted on urtica dioica or stinging nettle’s effect on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). After this 60 days comparative study the result showed that stinging nettle positively affects the treatment of symptomatic BPH as it changes testosterone levels and reduces prostate size in the participants in comparison with the placebo team. 

Stinging nettle’s anti-inflammatory effects have been proven by a study. Another clinical study showed urtica dioica extract has therapeutic and positive effects in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. 

Health benefits of Stinging Nettle

 

  • Keeps the prostate healthy 
  • Treats Hay fever
  • Reduces bleeding
  • Improves liver health
  • Protects cells from free radicals
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Heals wound and burn
  • Treats urinary tract infections
  • Fights chronic inflammation or infections

Stinging Nettle Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement.

  • For diabetes 500 mg of stinging nettle leaf extract three times everyday for 12 weeks.
  • Also for blood sugar control 3.3 grams of stinging nettle leaf three times everyday for 8 weeks. 
  • For osteoarthritis 9 grams of stinging nettle leaf oil on affected areas everyday. 

Side effects of Stinging Nettle

Processed stinging nettle leaves – dried or cooked is considered safe to consume for upto 2 years. Also, in rare cases consuming stinging nettle can cause minor side effects like:

  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation etc.

However; touching the fresh stinging nettle leaves can cause:

  • Skin irritation
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Bumps
  • Hives etc.

What other drugs interact with Stinging Nettle?

Stinging nettle doses can interact with the following medications:

  • Medications for diabetes
  • Medications for blood pressure
  • Medications for heart diseases
  • Sedative medications
  • Blood thinners
  • Lithium etc. 

What are the risks of taking Stinging nettle?

 

  • Avoid using it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you take diabetes medications, the combination might lower your blood sugar levels too much.
  • If you take medications to control high blood pressure, the combination might cause adverse effects
  • If you have kidney problems, consult health care professionals before using stinging nettle.

11.What is Ginseng?

Ginseng is a popular herbal remedy used for centuries because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient is also known for improving male erectile function, anxiety, diabetes and cholesterol. The 2 most popular type of ginseng are: 

  1. Korean or Chinese ginseng (Panax Ginseng)
  2. American ginseng (Ginseng Quinquefolius)

Other names: Asian ginseng, asiatic ginseng etc. 

Ginseng

Ginseng-Asian ginseng-asiatic ginseng -red Ginseng-korean Ginseng-american Ginseng

How does ginseng work?

Asian ginseng or panax ginseng contains many powerful properties, among which ginsenosides is the most active one. Ginsenosides have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-tumor effects. Ginseng is also known as a natural aphrodisiac that boosts the nitric oxide levels in the body and improves male erectile function and boosts sexual desire in both men and women. Ginseng also treats neurological diseases and increases brain function. 

American ginseng contains ginsenosides and polysaccharides that lowers the blood pressure and improves the immune system.  

Korean red ginseng and erectile dysfunction

Men with ED cannot produce or maintain penile erections to perform satisfactory sex. Several clinical trials and clinical studies have proven that korean red ginseng or saian ginseng can cure erectile dysfunction in men. In a 2002 clinical trial, korean ginseng has been proven to be an effective alternative to erectile dysfunction drugs. Also some similar studies on red ginseng established that it’s aphrodisiac properties increases erection size and frequency. Panax ginseng boosts the production of nitric oxide in the body which widens the blood vessels to allow more blood flow in the penis. This results in a bigger and stronger erection. 

Research 

Several clinical studies have been conducted on the therapeutic effects of panax ginseng in treating erectile dysfunction in men. 

According to a clinical study, patients who received panax ginseng extract reported experiencing better penile hardness and girth, improved libido and increased sexual satisfaction than the other 2 groups who received ED medications and placebo. 60% patients were proven to be more satisfied with their erectile function after using ginseng while only 30% patients with ED drugs reported the same way. 

In few clinical studies, panax ginseng has been proven to enhance the nitric oxide levels in the body. This results in better blood circulation in the body which also reduces blood pressure. Boost in nitric oxide production improves blood flow in the penis during erections that results in better sexual arousals. 

Another study in Korea shows that regular intake of ginseng reduces the risks of certain cancers. The researchers found that patients who consume ginseng regularly had lower risks of experiencing cancers in areas like lip, esophageal, colorectal, stomach, liver, laryngeal, lungs and ovaries. 

Health benefits of Ginseng

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Treats erectile dysfunction
  • Cures inflammation and flu
  • Increases physical energy
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Improves brain function
  • Lowers blood pressure

Ginseng Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement.

In different clinical studies on panax ginseng, a variety of doses have been used to check its effectiveness on different diseases or health conditions. 

  • To improve erectile dysfunction (ED), 1400-2700 mg of panax ginseng (divided into 2-3 doses) per day for 12 weeks. 
  • To increase sexual stimuli, 3 grams of korean ginseng daily for 8 weeks.
  • To treat diabetes, 100-200 mg of american ginseng daily (at least 2 hours before meal) for 8 weeks. 

Side effects of Ginseng

Ginseng is widely used and very well tolerated. However, asian or korean ginseng may cause the following side effects:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Breast pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Agitation 
  • Menstrual problems
  • Increase in blood pressure 
  • Increase the side effects of caffeine etc. 

Also, American ginseng may cause sleeping problems, nervousness etc. 

 

What other drugs interact with Ginseng?

  • Diuretics 
  • Blood thinners
  • Certains antidepressants
  • Antiplatelet medications
  • NSAID or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs etc. 

What are the risks of taking Ginseng?

Avoid taking ginseng if:

  • If you take blood pressure medications
  • If you have heart problems
  • If you have overactive immune system disorder
  • If you have any condition that can get affected by estrogen etc. 

12.What is Asparagus adscendens

Asparagus adscendens is an Indian Ayurvedic herb that helps to improve stamina, emotional and physical stress. This herb comes with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that boosts the immune-system and takes care of diabetes, upset stomach and cold. 

Other names: Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus, Shatamull etc.  

Asparagus adscendens

Asparagus adscendens-Shatavari- Asparagus racemosus- Shatamull

How does Asparagus Adscendens work?

Asparagus adscendens is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body to manage physical and mental stresses. This herb has antioxidant effects that fight the oxidative damages. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which keeps the immune system healthy, treats ulcers, cough etc. It also works as a diuretic and cures kidney stones. 

Research 

In a 2010 study on rats, 3200 mg of shatavari have been found to work as a diuretic without causing any toxicity. So it lowers blood pressure levels by working as a water pill. 

In a 2004 study, shatavari has been proven to increase antibodies in treated animals in comparison with the untreated ones. Thus it also improves general health and immune response in the study subjects.

A 2003 review of the clinical studies on asparagus racemosus showed that this herb positively impacts the respiratory system, and cardiovascular activities. Also, it performs as an antineoplastic, antihepatotoxic, and immunomodulatory drug without causing any severe side effects or toxicity. 

Health benefits of Asparagus Adscendens

  • Boosts immune system
  • Treats inflammation and ulcers
  • Works as a diuretic (fluid retention)
  • Aids anti-aging 
  • Cures anxiety and depression
  • Cures constipation and diarrhea
  • Maintains blood sugar levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Treats kidney stones
  • Prevents cough
  • Prevents cells from free radical damage etc.

Asparagus Adscendens Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement.

Asparagus adscendens can be found in powdered, tablet and liquid form. 

  • Each tablet usually comes with a dosage of 500 mg, and the user can consume this upto twice per day. 
  • To prevent kidney stones, 4-5 milliliters of shatavari root liquid extract three times per day. 

Side effects of Asparagus Adscendens

Asparagus adscendens may cause an allergic reaction to someone. Discontinue using it if you experience any of the following conditions while taking asparagus adscendens supplements: 

  • Rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Faster heartbeat
  • Difficulty in breathing etc. 

What other drugs interact with Asparagus Adscendens?

  • Medications for diabetes
  • Diuretic medications etc. 

What are the risks of taking Asparagus Adscendens?

 

  • If you are taking any medications for diabetes, the combination might lower your blood sugar levels too much.
  • This herb works as a water pill. If you are taking any diuretic pills consult with your doctor before consuming shatavari.

13.What is Pygeum Africanum

Pygeum africanum is a native African evergreen tree. Its bark is scientifically proven to cure prostate enlargement issues, general inflammation and kidney diseases. 

Other names: Pygeum, African plum tree, Prunus africanum etc.

Pygeum africanum

Pygeum-Africanum-Pygeum-African-plum-tree-Prunus-africanu

How does Pygeum Africanum work?

Pygeum contains active ingredients like ferulic acid, phytosterols, triterpenes etc. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that boosts other antioxidants in the body. It has anti-aging effects and fights against free radicals damages. Phytosterol works to decrease cholesterol levels and fights against prostate, breast, kidney and other cancers. Triterpenes cures symptoms of enlarged prostate and prevents diabetic complications. This is also considered as one of the most powerful libido boosters. 

Research

According to a 2012 clinical study, oral intake of pygeum africanum has been proven effective in treating symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The study found out that pygeum can slow down the growth of cultured myofibroblasts prostatic cells. As a result it cures BPH which also made the researchers believe that pygeum can also slow down the growth of cancerous cells in the prostate. 

Many consider pygeum as a libido enhancer but there is limited clinical research to establish this theory. An old study from 1991, showed that 200 mg of pygeum africanum doses for 90 days showed significant improvement in patients with sexual disorders. As pygeum improves prostate health, it also boosts the sexual desire. 

Health benefits of Pygeum Africanum

  • Increases sexual desire
  • Cures urinary problems
  • Treats kidney disease symptoms
  • Fights oxidative stress 
  • Treats symptoms of malaria
  • Heals stomach and fever
  • Treats benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Helps to treat prostate cancer
  • Cures inflammation
  • Cures bladder related complications in diabetic patients

Pygeum Africanum Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

  • The average recommended dose of pygeum is about 100-200 mg per day.
  • For treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), 75-200 mg per day for 15-120 days. 
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Side effects of Pygeum Africanum

Pygeum is generally considered safe when taken in appropriate doses. It may cause side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • diarrhea 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastric 
  • Constipation etc. 

What other drugs interact with Pygeum Africanum?

There is no scientific evidence to determine if pygeum interacts with medicinal products or not. 

What are the risks of taking Pygeum Africanum?

There is no known risk of taking pygeum africanum. But we’d suggest to avoid taking this herb if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

14.What is PGinkgo Biloba

Ginkgo is one of the oldest living trees that is usually found in China, Japan and Korea. In traditional Chinese medicine it’s leaves and seeds are used to treat anxiety, memory and vision problems. 

Other names: Maidenhair, Fossil tree, Ginkgo extract etc.

ginkgo biloba

ginkgo biloba-Maidenhair-Fossil tree-Ginkgo extract

How does Ginkgo Biloba work?

Ginkgo biloba contains potent antioxidant properties that improve brain function, cure stress and cell damages, treat psychiatric disorders and dementia. Its anti-inflammatory effects cures inflammation of heart disease, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer etc. Ginkgo also improves blood circulation in the body and enhances nitric oxide levels that boosts the blood flow to certains parts of the body. 

Ginkgo Biloba treats male sexual dysfunction

Ginkgo biloba boosts the nitric oxide (NO) levels in the blood. Nitric oxide widens the blood vessels that improves the blood circulation not only into the heart but also in the penis during penile erections. Therefore; ginkgo ensures full-stimulated erections and cures erectile dysfunction. 

Ginkgo also increases sexual desire in women. According to a study, it increases libido and enhances sensation in the female vagina during sexual intercourse. 

Research

In a 2008 clinical study, ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) has been proven to increase blood flow in 80 coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. The study showed that GBE increased the nitric oxide circulation in blood around 12% which immediately increased blood flow in certain body parts. This also established that ginkgo has the ability to treat male erectile dysfunction by allowing more blood flow in the penis. 

According to a recent study in 2017, ginkgo biloba leaves extract (EGB) improves several degenerative disorders. The EGB has been widely used to treat aging related issues like Alzheimer’s disease, cerebrovascular disease, macroangiopathy etc. Ginkgo also has antioxidants that work as anti-cancerous properties. 

Health benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Benefits heart health
  • Treats sexual dysfunction 
  • Treats vitiligo 
  • Fights inflammation 
  • Cures alzheimer’s disease
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Cures psychiatric disorders
  • Improves dementia and brain function
  • Improves memory, focus and attention
  • Reduces premenstrual symptoms
  • Neutralizes the damaging effects of free radicals

Ginkgo Biloba Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

Ginkgo is available as dried leaf, tablets and liquid extract. 

  • For Alzheimer’s disease 60-480 mg of ginkgo leaf extract, divided into 2-3 doses every day upto one year.

Side effects of Ginkgo Biloba

  • Dizziness
  • Allergic reaction
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain etc. 

What other drugs interact with Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo biloba can cause potential reaction if combined with the following medications:

  • Blood thinners -Ibuprofen
  • Antidepressants
  • Buspirone
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs 
  • Medications for diabetics 
  • Medications that are changed by the liver etc. 

What are the risks of taking Ginkgo Biloba?

  • Avoid taking ginkgo if you are allergic to plants that contain alkylphenols.
  • Ginkgo slows down blood clotting as it works as a blood thinner to improve blood flow. So, if you take any medications that slow blood clotting, the combination might become dangerous in cases of any injury. 
  • Ginkgo affects the brain function and activity, if you take any similar medicine, the combination may cause side effects.
  • It can also interact with medications to lower blood pressure.
  • Avoid taking this herb if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • In young children or infants, ginkgo is considered safe when given in little doses and for a short periods of time only. 

15.What is Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla is a tropical plant that’s root has been medicinally used to treat arthritis, STDs, kidney disease, skin problems etc. it is usually found in South America, Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras, West Indies, the Caribbean.

Other names: Salsaparrilha, Saparna, Khao yen etc. 

sarsaparilla

sarsaparilla-Saparna-Khao yen

How does Sarsaparilla work?

Sarsaparilla contains saponins. Saponins have antimicrobial properties that protect that body from bacteria, virus and fungi. It has antioxidant properties that fight the oxidative damages of body cells and oxidative stress. Sarsaparilla’s anti-inflammatory compound keeps the liver healthy, treats skin irritation, arthritis, and syphilis. It also improves the immune system function.

Sarsaparilla boosts libido

Sarsaparilla is widely used especially in China as an aphrodisiac and sexual stimulant. Many believe that it can increase sexual desire and treat various sexual dysfunction. But more clinical evidence is necessary to prove this theory. 

Research

A clinical study on rats showed that sarsaparilla has anticancer properties that affect the cell growth of tumor and cancer. It’s anti-tumor properties affect breast cancer and gastric cancer cells. 

Another study on rats showed that sarsaparilla reverses the liver damage and its antioxidant properties heal liver injuries in rats. 

Sarsaparilla has been widely used in China from ancient times to cure inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. According to a 2015 study, sarsaparilla’s anti-inflammatory properties have been proven to cure skin issues in psoriasis patients. 

Health benefits of Sarsaparilla

  • Boosts sex drive
  • Cures leprosy and syphilis
  • Treats arthritis, joint pain swelling 
  • Treats psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis
  • Contains anti-cancerous properties
  • Keeps liver healthy
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Prevents breast cancer
  • Improves the absorption rates of other supplements

Sarsaparilla Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

There is not enough scientific evidence to determine the appropriate dose of sarsaparilla. 

Side effects of Sarsaparilla

This herb is generally considered safe when taken in proper doses. Overdosing may cause side effects like kidney and stomach irritation.  

What other drugs interact with Sarsaparilla?

  • Diuretic medications
  • Digoxin etc. 

What are the risks of taking Sarsaparilla?

  • Avoid taking sarsaparilla if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Avoid this herb if you have any kidney diseases, the  condition might get worse.
  • If you have asthma or allergies, don’t use this herb.

16.What is Yohimbe?

Yohimbe is an evergreen tree found in parts of Africa. The bark of Yohimbe is used to make medicine. Yohimbe bark contains a chemical called yohimbine. Yohimbine is clinically studied and proven to improve male penis size during sexual arousals.

Other names: Yohimbine, johimbe, yohimbehe, corynanthe yohimbi, yohimbinum muriaticum etc. 

Yohimbe

Yohimbe-Yohimbine- johimbe-yohimbehe-corynanthe yohimbi-yohimbinum muriaticum

How does Yohimbe work?

The bark extract of yohimbe – yohimbe is the active ingredient here. It blocks the receptors called alpha-2 adrenergic receptors. These receptors are responsible for causing erectile dysfunction. Also, Yohimbine aids the weight loss process and reverses the sexual side effects caused by antidepressants. 

Yohimbe cures Erectile Dysfunction

Yohimbine positively enhances the release of nitric oxide levels in the body. This helps to dilate the penile blood vessels so that more blood can enter the penile chambers during the erection. Yohimbe is a proven natural remedy that works better than a placebo in treating erectile dysfunction without causing any harmful effects. 

Research 

In a 1 month double-blinded crossover study on yohimbine’s therapeutic effect, among 82 male patients with erectile dysfunction – 34% of subjects reported partial improvement and 20% of subjects reported full recovery from erectile dysfunction.

In a placebo controlled study on 20 obese female subjects, yohimbe was proven to perform well than the placebo to help losing weight. 

Health benefits of Yohimbe

  • Treats erectile dysfunction
  • Gives better sexual arousals
  • Helps to lose weight
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Promotes the release of nitric oxide 
  • Cures anxiety and depression etc. 

Yohimbe Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement.  

In several studies, 15-30 mg of Yohimbe bark extract has been used daily to treat different sexual issues. Yohimbe supplements are usually used for treating impotence and the prescription forms of yohimbine are restricted by the FDA. The tablets contain 5.4-10 mg of yohimbine which is safe to consume 3 times daily.

Yohimbe starts to work faster than other natural remedies. It usually takes about 2 weeks to show results. Consult your doctor to be certain about the dose you should take because an overdose of Yohimbe can cause adverse side effects. 

Side effects of Yohimbe

  • Irregular and fast heartbeats
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating 
  • Sleep problems
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Rash etc. 

What other drugs interact with Yohimbe?

  • Antidepressants 
  • Blood pressure medications 
  • Medications for brain and heart
  • Stimulant drugs etc. 

What are the risks of taking Yohimbe?

  • Avoid taking yohimbe if you have low blood pressure. It increases blood pressure levels. So, it can change the outcome of any blood pressure medications. 
  • If you are taking antidepressant drugs for depression or anxiety, yohimbe can interact with these medications. 

17.What is Licorice Root?

Licorice is a plant found in Western Asia and Southern Europe. Licorice root is one of the oldest herbal remedies for inflammation, upset stomach, upper respiratory problems, eczema etc.

Other names: Chinese licorice, Deglycyrrhized licorice, Can cao etc. 

Licorice

Licorice root-Chinese licorice, Deglycyrrhized licorice, Can cao

How does Licorice Root work?

Licorice root has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which cure upper respiratory infections, ulcers, inflammation , eczema etc. Also its antiviral properties treat sore throat, cold, cough and keeps the respiratory system clear. However, glycyrrhizin is the primary active compound of the licorice root. Consuming large amounts of glycyrrhizin for a long period can cause adverse side effects like elevated blood pressure and low potassium level. 

Research 

According to a 2012 study, licorice root has been proven to treat dyspepsia or indigestion. In this 30 days study, 75 mg of licorice root, twice a day has been given to the participants. Now this supplementation is considered as a safe and effective remedy for patients who are experiencing functional dyspepsia. 

A study on mice showed that licorice extract worked even better than the medications in treating peptic ulcers in mice. The study found that licorice increases the gastric mucosal defensive factors without causing any kind of toxicity or side effects in the body. 

Health benefits of Licorice Root

  • Treats bacterial and viral infections
  • Soothes sore throats
  • Treats peptic ulcer
  • Treats Hepatitis C
  • Protects tooth from decay
  • Heals ulcers and stomach pain
  • Cures acidity and indigestion
  • Heals skin issues like eczema, itching, inflammation
  • Prevents cancer cells growth in skin, breast, colorectal and prostate 

Licorice Root Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

Licorice root is considered safe when taken in little doses for a short period of time. It contains decyrrhzina and overdose of this compound can cause serious health issues. That’s why many licorice root supplements remove the glycyrrhizin and use deglycyrrhizinated licorice supplements. 

Side effects of Licorice Root

Overdose of glycyrrhizin in licorice root can cause the side effects:

  • Low potassium levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heartbeats
  • Weakness in muscles etc. 

What other drugs interact with Licorice Root?

  • Blood thinners
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Cholesterol medications
  • Diuretics
  • Estrogen pills
  • NSAIDS etc.

What are the risks of taking Licorice Root?

  • Avoid taking licorice root if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Avoid licorice if you have high blood pressure.
  • Avoid using licorice root if you have low potassium levels.
  • Don’t use it, if you have estrogen sensitive health diseases.

18.What is Pumpkin Seeds?

Pumpkin Seeds are full of nutrients and have a lot of health benefits. It is full of antioxidants and improves heart and prostate function. According to Nutrition data, 1 ounce or 28 grams serving of pumpkin seeds contains:

  • Manganese 42%
  • Magnesium 37%
  • Phosphorus 33%
  • Iron 23%
  • Copper 19%
  • Vitamin K 18%
  • Zinc 7%
  • Protein 7%
  • Carbs 5%
  • Fiber 1.7%

It also contains folate, B2, Calcium, Beta carotene, omega 6 fatty acids. 

Other name: Pepita.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds-Pepita

How does Pumpkin Seeds work?

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and magnesium. Zinc helps to improve semen count and male fertility. Magnesium is one of the most important body chemicals that lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels, lowers risk of diabetes, stroke and heart diseases. 

Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect body cells from oxidative stress and damages and keep the liver, bladder, bowel healthy. It also has anti-cancer properties that can stop growth of cancer cells in the breast and prostate. 

Research 

In a 12 months long study on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients, pumpkin seed oil has been proven to treat the symptoms of BPH. BPH is a male health issue where the prostate size gets enlarged and causes problems in urination and bladder control.  This study suggests to consider pumpkin seed oil as a safe and effective alternative to BPH medications. 

A 2012 observational study showed that taking pumpkin seed reduced the risk of experiencing breast cancer in post menopausal women. According to another study, pumpkin seeds also reduce the risk of colon, lung, breast prostate and stomach cancers. 

Health benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

  • Enhances sperm quality
  • Keeps prostate healthy
  • Improves bladder health
  • Protects cells from free radical damages
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves bone health
  • Protects skin from UV radiation
  • Improves heart and liver health
  •  Improves the immune system
  • Cures insomnia or sleep problems
  • Aids weight loss and helps digestion
  • Treats Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Pumpkin Seeds Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

You can buy pumpkin seeds in a grocery store or you can simply buy a pumpkin and get the seeds yourself. You can take raw or roasted seeds. There are also pumpkin seeds oil capsules and oils available in the market. 

  • For male pattern baldness, 400 mg of pumpkin seed oil in separate doses everyday.
  • For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), 5 grams of pumpkin seeds twice daily. 

Side effects of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seed is a safe and healthy food item. It doesn’t have any reported or well-known side effects. But pumpkin seeds are high in fibers. So eating a large amount at once can cause bloating and constipation. 

What other drugs interact with Pumpkin Seeds?

Pumpkin seeds might contain diuretic effects. So, it can interact with lithium. 

What are the risks of taking Pumpkin Seeds?

Pumpkin seeds are generally considered good for health. But if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor to make sure of the safe dosage of pumpkin seeds.

19.What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe vera is a popular medicinal plant that has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It is widely used for skin care purposes, like preventing wrinkles, improving skin’s texture, etc. It also has fast wound healing properties.

Other names: Indian aloe, first aid plant, true aloe etc. 

 

Aloe vera

Aloe vera-Indian aloe- first aid plant- true aloe

How does Aloe Vera work?

Aloe vera is rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Its gel or latex heals wounds and burns fast. It’s antibacterial properties treat acne and improve skin texture. Its gel also has laxative effects that improves bowel movement and cures constipation. It also aids weight loss by boosting digestion and bowel movement. 

How does aloe vera help erectile dysfunction?

Recent clinical studies on aloe vera show that it helps men to overcome erectile dysfunction and male infertility. A recent study on mice proves that aloe extract stimulates cell division and increases testosterone production, which cures erectile dysfunction.

Another study on mice shows that aloe gel reduces testicular toxicity. Testicular toxicity is one of the causes of erectile dysfunction. Removing this from the reproductive system improves erectile function. 

Both studies were conducted on mice. Therefore; human trials are necessary to determine the effects of aloe on male sexual function.

Research 

In a 2013 study, aloe vera juice has been proven to help with digestion and improve stomach and intestines irritation and inflammation. The study showed that aloe juice reduces abdominal pain and discomfort in the participants. 

A 2019 review stated that after studying 23 cases the result indicates that aloe vera has been successfully used to prevent skin ulcers, burn wounds, genital herpes, psoriasis etc. 

Health benefits of Aloe Vera

  • Heals wound and skin issues
  • Treats sores, burns and sunburns
  • Treats mouth ulcers
  • Improves constipation
  • Hydrates skin
  • Improves liver health
  • Boosts digestion
  • Prevent wrinkles
  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Relieves from acidity and heartburn

Aloe Vera Dosage

As this is a medicinal herb, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before consuming any herb or supplements. The doctor will check your medical history, current medications and your needs before deciding on the dosage of the needed supplement. 

  • For diabetes 15-150 mL of aloe vera juice daily
  • For constipation 50 mg of aloe extract has been used in a study.

Side effects of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is usually considered safe to use and consume. However; it may cause stomach pain or diarrhea due to laxative effects. In some cases, long term use of aloe vera supplements has been reported to cause liver damage. 

What other drugs interact with Aloe Vera?

  • Stimulant laxative
  • Diuretic pills
  • Medications for diabetes etc. 

What are the risks of taking Aloe vera?

  • Avoid taking aloe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Avoid it if you are taking diabetes medications, the combination might drop blood sugar levels too much.
  • Don’t use aloe if you have kidney problems, latex of aloe can cause kidney failure.
  • Don’t use aloe if you have intestinal diseases that can’t cope with an irritated bowel.
  • Don’t use aloe if you have hemorrhoids, aloe can make the condition worse.

All things considered,

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References

Researched and Written By

James Johnson, PhD
James Johnson, PhD

What excites me most about research is the opportunity for the work that I do to make a positive impact on the society. It is thrilling and energizing to know the that my research can help to so many people. I am James Johnson a full time researcher of Cellular & Molecular Biology at Vascugen and founder of Best enhancement. I have been writing on different aspects of sexual and physical health and well-being. I am passionate on researching and studying different male female health conditions, sexual issues and their forefront solutions.

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