Aphrodisiacs: Herbs Versus Viagra

ed,erectile dysfunction,alernative therapy,alternative therapies,aphrodisiacs,good herbs,herbal cures for,horny goat weed,Viagra substitute,sexual dysfunction, Viagra was a revolutionary new drug introduced in 1998 that quickly become one of the most popular drugs for sexual dysfunction. Viagra works because it enhances the functionality of chemicals released into the penis during sexual arousal. Although it may increase sexual enjoyment, viagra has several side effects—headaches, flushing, dyspepsia, nasal congestion, urinary tract infection, abnormal vision, diarrhea, dizziness, rashes, and other problems—and some of Viagra’s side effects are considered potentially serious. On the other hand, four aphrodisiacs—ashwagandha, horny goat weed, muira puama, and tribulus—have been used for thousands of years in India, China, Africa, and Brazil, and herbalists claim aphrodisiac herbs are safer than pharmaceuticals, such as Viagra.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, sometimes called Indian ginseng, comes from a nightshade plant that is prolific throughout Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Herbalists use the leaves, roots, and berries to create herbal medicines, and it is used not only as an aphrodisiac but also as a treatment for memory loss and to increase fertility. Ashwagandha works because it contains nitric oxide and nitric oxide enhances and increases male penile erection and vaginal sensitivity through increased blood vessel dilation. In one study, published in Life Science in 2003, nitric oxide levels were boosted by ashwagandha, thereby giving ashwagandha sexual potency. In the book The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies, author Mark Stengler, ND, recommends a standard adult dose of “1,000 to 3,000 milligrams daily of the root.”

Horny Goat Weed

Interestingly, horny goat weed may have gotten its name from a goat owner who discovered his goats seemed more sexually active after eating the weed. The weed must have worked because it has been used for hundreds of years in China to aid sexual dysfunction. According to Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D., one 1995 Chinese study reported, “Horny goat weed  had sexual enhancement effect and improved the quality of life in patients with chronic renal failure.” Researchers at the University of Milan also discovered that a compound found in horny goat weed, known as icariin, operates similar to Viagra. However, what may give horny goat weed its passionate punch seems to be flavonoids, which dilate blood vessels, and its components that affect neurotransmitters, which in turn increase libido.

Muira Puama

Muira Puama comes from a small tree native to the Brazilian forests and has a reputation of being a strong aphrodisiac among the Brazilian people. Two studies—one in 1990 and another in 2000—have shown some intruiging possibilities in relation to muira puama as a sexual aid. They are written about in Dr. Ray Sahelian’s book Natural Sex Boosters: Supplements That Enhance Stamina, Sensation, and Sexuality for Men and Women, and both studies were done at the Insitute of Sexology in Paris. The first study showed muira puama to be “effective.” In the study, patients were given “a daily dose of 1 to 1.5 grams of the 4:1 extract, [and] 62% of patients with loss of libido claimed that the treatement was helpful.”  The second study was conducted on 202 healthy women. It showed that after a one month treatment, “statistically significant improvements occurred in sexual intercourse and sexual fantasies, as well as in…ability to reach organsm, and intensity of organsm.”

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris, often refered to as TT, is a common, ubiquitious perennial with a long history in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It has historically been considered a nervine, diuretic, and aphrodisiac and, recently, become popular as it seems to enhance athleticism. Because it has “long been used in the traditional Chinese and Indian systems of medicine for the treatment of various ailments and is popularly claimed to improve sexual functions in man,” a study was conducted by Gauthaman, Adaikan, and Prasad to determine its true properties. The researcher used normal and castrated rats, and, ultimately concluded, the “results were statistically significant…TT extract appears to possess aphrodisiac activity probably due to androgen increasing property of TT.”

More Information

If you’re interested in learning more about how foods may help your sex life and libido, read Libido Foods. If you’re interested in learning more about aphrodisiacs and herbal supplements, read Secret Aphrodisiac Sexual Stimulants: Aphrodisiacs for Male Impotency, Building Libido & Sex Drive Enhancement by William Livingstone.

 

 

Information Note:

This site provides information for educational purposes, and although many people have used these herbal products without incident, there are several important things you should know.

People sometimes have allergic or adverse reactions to herbs or there may be side effects. For instance, some people have experienced restlessness and insomnia when taking horny goat weed. Muira puama may also cause insomnia, whereas ashwagandha may cause drowsiness. Other reactions may also occur when taking any sex-boosting herbs, therefore DO NOT take any herbal supplement without first consulting with your health care professional. Additionally, if you are taking other medications or if you suffer from a chronic disease, DO NOT take anything without first talking to your health care professional. 

 

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  1. Natural herbs can be very useful for curing anxiety without getting any side effects.Some natural anxiety remedies to look into are St.John’s Wort, SAMe, L-Theanine, and Tryptophan. There’s also cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and programs like Panic Away and The Linden Method, to name a few. Hope this helps!

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