Herbs & Plant Extracts

Herbs and plants have been used for eons by men for male enhancement and erectile dysfunction.   These plants have been prescribed by native shaman and folk healers the world over.

Astragalus

astragalusAstragalus research shows it helps protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress. Early  writings refer to the herb Astragalus as “The Superior Tonic.” It is one of China’s most important herbal medicines and is commonly used in traditional Chinese cuisine.

Source: astragalus is the root of A. membranaceus or A. membranaceus var. mongholicus (A. mongholicus), members of the pea family native to northeast China, where astragalus is commercially grown. Cultivation has also begun in the United States. In China, the root is called huang-qi.

Bananas

Bananas contain the bromelain enzyme, which is believed to increase libido and reverse impotence in men. Additionally, they are good sources of potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels.

Cherokee Rose

CherokeeRoseCherokee Rose helps with male enhancement by inhibiting the contraction of smooth muscles and improving blood flow to the penis. Studies also suggest that it might improve prostate health. Much of erectile dysfunction is caused by various blood and circulatory issues.  In traditional medicine it was used to treat different forms of blood disorders.  Cherokee Rose has shown positive results in improving blood flow to the penis and overall health and vitality.

Source: Cherokee Rose Fruit is the dried ripe fruit of Rosa laevigata Michx. (Fam. Rosaceae).

Cnidium

cnidiumCnidium believed to relax corpus cavernosa of the penis, the spungy tisue of the penis that fills with blood during errection.  It is often combined with other herbs to help treat infertility and impotence. The Chinese still use the seeds as an aphrodisiac, and animal studies indicate it may improve bone strength. In rabbits, a compound found in cnidium called osthol or osthole was found to be the agent that relaxed the corpus cavernosa.  Cnidium may also have anti-cancer properties.

Source: Cnidium monnieri is a plant which grows in China (and possibly in Oregon) whose seeds are used in classical traditional Chinese medicine for skin problems and as a natural sex booster. It is known in China as She Chuang Zi.

Chinese Dodder

chinese dodderChinese Dodder is widely used in Asia to remedy sexual problems like impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, and low sperm count that arise from kidney yang deficiency.   It has been used for over 1000 years to treat erectile dysfunction.  Its exact process is still a mystery.Source: Chinese Dodder comes from the viny parasitic climber Cuscuta chinensis that grows in China and from similar Cuscuta japonica in Japan. A member of the family convolvulaceae, Dodder is an annual that produces a small brown seed with powerful effects on the male constitution.

Cordyceps Sinensis

cordyceps2Cordyceps Sinensis  benefits may be due to more efficient use of oxygen and increased blood flow to the penis and other organs.  It dilutes blood vessels, thus increasing blood perfusion.  What brought cordyceps sinensis out into the public eye was an impressive performance at the 1992 Olympics. Several Chinese athletes broke world records in track by a significant margin. Immediately,  everybody suspected steroid use. But the Chinese athletes insisted that cordyceps were the real key to their success.

Source: Cordyceps sinensis grows wild at altitudes above 3000 meters in the mountainous regions of China. One of the unique qualities of this parasitic fungus is it’s host organism. Most fungus and mushrooms grow out of decomposing plant matter. But cordyceps sinensis is parasitic to the larvae of moths, especially bat moths.

Catuaba Bark

catuabaThe catuaba is a Brazilian, primarily in the Amazon rainforest, tree whose bark has been used for thousands of years as an all around nervous system revitalizer. It restores your nervous system function bringing about increased brain function, reduced nervousness, better sleep and improved sexual function. This is the herb that has helped the 60, 70, 80 even 90 year olds in Brazil have a healthy sex life naturally. There are no known side effects with catuaba except the occasional upset stomach and diarrhea when it is first introduced to the diet. The main concern is that you are actually purchasing real catuaba bark, as there are several exporters who export the bark as catuaba, but it is in fact from the wrong tree. There are 2 forms of catuaba tree that supplies the actual bark that is medicinally known for its benefits and the scientific names for these two is Erythroxylum catuaba and Trichilia catigua.  The standard daily dose is 1000mg to 2000mg. There has not been any standardization of the extract’s concentration.

Damiana

DamianaDamiana is a relatively small shrub that produces small, aromatic flowers. It blossoms in early to late summer and is followed by fruits that taste similar to figs. The shrub is said to have a strong spice-like odor somewhat like chamomile, due to an oil present in the plant. The leaves have traditionally been made into a tea, and an incense which was used by native people of Central and South America for its relaxing effects. Spanish missionaries first recorded that the Mexican Indians drank Damiana tea mixed with sugar for use as an aphrodisiac. Damiana has long been claimed to have a stimulating effect on libido, and its use as an aphrodisiac has continued into modern times. More recently, some corroborating scientific evidence in support of its long history of use has also emerged. Several studiesutilizing animal testing have shown evidence of increased sexual activity in sexually exhausted or impotent male rats when exposed to damiana, as well as generally increased sexual activity in rats of both sexes.

Source: Central and South America.

Dong Quai

dongquaiDong Quai in lab tests show that it contains compounds that help dilate blood vessels improving blood flow to the penis. Dong quai is a herb in the celery family native to China, Japan, and Korea. The root is medicinally active. Dong quai is used for erectile dysfunction, male enhancement, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopausal symptoms in traditional medicine. It is also used orally as a ”blood purifier”; to manage hypertension, infertility, joint pain, ulcers, “tired blood” (anemia), and constipation; and in the prevention and treatment of allergic attacks. Dong quai is also used orally for the treatment of loss of skin color (depigmentation) and psoriasis.

Source: Dong quai grows at high altitudes in the cold, damp, mountains of China, Korea, and Japan. This fragrant, perennial plant — a member of the celery family — has smooth purplish stems and bears umbrella-shaped clusters of white flowers and winged fruits in July and August. The yellowish-brown thick-branched roots of the dong quai plant have several medicinal uses. It takes 3 years for the plant to reach maturity. The root is harvested and made into tablets, powders, and other medicinal forms.

Flat-Stem Milkvetch Seed

Flat-Stem-MilkvetchCurrently much of the research into Flat-Stem Milkvetch seed  is focused on its immune-stimulating polysaccharides and other active ingredients useful in immune deficiency conditions.  It has long used to improve impotence, seminal emissions and premature ejaculation.

Source: Milkvetch is a perennial found throughout northern and southwestern China and northern North America. It is adapted for cold, and arid to semi-arid regions with poor or saline soils. It has a very long tap root and can get water deep in the ground.  Milk vetches are part of the bean family.  It is the dried ripe seed of Astragalus complanatus R. Br. (Fam Leguminosae).

Garlic

Garlic is an herb. It is best known as a flavoring for food. But over the years, garlic has been used as a medicine to prevent or treat a wide range of diseases and conditions.  Garlic is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, and “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis). Some of these uses are supported by science. Garlic actually may be effective in slowing the development of atherosclerosis and seems to be able to modestly reduce blood pressure.

Huanarpo Macho

HuanarpoStudded with reddish-orange blossoms, huanarpo macho is associated with the male libido. Huanarpo macho is believed to have the power to stimulate sexual function. Popular in Brazil, the plant is also known in Peru as Peruvian Viagra, and it is typically prescribed by folk medicine practitioners for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. The plant’s medicinal properties appear to lie in the young branch stems. Other medicinal properties contained by huanarpo macho include increased energy, support of renal function and the ability to calm nerves.

Source: known scientifically as Jatropha macrantha or Jatropha aphrodisiaca, is a medium-sized shrub-like tree that grows profusely in the Amazonian Maranon River Valley.

Hawthorne Berry

hawthorne berryHawthorne Berry promotes circulation by protecting blood vessels from damage caused by plaque, improving circulation to the penis and body.  Motherwort is also another vasodilator; while Kudzu Root Extract is rich in isoflavones, which prevent cancer. But not only does Kudzu Root Extract prevent cancer, it also nullifies the effects of alcohol and reduces the hangover effect. Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and is endorsed by Commission E- the branch of the German government that studies and approves herbal treatments. It is used to promote the health of the circulatory system and has been found useful in treating angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. It has been found to strengthen the heart and stabalise it against arrythmias.

Source: Considered to be a herb, the shrub produces brilliantly colored red berries, and primarily originates in Mediterranean areas, although bushes have been found in other areas around the world.

Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium)

horny goat weedMany species of horny goat weed, Epimedium, are alleged to have aphrodisiac qualities. According to legend, this property was discovered by a Chinese goat herder who noticed sexual activity in his flock after they ate the weed. It is sold as a health supplement; usually in raw herb, tablet, or capsule form and sometimes blended with other supplements. The over-exploitation of wild populations of Epimedium for use in traditional Chinese medicine is having potentially serious consequences for the long-term survival of several species, none of which is widely cultivated for medicinal purposes. The “active ingredient” in Epimedium is icariin  which can be found in standardized extracts from 5% up to 60% potent. Strengths above that are usually reserved for lab use

Source: Some varieties and hybrids have been in Western cultivation for the last 100 to 150 years. There are now a wide array of new Chinese species being cultivated in the west, many of which have only recently been discovered, and a number of which have yet to be named. There are also many older Japanese hybrids and forms, extending the boundaries of the genus in cultivation.

Korean Ginseng

GinsengKorean Ginseng have been shown to increase the release of nitric oxide in the erectile tissue improving performance. Ginseng has also been used traditionally against fatigue and as a tonic for invigorating various systems of the body. Ginseng has been term “adaptogen” to describe a  herb that could increase the body’s resistance to stress or had an invigorating action upon the consumer. Thus Korean ginseng is considered to be an adaptogenic herb. Ginseng also purportedly enhances mental concentration. Active ingredients contained in this herb may stimulate the immune system.

Source: Korean ginseng grows on moist and shaded mountainsides in China, Korea and Russia. The root is long and slender and sometimes resembles the shape of the human body. In China, the ginseng roots are called Jin-chen, meaning like a man.

Ligustrum

ligustrumLigustrum is often used in traditional chinese medicine.  It is usually combined with astragalus root to combat long term weakness and deficiency.   It is used by men in Asia to provide stamina during loving making.

Source: Ligustrum Recurve is a fast growing, dense, upright evergreen shrub or small tree with large shiny dark green leaves. Strongly fragrant creamy flowers are produced in abundance during May.

Maca

MacaPeruvian Maca both increases libido as and acts as an aphrodisiac. As a result, both fertility and sexual desire are improved after consuming this organic super food Maca. Maca provides significant increase in energy, endurance and stamina. This makes maca great for athletes and active people in general. Researchers speculate that Maca changes levels of free testosterone, which is most critical for  males, without changing total testosterone.

Source: Maca or Peruvian Maca or Lepidium meyenii is a herb native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia. It is grown  as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb. Its Spanish and Quechua names include maca-maca, maino, ayak chichira, and ayak willku.

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Passionflower

Passion FlowerThe sex-enhancing powers of passionflower, known scientifically as Passiflora incarnata, lie in its vine, leaves and stem—not just in its name! A 2003 study of the plant appears to confirm its sexual enhancement properties—at least in mice; these lucky rodents enjoyed increased sperm counts and improved sexual function after ingesting leaf extract from passionflower. The flowers themselves have traditionally been regarded as seductive, and are noted for their exotic beauty.Passionflower seems to have many healthful benefits; it is known to relieve depression, decrease pain and even kill germs. This woody vine is thought to enhance the libido, even while producing a calming effect. Amazonians refer to the plant as maracuja.

Source: Indigenous to South American –  Amazon regions.

Saw Palmetto

saw palmettoSaw Palmetto has been used for hundreds of years as both a food source and as a medicinal plant. Some recent studies have shown that it may have beneficial effects for those suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), male pattern baldness and other maladies.

Source: It is mainly found in the southeastern United States along the coast [Read our in depth review]

Stinging Nettle

stinging nettleStinging nettle has been used for centuries among various cultures and are part of folklore and tradition and used to treat many ailments from erectile dysfunction to  joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. The nettle leaf and root both have medicinal properties.  Nettle root is used as a treatment for prostate problems, including prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The nettle root have proven effective in reducing the inflammation associated with BPF and prostatitis and even slowing the growth of abnormal cells.  Nettle also has been found effective for men with low testosterone.

Source:  Originally from the colder regions of northern Europe and Asia, this herbaceous shrub grows all over the world today.

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Tribulus Terrestris

tribulus terrestrisThe tribulus terrestris is a plant native to the warm climates of southern Europe and Asia, throughout Africa and in northern Australia, although it is found in North and South America as well now. Its primary use is for the purpose of increased sex drive by restoring hormone levels to normal range, primarily testosterone.

There are no reported side effects from tribulus terrestris except the occasional upset stomach when it is first introduced to your diet.

750mg per day is the recommended dosage of tribulus terrestris.

Yohimbe

yohimbeYohimbe is used to arouse sexual excitement, for erectile dysfunction (ED), sexual problems caused by medications for depression called selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and general sexual problems in both men and women. It is also used for athletic performance, weight loss, exhaustion, chest pain, high blood pressure, low blood pressure that occurs when standing up, diabetic nerve pain, and for depression along with certain other medications. Side Effects: Yohimbine has significant side effects, such as anxiety reactions. According to the Mayo Clinic, yohimbine can be dangerous if used in excessive amounts. Higher doses of oral yohimbine may create numerous side effects, such as rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, overstimulation, insomnia and/or sleeplessness. Some effects in rare cases were panic attacks, hallucinations, headaches, dizziness, and skin flushing. More serious adverse effects may include seizures and renal failure. Yohimbine should not be consumed by anyone with liver, kidney, heart disease, or a psychological disorder. The therapeutic index of yohimbine is quite low; the range between an effective dose and a dangerous dose is very narrow.  This may also lead to precipitation of panic disorder type reactions. Yohimbine in combination with modafinil is frequently associated with nausea, dangerous acute rapid heart beat, and acute increased blood pressure. Yohimbine exhibits some degree of MAOI activity while modafinil has been shown to increase levels of various monamines, and therefore could result in severe risk of dangerous side effects.

Source: Yohimbe is the name of an evergreen tree that is found in Zaire, Cameroon, and Gabon. The bark of yohimbe contains a chemical called yohimbine, which is used to make medicine.

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