|Herbs for Male Impotence |
I would organize herbal treatments and
programs under the following categories, depending on the needs of the individual.
- Relaxing herbs (when anxiety, tension and poor sleep is a root cause)
- Aphrodisiacs (to increase sexual desire)
- Testosterone enhancers (where testosterone levels are low)
- Circulatory stimulants (when circulation is poor, a person is often cold)
- Adaptogens (when a person is under a lot of stress)
- Tonics (blood, vital energy and vital essence, when a person is deficient or weak)
Because nervousness, tension and even anxiety may play a major role in impotence,
relaxing herbs can be of benefit. Herbs such as valerian, passion flower
(I like the name), California poppy, lavendar and wild oats can relax without
lowering sexual desire. The relaxing herb hops should be avoided, however.
Modern studies show that it is estrogenic, and has a long history of use
as an anaphrodisiac (lowers sexual desire).
Valerian should be used as a fresh plant liquid extract (1-2 droppers/3
times daily, or as needed). Passion flower is mild, but effective, and is
usually combined with other relaxing herbs to enhance their activity. California
poppy is one of the best muscle relaxers and scientifici studies show that
it can help relieve mild anxiety. In my experience, valerian and California
poppy are very effective together. Wild oats is well-known as a mild sexual
enhancer and relaxing herb. Use it in liquid extract form (2-3 droppers,
made from the fresh spikelets) or as a powdered extract.
Since time immemorial, people have been looking for that magic herb that
can strongly increase sexual desire and potency. Unfortunately, there is
no one herb that can do miracles, rather there are several that can help
build up sexual energy and vitality. Ginseng is probably the best-known
aphrodisiac. Although there are many types of ginseng, look for either "red
Korean," or "red Chinese" (Kirin) ginsengs. In my experience,
these are stronger than white, unprocessed types. Ginseng is especially
effective for people over 40 who have weak digestive systems, are not getting
enough nourishment and are deficient, and have little or no sexual desire.
It should be taken daily (10-15 grams), in combination with some ginger
as a tea, liquid extract or powdered extract. To my knowledge, ginseng is
one of the only herbs known to stimulate the production or testosterone
in the body. In my experience, the following herbs are also worth trying
for their aphrodisiacal (is it a word?) properties.
- Turmeric (powdered extract, liquid extract--1 ddropper 2-3 x daily)
- Damiana (won't work unless it's very fresh--liquid extract only, 40
drops 3 x daily)
- Mira puama (German researchers have found some activity, popular in
- Ginger (warming, stimulating to the circulation and is mildly aphrodisiac--use
it on a regular basis as a tea or liquid extract in a little water)
- Chocolate (contains the alkaloids theobromine, and small amounts of
caffeine)--use the liquid extract, or the unsweetened powder.
After a thorough search of the available literature, and from personal experience,
I feel that herbs such as sarsaparilla and wild yam, which are often sold
in body-building formulas as a testosterone source are highly overrated.
Both herbs contain plant sterols, but there is no solid evidence that they
either stimulate or supply testosterone in the body. However there is one
Mexican study, which I can't confirm, that suggests that sarsaparilla extracts
can have this activity. It may be fun to experiment--it isn't bad-tasting,
but I'm not giving the story much creedence.
Red Panax ginsengs may be the best bet in this category, and there
is one animal study that shows that ginseng extracts can increase blood
Other herbs that may be helpful in a total herbal program can include circulatory
stimulants (ginger, prickly ash bark, turmeric, motherwort), and adaptogens,
which also can help support adrenal function (eleuthero, American ginseng,
About The Author
Christopher Hobbs is a fourth generation herbalist and botanist with over 30 years experience with herbs. Founder of Native Herb Custom Extracts (now Rainbow Light Custom Extracts) and the Institute for Natural Products Research. Christopher writes and lectures internationally on herbal medicine. He is a consultant to the herb industry and is currently practicing and working on a......more