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Boosting your Libido Natural Alternatives to Cialis & Viagra

Dr. Karol M.D Article by: Dr. Karol M.D
Date: Sep 05, 2014 · Posted in: Natural Products, Relationships, Reproductive Health
Boosting your Libido Natural Alternatives to Cialis & Viagra

Last week I discussed how drugs such as Cialis and Viagra are double-edged swords. On the one hand they effectively increase the blood flow to the penis, thus combating erectile dysfunction. However, they are linked to some potentially serious side effects, such as penis damage due to a prolonged erection, as well as dangerous drops in blood pressure. They also involve discussing intimate issues in order to procure a doctor’s prescription, which many men are reluctant to do.

 

Some dietary supplements, although not as potent as Cialis and Viagra, rarely present with uncomfortable side effects and may have health benefits in addition to their sexual enhancement effects.

 

The Natural Lineup

 

Red ginseng is the sexual enhancement supplement with the most credible research behind it: four well-designed human clinical trials, to be exact. Only four, you say?  In the erectile dysfunction dietary supplement realm, four is significant. All four studies showed a significant increase in erections in men who took red ginseng over a prolonged period of time. But one dose won’t suffice. The study participants took 2 -3 grams of red ginseng per day over 8 - 12 weeks, which is a normal time period for a study so that potential negative side effects of the treatment can be detected.  Red ginseng is also used as an adaptogen (to reduce stress and bring balance to the body) and for increasing one’s overall energy levels.

 

The second sexual enhancement supplement on the list is Tribulus terrestris. This plant is commonly used by bodybuilders because it is purported to increases testosterone, the hormone responsible for male physical characteristics like increased muscle growth, and to a certain extent, libido and erections. However, the studies done on Tribulus do not show a significant rise in testosterone levels. In animal studies it was shown that Tribulus increases the number of testosterone receptors in the brain, which may be how it increases libido and erections. Like ginseng, Trubulus was also shown to reduce stress and is considered an adaptogen. As I have mentioned in before, stress is an enemy of fertility, libido and sexual performance in general.

 

Another famous plant for increased fertility is maca, a vegetable used by the ancient Inca and Aztec civilizations to boost fertility. It also promotes brain and bone health and has high nutritional value. While the exact effect is not completely clear, it is said that maca acts mainly as an aphrodisiac, increasing erections through its positive effect on libido. Maca also suppresses prostate hypertrophy (i.e., enlargement) in men. Maca rivals the effects of some of the standard prescription medications in this area. Some 80% of all men will have prostate hypertrophy at some point in their lives and many of them will have uncomfortable symptoms associated with this condition.

 

The final one is Eurycoma longifolia jack, aka tongkat ali. This Asian plant has been found to increase libido and erections. It’s also a pro-fertility agent because it has been shown to increase sperm volume and motility. And just like ginseng and Tribulus, it too is a stress- busting adaptogen.



This month we are “back-to-school”. I will be discussing how to reduce stress and anxiety, how to increase memory and mental performance, how to increase energy without causing anxiety and how to stay in good physical shape despite the long hours spent sitting down and eating steady a diet of junk food.

 

Take care.

Dr. Karol, MD