By the term “natural aphrodisiacs”, a variety of herbal remedies formulated to boost libido and sexual performance is meant. It should be mentioned, however, that certain non-herbal substances, such as L-arginine, fall into this category, too.
In general, the remedies are to deal with sexual dysfunction in the form of inadequate sexual desire, depleted sexual response, poor erections etc. In many cases, natural aphrodisiacs can be a sound alternative to topical prescription medicines. It should be mentioned that the product range is wide enough and includes both substances with time-tested effects and relatively new ones, which have not been thoroughly studied as yet.
10 The Most Trustworthy Natural Aphrodisiacs
While there are many herbal substances claimed to be effective aphrodisiacs, strict scientific studies are relatively scarce in this field. That being said, actually positive results can be attributed only to a number of prime substances.
Consumers can base their decisions on official publications, such a report presented in Journal of Sexual Medicine. The authors had examined and generalized multiple studies focused on effects provided by natural aphrodisiacs. The report revealed that some common topical substances do not actually provide any scientifically proven positive effect in terms of treating erectile dysfunction and semen volume and boosting libido. So consumers should be aware of risks originating from presence of many obviously fraud or groundlessly touted products on this market.
There is a number of remedies which can boast of objective evidence too. The major ones worth mentioning are:
CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, in its preliminary study, found out that certain sexual dysfunctions can be treated using maca. The findings refer to conditions associated with taking drugs for depression. While the conclusion shows that maca can be an effective natural aphrodisiac, review results presented in BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine proved only limited effectiveness of the remedy in terms of enhancing sexual performance. The review was based on results of four clinical trials conducted earlier, whereof two really did show maca had a positive effect on sexual functions in healthy adult patients, both men and menopausal women.
Korean Red Ginseng
This medicinal plant has been known for ages to improve libido in women during a menopause period. The effect has been proven by relevant scientific studies, so it can be taken as sound evidence.Apart from boosting sexual arousal in female patients, Korean Red Ginseng can help men too. Erectile dysfunction can be successfully treated using this product, according to a report issued by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. The authors concluded that erectile dysfunction treatment resulted in some improvement when Korean Red Ginseng was used. Still, the final recommendation was to conduct further researches to find out how significant and durable the effect is, because studies available at the moment were not impeccable. This is actually what does not allow recommending the substance for common use.
This is a medicinal herb originating from southern regions of the United States and Mexico. It has been commonly used by the native population as an aphrodisiac.
Horny Goat Weed
This is an almost iconic remedy sporting a self-explanatory name. Its aphrodisiac properties are undisputed.
Also called as “potency wood”, this small tree can be found in Brasilia, on Amazon river banks. It features a long history of being successfully used as an aphrodisiac by indigene peoples.
This is another tree. It can be found in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. In 1999, the New Sunday Times labeled it as “Asian Viagra”.
This popular herbal ingredient comes from China and Chinese medicine. As legend has it, once upon a time, an old man regained youthfulness as a result of digesting Fo-Ti. Additionally, his sexual vitality was boosted too. Since then, the plant was considered as a powerful aphrodisiac in China.
In contrast to previous items of our list, this one is not of herbal nature. This amino acid secures multiple beneficial effects in the human body. Preventing or curing erectile dysfunction is just one of them. Many medical experts believe it to be a good alternative to Viagra.
In India and China, this medicinal herb has been used for centuries. In the Western World, it gained popularity in the mid-90s only.
This evergreen tree growing in Western Africa (Congo, Nigeria, Gabon and Cameroon) has bark, the extract whereof is widely promoted as a natural and effective aphrodisiac. While the product really possesses proven evidence of successful erectile dysfunction treatment and libido boosting, it has multiple accompanying health risks. Numerous lethal events been reported too. This is why using Yohimbe extracts in sexual performance enhancement dietary supplements is not recommended nowadays.
Possible Side Effects
Almost every ingredient used in libido-boosting remedies has associated risks and/or side effects. That said, topical dietary supplements and other products formulated around these natural aphrodisiacs should be taken carefully. Such products do not require endorsement or approval from USA’s Food and Drug Administration or respective regulators in many other countries of the world. This means they can be not 100% safe, harmless and effective. While some of them can be just fraud, others may contain undisclosed active ingredients which are unhealthy or even dangerous.
Depleted libido or any kind of sexual dysfunction can be just an indicator of an underlying problem occurring in your body, somatic or mental. Such conditions as heart diseases, diabetes, hormonal imbalances etc. can aggravate poor sexual performance in men and women. So everyone experiencing some problems in his/her intimate life should consult a physician prior to deciding on using over-the-counter herbal alternatives instead of traditional prescribed medicines.
David Marsel. Work with Beth Israel Medical Center. Use modern high-tech methods of treatment, such as laser, photodynamic therapy and fluorescence diagnostics. David has advanced training certificates in urology, andrology, laser medicine.
David Marsel is a member of the European Association of urologists. The main areas of professional activity are urology, andrology, complex therapy of Peyronie’s disease, photodynamic therapy.
Now a Consultor on several medical portals.