Improving Libido and sexual health involves more than just a few aphrodisiac herbs. Although these herbs will greatly increase your sexual desire, arousal, and improve function, it will not be a permanent solution unless combined with the proper foods, and the proper exercise (which doesn’t take a lot of time to do). I will discuss the foods in part two, and the exercises in part three.
Although some of the herbs mentioned here work really fast (some within 24 hours), it is very important to note that these herbs must be consumed daily, for a period of a few months to fully rejuvenate the reproductive system and achieve long lasting results. These herbs are not the same as taking western pharmaceutical medicines like Viagra. They do not instantly give you an erection (while causing damage to your heart and nervous system). These herbs nourish, rejuvenate, and restore the sexual organs to a healthy state. In some cases, people are able to regain the sexual desire and abilities they had when much younger. Not only that, these herbs work on the body overall.
In Ayurvedic Medicine, the medicinal herbs mentioned below fall in a pharmacological category known as “rejuvenating”. They rejuvenate the entire body, counteract the effects of stress and improve health and vigor. In pharmacological terms, they can fall into the categories of Adaptogens, Anabolic agents, Stimulants, Aphrodisiacs, Immuno-modulators, Impotence Agents, and Vasodilators.
Herbs for Improving Libido & Sexual Health:
This herb is a potent aphrodisiac and is used in Ayurvedic Medicine for treating sexual debility, erectile dysfunction, infertility, low sperm count and various other conditions. It contains natural steroidal lactones and alkaloids (Withnanine etc), and has a significantly positive effect on the bodies ability to adapt to stress. Research has proven its efficacy in improving athletic performance, seminal motility and lean mass; increasing testosterone, power output and sperm count; reducing fatigue, pain, anxiety, cortisol levels and muscle recovery time. Consuming 2 grams of Ashwagandha root powder twice daily with hot milk (Almond, Coconut, or Boiled Raw Milk) on an empty stomach is the general dose given in Ayurveda. However, the dose has to be decided according to your metabolism, weight, body mass index, and should be calculated by an Ayurvedic doctor.
The name “Shatavari” means “One Hundred Husbands”, this herb is said to create immense sexual desire and females, hence the exaggerated name. This herb is mainly used for a wide range of gynecological disorders and as an aphrodisiac specific to females. It contains phytoestrogens, steroidal saponins and alkaloids as well as the trace minerals zinc, manganese and copper. It is commonly used in infertility, scanty breast milk, fatigue, inflammatory conditions, sexual debility, depression, and stress. Apart from the clinical evidence seen in its 5000+ years of usage, it is also backed by modern research for its benefits as a uterine sedative, its ability to improve libido, reduce effects of stress, and improve lactation in nursing women. The general dose is 1-3 grams twice daily with hot milk (Almond, Coconut, or Boiled Raw milk) on an empty stomach. It can also be taken after eating, without milk. However, the dose has to be decided according to your metabolism, weight, body mass index, and should be calculated by an Ayurvedic doctor.
As of recently, this herb has been getting a lot of recognition in the western countries. It is known as “Kapikacchu” in Ayurveda. It is used in most Ayurvedic formulations for general debility, sexual disorders, neurological conditions as well as depression and anxiety. It contains naturally occurring dopamine (L-Dopa), and is believed to directly stimulate the anterior pituitary gland to release follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone, which then trigger the formation and release of sex hormones .
It is a potent aphrodisiac, and is becoming more popular for this purpose. Bodybuilders, also use this herb for its testosterone boosting abilities and often experience an increase in erections and sexual desire. Research has proven its effectivity in improving seminal quality; increasing seminal motility and testosterone; and reducing cortisol levels. The dose is the same as the Ashwagandha, but should be decided by a doctor as high doses can be toxic and too low doses can be ineffective. Dose is dependent upon several factors (as mentioned about the previous options).
In my personal opinion, Mucuna Pruriens is one of the faster working medicinal herbs. Men have reported an increase in erections within 24 hours of consuming it and women have reported increased sexual desire in the same time period.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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