Got bedroom troubles? Like having problem in sexual desire or erection problems are very common. Maybe you’ve been tempted to try ginseng, ginkgo, and similar supplements.
Sexual Desire, Supplements…and the Science
There are several types of ginseng, two of which are Siberian ginseng, which is occasionally used as an aphrodisiac, and red Korean or Asian ginseng, which is used in Chinese traditional medicine and has slightly more research behind it, Saigal says.
“Ginseng, like a lot of herbs, is thought to work by helping the body make more nitric oxide — as does Viagra,” he says. “A couple of good studies showed some effect from ginseng, so people can look at this as an alternative to Viagra. But it’s not going to be as effective as Viagra or Levitra or Cialis.”
In the past, black cohosh has been used to treat arthritis and muscle pain and was traditionally used for “female” complaints. Today, it is marketed to treat hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, premenstrual syndrome, and other menopausal symptoms.
Chasteberry is native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia — and is approved in Germany for premenstrual and menstrual problems. It is said to increase sexual desire by boosting the hormone progesterone and the brain chemical dopamine.
Chasteberry also decreases the brain chemical prolactin that interferes with sexual desire. “It works for some patients,” Hutcherson says.
Arginine is an amino acid the body needs for many functions, like boosting immunity. The body also uses arginine to produce nitric oxide — an effect similar to the way Viagra works. Arginine has been found to improve blood flow to the penis and best ingredients in some herbal viagra out there.
Ginkgo has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Ginkgo leaf extract is used today to boost mental power, help Alzheimer’s, and treat tinnitus, asthma, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction. Some studies show that gingko enhances the effects of nitric oxide — which allows better blood flow to the penis and one of the best ingredients for a penis enlargement pills.
Maca is a vegetable native to Peru that is traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, says Saigal. “There have been rat studies, but studies to support its use are very limited,” he says. “But because it’s a vegetable, maca won’t hurt you.”