Top 4 Herbs for Boosting Your Libido (For Him and Her!) : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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Not feeling the heat? You don’t need drugs.

According to the Wall Street Journal, one out of every five men over 40 in the U. S. have tried Viagra, with an average of nine pills dispensed every second. Unfortunately, nearly half suffer at least one side effect while using it, including headache, stuffy nose, flushed face, visual disturbances, and upset stomach.

CBS News adds that the price has doubled since the product launched in 1999, with 100 pills now running about $1,500.

Meanwhile, though the drug may help improve erectile dysfunction, it does nothing for sexual desire or low libido.

As for women who suffer from the sexual blahs? No Viagra available. Not that scientists haven’t tried. They just haven’t figured out the more complex female sexual arousal system yet.

Yes, there are alternatives. Fortunately, you don’t have to take an expensive pharmaceutical drug to feel the heat again.

Herbal Aphrodisiacs
They’ve been used for hundreds of years, and they actually work. Though I’ve split these up according to gender, all of the following herbs have some effects in both men and women. Some work very quickly, while others will take a few weeks. Be sure to check with your doctor before use to avoid any negative interactions with medications and/or health conditions.

For Men:

  1. Korean Ginseng: stimulates blood flow shortly before sex, helping to maintain an erection, and also increases testosterone levels over time.
  2. Horny Goat Weed: this herb is found in Asia and the Mediterranean, and is known to help improve erectile function, increase libido, and even combat fatigue. Increases testosterone and nitric oxide levels, helping to enhance blood flow.
  3. Catauba Bark: from a medium-sized tree from the Amazon forest, this bark stimulates the central nervous system, and is known as an aphrodisiac. Indigenous tribes of the Amazon Rainforest have used it for generations as a libido enhancement.
  4. Mucuna Pruriens: also known as “velvet bean” or “cowhage,” this herb contains L-Dopa, which helps create the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, boosting mood and sexuality. It’s considered one of the best sex stimulants in the world, and helps increase male stamina, increase sperm count, and boost sex drive.

For Women:

  1. Damiana: from the damian leaf, which is a small shrub native to South America and Mexico; contains alkaloids that stimulate blood flow and increase sensitivity, and also relaxes the body and reduces stress. Considered the “number-one” herb for women.
  2. Shatavari: also called “asparagus racemosus,” this herb helps battle dryness, enhance fertility, and nourish the female reproductive organs.
  3. Muira Puama: also called “potency wood,” this is a small tree native to the Amazon; the bark and root have long been used by indigenous populations for sexual therapy.
  4. Ginkgo Biloba: increases blood flow throughout the body, particularly the extremities, while increasing metabolism and energy.

For Both:

  1. Yohimbe: bark stripped from a tree in West Africa stimulates circulation where you want it within an hour of use.
  2. Tongkat Ali: a tree native to the jungles of Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, the root has long been used as an aphrodisiac.
  3. Indian Ginseng: also called “ashwagandha,” this herb promotes vitality and encourages sexual and reproductive balance. It’s long been used to treat impotence, premature ejaculation, and other erection disorders, but also has a reputation for benefitting women’s reproductive systems.
  4. Cnidium Monnier: Chinese herb that supports a naturally healthy libido in men and women, as well as providing support for energy and stamina.

One more—maca, also called Peruvian maca root, is a legendary sex enhancing root with a reputation for increasing energy, stamina, libido, and sexual functioning for both men and women.

Have you tried herbal libido boosters? Do you have a favorite? Please share! (Just not all the details!)

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Photo courtesy neloqua via Flickr.com.

Sources

Tara Parker-Pope, “Viagra is Misunderstood Despite Name Recognition,” Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2002. http://www.usrf.org/breakingnews/bn_111202_viagra/bn_111202_viagra.html

Jim Edwards, “Price of Viagra Has Risen 108% Since Launch; 100 Pills Now Cost $1,400,” CBS News September 10, 2009, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-42842870/price-of-viagra-has-risen-108-since-launch-100-pills-now-cost-1400/

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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