Sexual dysfunction in men and women can be caused by a number of factors like smoking, age, hormonal problems and performance anxiety in men. Thousands have found effective herbal alternatives to boost their sexual enjoyment and performance. Many of these herbs have a long history of use, some up to 3,000 years, with little, if any, side effects. Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for centuries in the treatment of almost all ailments known to man. Most commonly used western herbal formulas basically include herbs like Yohimbe, Muira Puama, Maca, Tribulus Terestris, and Wild Oats, to name just a few. Traditional Chinese formulas however use a different set of herbs that deliver targeted and far better effectiveness for sexual inadequacies. Some of these herbs are very rare and highly priced, while others are common day soup ingredients.
The following list of herbs have been tried and tested over thousands of years in Chinese Herbal medicine. Some of these herbs are used for daily culinary purposes too.
A balanced combination of the following herbs and their extracts will enhance men’s ability to perform better. These herbs are normally used in Chinese concoctions, brews and soups. In keeping with this tradition, they have been known to function at their best when consumed in a similar manner. A combination of the following herbs in a ‘herbal brew’ for example, would produce noticeable results in men’s sexual potency.
Unfortunately, very few herbal supplements opt for an ‘herbal tea’ format as a delivery system and settle for the same old ‘pill’, which reduces the bioavailability of the powerful nutrients contained within the cell structures of these herbs. An herbal brew functions much better as a sexual rejuvenator, not only help to enhance sensuality, but also energize and improve stamina as well. This is a glossary of the most successfully used Chinese herbs in herbal preparations for men’s sexual performance, vitality, endurance and stamina. Here is a list of these herbs and a simple explanation of their functions:
Short-Horned Epimedium Herb ( Herba epimedii )
Active constituent : Icariin, Epindoside
Epimedium herb stimulates sexual activity and desire in both men and women.
The “active compound” in Epimedium is the flavonol glycoside called icariin. It works by increasing your nitric oxide levels( required for normal erections) and inhibiting PDE-5 activity in exactly the same way that sexual enhancing drugs like Viagra, Levitra or Cialis function.
Scientific research has demonstrated that by relaxing the smooth muscle of the corpus cavernosa in your penis, icariin extract increases penile blood pressure dramatically, giving you more rigid and larger erections. As a strong kidney tonic, it stimulates nerves throughout your body, and effects experienced particularly in your genitalia. Found to have aphrodisiac properties in males, it enhances your sexual performance, by increasing sexual hormone and testosterone production. It also increases the production of sperm, restores testicular health, stimulates and promotes intense sexual desire.
Helps with irregular menses, infertility and menopause in women too.
Epimedium stimulates the production of androgens (sex hormones) and has been used successfully in men suffering from erection problems, low sperm count and premature ejaculation throughout history. It is also used in the treatment of a number of ailments including, infertility, asthma, bronchitis, cold or numb extremities, arthritis, lumbago, high blood pressure and to modulate menstruation in women.
Barbary Wolfberry Extract (Lycium barbarum)
Active constituent : Polysaccharides, Betaine, Zeaxanthin
Also known as Goji berries, this renown herb is a powerful libido enhancer and strong sexual tonic. Rich in potassium, thiamin, magnesium, zeaxanthin, lutein, amino acids, L-arginine & L-glutamine, it naturally boosts the production of testosterone and human growth hormones giving you improved vision, youthful vigor and vitality.
Wolfberry promotes superoxide dismutase production to help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels and diabetes.
Like ginseng, wolfberry is also an adaptogen and helps to improve brain health, immune system, decrease stress, and enhance overall strength, stamina, energy, mood & well-being, all of which are conducive to a healthy sex life.
Chinese Dodder Seed( Semen cuscutae )
Active constituent : Kaempferol, Quercetin, Astragalin This herb is a noted aphrodisiac (arouse sexual desire), demulcent (soothing), and diaphoretic. It is particularly used in the treatment of impotence, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation, vertigo, lumbago, frequent urination, decreased eyesight, and chronic diarrhea.
Also used to nourish sperm, increase fertility, and is listed as a sexual enhancer in all traditional Chinese pharmacopoeias. It is widely used to improve vision, strengthen bones and sinews and to improve overall sexual functions.
Cnidium Fruit ( Fructus cnidii )
Active constituent : Osthole, Imperatorin, Thymine Cnidium is a potent sexual stimulator. It enhances virility and promotes powerful penile erections by increasing blood circulation to the genital organs. Used as a sex drive booster and aphrodisiac to treat impotency, it has been shown to have actions similar to that of sex hormones, increasing nitric oxide levels resulting in harder and longer lasting erections. Cnidium has a direct impact on the physical well-being of the, prostate gland, testicles, uterus and, ovaries. It also helps to enhance and protect skin against damage and infection.
Jujube Seed ( Frustus jujubae )
Active constituent : Ziziphussaponin, Flavanoids Jujube is a superb energy enhancer.
Highly considered as a herb that nourishes the blood and energy, this sweet herb also contains vitamins A, B-2, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron and complex sugars. The main indications provided in traditional medicine are the herb’s balanced nature and its ability to treat problems of the heart.
Chinese Magnoliavine(Schisandrae chinensis)
Active constituent: Lignans, Schizandrin This is an excellent tonic and restorative, helps reduce stress and increases vigor. It is considered to be a substitute for ginseng and is a reputed powerful tonic for both the male and the female sexual organs. Magnoliavine also arrests diarrhea as well as relieves chronic cough, shortness of breath and asthma.
Chinese Angelica Root( Radix angelicae)
Active constituent: Ligustilide
Enriches and promotes blood circulation for better penile erections, regulates menstruation, alleviates pain, and lubricates the bowels to relieve constipation. It is a well-known herb used in the treatment of female ailments for thousands of years.
Angelica’s reputation is perhaps second only to ginseng and it is particularly noted for its ‘blood tonic’ effects. It regulates the menstrual cycle and relieves period pain and ensures healthy pregnancy and easy delivery. Also increases the motility and viability of sperm cells, and helps with rheumatism & arthritis pain.
Asiatic Cornelian Cherry( Fructus corni )
Active constituent: Iridoids, Glycocides,Triterpinoids.
This herb is traditionally used in the treatment of impotence, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, incontinence,and menstrual problems. It strengthens the liver and kidneys. Used in combination with other herbs, it is also effective in the treatment of tinnitus, general weakness, lower-back pain, and can help to reduce fatigue.
Desert-living Cistanches Herb( Herba cistanches)
Active constituent: Iridoil, Phenylpropenoid glycocides
This herb increases your sexual ability and drive, and is a rejuvenating kidney tonic. It replenishes your vital essence and blood and is used to treat weakness of muscles and bones, impotence in men, and premature ejaculation.
Eucommia Bark( Cortex eucommiae )
Active constituent: Aucubin, Chlorogenic acid Eucommia tones the liver and kidney, strengthens the skeletal system, and is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese herbalism.
It is an excellent tonic and is thought to act specifically on the lower part of the body.
Helps relieve pain in the loins and knees, weakness of muscles and bones, premature ejaculation and frequent urination. It is the primary herb in Chinese medicine used to promote the functions of the endocrine system and to enhance sexual ability in men and women.
Ginseng ( Radix ginseng )
Active constituent : Ginsenoside
Ginseng is the most renown of all Chinese herbs and has earned its reputation as one of the most favored herbs in the world today.
Ginseng stimulates both physical and mental activity and has overall strengthening properties, increasing efficiency while at the same time reducing fatigue.
A well known aphrodisiac and vital energy-restorer, ginseng is also known for its anti-cancer properties.
Garden Balsam Seed( Impatiens balsamina)
Active constituent : Kaempferols This tonic herb benefits the kidneys and liver, and every part of this plant is used for medicinal purposes.It is used for pains in joints and rheumatoid arthritis. Balsam seed invigorates blood circulation and aids in healthy penile erections, and also gets rid of toxins, promotes healthy menses, expels phlegm, eczema and tumors.
Indian Mulberry ( Cortex mori )
Active constituent : Phytosterols, Anthraquinones Mulberry has a long history of medicinal use in Chinese medicine and is used to treat coughs andshortness of breath, fever and night sweat. The fruit has a tonic effect on the kidneys. It is used in the treatment of urinary incontinence, dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia, neurasthenia, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, premature greying and constipation in the elderly.
Membraneous Milkvetch( Radix astragali )
Active constituent : Astragalosides
Milkvetch root is commonly used in Chinese herbalism and is warming and invigorating.
It promotes blood circulation , strengthens the heart, dilates peripheral, coronary, cerebral and intestinal vessels, and improve micro-circulation resulting in enhanced penile erection in men. This tonic herb also stimulates the immune system increasing stamina and endurance and is used to treat infertile men. Tests have shown that Milkvetch increases sperm motility and encourages the vigorous activity of sperm.
Spirifer Fossil Shell( Fossilia Spiriferis )
A mineral supplement, this fossil-based nutrient is used traditionally in the treatment of impotence and sexual dysfunction.
Yam Rhizome( Rhizoma dioscoreae)
Active constituent: Steroidal saponins, Polysterols
This herb strengthens the kidneys and spleen and promotes lung and stomach functions. It is also traditionally used in the treatment of premature ejaculation and nocturnal emissions in men.
Cassia Bark( Cortex cinnamomi )
Active constituent : Cinnamic aldehyde, Cinnamic acid
This common herb can dilate blood vessels, promote and activate blood circulation, increase blood flow in the coronary artery and brain, and therefore help to promote healthy and firm erections. It is used to treat weakness due to prolonged illness and insufficiency of Qi and blood. This ‘Yang’ herb is also used to treat impotence and problems related to the spleen, stimulate menstrual flow, pain in loins & knees, and frigidity.
Cloves( Flos caryophylli )
Active constituent : Polyphenol eugenol, galotannic acid
Cloves have been used to treat impotence and to restore energy due to deficiency of the kidneys. Warms the spleen, stomach, and kidneys and also relieves pain. Traditional Chinese Medicine functions on the philosophy that the kidneys are most essential to the survival of an organism. According to the theory, weak kidneys lead to impotence, premature ejaculation, low sperm count and a weak bladder.
The herbs listed in the glossary above when used in correct proportions will increase the burning power of your kidneys and have a direct impact on improving sperm count & ejaculate volume. The fundamental principles governing the effectiveness of any herbal preparation for men is based on the combination of the energies of the various herbs that make up the ingredients list of the product. The method of extraction plays an important role too. The secret to sustaining our health and well being is in the plants that we were given by nature. Man’s quest for perfecting a drug is a never ending one. Ultimately, we are only trying to mimic, at great expense, what nature has given to us in abundance.