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Can Herbal Treatment Help a Low Sex Drive in Men?

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Catherine Smith has been writing professionally since 2000. She runs a client-based wellness office in Bastrop, Texas. She specializes in pain and stress management using herbs and alternative medicine She received her doctorate in natural health with a concentration in herbal studies from Clayton College of Natural Health.
Can Herbal Treatment Help a Low Sex Drive in Men?
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Nature has provided us with several herbs to help men suffering from a low sex drive. Herbs from around the world are available, known for increasing and stabilizing your testosterone production as well as others that soothe and calm nerves. Both of these are essential in increasing the male libido. Consult your physician before taking any herbal supplements.

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Korean Ginseng

Prolonged stress and poor circulation are common causes of diminished libido in males. Not only will Korean ginseng (paxan ginseng) increase your blood circulation, but it also has the added benefit of working on your central nervous system to calm nerves and quiet anxiety. It is the most commonly prescribed treatment for low sex drive in males in Japan and China. Korean ginseng is available in standardized powder, tablet and tincture form.

Wild Oats and Stinging Nettle Root

A less common cause of a low sex drive in males is low testosterone production. Wild oats will increase this production. There is also the extract from wild oat straw, avena sativa, which will free up and increase your circulation of testosterone. Read labels, many extracts available lack the essential active ingredient avenacosides. Stinging nettle root will work in conjunction with wild oats and avena sativa by keeping your testosterone in an active form and available for use.

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris is commonly used herb in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda for treating a lagging libido in men. Its active ingredients will increase your level of testosterone. It does this by increasing production of the luteinizing hormone (LH). When this hormone level is raised, your body will naturally make more testosterone. Laboratory studies in animals have also shown that tribulus terrestris increases sperm count. In many of the over-the-counter preparations for male libido enhancement, tribulus terrestris is the main ingredient.


Nervines are a group herbs that work directly on the central nervous system. They can bring you to a more relaxed state of mind, which is required for a healthy sexual libido. Nervines include passionflower, kava kava, catnip, chamomile, scullcap, lavender and vallarian root. All of these can be useful in creating a quiet mind and relieve anxiety due to prolonged stress. They are normally taken in the form of a hot tea.

Herbal Aphrodisiacs

Aphrodisiacs increase sexual arousal and desire, usually in a short amount of time.The strongest natural aphrodisiac available is yohimbe. Take caution when taking this herb. It works so quickly that it can have a sharp and sudden change in blood pressure. Other, more subtle herbal aphrodisiacs include sarsaparilla, horny goat weed, damiana and maca. You can also increase your sex drive by including zinc and kelp into your diet, which are also aphrodisiacs.

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