Some dietary supplements may help improve men's sexual potency, or the ability and desire to perform sexual intercourse. According to the University of Georgia, common male sexual problems include premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and decreased libido, or reduced desire to have sex. Smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and other lifestyle factors may play a significant role in your reproductive health and function. Meet with your doctor to discuss dosage, side effects and drug interactions before taking supplements to enhance your sexual potency.
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Damiana, also called Turnera diffusa, is an herbal supplement that has been used to help improve sexual potency in men. According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, damiana has been helpful in treating a variety of ailments, including anxiety, constipation, diabetes, kidney disorders and menstrual disorders. However, damiana is best known as an enhancer of male sexual performance. Herbalist Ed Smith, author of the book "Therapeutic Herb Manual," states that damiana is a soothing tonic to your sexual organs and may boost your libido. Damiana is an aphrodisiac and stimulating nervine that may be helpful in treating lack of interest in sexual intercourse and impotence, the inability to develop and maintain an erection. Damiana is a small shrub native to Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Sharol Tilgner, author of the book "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth" and a naturopathic physician, states that ginkgo, or Ginkgo biloba, boosts circulation, or blood flow, to the peripheral parts of your body, including your limbs, brain, prostate, penis and gonads. Ginkgo has been used to help treat peripheral vascular insufficiency and erectile dysfunction. Ed Smith notes that ginkgo may be helpful in treating erectile dysfunction, if your erectile dysfunction is caused by poor circulation. Practitioners of botanical medicine use the leaves of the ginkgo tree, which possess a sour taste, to help treat a variety of ailments, including male sexual dysfunction. Tilgner cautions that ginkgo may cause gastrointestinal discomfort, prolonged bleeding time and headaches in some people. If you have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia, you should avoid taking this herbal supplement to enhance your sexual potency.
Asian ginseng is a slow-growing, perennial plant native to eastern Asia, especially Korea, northern China and the eastern part of Siberia. Asian ginseng has fleshy roots that are used for medicinal purposes, have a sweet and slightly bitter taste and possess warming tendencies. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that Asian ginseng, also known as Panax ginseng, may be helpful in treating many health problems, including erectile dysfunction, poor stamina and poor physical performance. According to Tilgner, Asian ginseng is an adaptogen that has anti-fatigue properties and is used to help support your endocrine system and treat impotence and lack of stamina. Smith notes that Asian ginseng improves sexual function, potency and fertility. Asian ginseng may also be helpful in treating memory problems, anemia, weakness, agitation and poor appetite. If you have diabetes, you should talk with your doctor about before taking supplements containing Asian ginseng, as it can drastically lower your levels of blood sugar.