Herbs are natural remedies for pain, disease and health complications that have been used for centuries. Many of the same herbs from history are still popular today as part of alternative medicine in the Western world. Ginseng, yohimbe and Tribulus terrestris are a few of the many herbal formulas used to increase energy and endurance, boost sexual desire and increase levels of testosterone. Many of these herbs are touted by athletes and bodybuilders for their ability to build muscle. Herbal remedies, while widely available over-the-counter, may produce health complications. Talk to your doctor before beginning treatment, particularly if other medications are part of your regimen.
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Ginseng has been a component of Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Today, a host of healers in every culture use ginseng for various medicinal purposes. Commonly used to treat sexual problems, ginseng is known for its ability to boost energy, reduce stress and increase stamina. Several types of ginseng exist, all of which are widely used. American ginseng is grown in mountainous regions of the United States and cultivated on ginseng farms. Asian ginseng roots are dried and used in capsules, tablets teas and extracts. External preparations may also be used for topical treatments. The active chemical compounds present in the root are useful for increasing testosterone, endurance and treating conditions like erectile dysfunction and hepatitis C.
Yohimbe is an herb derived from the bark of the yohimbe tree, native to western Africa. Used for sexual dysfunction, as an aphrodisiac and to increase testosterone, build muscle, ease anxiety and aid weight loss, the herb is available in tablets, pills and teas. Applied topically, yohimbe is anesthetic. When smoked, yohimbe produces hallucinogenic effects. Anxiety, high blood pressure, headache, insomnia and other complications may result from use.
Tribulus terrestris is an ages-old remedy used in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac and health tonic. European folk healers found the herb helpful for treating headaches, nervous disorders, constipation and sexual difficulties. In other cultures, the plant was used to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels and treat liver and cardiovascular conditions. Today the plant is popular among athletes and bodybuilders for its ability to increase testosterone levels and build muscle. Also called caltrop, puncture vine, yellow vine and goat head, the plant grows in peculiar places like roadsides and uninhabited places. Its multiple stems produce prickly green crowns. The plant can be found in southern Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and the United States.