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Herbal Viagra: Natural Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

This page is dedicated to herbal Viagra and other male enhancement pills that are available over the counter or online in the UK. Whilst these herbal erection pills are available without the need for a prescription, it is essential to gather information before purchasing as no herbal Viagra treatments have undergone clinical trials to prove their effectiveness.

List of natural impotence treatments

What can be known as "herbal Viagra" comes in a range of products including epimedium (known as horny goat weed), ginseng, ginkgo, maca, damiana, yohimbe, palmetto, tribulus terrestris and muira puama. It's important to note that all herbal and natural medication linked to erectile dysfunction have not conclusively been proven so whilst we mentioned that it is used to treat ED and other conditions, this doesn't mean they are 100% effective or suitable for you. As with will natural Viagra, the result often depends on the individual in question and the studies into these treatments do vary massively.

Epimedium

Epimedium

Epimedium, also known as horny goat weed and barrenwort, is a supplement that is said to be able to treat a number of different ailments, but it's probably most well known for its benefits to treat a low libido. Horny goat weed is a herb from China where the leaves are used in medicine to prompt sexual desire. It has also been linked to erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure, liver disease and a whole other host of conditions.

Ginseng

Ginseng

The ginseng plant is one of the most popular natural supplements on the market due to its wide array of benefits. This is a widely used traditional treatment in Chinese medicine. It's believed to increase the production of nitric oxide, which plays an instrumental part in the erection process as it improves blood flow. Whilst research is inconsistent, ginseng has also been said to reduce stress and prompt relaxation, manage blood sugar (for high cholesterol and diabetes) and improve energy.

Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba

The ginkgo biloba plant is a tree originating from China and has been used in Asian medicine for many years. Ginkgo biloba is used in traditional medicine because of its powerful antioxidant properties and its ability to improve energy levels and even your memory. Like many other natural remedies linked to improving erectile dysfunction, ginkgo biloba increases blood flow around the body, and it is this that warrants the link with impotence.

Maca

Maca

Used in the Andean Mountains for centuries, maca is believed to have many different properties and can be used in salads and even to make beer, but it's also thought to be able to enhance the male libido and semen quality. It offers an influx of protein in the same way as L-arginine and also contains amino acids so many fitness fanatics use maca to produce lean muscle mass.

Damiana

Damiana

Damiana is grown around Mexico and was used by the Aztecs. It can be used it treat headaches, depression and constipation and has been used in the past as a treatment for anxiety disorders. Damiana was also used throughout Mexico as an aphrodisiac, and has a reputation for improving sexual health and benefiting general wellbeing.

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is a versatile plant often grown in North America used to combat a whole host of conditions. Research has shown that saw palmetto has the ability to treat a number of sexual dysfunctions, including prostate problems. It was traditionally used by Native Americans to help improve sex drive and stabilise hormones. As a natural anabolic, it's believed to help repair damaged penile tissues.

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris is a plant/weed found across many parts of the world including Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe. It is used in the sports and nutrition world for building up lean muscle mass but it is also known to increase the levels of testosterone. It is this that is linked to erectile dysfunction. It's known by many different and more colloquial names such as 'bullhead' and 'caltrop', and some studies have shown that it can enhance erection strength.

Yohimbe

Yohimbe

Yohimbe is a plant extract from the leaves and bark of the yohimbe tree, grown in Africa. This is then crushed into a powder and sold as yohimbe extract often in herbal tablet form. It is sold widely as an aphrodisiac. Yohimbe can increase blood flow around the body and is linked to increasing blood flow to the penis to help combat erectile dysfunction and high blood pressure.

Muira Puama

Muira Puama

Muira puama is adeptly named as "Potency Wood" and is a herb which grows in Brazil. The muira puama is a plant; the bark (wood) and root are both used. It can be directly applied to the skin but it is more frequently taken as herbal capsules. Historically it was used to help treat a variety of different ailments, but a 1990 study showed that it might be effective at improving a man's sex drive and erection strength.

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)

DHEA is a hormone naturally produced in the body, in the adrenal glands. DHEA is linked to the production of the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen and the supplement is used to replenish your body if your hormones are low.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds and leaves can both be used in cookery as well as containing a number of health properties. The plant derives from South Asia. Some research has shown a link between the use of fenugreek and lowering high cholesterol and aiding diabetes. As well as this, it could help boost a low libido and boost testosterone levels. This has in turn been linked to erectile dysfunction.

Muira Puama

L-arginine

Amino acid is also used as a dietary supplement to replace the protein usually sourced in food. This, therefore, helps you lose weight and form muscle. It is available to buy as a sports/nutrition supplement, but also in tablet form to aid sexual dysfunction. L-arginine (amino acid) simplifies into nitric oxide once it is inside the body and this, in turn, helps to stimulate blood flow around the body.

Zinc

Zinc

Zinc, when provided in low levels, has been linked to a number of health ailments. An increase in zinc can help testosterone levels rise and has therefore been linked to sexual conditions such as erectile dysfunction. Whilst testosterone has minimal connection with the ED, the use of zinc can have a knock-on effect in terms of combatting the other causes of impotence.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea is a plant that originates from Russia. It is also known as the "golden root" and has been used in Russian medicines for years. It has been known to help with exhaustion.

ArginMax

ArginMax

ArginMax is a natural supplement that can be used for men and women to improve health and promote sexual wellbeing. It is taken daily and contains L-arginine, ginseng and ginkgo.

Prelox

Prelox

Prelox contains l-arginine as well as taurine and pycnogenol (extract from the French Maritime pine tree). It is used by men to increase blood flow around the genital area.

Vimax

Vimax

Vimax contains ginko, ginseng, cayenne pepper and hawthorn berry. This male enhancement pill is linked to premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and sexual endurance.

Spanish Fly

Spanish Fly

Spanish fly (Lytta vesicatoria) is misleading as it is in fact a small metallic-green beetle located in western Europe. Spanish fly products are available in many different forms so additional research is needed to find the right brand for you.

Ginger

Ginger

Ginger can be used to treat the common cold but did you know it has been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to help combat erectile dysfunction. It can be bought from the supermarket and included in your diet, or in tablet form.

Epimedium (horny goat weed)

Epimedium, also known as horny goat weed and barrenwort, is a supplement that is said to be able to treat a number of different ailments, but it's probably most well known for its benefits to treat a low libido. It has also been linked to erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure, liver disease and a whole other host of conditions.

There have been a number of studies into the effects of horny goat weed, which has lead to mixed reviews. One study detailed on Healthline found that epimedium does have the same abilities as a PDE-5 inhibitor like Viagra, however, the ingredients are significantly less potent than prescription medication.

Ginseng

The ginseng plant is believed to increase the production of nitric oxide, which plays an instrumental part in the erection process as it improves blood flow. Whilst research is inconsistent, ginseng has also been said to reduce stress and prompt relaxation, manage blood sugar (for high cholesterol and diabetes) and improve energy.

Ginseng requires many more comprehensive studies to establish its ability to treat erectile dysfunction. Whilst studies have proved that sexual desire has increased, the jury is out for impotence and premature ejaculation.

Ginkgo biloba

Like many other natural remedies linked to improving erectile dysfunction, ginkgo biloba increases blood flow around the body. It has also been connected with improved energy levels and even your memory.

Many natural erection pills use the link between blood flow and the drug to suggest an improvement in erectile dysfunction. This is exactly the same for ginkgo biloba and there are minimal studies to suggest that there is comprehensive proof that it helps erectile dysfunction. It may also interact with certain prescription medications.

Maca

Maca is thought to be able to enhance the male libido and semen quality. It offers an influx of protein in the same way as L-arginine and also contains amino acids.

The research undertaken for maca in connection to a low sex drive as well as impotence is limited to say the least. When studies have been carried out on animals, there was an increase in sexual activity. Maca is also one of the very few herbal erection pills that doesn't affect hormones so the research is currently inconclusive.

Damiana

Damiana was used throughout Mexico as an aphrodisiac, and has a reputation for improving sexual health and benefiting general wellbeing.

Information on whether Damiana works is particularly thin. There is currently one review on drugs.com. This is a positive review that claims to work for erectile dysfunction and a host of other ailments such as anxiety, stomach related conditions, and headaches. This is an individual's response and not a comprehensive trial.

Saw Palmetto

Research has shown that saw palmetto has the ability to treat a number of sexual dysfunctions, including prostate problems. As a natural anabolic, it's believed to help repair damaged penile tissues.

Sadly, research into saw palmetto has found little evidence to show that this supplement works for either prostate problems or erectile dysfunction. It can also interact with other prescription medications.

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris increases the levels of testosterone. It is this that is linked to erectile dysfunction. It's known by many different and more colloquial names such as 'bullhead' and 'caltrop', and some research has shown that it can enhance erection strength.

There aren't enough studies that have determined whether this particular natural Viagra is effective. Like most herbal supplements, it also requires a high amount of the active ingredient for there is be a noticeable effect.

Yohimbe

Yohimbe can increase blood flow around the body and is linked to increased blood flow to the penis to help combat erectile dysfunction and high blood pressure.

The Everydayhealth article states that Yohimbe is no more than a placebo until more cohesive studies materialise. Often herbal Viagra such as Yohimbe can work due to other extended reasons surrounding the condition such as a low libido.

Muira puama

Historically it was used to help treat a variety of different ailments, but a 1990 study showed that it might be effective at improving a man's sex drive and erection strength.

With the risk of sounding repetitive, the jury is out on this one too. There are reviews to be found online and the results tend to be mixed although a link to sex drive increasing is a common theme.

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)

DHEA works differently to other herbal Viagra as it is a natural hormone already present in the body. This hormone helps promote testosterone, increasing levels and therefore your sexual desire.

An influx of any type of natural hormone should be monitored. It is advised that you visit a doctor before considering this male enhancement pill as it's been known to have many side effects.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a natural male enhancement pill that could help boost a low libido and testosterone levels. This has in turn been linked to erectile dysfunction.

Fenugreek has more positive reviews than most of the studies and reviews from users. As well as a link to performance, reports of increased arousal and desire were noted. If the causes of your condition are linked to the mind, this could be an option but it's important to research thoroughly before. You can even ask your doctor for advice.

L-arginine

L-arginine is also in tablet form to aid sexual dysfunction. L-arginine (amino acid) simplifies into nitric oxide once it is inside the body and this, in turn, helps to stimulate blood flow around the body.

L-arginine is one of the more extensively researched herbal Viagras on the market. Side effects are unlikely for many men but the overall effect of reducing erectile dysfunction is minimal. Some studies suggest that it may be effective for mild versions of the condition.

Zinc

An increase in zinc can help testosterone levels rise and has, therefore, been linked to sexual conditions such as erectile dysfunction. Whilst testosterone has minimal connection with the ED, the use of zinc can have a knock-on effect in terms of combatting the other causes of impotence.

We only require a small amount of zinc in the body to begin with so the effects of zinc-based supplements to help erectile dysfunction are likely to be minimal. Interestingly, zinc is linked to your sense of smell, which could also help prompt an improvement in sexually related conditions. Some studies have shown a positive effect, but visit your doctor beforehand to avoid side effects especially if your zinc levels are already stable.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea has been rumoured to boost sexual desire (low libido) and help endurance. This, in turn, has been linked to erectile dysfunction depending on the causes for your condition.

Studies have shown that Rhodiola Rosea is a subtle drug so many men find that it doesn't work, however, this means it can also have fewer side effects associated with other herbal Viagras.

ArginMax

ArginMax is sold as a "sexual enjoyment" supplement and is therefore not directly linked with impotence, especially as it can be used by both genders. It is available online and should be taken for 4 weeks before results are visible.

ArginMax themselves say that the supplement is not like Viagra, and reviews for the product connected to this particular conditions are near non-existent. Whether it works for sexual desire can also depend on the age and fitness of the individual.

Prelox

Prelox is taken daily so requires further maintenance and whilst it contains l-arginine, studies are inconclusive. Prelox can be sold in high street stores and online, which include reviews from other consumers. This suggests a wide spectrum of results.

Vimax

Vimax works by increasing blood flow across the body including the genitals. It contains familiar ingredients including ginkgo biloba and ginseng. Whilst some individual say Vimax has worked for them, the potency of the supplement is quite low so chances are you may not see any significant difference.

Spanish Fly

Spanish fly medication uses the crushed male beetle that produces cantharidin that works as an aphrodisiac. It is available without a prescription but its potency varies making it essential to research thoroughly before use. Spanish fly can be rubbed onto the genitals to produce a numbing effect that will help endurance, however, there is little evidence that it works for erectile dysfunction.

Ginger

Ginger used in drinks and food, or as supplements have many health benefits. The use of ginger in tea can help cure a common cold, and specific supplements are available from many retailers without a prescription needed.

There is no concrete proof that ginger specifically helps erectile dysfunction, however, the side effects are minimal and availability high so you may want to give it a go.

Other remedies for erectile dysfunction

  • Acupuncture - If you're looking for another method that doesn't involve ingesting a tablet, acupuncture is a traditional Chinese needle therapy that can increase blood flow. Whilst it is widely associated with curing joint pains and headaches, you may wish to try it for erectile dysfunction.
  • Pomegranate - There is no solid proof that this fruit can help combat impotence, however, it is known that the juice and extract contains lots of nutrients.

Evidence of acupuncture working for impotence and other sexually-related condition is thin on the ground; some studies suggest it works whilst others don't. A thorough online research and booking an appointment with your doctor may shed more light.

Overview

There are a large number of herbal Viagra products claiming to act in the same way as Viagra as it is such a profitable market. Many people seek alternatives to medication because they think that they don't carry the same consequences as prescription medications. This is false as herbal remedies and natural treatments can still cause side effects, and the process to find an appropriate treatment takes time, effort and financing. They can also be less effective or even potentially harmful.

With a large array of natural remedies linked to erectile dysfunction, it is the link to blood flow or a rise in testosterone that is often the outcome. This can be a knock-on effect linked to other underlining conditions such as high blood pressure rather than treating erectile dysfunction at the cause. It is also important to distinguish that testosterone levels and impotence are two different ailments.

The definition of 'herbal impotence treatment'

Herbal impotence treatment and "herbal Viagra" are terms used to describe any herbal product that is advertised as being a treatment for erectile dysfunction. There are many different types of herbal impotence treatments available containing different ingredients.

These kinds of herbal products may use the word 'Viagra' in the name because it is the most popular brand name for erectile dysfunction treatment. Any herbal product that claims to be a herbal version of a branded impotence medication that could be classed as "natural Viagra" is in no way associated with that particular brand or the pharmaceutical company that produces it.

"Herbal treatment" and "herbal erection pills" may also not be in reference to "herbs" but covers a spectrum of treatments such as herbs, plants, and roots. Natural supplements and herbal supplements can also be intertwined.

Are herbal impotence treatments effective?

Though companies that sell natural Viagra may claim that they are as effective as the ED medication requiring a prescription, no clinical trials have ever proven these claims. If it did so, it would require a prescription. However, there have been synthetic chemical compounds found in some herbal erection pills that are similar to active ingredients in prescription meds such as sildenafil.

A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, published in 2016, looked at the key ingredients found in the best-selling male enhancement pills to evaluate their effectiveness and side effects.

Using natural remedies for erectile dysfunction

Herbal Viagra and natural supplements are widely available across the UK, whether this is in store or online. It's always important to research these supplements for two main reasons; ultimately your safety is paramount, but secondly, you don't want to waste your money on supplements that simply don't work.

The benefits of herbal and natural supplements:

  • There is ease when purchasing as it doesn't require a doctor's approval and is available on high street stores and online.
  • It might limit embarrassment, or ease nerves if you're wary about going to the doctor.
  • Once establishing the safety, it can be a good stepping stone when seeking further treatment (prescription meds, counselling, lifestyle changes).
  • It can be cheaper than prescription medications depending on the supplement.
  • It can be easier on the body, especially if you're wary of taking prescription medications.
  • You may find the perfect remedy or supplement for you.

It's suggested that, for men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction or are dissatisfied with their libido, these offer an affordable treatment that avoids what some men fear will be an embarrassing conversation with their doctor. Whilst this discretion obviously has its benefits, researching herbal supplements and natural remedies is still essential.

Downsides of remedies for erectile dysfunction

As mentioned, caution should be exercised when consuming these male enhancement pills; in fact, the same level of caution that you would give prescription treatments. Whilst many of these treatments are available online or over-the-counter, you must read the full instructions and do thorough research before consuming, just in case you experience side effects, an allergic reaction or it interacts negatively with any existing conditions you have.

  • They aren't clinically proven so the results cannot be predicted.
  • Most options still have the potential to cause side effects.
  • You will most likely need to experiment before you find one that works.
  • This option can be time-consuming and expensive.

The supplements may have no effect on you whatsoever and you're only going to know after trying them.

Unlike clinically proven treatment, many of their claims are unfounded and unproven; some have been found to contain hidden and potentially harmful ingredients and some can result in negative side effects and drug interactions.

Side effects of natural impotence medications

Ingredients Effectiveness Side Effects
DHEA (A hormone manufactured from soy and wild yam)

May possibly be of some benefit. No definitive findings.

Relatively safe with little impact on hormone levels.
Fenugreek

May improve sexual function, arousal and muscle strength.

Relatively safe with no evidence of adverse effects.
Ginkgo biloba

No evidence that it can benefit erectile dysfunction.

Side effects can include headaches, seizures and heavy bleeding. The likelihood of side effects is increased if taken with Coumadin.
Ginseng

South Korean study found it could cause a small but significant improvement in sexual function.

It can cause minor side effects such as headache, nausea, constipation and insomnia. It can lower blood sugar so caution should be exercised if you have diabetes.
Horny Goat Weed

No apparent benefit for sexual function.

Relatively safe with few common side effects. Rare cases of toxicity have been reported, leading to hypomania.
L-arginine (amino acid)

May improve sexual function for those with erectile dysfunction.

Relatively safe. Has been linked with a drop in blood pressure but not any significant change to heart rate.
Maca (Vegetable)

Evidence to suggest increased sexual behaviour in animals, but not proven in humans.

Considered safe, with some rare reports of toxicity causing a small increase in blood pressure and liver enzymes.
Tribulus

No strong evidence to prove its usefulness.

Rare cases of liver and kidney toxicity have been reported.
Yohimbine

Evidence suggests this may have benefits in improving sexual functioning.

Side effects can include headaches, hypertension, insomnia and excessive sweating.
Zinc

Some evidence suggest slight benefits to libido.

Safe with no reported adverse effects from use.

Are these supplements safe?

Herbal Viagra and other male enhancement pills are traditionally accepted to be safe and an alternative to branded medication. This is not always the case and there are a number of adverse side effect risks reported after the use of herbal remedies for impotence as well as other conditions. Most notably, they can cause very low blood pressure, and can also restrict the blood flow in the body to the vital organs. Some reports suggest that herbal/natural Viagra could be toxic if taken in too large a dose.

Are herbal impotence treatments legal?

Yes. It is currently completely legal for companies to manufacture and sell herbal alternatives to Viagra and other sexually related conditions. However, some ingredients used in the herbal supplements may be restricted in some countries.

If you order your herbal impotence treatment online, you should make sure that the ingredients listed are all legal in the country in which you reside. In the UK, the MHRA has a published list available of all the registered herbal ingredients so it is possible for you to verify this information from a trustworthy source.

Claims to be '100% natural'

Many of the claims to be 100% natural that are associated with herbal Viagra can be exaggerated. Medical News Today reported just how many have been found to contain traces of phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors (PDE5s), which are linked to ED prescription medications.

In fact, one study found that as many as 81% of these over-the-counter medications sold in the US and Asia had trace PDE5 elements. This is the same type of medication as Viagra and while it's a highly effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, it should not be consumed without consulting a medical professional beforehand and obtaining a prescription to make certain it is safe for you to use.

Green herbal capsules with spoon and leaves on a wooden table

PDE5 inhibitors can be dangerous to your health and are not suitable for men with certain underlying medical conditions. They can also cause potentially dangerous side effects, including sudden drops in blood pressure when combined with other medications such as nitrates. Not only is it potentially dangerous, but it is simply false advertising and it is unlikely that the supplement would work without this additional ingredient.

Risks associated with natural treatments

Herbal Viagra can have similar risks as those medications associated with PDE5 inhibitors, and there have been concerns expressed by medical professionals around the quality, purity, and consistency of male enhancement pills bought online or over-the-counter. Because these supplements are classified as foods rather than medicines, they are subject to less rigorous testing and controls.

It's up to each individual manufacturer to manage the quality and consistency of the product. It is for this reason that some medical professionals will be slow to recommend them to their patients.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) echoed this warning of the hidden risks with some supplements. At various stages, these over-the-counter supplements have sparked controversy and the FDA has issued statements to warn consumers. The FDA has published a list of 29 over-the-counter products to be avoided due to potentially harmful ingredients, which may not be listed on the label.

What to do next

If you have erectile dysfunction, you should consult with a medical professional before starting any treatment whether this is prescription medications, over-the-counter treatments or natural remedies. They can assess whether you're at an increased risk of experiencing side effects due to underlying complicating health conditions, or due to interactions with other medications you're taking.

Last updated: 16/01/2018

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