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I been following you for awhile. Thanks for all you do. I been reading about the different herbs that help with sexual arousal, erection and/or energy. I like to know what you feel is the best herbs to try for better sexual arousal, better erection (and harder)? I am getting closer to 50 than 40. I have been exercising and eating better. At this time I don’t have any physical ailment like diabetes or ms. I am still working on getting in shape and it’s going to take time, but while I am getting in shape I like to have a “boost” because I noticed recently that I am not as hard or not staying hard long enough and I have to time it right. I just got my wife back into wanting it again by telling her that we will try different stuff and try spice up our love life. She is on board but last weekend I had an issue. Seems like it been getting worse last few months. Just had blood test and everything checked out. Low vitamin D but where I live that is normal. Last weekend I was so embarrassed because I never had this problem before. I need some advice and booster. I do have some immune issues and been on antibiotic for face issues. I have times when I feel fatigued. I try taking a lot of vitamins or eating fruits and veggies. I know eventually at least I hope I will not need the booster any more. I have done a lot of studying last two weeks of different herbs. Please help and would appreciate that this is private email between us. Thank you


  • Michael Castleman says:

    Thank you for noticing my work. Yes, there are some herbs that help with erections:
    • Yohimbine. Ten years before Viagra, the FDA approved yohimbine for ED—brand names Yohimbe, Testomar, Aphrodyne, and Yocon. Yohimbine is not as effective as the Viagra family of drugs, but it may help. Possible side effects include: increased heart rate and blood pressure, fluid retention, nervousness, irritability, headache, dizziness, tremor, and flushing. Yohimbine is available over-the-counter where supplements are sold, but supplements rarely contain therapeutic doses. If you’re interested, obtain a prescription.
    • L-Arginine. The amino acid, L-arginine, is the precursor of nitric oxide, a compound crucial to erection. Several studies show that supplementation helps treat ED. University of Hawaii researchers gave a placebo or ArginMax, a supplement containing L-arginine, ginseng, and ginkgo (below), to fifty-two men with ED. A month later, 24 percent of the placebo group reported improvement, the ArginMax group, 84 percent.
    ArginMax may also improve the effectiveness of erection drugs. Researchers at University of California, Davis, told ED sufferers disappointed with Viagra to try the drug with either a placebo or ArginMax. After four weeks, 22 percent of those taking the placebo reported improvement, the ArginMax-group, 60 percent. L-arginine is available at supplement outlets.
    South Korean researchers analyzed ten studies of arginine for ED that used doses of 1,500 to 5,000 mg/day. Compared with placebo treatment, supplementation “significantly improved ED.”
    • Ginkgo. This medicinal herb improves blood flow throughout the body, including the penis. University of California, San Francisco, researchers gave ginkgo (209 mg/day) to thirty men with antidepressant-induced ED. After one year, 76 percent regained their erections. Other trials have corroborated this finding.
    • Ginseng. For centuries, Asians have considered ginseng a sex enhancer. Some evidence suggests it promotes release of nitric oxide. Korean researchers gave 45 ED sufferers a placebo or Korean red ginseng, the root peeled, steam-heated, and sun dried (900 mg three times a day). The ginseng group experienced significantly greater erection improvement. Ginseng is safe for most men. However, this study used a large dose that may cause nervousness and restlessness. Ginseng also has blood thinning (anticoagulant) action. If you take anticoagulant drugs, or regularly use aspirin, garlic, or vitamin E, you may experience bruising or bleeding. Consult your physician.
    • Maca. The Incas used this Andean groundcover to boost livestock fertility. Spanish conquistadors dubbed it a sex enhancer. Italian investigators gave fifty men with mild to moderate ED either a placebo or maca (1,200 mg of powdered root twice daily). After twelve weeks, the maca group’s reported the most firmness.

    You’re free to try one or more of these herbs. You’re also free to try erection medications. But before you opt for herbs or drugs, I urge you to read my recent book Sizzling Sex for Life. It contains extensive discussions of men’s arousal and erection issues, and more information about herbs and other approaches. Also, many of its other 52 chapters may relate to your situation.

    I wish you sizzling sex for life!

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