Sexual desire is complex in both men and women. Far from working like occasional stimulants or viagra, natural aphrodisiacs will work in depth and over time to help you regain desire and overcome sexual activity disorders. Some walk quickly others slower. All of the aphrodisiacs in this article have been scientifically tested on small samples of men and women. It remains to find the one that suits you best.
Tribulus terrestris is a small leafy plant whose roots and fruits are popular in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine
It is also widely available as a sports supplement and commonly marketed to boost testosterone levels and improve libido.
Although human studies have not shown that it can increase testosterone levels, it does appear to increase libido in both men and women.
In a 90-day study of women reporting low sexual pleasure, taking 750 mg of Tribulus Terrestris daily increased sexual satisfaction in 88% of participants. Additionally, a two-month study in men found that taking 750-1500mg of Tribulus Terrestris daily improved sexual desire in 79% of them. In another study, taking 1,500 mg daily for 90 days improved erections, as well as sex drive. As such, further research into tribulus terrestris and erectile dysfunction is needed.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root vegetable traditionally used to improve fertility and sexual desire. You can buy supplements in a variety of forms, including powders, capsules, and liquid extracts. A 12-week study showed that 42% of men who took 1,500 to 3,000 mg of maca daily had an increase in sexual desire. Additionally, in a review of 4 studies in 131 people, taking maca consistently for at least 6 weeks improved sexual desire. It has also helped treat mild erectile dysfunction in men. Additionally, there is some evidence to suggest that maca may help combat the loss of libido that can occur as a side effect of certain antidepressants. Most studies have shown that taking 1.5-3.5 grams per day for at least 2-12 weeks is enough to boost libido
Ginseng, and red ginseng in particular, can help increase libido and improve sexual function. A 20-week study in 32 postmenopausal women showed that taking 3 grams of red ginseng daily significantly improved sexual desire and function, compared to a placebo. Additionally, red ginseng may stimulate the production of nitric oxide, a compound that promotes blood circulation and helps muscles in the penis relax. In fact, studies have found this herb to be at least twice as effective as a placebo in improving erectile function. Red ginseng is generally well tolerated, but can cause side effects, such as headaches and stomach aches. It can also interact with medications such as blood thinners.
Fenugreek is a popular herb in alternative medicine that can help improve libido and sexual function. It contains compounds that your body can use to produce sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. A 6-week study in 30 men showed that supplementing with 600mg of fenugreek extract daily increased strength and improved sexual function. Similarly, an 8-week study in 80 women with low libido determined that taking 600 mg of fenugreek daily significantly improved sexual arousal and desire, compared to the placebo group.
Saffron is a delicious spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus. Its many traditional uses range from stress reduction to aphrodisiac action, especially for people on antidepressants. A 4-week study in 38 women with low libido on antidepressants showed that taking 30 mg of saffron daily significantly improved several sexual issues, such as decreased arousal and lubrication, compared to a placebo. Similarly, in a 4-week study of 36 men with desire and arousal issues related to antidepressant use, taking 30 mg of saffron daily significantly improved erectile function, compared to taking a placeb. Finally, a review of 5 studies on 173 people noted that saffron significantly improved various aspects of sexual pleasure, desire, and arousal in both men and women.
Gingko biloba is a popular herbal supplement in traditional Chinese medicine. It can treat a variety of issues including sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction and low libido as it can increase nitric oxide levels in the blood which aids blood circulation by promoting the expansion of blood vessels. A 4-week study in 63 people showed that taking an average dose of 209 mg of gingko biloba daily helped treat antidepressant-related sexual dysfunctions: low levels of desire, arousal and/or pleasure, in 84% of participants.
L-citrulline is an amino acid produced naturally by your body. Your body then converts it into L-arginine, which helps improve blood circulation by producing nitric oxide to dilate your blood vessels. This can help treat erectile dysfunction. For example, a small one-month study in 24 men with mild erectile dysfunction showed that taking 1.5 grams of L-citrulline daily significantly improved symptoms in 50% of participants. In another 30-day study in men, taking a combination of 800 mg of L-citrulline and 300 mg of resveratrol daily improved erection function and hardness, compared to placebo. Resveratrol, is a plant compound that functions as an antioxidant and is linked to numerous health benefits. L-citrulline is available as a dietary supplement in capsule or powder form, but it occurs naturally in foods like watermelon, dark chocolate, and nuts.