Top Men's Aphrodisiacs

Have a look at some of the botanicals nature has provided to assist men in the bedroom.

For thousands of years men have consumed herbs which assist their sex lives. Whether you want to increase arousal, enhance sensitivity, improve ‘performance’ or boost stamina, take a look at the carefully selected list below.

Some of the herbs can give you ‘the strength of a stallion’, some of them have names which clearly describe their benefits – Horny Goat Weed, for example. Say no more.

What herbalists have known for centuries about the amazing properties of herbs is now being confirmed by scientific studies, so rest assured the high-quality botanicals at Indigo Herbs have a good pedigree, backed-up by modern research – and they’re affordable too.

Naturally derived botanicals don’t always have the immediate effect of synthetic supplements which promise to make you a love god. Many are immediate, but some are cumulative in their effect and need to be taken over a period of time. Rather than taxing your liver with artificial chemicals, why not try something that works more naturally?

A healthy diet and lifestyle is important to support the use of herbs. After all, if you’re not getting enough sleep, exercise or top-grade nutrition, or not managing your stress levels, it’s unlikely you’re going to feel in the mood for love. Swapping bad habits for good ones to improve health is one of the most empowering things you can do – so look forward to reaping the benefits in the bedroom!

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Ashwagandha

(Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha Benefits

Ashwagandha is a herb from the Ayurvedic system and is known for its adaptogenic qualities, this means that it strengthens the systems of the body against stress and modern living. Apart from being an all round tonic it is an aphrodisiac, known for its ability to balance the male and female sex hormones. These are the potent parts of our bio-chemistry that govern desire, libido, pleasure, and sexual performance. It is said to bring "the strength of the stallion" to a man, enhancing his sexual staying power and libido. If there is a depletion of energy, it is known for nourishing male energy and is used to treat impotence. It increases semen production, and improves the quality of sperm, therefore it is used to treat infertility in men. Also known as Indian Ginseng. 

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Strength
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Accumulative
 

Catuaba Bark

(Erythroxylum catuaba)
Catuaba

The name catuaba is a Guarani word that translates as “what gives strength to the Indian”. It is Amazon’s most famed and sought after aphrodisiac, with numerous songs composed by the Tupi Indians in praise of its libido enhancing effects and ability to treat erectile dysfunction. Also known as Brazilian Viagra, catuaba contains “yohimbine”, which seems to be the active compound that provides a stimulatory effect to the libido.

It is also used as an overall energy booster, stimulating the nervous system, sharpening memory and focus and to combat fatigue. 

 

Cordyceps

(Cordyceps sinensis)
Cordyceps Benefits

Cordyceps is also known as the Sexual Potentiator! It helps to enhance the erectile function in men by increasing libido and significantly increases the release of all-important testosterone. As we age, the production sex hormones decreases which can naturally lead to a decrease in libido. Thought to be the secret weapon behind the success of the Chinese Women's Athletic Team at the 1993 Olympics, you can use Cordyceps to give you an overall energy and stamina boost too.

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Accumulative
 

Damiana

(Turnera diffusa)
Damiana

Used for centuries by the ancient peoples of South America, damiana leaves were not only prescribed as an aphrodisiac, but also as a tonic for overall health.

Especially indicated for alleviating problems of achieving and maintaining erections, Damiana also works to relieve stress and anxiety related to fears of inadequate sexual performance. Studies have shown that consuming the plant works to slow down the digestive tract and instead rushes oxygen to genital areas. This helps men to achieve erection much more easily and maintain it for longer periods of time. Yet another study claims that use of Damiana leads to greater sensitivity in the erogenous zones, especially the genitals, which in turn may help a person to experience greater sexual pleasure.

With a calming effect on the nervous system, Damiana is said to produce a mild euphoric effect on the mind and has been used traditionally as a mood enhancer by the Aztecs and Mayans. It is also said to provide an energy boost and increase stamina which might be linked to its aphrodisiac uses as well as helping to combat fatigue and lethargy.

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Strength
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Accumulative, Immediate
 

Ginkgo Biloba

(Ginkgo biloba, Salisburia adiantifolia, Salisburia macrophylla)
Ginkgo Biloba Benefits

As an aphrodisicac, Ginkgo Biloba is hard to beat. It promotes blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body supplied by capillaries. This enhanced blood flow can help to improve brain and heart health as well as sexual health. Heart health and sexual health are closely connected because good blood flow is needed to achieve and maintain an erection. Improving the circulation to this important part of the body will serve to alleviate erectile dysfunction whilst increasing libido and desire.

 

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Strength
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Accumulative, Immediate
 

Gokshura

(Tribulus terrestris)
Tribulus

Gokshura is a well known aphrodisiac for men - it stimulates the secretion of leutinising hormone LH, which goes onto stimulate testosterone in the gonads. It is this production of free testosterone in the body that stimulates the sexual energy. Studies have shown it to increase sperm production as well as sexual activity. It is indicated to increase libido, strengthen erection and speed up sexual recovery rate.

Using Gokshura / Tribulus Terrestris over a period of time (even if it be short) can dramatically help in the bedroom, boosting testosterone and improving sex drive.

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Accumulative
 

Horny Goat Weed

(Epimedium sagittatum)

Behind its comical name, Horny Goat Weed stands as a time tested aphrodisiac that increases libido in both men and women and improves erectile function in men. This is thought to be due, in part, to the flavonoid “icariin”, which is also responsible for the best known health benefits associated with this herb.

Firstly, icariin has been found to have the ability to boost the successful transmission of Nitric Oxide, the primary chemical transmitter for the successful and ample delivery of blood delivery to the penis tissue. Secondly it increases the natural circulation of free form testosterone around the body, not only boosting libido – testosterone is crucial to the health of the prostate and plays a dominant role in the production of healthy sperm.

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Strength
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Accumulative, Immediate
 

Muira Puama

(Ptychopetalum)
Muira Puama

Also known as potency wood, Muira Puama is renowned for both psychological and physical aspects of sexual function. The short term effects of Muira Puama include increasing blood flow to the pelvic area, aiding erections in men, with longer term use enhancing the production of testosterone. Muira Puama has been used successfully for impotency, erectile dysfunction, to stimulate libido and sexual desire.  It has no noted side effects though, as with many sexual stimulants, it can slightly raise blood pressure. Muira Puama has a long history of use in England, and is still listed in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, where it is recommended to treat impotence, amongst other things.

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Strength
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Accumulative, Immediate
 

Rhodiola Rosea

(Rhodiola rosea)

Rhodiola Rosea optimises the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your body, meaning reduced stress levels and fatigue as well as increased mental and physical performance.

In folk medicine it has a legendary history dating back thousands of years. We know, for example, that the ancient Greeks used Rhodiola rosea. In 77 A.D., the Greek physician Dioscorides documented the medical applications of the plant, which he then called rodia riza, in his classic medical text De Materia Medica.

As Rhodiola Rosea is a true performance enchancer which helps to release those all important happy chemicals in your brain. It can truly help you out in the bedroom, with a burst of serotonin and dopamine being that rush you might need to perform naturally better in the bedroom.

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Strength
Effects
Accumulative
 

Siberian Ginseng

(Eleutherococcus Senticosus)
Siberian Ginseng Benefits

In China Siberian Ginseng has an ancient reputation as a love potion, probably due to its capacity to boost physical endurance, stamina and provide endless energy in the user. It helps the body adapt to an extreme environment and to fight stress in the form of exhaustion and physical overwhelm. As an aphrodisiac, its claims to fame include stronger sex drive, increased semen output and heightened fertility - all accomplished without decreasing energy levels! Siberian Ginseng stimulates the bodies natural stamina and physical prowess during love making.

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Strength
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Accumulative