Treat Erectile Dysfunction With These 16 Trusted Herbs!

Written by Michael Wight
Essential Herbs For Treating Erectile Dysfunction

An erectile dysfunction is a condition in which a man is unable to achieve erection during sexual intercourse. There are many causes of this condition, they include stress, prostate cancers, reduced libido, obstruction in the blood vessels, and side effects of different medications that the patient might be taking. There are different herbs that can be used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and they include the following:


This herb is commonly used by medical practitioners from Chinese and is widely used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). The herb acts by maintaining of balance in the body in the cases where there is inadequate production of testosterone, psychological stress, severe physical exhaustion and other chronic illnesses that lower the immunity of an individual. Herbs 2000 reports that it is important to rotate panax and Siberian ginseng every 14 days and this helps to reduce issues that may be related to intolerance. The patient is advised to take 100-300 mg and this should be taken two times per day.


This herb is usually common in the African highlands and in Madagascar where it grows in the islands. Pygeum is used in the treatment of ED where the cause is a disease that is primarily affecting the prostate. This includes the diseases that result from the reduction of secretions that are produced by the prostate gland and they include inflammation of the prostate gland, and male sterility. The herb is also reported by Herbs 2000to have an aphrodisiac effect. The dosage that should be taken is 100mg twice a day and this should be taken in between meals.

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Niacin is widely used in the treatment of cholesterol that usually causes an increase in the blood pressure. Niacin helps in the treatment of conditions that cause the hardening of blood vessels. Niacin helps to relax the blood vessels and this causes an increase in the blood flow to the penis. This in turn causes an individual to have an erection and be able to maintain it.


This mineral is usually found in the food and water that is ingested. The foods that provide the body with selenium include fish, liver, poultry and wheat. The recommended amount of selenium that should be taken per day is 125mcg. Selenium helps in the reduction of cholesterol levels in the body and in treatment of heart diseases. Cholesterol causes the hardening of blood vessels therefore reducing the blood flow to various organs in the body. This mineral helps to increase blood flow and therefore causing the patient to be able to have an erection and maintain it.

Tribulus Terrestris

This herb has been used for many years in the treatment of ED in china and India and it helps to improve the sexual health and increase libido. The herb acts by increasing the level of testosterone and this is by increasing other hormones in the body that include estrogen and luteinizing hormone. The luteinizing hormone is responsible for controlling the production of testosterone in the body. Tribulus also helps in the treatment of hypertension by reducing blood pressure and improving circulation. This helps in increasing the blood flow to the penis thus enabling the patient to be able to achieve erection and maintain it. The fruit of the herb helps in production of nitric oxide and this allows the relaxation of the arterial muscles thus improving circulation.

Avena Sativa (Wild Oats)

The herb has been used traditionally for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The part of the herb that is used is the green tips that help with improving sex for both genders. This drug helps in the prevention of premature ejaculation by improving circulation. Oats are also good in reducing cholesterol in the body and therefore help in prevention of heart diseases. The herb is important for the maintenance of optimal health in the body and this is by lowering the level of cholesterol, improving circulation, reducing inflammation, improving the immunity system and enhancing the quality of sleep. These factors contribute to good health and improvement of the sexual functioning.

Tongkat Ali

This herb is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The part of the herb that is used for the medicinal purpose is the roots. The herb is commonly used in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The roots help in increasing the libido and sexual performance. This herb acts by increasing the level of testosterone in the body and it helps to increase the mass of the muscles and strength. When the level of testosterone is increased, the libido is increased and this improves sexual performance. The side effects that are associated with the herb include reduced sleep and anxiety. The drug is used in cancer patients because it destroys the cancerous cells in the body. This can cause the patient to have lowered immunity because the immune cells might also be destroyed in the process. This herb is usually prepared by boiling the roots for approximately one hour and then the water is left to cool. The water can then be drunk after cooling and patient is advised to use 50 grams of which this constitutes a single dose.

Mucuna Pruriens

This herb is widely used in India where it is found in the low forests, hedges and bushes. Mucuna has many valuable properties that can be used medically and therefore most of its part is used. This includes the roots, leaves and leaflets. This herb has been used for long in increasing the libido in both men and women. The beans of the herb are used in increasing the mass of the muscles in males. The herb acts by releasing L-dopa that unites with dopamine and this restricts the rate at which the pituitary gland releases the prolactin hormone. Prolactin hormone is one of the major causes of sexual dysfunction.

Fenugreek Seed

This herb has many uses where the leaves are used as herbs while the seeds are used as a spice. The herb is used to increase the energy levels and libido because it helps to maintain the level of testosterone in the body. The herb assists in the reduction of cholesterol in the body and this improves circulation. This is because increased cholesterol causes the hardening of the blood vessels and therefore when it is reduced there is improvement in the blood supply to different organs in the body. This includes the penis and therefore patient is able to achieve an erection and maintain it.

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf

This herb helps to increase the circulation of blood that is flowing through the penis and this helps the patient to be able to achieve an erection. This herb is commonly used in the cases where the cause of ED is obstruction in the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis. This herb is usually taken for 6-8 weeks before the patient starts seeing the changes in his body. The herbs 2000 states that the recommended dose is 80mg. This should be taken three times per day.

Herba Epimedium

This flowering plant is common in Japan, Korea and china. The herb belongs to barberry family and increases sexual activity in goats. This has made the herb to be given the name horny goat weed and it is usually used as herbal tea. This herb acts by dilating/widening of the blood vessels therefore improving circulation of blood to the penis. The herb is also used in the treatment of hypertension where it helps to lower the blood pressure. The herb increases the production of testosterone and this helps to enhance sexual activity.

Saw Palmetto

This herb is usually used for treating patients who have enlargement of the prostate. It is made up of steroidal saponins that help to reduce inflammation and this helps in decreasing the swelling. The drug is also used in increasing libido and stimulating the enlargement of the breast because it has estrogenic properties.

Maca Root Powder

This herb is found in the mustard family and is usually found in areas like South America and the highlands of Peru. The herb is commonly used to enhance the strength, power and vigor while performing a sexual activity. Maca has been nicknamed the natural Viagra in Peru where it is widely used in curing the male sexual disorders. Maca is also used to induce sex by increasing libido. It also helps to control the intensity of enzymes and hormones in the body and increases the level of energy in the body.

Ashwagandha Root

This herb is a small shrub that belongs to the same family as tomato. The shrub usually grows to a height of 170cm when it has matured fully. The plant resembles the tomato plant because it bears a fruit that is red in color with yellow flowers. This herb is commonly found in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India where by all this countries are found in the southern part of Asia. The herb helps to increase the energy levels in the body and helps in the treatment of male sexual disorders.

Damiana Leaf

This herb was widely used by people of Mayan civilization to increase libido. Studies have shown that this herb helps to increase arousal in men and helps them to achieve and maintain an erection that is able to last for a longer period. The herb is also known to delay ejaculation therefore increasing the pleasure from sexual activity. It is important to note that the herb can also be used by females to increase the libido and sexual gratification.

Cnidium Monnieri

This plant is commonly found in China and most of its part is used for medicinal purposes. The plant is taken orally for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and increasing libido. This plant has been used by both genders to increase the sex drive. The plant has also been reported to increase the energy levels in individuals. Patients are advised to start with the lowest dose of the plant that has been prescribed and this can be increased gradually.

Most herbs take time to work and therefore it is important to give it time to work. The dose of cnidium monnieri is 3-9 grams daily. The plant acts by increasing blood circulation to all parts of the body and this includes the penis. The increase in blood flow to the penis causes the patient to be able to achieve an erection and sustain it.


Contributor : Michael Wight ()

This Article Has Been Published on June 16, 2014 and Last Modified on June 20, 2018

Michael Wight is a full-time freelancer who contributes to different websites in the health and fitness niche. He loves to read and share his experiences with the online community. In his free time, he plays with his dog and plays music. Over the last few years, Michael has researched and written tons of articles on diet, exercise, weight-loss, nutrition, men's and women’s health. Before working with Consumer Health Digest, he authored content for a range of popular websites, including: Business 2 Community, Michael Words, and Marie Claire. You can connect with him on Linkedin.

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