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June 20, 2011
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Occasionally, people ask me if I know any herbs that can enhance sexual pleasure, libido,
erection and so on. I have run a quick check and I do find a few of herbs or natural substances
which may enhance such satisfaction -

Horny goat weed - Horny goat weed is believed to be aphrodisiac. An aphrodisiac is a
substance that increases sexual desire. Its side effects include thirst, vomiting, dizziness, rapid
heart beat, restlessness, and insomnia.

Maca - In a study, sixty male sexually experienced rats (20 group) were daily treated for 15 days
with Maca 15 mg kg(-1), Maca 75 mg kg(-1) or saline 0.5 ml kg(-1). An activity cage test was
carried out to evaluate if Maca-induced locomotion changes could indirectly improve rat sexual

DHEA - A website says,  "DHEA and pregenolone can act as sexual pleasure and performance
enhancer". However, researchers are concerned that DHEA supplements may cause high levels
of estrogen or testosterone in some people. This is important because testosterone may play a
role in prostate cancer, and higher levels of estrogen are associated with an increased risk of
breast cancer. It is not yet known for certain if supplements of estrogen and testosterone, or
supplements of DHEA, also increase the risk of developing these types of cancer. In women, high
testosterone levels can cause acne and growth of facial hair. Users MUST discuss with their
healthcare providers before taking DHEA or pregenolone supplements.

Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac.
Traditionally, it is believed to benefit sexual disorders, allergies and infections.

Catuaba People believe that it may also have benefits of sexual enhancement.

Pyconogenol is known to increase production of NO by nitric oxide syntase together with
L-arginine as substrate for this enzyme. They orally administered 40 men, aged 25-45 years, with
pycnogenol and L-arginine. They found that treatment with a combination of L-arginine and
Pycnogenol for the following month increased the number of men with restored sexual ability to
80%. And, 92.5% of the men experienced a normal erection, after the third month of treatment.
They concluded that oral administration of L-arginine in combination with Pycnogenol causes a
significant improvement in sexual function in men with ED.

Acetylcholine The penis physiological states of flaccidity or erection, result from the contraction
or relaxation, respectively, of smooth muscle cells in the corpora cavernosa (CSMCs). On sexual
stimulation the cavernous nerves release nitric oxide (NO) that starts the erectile response. They
also release acetylcholine that stimulates the endothelium to generate a more sustained release
of NO. Thus, acetylcholine may have effect on sexuality and erection.

Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe), a tree bark, is marketed in a number of products for body
building and "enchanced male performance." It is believed that yohimbe enhance blood flow into
penis consequently, yohimbe may cause an erection.