Damiana leaf (Tumera diffusa) – Works to restore nervous system, and has always been use as an aphrodisiac. “Damiana has been used to stimulate people with depression. It is a natural monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, and so may be beneficial in treating depression… In women, in addition to anecdotal reports of increased sex drive, Damiana helps reduce hot flashes”. (Prescription for Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, p.55) Traditional Damiana is used to treat premature ejaculation, impotence, painful and delayed periods, cystitis, urethritis and poor bowel muscle tone.
Asian Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) – “Asian ginseng is one of the most studied herbs in the world”. It is use to alleviate chronic fatigue deficiency syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and bolster immunity in cancer patients. Koreans use ginseng “for malaria, hysteria, alcoholism, acute gastritis, and as an aid in convalescence from serious illness. In Japan, Asian ginseng is used for diarrhea, dyspepsia, vomiting, coughs, and diabetes. In Hong Kong, the root is used to treat drunkenness, amnesia, and general weakness”. (Adaptogens by D. Winston & S. Maimes, p. 143)
Catuaba – “Is an aphrodisiac that is useful in the treatment of impotence and prostatitis... Catuaba is the most famous of the Brazilian plants, noted for its ability to strengthen erections... Catuaba’s use results in increased erotic dreams and increased sexual interest. The herb also normalizes prostate function and prevents reinfection of the prostate with E. coli”. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch p. 43)
Epimedium – is a “Chinese herb traditionally used to treat impotence, infertility, forgetfulness, back pain, and arthritis. Because of epimedium’s ability to dilate capillaries and other blood vessels, it is used to facilitate blood circulation to the brain as well as to the sexual organs, while also lowering blood pressure. Epimedium also stimulates the production of male sex hormones and tonifies the live”. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch p. 63) Epimedium is also beneficial in treating diarrhea and urinary incontinence, Gonorrhea, high blood pressure and HIV/AIDS.
Sarsaparilla – is used worldwide to treat syphilis and other sexually transmitted disease, as a blood purifier, general tonic, sexual stimulant and wound healer. The natural steroidal glycosides found in sarsaparilla is an alternative to anabolic steroids.
Saw Palmetto Key actions: anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiandrogenic and diuretic. Uses: It promotes urine flow and prostate health. “Saw palmetto is a tonic and is one of the few Western remedies that is considered to be anabolic – it strengthens and builds body tissues and encourages weight gain”. (Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine A. Chevallier, p. 136)
Muira Puama – a tree native to the Amazon rain forest and is valued as an aphrodisiac and a tonic for the nervous system. “Clinical studies of muira puama in France have found that using the herb as a sole treatment restores sex drive and erectile function in 51 to 62 percent of cases. From the preliminary information, it appears that it works by enhancing both psychological and physical aspects of sexual function”. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch p. 99)