There are a number of evidence-based herbs and foods which have been shown to support various aspects of male sexual function and reproductive health.
When it comes to addressing the likes of erectile dysfunction, this is an area where I believe herbal medicine and evidence-based nutrition to be significantly superior to western-style approaches to treating the underlying pathophysiological disease processes which drive these health problems in the first place.
Again this is another area where herbal medicine is significantly superior to western medications and you can utilize many different herbs/foods in a single herbal remedy to address multiple different causes of [sexual dysfunction simultaneously
Western Style of Treatment
Whereas with western pharmaceutical style approaches to treating the likes of ED, not only do they rarely ever address the underlying pathophysiological processes such as inflammation or endothelial dysfunction adequately which drive these conditions in the first place, but they only ever tend to address one mechanism at the one time, if at all….
Treatment through herbal medicines
Chinese tonic herbs and adaptogens such as Ginseng, Cordyceps, Cistanche, Maca, etc have a long traditional history of being recommended to improve sexual function and to support male reproductive health, many of these herbs are included in our list.
I have also included several evidence-based foods such as garlic, pomegranate, and dark chocolate(cacao flavanols) which have either been shown to have a direct effect on supporting erectile function in studies or help to improve cardiovascular health through a variety of different mechanisms.
Oatstraw(Avena Sativa) is a gentle nourishing “nervine” herb that is traditionally recommended for its aphrodisiac properties and to increase sex drive.
Traditional way of treatment
In traditional medicine, avena sativa is used to treat nervous debility, insomnia, and nerve weakness.
Oatstraw is a great choice of medicinal herb for sexual dysfunction associated with poor nervous system function, stress, and anxiety. Nervine herbs such as Avena sativa help to strengthen and tone the nervous system, especially the parasympathetic branch.
and some male subjects showed increased levels of testosterone attributed to unbinding of testosterone from TBG. Oats supply steroidal saponins which modulate hormonal balance.
Cordyceps Sinensis is a fungal parasite on the larvae of Lepidoptera and has a long traditional history of being recommended as a tonic to enhance sexual function and improve reproductive health.
Cordyceps is a great choice of medicinal mushroom for sexual dysfunction conditions which are caused due to low energy and chronic fatigue. Cordyceps can help to enhance ATP production and animal studies have also found that cordyceps can stimulate testosterone biosynthesis.
A recent study review published in 2016 evaluated the literature on Cordyceps Sinensis in sexual dysfunction stating:
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