Yohimbine is the active ingredient in yohimbe. This herb is a natural extract from Corynanthe bark that is known to increase sex drive and performance. Yohimbine provides an increase in sensation to the genitals and assists with longer and harder erections. Yohimbine is known to help counteract the sexual inhibiting effects of antidepressants. Studies have shown that yohimbine increases norepinephrine (a sexually supportive chemical in the body) by up to 66 percent. It has also been used for things such as high blood pressure, weight loss and athletic performance.
There are some noted health concerns when it comes to these extracts when taken orally. However, there are conflicting studies regarding this herbal extract and it is still unclear as to whether it may be safe to take orally. Some of the more rare yet serious side effects have been an increase in heart rate, heart attack, kidney failure and others. That is why lower doses are always preferred by health professionals with an average of about 15-30 mg daily of yohimbine. While doses of up to 100 mg of yohimbine daily have been used by people, that may be too high of a dose to be safe to use.
Tribulus is a plant that has been used to treat sexual problems such as Erectile dysfunction. It has also been used to increase sexual desire and evoke a release of semen without orgasm. It has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and was first used in the west in the 1960's by Olympic teams to enhance athletic performance.
The Bulgarian pharmaceutical company Sopharma determined that tibulus was able to increase quantity and quality of sperm production as well as improved motility and survival in addition to increasing libido. Another study that was conducted with male pigs showed that tibulus was found to be 100% effective in treating impotence and after only 10 days of treatment 71% of the pigs were completely able to sexually perform. By the end of the study all of the pigs were sexually active. Other studies have shown tibulus to be effective in treating menopause in women as it helps to balance hormones and in particular increases testosterone levels.
Tribulus has very few medical concerns, the main ones being that those who are pregnant should not take it since it may harm fetal development due to the hormonal influences it has. Also, some in the medical profession have expressed concerns that it may negatively affect prostate cancer patients as it may increase the weight of the prostate but there are no studies that support this theory at this time. Finally, due to the possibility of it affecting blood sugar levels it is not recommended to take for 2 weeks prior to any type of surgery.
Ginkgo Biloba is an herb known for improved mental functioning, but it is also good for enhanced erections and sex drive. Many studies have shown gingko to be effective in increasing blood flow through small vessels thus positively benefiting those with arterial erectile dysfunction issues. One study in particular showed great improvement within 8 weeks when the men afflicted with arterial erectile dysfunction took 60 mg of Ginkgo daily.
Gingko does interact with a variety of medications so it is important to discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you can take it with things that you are currently taking or may plan to take including ibuprofen. Taking the two of them can decrease your ability to control bleeding as it can prevent your blood from properly clotting. Examples of other medications it does not work well with are Plavix, Voltaren, Anaprox, Fragmin, Lovenox, Coumadin and others.
Choline & Vitamin B-5
Choline is similar to B vitamins in that it is made in the liver and found in foods that we eat daily such as meat, beans, spinach, eggs, wheat germ, nuts and peas. It impacts sexual functioning by aiding the brain's ability to send impulses through the spinal cord and to the nerves that connect to the genitals. These brain impulses allow for the production of nitric oxide which helps both the penis and clitoris to dilate, relax and become encouraged with blood. It has been shown through a variety of studies to increase sexual arousal levels in both men and women as well as increase contractions during an orgasm thus intensifying them.
When taken in recommended doses it is safe to consume. Taking choline with vitamin B-5 or just vitamin B-5 by itself about 30 minutes before sex will help you to experience the full effect. If you take both at the same time and experience muscle tension, discontinue use for a couple days and the next time you take it decrease your dosage. Choline's recommended dose is 3.5 grams and vitamin B-5 is 5 mg for a moderate amount. There may be health concerns when taken in high doses such as diarrhea and vomiting so it is always good to start off with lower dosages.
Arginine is an essential amino acid and is a building block of proteins in the body. It is often seen in supplements and referred to as L-arginine. It is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) as well as male infertility. Positive effects have also been seen when used for female sexual dysfunction. L-arginine converts into nitric oxide which assists the blood vessels by improving blood flow. L-arginine also releases growth hormones and insulin in the body. Take L-arginine for 45 minutes before sex for increased sex drive and performance.
There are very few possible side effects which are abdominal bloating and discomfort, diarrhea, allergies low blood pressure and blood abnormalities such as low blood pressure. Those who have herpes may find it makes an outbreak worse so it is discouraged for those who have it. Also, if you have had a recent heart attack you may want to avoid using L-arginine as it may increase your chances of having another one due to the effect it has on blood pressure.
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