When considering herbs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, you need to remember they are not Viagra clones. Herbs are not magic bullets. Viagra only targets the physical aspect of erectile dysfunction by enhancing circulation but as herbalists we are aiming at sustaining sexual energy beyond a drug dependent experience.

As herbalists we are aiming to increase your natural libido in a sustainable way, treating you holistically, physically and emotionally. Herbs should be used in conjunction with good nutrition, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

1. Garlic
Garlic enhances the nervous systems ability to react to nitric oxide an essential step in the erection process.

Garlic also helps with some of the conditions that maybe at the root of erectile dysfunction, such as; hypertension, heart disease, and atherosclerosis.

2. Ginkgo
Ginkgo promotes peripheral circulation and is an excellent supportive agent to help remedy erectile dysfunction.

Put simply Ginkgo gets the blood to where it need to go.

In one study, using Ginkgo biloba extract was associated with a 76% improvement in sexual dysfunction among men being treated with antidepressants (Cohen 1998).


Do not take ginkgo if you have a history of seizures or if your prescribed certain blood-thinning medications. Ask your doctor before taking ginkgo and always consult with a herbalist before using herbal medicines.

3. Ginseng
An estimated 6 million Americans have used ginseng for the improvement of sexual dysfunction (de Andrade 2007; Chan 2012).

According to one study published in the Br J Clinical Pharmacology, Korean red ginseng (Panax ginseng) is effective for men with Erectile dysfunction .


Ginseng interacts with a number of medications, including blood thinners and insulin. Ask your doctor before taking it.

4. Ashwagandha (Sweat of a horse)
This herb has been used in the East as an aphrodisiac for three thousand years.

In Sanskrit Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion.

Studies show that ashwagandha can stimulate production of DHEA, a precursor to testosterone.

Numerous clinical study data gathered on human subjects overwhelmingly supports ashwagandha’s aphrodisiac effects (via mood and hormone regulation)

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb. Adaptogens help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia.

5. Damiana
A mood elevating aromatic herb that helps clam anxiety and induce a relaxed state of mind.

Damiana is one of the most notorious herbal aphrodisiac’s.

It is considered especially useful when anxiety and depression are discouraging sexual arousal.

6. Oats
Oats also known as wild oats!, has a tonic effect on the nerve structure of the sexual organs and so helps to regenerate and strengthen the male reproductive system.

Oats contain an amino acid that helps to increase the production of nitric oxide in the penile blood vessels required for an erection.

The fibre in oats helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and good blood flow into the penis.

7. Yohimbe
Yo him be is an African tree that is the basis of several pharmaceutical drugs used to treat impotence.

Yo him be, has been utilized in the treatment of erectile dysfunction for over 70 years (Tamler 2007).

According to one study yo him be improved erectile function in 42% of men with erectile dysfunction, compared to 27% of subjects taking placebo (Morales 1987).

It works by helping to relax muscles involved in the erection process.

Source: Sexual dysfunction | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/sexual-dysfunction#ixzz3haKPoBVM


8. Maca
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root vegetable belonging to the mustard (ie, Brassica) family (Zenico 2009; MacKay 2004).

Ancient Peruvians have cultivated maca for millennia and taken advantage of its aphrodisiac properties (Hudson 2008; MacKay 2004).

The dried root of the maca plant is a rich source of amino acids, iodine, iron, and magnesium (Zenico 2009; Shin 2010).

Scientific studies support the aphrodisiac activity of maca, and show that it stimulates metabolism, helps control body weight, increases energy, improves memory, and reduces stress and depression (Zheng 2000; Hudson 2008).

9. Catuaha
Catuaba is a tree found, in the rain forests of northern Brazil

An infusion of the bark is used in traditional Brazilian medicine as an aphrodisiac and as a stimulant for the central nervous system, primarily for treating erectile dysfunction and disorders of the nervous system.

The herb is believed to stimulate the nervous system that manifests itself in, an increase in energy which leads to a harder penis erection and increased sexual stamina.

The herb also acts as a brain tonic which improves mood and is believed to stimulate, the part of the brain which create sexual desire so it’s seen as a great herb to increase libido.

10. Gokshura

Gokshura has been used for centuries as a general tonic by the Ancient Greeks. The herb improves sexual desire and drive, which subsequently improves sexual performance.

It is a non-hormonal bio-stimulator and increases the level of natural endogenous testosterone.

Gokshura is beneficial in erectile dysfunction as it strengthens the penile tissue and enhances penile erection.

11. Long Jack (Eurycoma Longifolia)

Eurycoma longifolia is a tall, slender evergreen shrub-tree commonly found in Southeast Asia. Malaysian men claim that tea made from this plant improves their sexual abilities and virility.

Dubbed the “Asian Viagra, Longjack root is used traditionally as a medicine by men to increase libido, sexual performance, impotence and to treat erectile dysfunction.

Longjack root works by building the levels of the hormone testosterone which is primarily responsible for the growth and development of male reproductive organs, including the penis, testicles, scrotum, prostate, and seminal vesicles.

12. Muira puama
Muira Puama grows about 50 ft. in height and is native to the Brazilian Amazon. Traditionally the bark and root of this herb has been used by indigenous Brazilian and is best known for its aphrodisiac qualities.

Some of the other common names of this herb are “erection root” and “potency wood”. You can see how these common names have come to give this plant a great reputation as a male sexual enhancer.

Muira Puama, also known as potency wood, is an herb that comes from a small bush in the rain forests of Brazil.

It has been associated with enhanced erectile function and orgasm in ageing men suffering the effects of fatigue or age-related complaints.

In one study of 262 men suffering from poor sexual desire, more than 60% reported improvements with Muira Puama supplementation.

In addition, more than half of the men with erectile dysfunction reported that Muira Puama was beneficial.