Ginseng is best known as a stimulant, tonic herb for athletes and those subject to physical stress, and as a male aphrodisiac.

    Ginseng is classified as a warm and drying herb and dosages range from 500 – 1,000 mg daily.


    Dried Epimedium Aerials

    Although Epimedium, or Horny Goat Weed as it’s commonly known, is marketed as some kind of Herbal Viagra, this is not the case. Its primary function is in increasing capillary and other vessels blood flow, primarily to the reproductive system. However, it also has a mild androgenic effect and increases fertility and libidinal potential over the long-term.

    Dosages range from 4,000 – 8,000 mg daily as a simple but strong infused tea, however, standardised extracts to Icariins (active ingredient) are an optimal choice. Epimedium is considered a warm and drying herb. Would combine well with L-Arginine, Muira Puama or Velvet Bean.


    Dried Velvet Bean Powder

    Although Velvet Bean’s most common use is for its L-Dopa content in Parkinson’s, it has some strong androgenic uses more commonly valued in South America. It has testosterone and libido increasing properties. This means it’s useful for ED, weight-loss, aphrodisiac and weight training. Highly underestimated herb.

    Velvet Bean is classified as a warm and drying herb with dosages ranging from 2,000 – 4,000 mg daily. Combines well with Tribulus or Green Tea.


    Dried Shatavari Root

    Shatavari is most popular as an Ayurvedic female herbal. However, it’s also used to enhance fertility, libido and most sexual tonic functions in both sexes.

    Shatavari is classified as a moist and cooling herb, with dosages ranging from 3,000 – 12,000 mg daily. You can read further on Shatavari in my Snapshot series. Combines well with Zinc, Epimedium or Saw Palmetto.


    Tongkat Ali Dried Root ChipsTongkat Ali is a well-known aphrodisiac with potential to improve fertility in men by improving sperm quality. It’s also popularly used to enhance strength training, however, it doesn’t increase testosterone.

    Tongkat Ali is classified as a warm and drying herb with dosages ranging from 25,000 – 50,000 mg daily,  as a dried root decoction tea. Otherwise, extracts standardised to Eurycomanones are the best option. Combines well with Epimedium for libido and Ginseng for wellbeing.


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Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, Vt.: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Ulbricht, Catherine E. and Natural Standard (Firm). Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Guide: An Evidence-Based Reference. 1st ed. Maryland Heights, Mo.: Elsevier/Mosby, 2010.

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