Herbs for Men's Health
Saw palmetto (Seronoa repens) is the seed of a palm tree that has been well researched in clinical trials. It is classified as a food supplement and can be taken throughout the older years both as a preventative and as a treatment.
Cornsilk (Zea mays) is a soothing supplement that calms the irritation associated with enlarged prostate and helps restore normal urination. It soothes the urinary tract an can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Uva ursi (Uva-ursi arctostaphylos) or bearberry is traditionally used by herbalists to treat urinary tract infections.
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) root helps to soothe mucous membranes especially in the gut and urinary tract.
Ginseng (American/ Korean: Panax ginseng and Siberian: Eleutherococcus senticosus) is a herbal supplement that supports the adrenal system and can help to improve energy and vitality levels.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) improves blood flow through the brain which is why it is of interest as a supplement to ward of senile dementia and Alzheimers. It also improves problems caused by restricted blood flow, called artherosclerosis like poor circulation, impotence.
Damiana (Turnera diffusa) has a wide range of uses from reducing impotence in men, low libido in women, constipation, depression, nervous disorders, dyspepsia and reducing blood sugar. It can be taken as a tea. Avoid strong doses as it can cause headaches.
Kola nut (Cola nitida) contains caffeine and is used in traditional herbal blends and pills to provide energy and vitality, especially in older men. It is used to treat fatigue and debility.
Epimedium (spp. mainly Epimedium grandiflorum) is a PDE-5 inhibitor which is what sildenafil is based on. It is nowhere near the same strength and can be taken as a daily supplement rather than as a one shot wonder.