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Many men prefer a natural libido booster to prescription medications such as Viagra, which is increasingly abused as a recreational drug Tudor, Creative Commons

In the case of many men, a more natural remedy with accompanying connotations of mellowness and tradition is preferred The following supplements, none of which require a prescription, are commonly used as male enhancement products Please note there is a lack of clinical evidence to support claims of not only aphrodisiac ability but also safety It is recommended you talk to a doctor before taking any of the following supplements

DHEA serves as precursor to male and female sex hormones It is converted by the body to a hormone called androstenedione, which is then changed into the major male and female hormones DHEA levels seem to go down as people get older After the age of 30, DHEA levels in the body begin to decrease Taking synthetic DHEA as a supplement can cause higher than normal levels of androgens and estrogens in the body, and theoretically may increase the risk of prostate, breast, ovarian, and other hormone-sensitive cancers No studies on the long-term effects of DHEA have been conducted; it is not recommended for use without supervision by a licensed health professional

Traditional Chinese medicine brings us epimedium, also known as horny goat weed, which is considered to be the most powerful of vegetarian sexual tonics Although surprisingly little is known of it in the West, this herb may possess male hormone-like actions and is believed to work by stimulating the nervous system, especially the nerves in your genitalia It is mainly used to arouse sexual desire, but some men take epimedium for sexual performance problems, including involuntary ejaculation and erectile dysfunction According to the Chinese, this herb has strong kidney yang-building effects and has been found to decrease high blood pressure Epimedium is reported to possess powerful immunity-boosting and immunity-regulating effects and is often used for promoting heath and longevity Epimedium is most efficacious when delivered in herbal formulas; that said, please consult with a health professional for dosage recommendations

Growing widely from Peru to Brazil, catuaba and muirapuama are two trees known for the medicinal properities of their bark Widely consumed by natives of the northern Amazon river basin, the bark, generally presented in tonic form, has been used for centuries both to increase libido and to improve sexual potency In fact, their harvesting and sale have become big business throughout Brazil

A number of supplement companies produce finished products containing these herbs in powdered or liquid form, and offer dosage guidelines In a study published in 2005, chronic administration of 25 mL Catuama twice a day during 28 days did not produce any toxic effect or severe adverse reactions or haematological and biochemical changes in healthy human volunteers of both sexes That said, please consult with your physician before using this herb

Although these four herbs are popular among older users, it is uncertain whether they are abused by young healthy men as is the case with Viagra and other oral medications for erectile dysfunction

The researchers worked with a sample population comprised of 1,207 sexually active men recruited from undergraduate institutions within the US Participants completed an online survey assessing frequency of EDM use, as well as levels of sexual function and levels of confidence in ability to gain and maintain erection Recreational users reported lower erectile confidence and lower overall satisfaction compared with nonusers Researchers believe their results underscore the possibility that recreational use of EDMs among healthy young men may lead to dysfunction

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Harte CB, Meston CM Recreational use of erectile dysfunction medications and its adverse effects on erectile function in young healthy men: The mediating role of confidence in erectile ability Journal of Sexual Medicine 2012