Sexual enhancement products are a large industry,offering gadgets and potions to support sexual function and improve the bedroom experience. Chinese herbs are among the popular and readily available alternatives, widely recognized by some health care providers and available in over-the-counter and prescription formulas for treating impotence. Herbs like gingko biloba and tribulus terrestris are used for increased energy and strength, which may benefit those seeking to improve their performance.
Gingko biloba is a widely known herb, used in traditional Chinese medicine. The herb remains popular today as a supplement for health. It is used to treat a multitude of conditions ranging from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to menopause and vertigo. It may also help those desiring to increase their performance in the bedroom, as it is an acceptable treatment for erectile dysfunction (impotence) and is proven to increase energy when studied in individuals with multiple sclerosis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Herbal preparations include tablets, teas, capsules and beverages for health, which are sold over-the-counter.
Yohimbe is an herb derived from the bark of the West African evergreen and used in various cultures, including Chinese medicine. Today, extracts of the herb are used to make capsules and tablets for health. According to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), yohimbe is currently used for sexual dysfunction and thought to improve sexual desire, which may be beneficial for those seeking to augment their lovemaking. Chinese Herbs.Org maintains the herb’s ability to increase blood flow to the genitals and brain makes it a powerful aphrodisiac for both men and women. Amounts of the active chemical compound responsible for the herb’s effectiveness may vary in dietary supplements. However, prescription formulas containing standardized forms of the herb are prescribed for those with erectile dysfunction.
Tribulus terrestris is a weedy plant with a prickly crown, used in various cultures around the world as a health tonic and aphrodisiac. ChineseHerbs.org reports that it is popular among body builders and athletes because of its ability to raise testosterone levels, which may also benefit men aspiring to improve their endurance and last longer in bed.
A health-care professional for more than 10 years, Rica Lewis has obtained numerous certifications in the industry. In 2006 she began channeling her knowledge into health-related articles for print and online publications. Her work has appeared in "Metroparent Magazine," "Anew Heart Healthcare Magazine" and community newspapers. Lewis earned a diploma from LongRidge Writers Institute.