Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Improve Your Sex Life with Over-the-Counter Help

sex and the cityFor the last three months Pratim Goel, 40-year-old software professional was a bit worried about his marital relationship, sex life to be precise. He was never in the ‘mood’ and this really got him worried after a sex drought of three months. Once while shopping at the pharmacy, he braced himself to buy herbal aphrodisiac, readily available at almost all pharmacies. The courage paid off because the herbal aphrodisiac did the trick in stoking the fires of passion.

While FDA approves Viagra and Cialis to improve the performance of men’s machinery, these products aren’t sold off-the-shelf and require a practicing practitioner’s prescription. The modus operandi for these medicines lies in increasing concentrations of nitric oxide in the blood which increases blood flow towards penis thus giving stronger and longer lasting erections.

The herbal way

Herbal supplements like Horny Goat Weed and Staminol from GNC are popular herbal aphrodisiacs in men. Traditionally, men in China and Japan had been using Horny Goat Weed to enhance their stamina. Italian researchers found in 2008 that a chemical in Horny Goat Weed, icariin, was as effective as Viagra for erectile dysfunction. Staminol contains a powerful combination of Horny Goat Weed and Yohimbe. These products sell like hot cake and we have a lot of repeat customers, asserts Fatmi. Hence, there is no denying the fact that the herbal supplements work and the after effects are less than the ‘blue pill’. The other supplement favoured by many men is ginseng to improve sexual function and general well being, divulges Fatmi. Traditionally, ginseng has been used in China as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is an herb product which increases the body’s ability to withstand stress. Ginseng, Siberian or Indian (ashwagandha), it works by improving the immune health of the body. Ginseng contains vitamins A, B6 and zinc. It helps in the production of thymic hormones, which are essential for the functioning of our body’s defence mechanism.

Closer home, our Indian system of healing or Ayurveda prescribes a a wide variety of herbs to enhance the sexual power. The choice is made in accordance with the underlying dysfunction. The herbs mainly used for this purpose are kaunch beej, uttangan beej, taal mooli, safed musli, makhana, ashwagandha, shatavari, maash, shilajit etc, says Dr. Preeti Chabbara, Ayurveda expert at Ganga Ram Hospital.  Some of these herbs like Shatawari is recommended for women too. Ginseng when given to menopausal women also helps relieve hot flashes. Of all these herbs safed musli has gained much popularity, so much so that it is even known as ‘Indian Viagra’. The herb has anti-ageing properties and it rejuvenates the whole body and mind. In men it works on their sexual function and improves overall health of women. Xtra Vigour from Guardian contains safed musli and is one of our best selling online products.  Shilajeet as the name suggests gives immense power and vigour to men. Sexuality is closely linked to general well being and all these herbs help increase strength in men and women and restores natural hormonal levels in them.

While many people experience fewer side effects using natural alternatives instead of pills, there are still potential risks, side effects, or drug interactions. As with any supplement, please check with you doctor before you start a new regimen.

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