Is it an aphrodisiac and, if so, how and why is ginseng used to boost your libido?
Ginseng as an aphrodisiac and for erection
From the plant Panax ginseng CA Meyer (Asian ginseng), the rhizome more precisely, used as a general tonic, in particular as an aphrodisiac to boost the libido and alleviate the problems of erection.
Many are those who use it for its effects stimulating sexuality, male in particular, without really knowing neither why it is effective, nor how to use it for that. So let’s develop the subject to find out everything about virtues of Asian ginseng to boost your libido
The action of ginseng on erection
A study by, among others, Francesca Borrelli of the University of Luxembourg, published in April 2018 in the scientific journal Drugs, reviewed 24 trials, conducted on, in all, 2,080 men with sexual problems.
Result: the ginseng shows certain effectiveness allowing significant improvements.
Ginseng, thanks to its content of ginsenosides, works by improving vasodilation and stimulating blood flow to the cavernous bodies of the penis by increasing the amount of nitric oxide, which causes dilation of the vessels.
Clinical studies were carried out in 1996 in Italy on men suffering from impotence and erectile dysfunction.
A study of 90 men with severe impotence, separated into two groups who were given ginseng and a placebo, respectively, showed impressive results.
Result: 60% of men who had consumed ginseng had seen their erectile function improve greatly.
A study from South Korea, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research in 2012, a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study, sought to show the action of ginseng on impotence and loss of vigour. erectile.
The study involved giving half of a group of 119 men aged 20 to 70 with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction 8 weeks of ginseng extract treatment and the other half a placebo.
After 8 weeks, the researchers assessed the results using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-15), a questionnaire regarding erectile function and sexual satisfaction. IIEF-15 has shown improvement in erectile function in patients who took ginseng extract, as well as an ability to delay ejaculation during intercourse.
General tonic action
A loss of libido, reduced sexual desire, frigidity in women, lazy erections, all of this is generally linked to physical and mental fatigue.
We wrote an article on ginseng against physical and psychological fatigue, which deals in detail with the action of the root on the body.
To sum up, ginseng is rich in ginsenosides, immunostimulating polysaccharides, vitamins, in particular of group B and C, essential amino acids, trace elements and mineral salts.
It is a natural remedy recognized, in particular by Commission E, for its action against physical, mental and intellectual fatigue and for boosting the body.
It is a general tonic, a remedy against asthenia, which often leads to a decrease in sexual activity. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng is considered to be a source of “vital energy”, helping to increase strength, vitality, and blood volume.
Part of the adaptogen family, ginseng helps restore general balance and has a positive effect on general well-being by acting on all body functions. It is beneficial against states of stress and anxiety.
All his actions have the happy consequence of fostering a fertile ground for fulfilling sexuality, for men as for women.
How to consume ginseng for libido?
Make a decoction
Make a decoction by putting 1 to 3 g of dried ginseng roots in 200 ml of water, then boil for 10 to 15 minutes, let cool a little, filter, and it’s ready.
It is generally advisable to drink 2 cups/day. Because of its stimulating effects, it is recommended to consume ginseng in the morning.
If you are powdering ginseng, take 1/2 teaspoon of the powder in a little hot drink, honey, or compote in the morning.
Take a ginseng cure
It is very variable, so let us quote 3 different cures among the most widespread:
- According to Commission E, a cure generally lasts 3 months,
- According to Russian tradition, a cure lasts between 10 to 15 days, followed by 10 to 15 days of break before possibly resuming,
- According to traditional Chinese medicine, There is no time limit to a cure, especially for weakened people who are recommended to use it long term or even chronically.
The first effects on the libido of ginseng take a little time to be felt, around 2 to 3 weeks.
Beneficial associations of ginseng
To optimize the action of ginseng on erectile dysfunction, to obtain harder and firmer erections, it is possible to combine the rhizome with other natural products recognized for their aphrodisiac properties: bander wood, ginger, galangal, Peruvian maca, savoury, etc.
Precautions for use
Consumption of ginseng can cause unwanted effects, detailed in our article on contraindications related to ginseng, with the possible dangers of consuming ginseng and various precautions to be taken to avoid any problems.
As a precautionary principle, ginseng is contraindicated in people prone to high blood pressure, with a history of hormone-dependent cancer, as well as in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Consult a doctor before embarking on a cure.
If you stick to the recommended doses, ginseng is safe, causing no side effects or unwanted effects.
In very high doses, ginseng could cause symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, nervousness or high blood pressure.
In theory, ginseng could increase the effect of drugs or plants with stimulating, anticoagulant or hypoglycemic properties, so be careful.
It is also not recommended to combine ginseng with treatment for erectile dysfunction such as Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, Spedra and other pills supporting arousal and ensuring erection.
For the little story
Ginseng has always been used as a sexual stimulant throughout history. We know that the Chinese emperors were prescribed to alleviate the effects of age on their virility and to satisfy their many concubines in the Forbidden City.
Legend has it that Louis XIV, the Sun King, bought it from Dutch traders who brought the root back from China, and consumed it to increase his virility and sexual potency. Indeed, Louis XIV was known for his pronounced taste for women.
One day, the rumour spread that the king, ageing, no longer honoured his mistresses with the same vigour, which made the gossip of Versailles the joy. The solution came to him from the Ambassador of the King of Siam who brought with him a mysterious tonic root which he used himself.
Fagon, Louis XIV’s physician, prescribed ginseng to the Sun King, which had an impressive effect on the King. The favourite of the moment, the Montespan, confided that her royal lover “honoured” her 6 times in a row the same night.
End of how to use ginseng to boost your libido. We hope and pray this article help you.