Absolutely. There are quite a few products on the market now that consist of mainly herbal ingredients, and some 100% natural.
Of course, just because a pill contains only herbs this does not automatically mean that the treatment is safe. So let’s take a look at some of the commonly occurring ingredients, and what we found out about them.
- Hypericum Perforatum (st. john’s wort)
- Whitewillow Bark (salix alba)
- Passiflora Incarnata (passion flower)
- Cordyceps Sinensis
- Withania Somnifera (ashwagandha)
- Cnidium Monnieri
- Tribulus Terrestris
- Semen Cuscutae (dodder seed)
- Dioscorea Villosa (wild yam)
Hypericum Perforatum (st. john’s wort)
Can effect the way some some medications work. So if you are on any medication, best to check with your doctor first.
People taking psychotropic drugs classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRI, such as Prozac, or any other anti-depressant medication should not take this product.
Whitewillow Bark (salix alba)
White willow bark is commonly used for conditions that cause pain, inflammation, or fever.
In 1829, scientists in Europe identified what was believed to be the active ingredient in white willow bark – a compound called salicin.
Because white willow bark contains salicylates, the same precautions as aspirin should be taken until research has shown otherwise.
[source - http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/willow_bark.htm]
Passiflora Incarnata (passion flower)
Passion flower is commonly used for anxiety disorders, nervousness, agitation, and in higher doses as a mild sedative for insomnia.
Hypersensitivity reactions (hives, skin blood vessel inflammation), occupational asthma and drowsiness have been reported.
It may interact with some drugs especially blood thinning drugs, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
Avoid in pregnancy as it may increase uterine contractions.
[source - http://www.abc.net.au/health/healthyliving/naturalhealth/guide/stories/2008/05/20/2230356.htm]
Now this is an interesting one. Cordyceps is actually a type of fungus, just like mushrooms. However, it is a very unique and precious type of fungus.
The best Cordyceps are found in Si Chuan province of China and the highland of Tibet.
The fungus caught the world’s attention due to three female Chinese athletes, Wang Junxia, Qu Yunxia, and Zhang Linli. These athletes broke 5 world records for 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meters in 1993 at the National Games in Beijing, China. The amount of new world records being set at a single track event caused much attention and suspicion. Following the races, the women were expected by some to fail drug tests for anabolic steroids. However, the athletes’ tests revealed no illegal substances, and the coach told reporters that the runners were taking Cordyceps at his request.
While Cordyceps is extremely pure and safe, studies have only been conducted with adults.
[source - http://www.alternativehealth.com.au/Product/cordyceps.htm, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordyceps]
Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha)
Also known as Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, Winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi, Amukkuram in Malayalam and Samm Al Ferakh
Ashwagandha has been used for strengthening the body and for helping to prevent disease. It has been also used for sexual vitality and as an adaptogen.
Seven American and four Japanese firms have filed for grant of patents on formulations containing extracts of the herb Ashwagandha – so it is definitely a herb with great value.
No serious side effects are known.
[source - http://www.medicinenet.com/ashwagandha_withania_somnifera-_oral/article.htm, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withania_somnifera]
For thousands of years, Chinese herbalists have prescribed Cnidium seeds to treat skin problems such as acne, eczema and ringworm, and for use as an aphrodisiac. Cnidium Monnieri naturally increases nitric oxide release, which powerfully increases the production of cGMP. Cyclic Guanosine Monophosphate (cGMP) is the key in obtaining and sustaining a powerful erection. cGMP relaxes the muscles around the penis, which makes it possible for the cells in the penis to take in blood, thus allows you to experience a proper erection.
[source - http://www.herbalremedies.com/cnidium-information.html]
Tribulus terrestris has long been a constituent in tonics in Indian ayurveda practice.It is also used as an aphrodisiac, diuretic and nervine in Ayurveda, and in Unani, another medical system of India. Adverse effects from supplementation with Tribulus terrestris are rare and tend to be insignificant.
[source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribulus_terrestris]
Semen Cuscutae (Dodder seed)
Semen Cuscutae, or Cuscuta seed, is a parasitic vine that wraps around other plants for nourishment. Cuscuta seed is used in China for kidney deficiency. Semen Cuscutae has a high content of flavonoids and has strong antioxidant properties. Cuscuta seed has been found in studies to have positive effects on sperm health and motility, and invigorates the reproductive system.
[source - http://www.raysahelian.com/semen-cuscutae.html]
Dioscorea Villosa (Wild yam)
Wild yam has a traditional use as an aphrodisiac and chemical analysis shows that it contains chemicals that can increase sensitivity in the genitals. It also has a reputation for inducing erotic dreams, when drunk at bedtime, although it has not been proven in clinical trials.
There are few reported adverse effects in the use of wild yam in adults.
[source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioscorea_villosa]
The great thing about 100% herbal pe medications is that you don’t need a prescription.
The positive and growing trend in mainstream medicine and pharmacy is herbal medicine. With rare exceptions and if applied correctly, herbal medications are safe and do not require prescription. However, as always, if you suffer from any acute medical conditions you should consult your doctor before taking any medication.
Although many of them are not yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some of the most reputable American urologic institutes drew attention to the fact that certain herbal medications designed to deal with premature ejaculation proved to be very effective.
In India, Korea and other areas of the Far East has been shown that these medications can help men with premature ejaculation to significantly delay their ejaculatory response.