Herbal supplements

Are herbal supplements an answer to remedy erectile dysfunction in men

By Dr. David Samadi

According to various studies, erectile dysfunction (ED) currently impacts the lives of up to 30 million men worldwide, causing significant challenges to both sexual health and overall well-being. Before the advent of pharmaceutical solutions like Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis, herbal supplements were often considered as alternative remedies. But the question has always been, can herbal supplements effectively treat ED?

Here is a brief overview of the effectiveness and safety of herbal supplements and other alternative treatments in managing ED.

Exploring Herbal Remedies

Many ED and sexual enhancement supplements, like herbal supplements, can be tainted with drug ingredients or related substances, which can be dangerous. Some products contain multiple ingredients or excessively high doses. In addition, it can be difficult for consumers to detect certain ingredients that are not listed on the product label. Another consideration for men to keep in mind is that herbal supplements may negatively interact with prescription drugs. 

To sort out what men need to know before using an herbal supplement to treat ED, let’s take a look at some of the more well-known supplements. 

Herbal remedies

Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed)


  • With a history of use in Chinese medicine, Epimedium contains icariin, akin to Viagra, aiding in sexual dysfunction.
  • While caution is advised due to potential side effects and medication interactions, the product is available in health food stores.



  • Originating from South Africa, Yohimbe has shown promise in addressing impotence, although there are concerns about efficacy and adverse effects, like high blood pressure.
  • Purified forms approved by the FDA warrant attention but require careful consideration.



  • Panax ginseng and Korean red ginseng have demonstrated the potential to improve sexual function, possibly by enhancing nitric oxide synthesis.
  • However, the lack of FDA approval for Korean red ginseng and its potential interactions with medications necessitates caution.



  • DHEA has the potential to alleviate Erectile Dysfunction caused by hormonal imbalances.
  • Over-the-counter availability comes with risks such as acne and hair loss, warranting careful monitoring.



  • Studies suggest L-arginine’s role in enhancing blood flow and nitric oxide production, potentially improving ED symptoms.
  • Caution is advised for individuals with heart issues, emphasizing the importance of medical supervision.

Ginkgo Biloba


  • Despite its reputation for memory enhancement, Ginkgo Biloba’s efficacy in treating ED remains questionable, with limited scientific support.

Considerations and Precautions

Any man with ED should always consult a healthcare provider before taking herbal supplements to assess potential risks and interactions with existing medications. Treating underlying medical conditions is crucial for addressing erectile dysfunction that often accompanies serious health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes in up to 70% of cases. Unproven herbal remedies should be approached with skepticism until supported by rigorous scientific studies.

Alternative Approaches

To improve the effectiveness of ED treatment, consider making lifestyle changes such as balanced eating, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, quitting smoking, and getting enough sleep. Supportive partners can play a vital role in navigating the challenges of ED, fostering understanding and intimacy.

Erectile dysfunction remedy


While herbal supplements offer potential benefits for managing ED, their efficacy and safety vary, necessitating informed decisions and medical supervision. For men wanting to embrace holistic approaches alongside conventional treatments, it can be an empowering way for men to reclaim sexual health and overall well-being.

Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy.  Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911. 

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