The Top 8 Herbs for Andropause

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

What are the best herbs for andropause?

Andropause, or male menopause, is a condition associated with a drop in sexual activity, testosterone levels, and a diminished frequency of normal erections. It’s an age related problem and many men are in full swing by middle age. Thankfully, there are natural solutions for combatting the demoralizing effects of andropause. Herbs that have been used for centuries have demonstrated their potent abilities and received validation from modern science. Here are the top 8 herbs for promoting vitality during andropause.

1. Tribulus terrestris

A natural aphrodisiac, Tribulus terrestris has been used in various countries for centuries to stimulate libido and promote normal testosterone levels. [1] The plant’s active compound, protodioscin, is a precursor to testosterone. As a blood vessel dilator, protodioscin may allow more blood to reach the penis, resulting in a normal, full erection. In animal models, impotent male rats given Tribulus terrestris showed an increased erection frequency. [2]

2. Suma

The suma root comes from the suma ground vine, typically found in the rain forests of South America. It’s been widely used as an herbal tonic for hormone activity and some evidence suggests it’s effective for improving libido and sexual response. Ecdysterone, a bioactive compound in suma, may help promote normal hormone levels in men, particularly the sex hormone testosterone, which stimulates male sexual performance. [3] Men suffering from andropause or general sexual dysfunction are among the most popular consumers of suma root.

3. Ashwagandha

Also known as “Indian ginseng,” Ashwagandha has been used for over 3000 years to remedy various sexual issues. There is some research to suggest that Ashwagandha, especially when combined with Tribulus terrestris, may promote fertility in men. Researchers believe that Ashwagandha helps alleviate stress, which is essential for promoting sperm quality. [4] The herb may also be helpful for encouraging normal energy levels, a common issue that plagues many infertile, impotent, and sexually inactive men. [5]

4. Maca

Native to Peru, maca (also known as Peruvian ginseng) has been a favorite aphrodisiac and sexual endurance enhancer for thousands of years. Research has consistently shown maca to produce a significant erectile response. [6] Positive effects on ejaculation rates have also been reported in animal models; and human studies confirm that maca may boost sperm quality. [7] [8]

5. Avena sativa

Avena sativa is a potent tool and its benefits for testosterone production, energy enhancement, endurance, and prostate health have been studied in the lab. Compounds in Avena sativa may stimulate luteinizing hormone, the hormone responsible for activating the production of testosterone. Examinations into the use of Avena sativa have found that it offers help for promoting a healthy sexual response, libido, and orgasm frequency. [9]

6. Tongkat ali

Another herb with powerful aphrodisiac properties, Tongkat ali has been shown to stimulate libido, semen quality, and muscle growth. [10] [11] [12] These effects are attributed to Tongkat ali’s positive effects on testosterone levels. Middle-aged males experiencing menopause may see changes in their sexual health while supplementing with this Malaysian herb! [13]

7. Catuaba

Similar to Tribulus terrestris, Catuaba bark promotes a strong and longer-lasting erection by increasing blood flow to the penis. [14] Catuaba may also increase the brain’s sensitivity to dopamine, a neurotransmitter that enhances the pleasurable effects experienced during sex. [15]

8. Muira puama

Studies have shown that Muira puama, an herb native to Brazil, may promote blood flow to support the chances of having a normal erection. [16] Men who are experiencing andropause often seek out Muira puama for this reason, and its ability to increase sexual desire and satisfaction.

A Final Thought

Whether it’s reducing stress or promoting blood flow or testosterone levels, there are plenty of natural aphrodisiacs for supporting sexual health. Getting enough exercise and sleep are also integral for battling the early onset of andropause symptoms.

Have you, or someone you know, experienced the effects of andropause? Have you tried these, or other, remedies? Please leave a comment below and share your experience!

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • John Romero

    I am always afraid of the idea that I too wil have my testosterone drop when i grow older. I have read about Andropause in Consumer Health Digest and it did sound scary. Thanks for this great post i hope this will slow down my andropause

  • John Romero

    Everyone will eventually run out of juice as we grow older, and it is always a heart breaker to think of it. I have read about andropause in Consumer Health Digest, and from that point on i have never stopped researching about it. I hope your post can help me prevent my body from experiencing such terror.

  • Jim White

    I hit andropause early, and it sucked. Unfortunately it was one of many negative events to happen in my life all at once, and I too have been doing all the research I can to keep my quality of life as high as possible for as long as possible. I had to get TRT prescribed, and it has helped a lot but with it, I can’t have kids. I’m hoping that something here can help me with that.


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