If low testosterone levels are an issue for you, you may want to consider using targeted nutrients to help boost your levels. This in turn can help offset symptoms of testosterone
deficiency, namely low libido
and sexual responsiveness. And three key herbs may be just the thing you need.
Herbs have long been the province of traditional and folk medicine, but many Western doctors are just now paying attention to their many uses. In recent years, several major universities such as UCLA and Columbia have hosted conferences on how to incorporate both European and Chinese herbs into standard treatment protocols.
Dr. Lark has used herbs for decades to help improve a wide variety of hormone-related complaints
. When it comes to using herbs to restore libido and sex drive (which are testosterone-supported health benefits), damiana, Rhodiola rosea
, and Ginkgo biloba
are the most effective.
These herbs also contain a wide variety of chemicals that help you increase vitality and stamina, generate assertiveness, gain energy, boost libido and sexual responsiveness, ease anxiety, and even generate feelings of optimism. Dynamic Damiana
Damiana is a yellow, flowering bush indigenous to hot and humid climates such as Central America, Mexico, and the southwestern U.S. It has a long history as an aphrodisiac for women, dating all the way back to the Mayan civilization. Women typically use the leaves to make a libido-lifting elixir to drink before intercourse.
In recent times, damiana has been used to increase sex drive and treat impotence. While no clinical trials have been performed on this herb, animal studies have shown that it does increase sexual desire and frequency of sex. Additionally, most herbalists agree that the alkaloids found in damiana are responsible for this mild, testosterone-like effect on the body.
Dr. Lark recommends trying 100–200 mg of damiana per day. To date, there are no known negative interactions or side effects associated with the herb.Remarkable Rhodiola RoseaRhodiola rosea
is a popular plant indigenous to Eastern Europe and Asia. The ancient Greeks used the herb medicinally as far back as 100 A.D. Named for the rose-like odor of the rootstock when newly cut, Rhodiola rosea
has been used for centuries in China to prolong life and enhance wisdom. In the former Soviet Union, Rhodiola has been used to diminish fatigue and increase your body’s resistance to stress.Rhodiola
works to support testosterone (and other female hormones
) by easing stress and fatigue—both killers of healthy hormone production. According to the journal Phytomedicine
, Rhodiola is particularly effective in fighting stress-induced fatigue.
To ease fatigue, stress, or anxiety—all of which can play havoc with your testosterone production—and boost your energy and stamina (which testosterone supports), Dr. Lark suggests taking 50–100 mg of Rhodiola rosea
three times a day, standardized to 3 percent rosavins and 0.8 percent salidrosides.
While the herb is generally considered safe, some reports have indicated that it may counteract the effects of antiarrhythmic medications. Therefore, if you are currently taking this type of medication, discuss the use of Rhodiola rosea
with your physician.Glorious Ginkgo
Modern science is finding that Ginkgo biloba
has a wide range of benefits, including improving blood flow, preventing the brain from aging, and improving all four stages of sexual response
—desire, excitement (lubrication), orgasm, and resolution. It has even been shown to reverse sexual dysfunction in women taking certain antidepressants.
When it comes to helping improve blood flow, there is no debate as to ginkgo’s benefits. Three hundred published scientific papers and 40 double-blind studies have proven its efficacy. This is due, in large part, to the rich store of antioxidant bioflavonoids found in ginkgo. This also allows this amazing herb to help improve circulation and fight inflammation in just about every organ system in the body, as well as scavenge free radicals.
Dr. Lark recommends using 30 mg of Ginkgo biloba
extract (standardized to 24 percent flavonoid glycosides and 6 percent terpene lactones) three times a day. Ginkgo is extremely safe and side effects are uncommon.
For more information about ALL female hormones, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site