Erectile dysfunction is a sign of physical or psychological condition. It can be as a result of stress, relationship strain, and low self-confidence.
The main symptom of erectile dysfunction is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
If a man is having erectile dysfunction, he will have these signs regularly:
- Trouble getting an erection
- difficulty maintaining an erection during sexual activities
There are potential causes of erectile dysfunction. These include:
- Atherosclerosis, a condition that causes a build-up of plaque in the arteries
- Chronic kidney disease
- Heart and blood pressure-related conditions
- History of damage to the penis or private organs
- Reduced interest in sex
Issues that have to deal with erectile dysfunction can be treated by taking certain medications, such as antidepressants and herbs. This article discusses ten Yoruba herbs effective for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
10 Yoruba Herbs for Erectile Dysfunction
- Ginger, also known as White’s ginger
Igbo Name: Jinja
Hausa Name: Cithar
Yoruba Name: Atale, ata-ile
Family Name: Zingiberaceae
Mondia white, also known as White’s Ginger can be found in many countries across sub-Saharan Africa. It has many uses to include improvement of appetite and aid of digestion. However, its roots are reported to be a cure for impotence.
Experiments and research have found that white ginger may improve human sperm motility.
African Nutmeg also known as Calabash nutmegor Jamaican nutmeg
Yoruba name: Ehuru
This is a seed used as a spice for its fragrant / aromatic properties. In Nigeria and particularly with the Yoruba and Igbo people, nutmeg is used in cooking. It is added to soups or stews and also used in traditional medicine concoctions.
Experiments showed that nutmeg is almost as successful as the use of Viagra.
Horny Goat weed
Yoruba name: Imi Esu
Horny Goat weed is quite popular for being a natural aphrodisiac. Horny goat weed is known to improve hormone production and to increase libido. It is a traditional Chinese herb that is called Epimedium in botanical terms (and yin yang huo in Chinese). There are a few other ways this herb can make one’s life easier as one study concluded that it could be a promising treatment for erectile dysfunction caused by nerve injury. Horny goat weed is known as an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction.
The herb is also used to boost immunity, promote bone health, and for its anti-cancer and anti-HIV activities
Yoruba name : Eweko Saffron
Saffron is made from the dried stigmas of the Saffron crocus. It has been tested for the treatment of fluoxetine (Prozac) which is induced sexual dysfunction in both male and female gender
Yoruba name : Ewa koko
The Cacao bean is made from Theobroma cacao but eventually ends up as chocolate. It is suspected that the cacao bean might just be aphrodisiac. Some people have argued that it’s the chemical cocktail in chocolate that actually gives it a sexual buzz. A team in North Italy has once systematically interviewed over a hundred women to see if there was a connection between chocolate and sexual satisfaction. The results were significant as there was a correlation.
Yoruba name: Isu baka
Maca root is a well-known plant in Nigeria and has its own Yoruba name. The herb is relative of the mustard family. This is the reason it is often not regarded as a popular aphrodisiac as some other treatments and remedies have. Nonetheless, there is evidence Maca root does work. A study of 50 men made to use Maca root had improved sexual activity. The benefits of Maca roots are:
Studies have shown that Maca root may help increase libido.
This is one of the most well-known benefits of Maca root. There is also some scientific evidence and experiment to support this claim.
A study that experimented with men who were made to take 1.5 or 3 grams (g) of Maca roots per day experienced improvement in libido compared to others who did not.
Another study has also shown that Maca root may help reduce sexual dysfunction not only in men but also in postmenopausal women who were taking an antidepressant.
· Reducing erectile dysfunction
· Boosting energy and endurance
People who engage in many physical activities such as athletes and bodybuilders use Maca root as a supplement to provide more energy and increase in performance. There is also scientific evidence to support this.
· Increasing fertility
Tribulus terrestris (Zygophyllaceae), known as Devil’s thorn and small calthrops in English language
Yoruba name: Dagunro
Hausa name: Tisadu
Extracts from Tribulus terrestris are used as treatment. This is also known as Land caltrops. Scientific experiments have measured mount frequency, intromission frequency and a penile erection index in order to determine the success of the treatments using this herb. It has been found that there was a rise in testosterone although with no significant effect on sperm count.
Rubiaceae is known as Yohimbine in English
Yoruba and Bini name: Idagbon
It is a tall evergreen forest tree native to southwestern Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon. Yohimbine has been found to produce increased erectile response in men
Yohimbine serves as a food supplement made from the bark of an African tree.
How does Yohimbine work?
This herb works by triggering receptors in the body that cause a release of epinephrine and norepinephrine which are hormones. The release of these hormones can block the effects of other compounds that may otherwise put pressure on the blood vessels in the penis.
Yoruba name: obi gbogbo nse
This herb is commonly used to treat poor blood circulation and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Some other studies have found Ginkgo biloba to be just as effective in treating neurological disorders, such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
This herb is generally used as a treatment of debility and weakness which helps improve sexual stimulation and for example during recovery from illness. It can be also be used to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.