Organic Herbs for Men

Whether you're a man seeking to improve your health or a woman who wants to take care of your man, there are many organic herbs that some people believe benefit males. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved herbal supplements for their efficacy or safety, so be cautious if you decide to take them and always consult with your doctor before you do.

Siberian Ginseng

The herb now called Eleuthero has been studied and is said to improve the ability of male athletes to breathe more efficiently. Eleuthero might also be instrumental in helping to increase the strength of athletes' pectoral muscles. Eleuthero can also benefit women---in both men and women, it might help the body to burn fat better during exercise than in people who do not take it.

St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is believed to be useful for not only helping to relieve the symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Its proponents claim that it can help to increase the production of human growth hormone by boosting the pituitary gland's ability to utilize the stress hormone norepinephrine---this enables the pituitary to produce more growth hormone, which increases muscle development.

Saw Palmetto

The Florida native plant saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) has long been used to treat benign conditions of the prostate gland. It is said to cause the neck of the bladder to become stronger and also regulate the hormones that cause an enlarged prostate. It's also a diuretic, which helps to flush out the urinary system, and it is believed that it boosts the immune system, making it a good herb for all purposes.

Oregano

Oregano (Origanum species) is good for more than spaghetti sauce. It has a high amount of antioxidant activity and it is good for fighting viruses by keeping the immune system strong. Oil of oregano is the preferred form of this herb: If you take three drops three times every day, proponents say that you will be fortified to fight off colds and the flu. It is also said to help hepatitis, herpes infections and parasites, such as giardia, when taken orally.

Ashwaganda

Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) is an herb from India that men favor for giving them energy and increased sexual stamina. Because it is said to help "reconnect the circuits in the brain that have been broken by stress," according to herbalremediesinfo.com (see References), it can possibly help with premature ejaculation and other undesirable conditions that affect male potency.

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Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.