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Like ginkgo, ginseng also increases nitric oxide levels and thus is helpful for erectile dysfunction, Brown says. "But it appears to have an effect on the dopamine system too and this can help women as well as men."
Brown recommends using the preparation called ArginMax, which has been studied extensively.
In one study, sexual desire, satisfaction and orgasm improved in 25 of 34 women given the preparation. And in another study, sexual desire and impotence improved in 21 of 24 men.
Maca, a root that grows at high altitudes in Peru, can have powerful effects on desire, erections, and orgasms, Brown says.
Horny Goat Weed
A species of epimedium, a leafy plant which grows in the wild, usually at higher altitudes, horny goat weed has been said to improve erectile dysfunction in men and libido in both sexes.
But, Brown says, there really isn't "that much data out there. You have to get the right preparation and most people don't know what that is."
In fact, the two experts agree, that's one of the biggest problems with herbal preparations in general. Because of poor regulation, standardization, and labeling in the herbal industry, there is no way to know if one product will work as well as another.
More importantly, it's hard to know how much of an active agent is in many unregulated products, he says. Too much can negatively affect not only sexual function, but other body functions as well.