Butea superba is a vine that grows in India, China, Vietnam, and Thailand. The roots (tubers) are used as medicine.

People take Butea superba for erectile dysfunction (ED), increasing sexual desire, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

It is not known how Butea superba might work as a medicine. Some evidence suggests that the chemicals in Butea superba may act similarly to hormones that regulate sexual function.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Erectile dysfunction (ED). The effects of Butea superba in men with ED is unclear. Results from research are conflicting.
  • Increasing sexual desire in healthy people.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Painful or difficult urination.
  • Fever.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Butea superba for these uses.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Butea superba is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken in appropriate doses for up to 3 months.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Butea superba is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken in appropriate doses for up to 3 months. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Butea superba is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions ?

    Moderate Interaction

    Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications for male sexual dysfunction (Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors) interacts with BUTEA SUPERBA

    Butea superba might decrease blood pressure. Some medications for male sexual dysfunction can also decrease blood pressure. Taking Butea superba along with medications for male sexual dysfunction might cause your blood pressure to go too low.
    Some medications for male sexual dysfunction include sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra).


The appropriate dose of Butea superba depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Butea superba. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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