Sexual dysfunction is a prevalent issue faced by both men and women. It is the inability to maintain sexual desire and/or perform sexual acts. Sexual dysfunction can be caused by a plethora of reasons ranging from consumption of certain antibiotics, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, psychological issues like anxiety and depression, etc. There are a variety of treatments available in the market today to counteract sexual disorders and enhance sexual desire in the form of manufactured pills, tonics, Viagra, etc. However, nature’s bounty offers safer alternatives to these chemically engineered products. There are several herbs and plants which have natural sexual enhancing powers. Two such herbs are Maca and Safed Musli.
Maca, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is an edible herbaceous biennial plant belonging to the family Brassicaceae that is native to South America. The roots of this plant have been used for centuries as a natural aid to enhance sexual power and satisfaction. It is known to boost fertility and sex drive in both men and women. Maca root has even been shown to increase sperm count in men while simultaneously increasing sexual desire.
Below are some of the benefits of Maca root:
Now that you know about this power herb, you’re probably wondering how to ingest it. Maca root is mostly available in its powdered form in most markets. You can add a spoonful of this powder to your juices, smoothies, and even plain water to reap the benefits of this herb.
Known for its immense health benefits, Safed Musli is a rare Indian herb. Scientifically known as Chlorophytum borivilianum, it is an herb with lanceolate leaves, from tropical wet forests in peninsular India. Its leaves are eaten as a leaf vegetable in some regions while the roots of the plant are made into a tonic. In Indian Ayurveda, it is a known adaptogenic and aphrodisiac and has been used for centuries to treat all kinds of ailments. It has been used for minimising stress, managing erectile dysfunction, treating impotence, reducing inflammation, boosting libido, and many more.
Here are some more benefits of Safed Musli:
The health benefits associated with this herb lie in its rich nutritional profile. It is a rich source of:
It also contains stigmasterol and hecogenin, two active compounds that are known to have properties similar to the male hormone testosterone and which help in the formation of muscles in men respectively.
Safed Musli is available in powdered root form which can be found in your local Indian market. This powder can be consumed in paste form when mixed with water or any other liquid of your choice or also in the form of churna or powder. Because of its sexual enhancing powers, Safed Musli has been dubbed ‘Indian Viagra’.
Here is a simple recipe you can make with Safed Musli:
Sexual dysfunction is a common issue affecting both men and women. As aforementioned, several issues ranging from psychological to physical disorders may be the underlying cause. The two herbs Maca root and Safed Musli are known to have a wide range of properties from antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are known to help in improving sexual function and increase sexual power.