"Man Power" Formulas
Viagra has certainly
made its mark, and Pfizer's making a fortune. As is
always the case, when a drug finds popularity, supplement
sellers come out of the woodwork selling "herbal alternatives."
Most "Herbal Viagra" offerings are combinations
of vitamins, amino acids, and Yohimbe, and while they work
by a very different mechanism than Viagra (and should not
be referenced using a drug name), some do have the potential
to improve sex life for a male who has impotence issues.
Prior to Pfizer's
"little blue pill," the only drug that was mentioned
in the Physicians Desk Reference as an aid to overcome impotence
was Yohimbine Hydrochloride. This is derived from the
bark of the African Yohimbe tree. Standardized extracts
of Yohimbe Bark have been shown to have a similar effect to
the drug. In men, Yohimbe helps to increase blood flow
to the penis (I guess the "in men" part of that
sentence wasn't necessary). The amino acid L-Arginine
has also been shown to dilate blood vessels, further increasing
blood flow, and Vitamin B6 seems to potentiate the process.
It's not a panacea
by any means. Yohimbe has a stimulant effect.
Often the formulas also contain the amino acid Tyrosine which
enhances alertness. Elevated heart rate is a given,
and, while many people might use this product for evening
activities, if taken late in the day, sleep is going to be
quite a challenge.
should not be used by anyone who has experienced bouts with
hypertension or anyone who has any heart problem at all.
I'd also caution you against following label directions.
Many of these products promote dosages 3 times per day.
While that ensures product sales, there isn't any advantage
to using it regularly. The effects kick in about an
hour after taking it. I'd also users to start out with
1/2 the recommended dosage. That may be enough.
Many of the "Male
Potency" products on the market contain weak or inactive
forms of yohimbe. Others have been found to include
yohimbe on the label, but not inside the actual bottle.
These "herbal" products are not drugs, thus there
is little in the way of strict control. Use them cautiously,
heed any label warnings, and do not exceed reasonable dosages.
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