Other Proposed Natural Treatments
- Avena sativa
- Butea superba
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
- Diindolylmethane (DIM)
- Horny Goat Weed ( Epimedium grandiflorum )
- Maca ( Lepidium meyenii )
- Macuna pruriens
- Pine Bark Extract and L-Arginine
- Muira Puama (Potency Wood)
- Polypodium vulgare
- Rhodiola rosea
- Saw Palmetto
- Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Tribulus terrestris
- Velvet Antler
Proposed Treatments for Impotence
Korean Red Ginseng
Herbs and Supplements to Use Only With Caution
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -