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Looking for a TCM health supplement or Chinese herbs that will help boost your health? Check out these 5 famous Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) herbs which are known to be effective for improving men’s health! Look for these ingredients in the ingredient list of health supplements, or get these herbs easily at local TCM stores!

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One of the most popular Chinese herbs, it is one of the more expensive herbs and touted to have many health benefits such as boosting the immune system and improving the brain function. It is also widely used to boost libido in both men and women. Containing a natural ingredient called ‘gensenosides’, ginseng helps to improve one’s stamina, enhancing performance in bed.

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Gingko biloba

Extracted from the dried leaves of the gingko tree, also known as the maidenhair tree, supplements are available in extracts, capsules and also tablets. Gingko is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) to improve blood circulation and memory. Gingko can improve the levels of nitric oxide in the blood which cause the dilation of blood vessels, hence increasing the blood flow to all parts of the body. Thus, Gingko may be useful in treating ED.

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Also known as Caterpillar Fungus, Cordyceps is a type of fungus that feeds off caterpillars. They grow on the larvae of insects, killing its host and growing to replace them. As they can only be found high up in the mountain and rare, natural cordyceps can be expensive – thus most are grown in a lab. Cordyceps are commonly used to improve kidney functions and men’s health. It can help to increase testosterone levels and improve endurance.

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Horny Goat Weed

As you can probably guess from its name, this weed makes goat horny. It was said that a herder noticed his goats getting horny after consuming the weed, and hence the name. To get an erection, the blood flow to the penis is important. Drugs such as Viagra contains an enzyme that keeps blood flowing to the penis. Researchers found that Horny Goat Weed contains a compound called icariin which has the same effect on men as Viagra did, boosting men’s performance. 

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Tongkat Ali

Another plant-based herb, tongkat ali is extracted from the roots of the tree, Eurycoma longifolia. It is the most well-known herb for treating ED as it has the potential to increase testosterone levels, the primary sex hormone in men. Low testosterone levels can result in low libido, ED and also lower chances of conception. Studies done have shown and supported the claims that Tongkat Ali can improve the quality of sperm. They are usually consumed as a pill. However, if you have heart disease, liver or kidney problems, sleep apnea and also hormone-sensitive cancers, it’s best to stay away from Tongkat Ali! 

Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) herbs usually have low to little side effects. That being said, if you have any medical conditions, it’s best to seek your doctor’s advice or consult a certified TCM practitioner before you take these supplements!