Do Aphrodisiacs Really Work for Erectile Dysfunction?

Here’s Some Aphrodisiac Foods That May Kick Start Your Libido

Definition: A drug or food believed to increase sexual desire.

A popular go to for men and women wanting to increase their libido naturally.  But, do they really work?  There are plenty of options in the market place and their results vary from individual to individual.  Could it be a placebo effect?

Regardless, one know characteristic is that anything natural should be good for you.

Let’s Take a Look At Our Top Picks

MACA – Lepidium meyenii

Grown high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, Maca is related to kale, broccoli and cabbage and is a popular ingredient Peruvian recipes. The root is said to have aphrodisiac traits and is possibly the secret to increasing your libido.

In fact a study back in 2002 showed improved libido results in the respondents that took part in this research  Although studies show some benefit of using Maca in both men and women, it is inconclusive and a broader sample would be needed to prove the said benefits of Maca.


This very popular Chinese medicine is extracted from the Ginkgo biloba tree and is used to treat a number of ailments including depression and lack of sexual function. It’s said to help relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.

There are mixed results with varying studies some favourable some not so, the results experienced by women were overwhelmingly more positive than those of their male counterparts.  Ginko Biloba can also attribute to blood thinning so it is recommended that you consult your doctor before consuming large doses.


Another popular Chinese medicine is red ginseng, commonly used for treating a wide range of ailments including sexual dysfunction in both men and women.

Studies have shown red ginseng to be twice as effective as the placebo. It is well tolerated although like gingko biloba may have adverse effects if combined with blood thinning medications.

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The Believe it or not list

Without scientific evidence it’s hard to evaluate those spruiked as being aphrodisiacs, we are unsure whether consumption or application is the key. However most are delicious and if it works great!

Questionable but here’s the list

  • Chocolate
  • Oysters
  • Honey
  • Strawberries
  • Garlic
  • Nuts
  • Blueberries
  • Champagne
  • Horny Goat Weed
  • Chili
  • Watermelon

Natural Aphrodisiacs

When it comes to increasing your libido the list of aphrodisiacs is long. There are only a few backed by science and evidence based, we say they’re worth trying!  Evidence based aphrodisiacs are best taken in moderation and in consultation with your doctor, as they may interact with any current medications.

When the aphrodisiacs don’t work

Prescription Alternatives

For decades now has been the number one drug of choice for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Also known as the little blue pill, Viagra has become the most popular ED medication on the planet.

Containing the active ingredient Sildenafil, the effects of Viagra were discovered accidentally.  It in fact Viagra was meant be a drug use to treat cardiac problems!  However in its trials was discovery that it actually increased blood flow to the penis, this resulted in an erection.  The rest is history. Read more about the amazing discovery of Viagra here

Then there’s with its active ingredient Tadalafil many men switched to Cialis as an alternative due to its longer lasting effects and rapid onset. Read more about Cialis

The downside to both of these excellent drugs is the price.  Viagra is now off patent so the price has dropped in Australia, Cialis is still extremely expensive.  Unfortunately both of these drugs are well out of reach from many Australian men.

Fortunately generic medications offer an excellent price point, equivalent quality and make erectile dysfunction treatment affordable.  Australian’s are very familiar with being offered a generic alternative by the chemist. Generic Viagra & Cialis are safe options. The main benefit is they help men who suffer from erectile dysfunction lead happy, fulfilled lives and most importantly afford the medication they need to maintain a lifestyle.

The Wash Up

If you are fabulously wealthy and don’t enjoy saving money, then go for the brand name.  Most pharmaceutical companies throughout the world have ISO9001 accreditation, so generic Viagra & Cialis are safe.  The pharmaceutical companies that supply you through Oz Meds Online are all accredited.  So you can rest assured you are receiving high quality, prescription drugs, conveniently and at the right price.  Ask your doctor.

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