Rise of herbal and traditional medicine in erectile dysfunction management

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Abstract

Herbal medicine long has been used in the management of sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction. Many patients have attested to the efficacy of this treatment. However, is it evidence-based medicine? Studies have been done on animal models, mainly in the laboratory. However, randomized controlled trials on humans are scarce. The only herbal medications that have been studied for erectile dysfunction are Panax ginseng, Butea superba, Epimedium herbs (icariin), Tribulus terrestris, Securidaca longipedunculata, Piper guineense, and yohimbine. Of these, only Panax ginseng, B. superb, and yohimbine have published studies done on humans. Unfortunately, these published trials on humans were not robust. Many herbal therapies appear to have potential benefits, and similarly, the health risks of various phytotherapeutic compounds need to be elucidated. Properly designed human trials should be worked out and encouraged to determine the efficacy and safety of potential phytotherapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-478
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Urology Reports
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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Herbal Medicine
Traditional Medicine
Erectile Dysfunction
Phytotherapy
Panax
Yohimbine
Securidaca
Butea
Tribulus
Epimedium
Piper
Evidence-Based Medicine
Insurance Benefits
Randomized Controlled Trials
Animal Models
Safety

Keywords

  • Butea superb
  • CAM
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Epimedium herbs
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Eucommia
  • Eucommia ulmoides
  • Eurycoma longifolia
  • Fadogia agrestis
  • Herbal therapy
  • Icariin
  • Lepidium meyenii
  • Maca
  • Mucuna pruriens
  • Panax ginseng
  • Phytotherapy
  • Piper guineense
  • Securidaca longipedunculata
  • Tongkat Ali
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Traditional medicine
  • Treatment
  • Tribulus terrestris
  • Withania somnifera
  • Yohimbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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Rise of herbal and traditional medicine in erectile dysfunction management. / Ho, Chee Kong Christopher; Tan, Hui Meng.

In: Current Urology Reports, Vol. 12, No. 6, 12.2011, p. 470-478.

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