Ginkgo Biloba For Erectile Dysfunction

Posted by Men's Health Restoration Team on Jul 6, 2016 1:00:11 PM

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Ginkgo biloba comes from Chinese ginkgo tree which is originally known for its supposed cerebral enhancing effect such as improving cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  One study in 1998 indicated that ginkgo may also be effective in treating erectile dysfunction caused by antidepressant medications, however subsequent studies have called those results into question.

Ginkgo Biloba / Erectile Dysfunction

The ginkgo biloba for erectile dysfunction linkage might be one of the rare herbal remedies for ED cases with some scientific research over the recent years. However, its effectiveness might be limited to for antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction as one 1998 study found. It showed 76% effectiveness in treating antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction in men and surprisingly it was even more effective in women at 91% success rate in treating antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction. This study linking ginkgo biloba / erectile dysfunction indicated that ginkgo had effects on all four stages of sexual response which include: desire, excitement, orgasm and resolution (afterglow). However, the study didn't have a control group, so there is speculation that the positive results were a placebo effect. This is supported by a follow up study in 2002, where a double blind study was performed and found no effect on ED between the patient group receiving ginkgo and the group receiving the placebo.  Then, a triple blind study was completed in 2004 also came to the same conclusion, that ginkgo had no effect on ED caused by antidepressants.

 

Why Might Ginkgo Biloba for Erectile Dysfunction help?

Ginkgo has been shown in clinical trials to have a beneficial effects on peripheral arterial occlusive disease.  Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when arteries become blocked by plaque.  One cause of ED is plaque formation in the arteries supplying the pelvis. Therefore, if ginkgo has beneficial effects on PAD, and since PAD is one of the major cause of ED, then ginkgo biloba / erectile dysfunction may be related as a treatment option.  However, we were not able to find any studies specifically looking at this effect. 

Dosage of Ginkgo Biloba for Erectile Dysfunction

A standard recommended dosage of ginkgo biloba is 40-80mg, 3 times a day (up to 240mg/day). However, the study on ginkgo biloba for erectile dysfunction showed that it was most effective in the treatment of antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction at an average of 209mg/day. It may take longer than one month to notice any effects of ginkgo biloba for erectile dysfunction. It is available in capsules, tablets, extracts as well as dried leaves.  For best results, it is important to find ginkgo product with highest percentage of flavonoids and terpenoids. 

Risks of Ginkgo Biloba / Erectile Dysfunction

Like most herbal remedies claiming to be an herbal viagra (R) alternative, evidence that ginkgo can actually improve blood flow in erectile dysfunction is limited.  Ginkgo may interact with certain blood thinner medications (anti-coagulants) and may increase their effectiveness which can put you at risk of excessive bleeding. Do not take ginkgo if you have a history of seizures. A few known side effect of this herbal remedy for ED include upset stomach, headaches and dizziness. Some of ginkgo’s success with treating sexual dysfunction is believed to be the result of the placebo effect. Talk to your doctor, before combining ginkgo biloba and erectile dysfunction as a treatment option.

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Although these herbal remedies for ED seem to be promising, check with your doctor first to see if these are safe for you.

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