Ever wondered how to boost your testosterone levels without the use of chemical enhancements (anabolic steroids)?
Testosterone is a steroid hormone naturally produced by the male testicles (females also produce testosterone but in smaller amounts). Testosterone is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. It plays a vital role in sperm production.
Testosterone also plays a major role in;
- Sex drive
- Bone mass
- Fat distribution
- Muscle size and strength
- Red blood cell production
Most chemical enhancements have the same effect of testosterone on the body. That’s why they are used for gaining muscle, strength and mass.
Although testosterone is produced by the body naturally; there are ways to raise the levels of testosterone. Below are 2 natural testosterone boosters you should know about.
Ashwagandha- (Indian ginseng)
Ashwagandha has been used since ancient times in India for a wide variety of conditions, In Sanskrit Ashwagandha means, “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion. It is one of the cornerstones of Ayurvedic medicine (Indian medicine).
Ashwagandha is also known as ‘Indian ginseng’ in china due to its restorative benefits. It is a shrub with oval leaves and yellow flowers. The dried root part of the plant is used in herbal medicine.
It’s considered to be an “adaptogen” which means it is a herb that helps the body regain hormonal and psychological balance.
It has only recently started to be studied in the west by scientists and they are now finding out the many great benefits.
One scientific study proved that;
“Ashwagandha supplementation is associated with significant increases in muscle mass and strength and suggests that Ashwagandha supplementation may be useful in conjunction with a resistance training program.”
You can see the results of the test here.
Another scientific study proved;
“Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance towards stress and thereby improves a self-assessed quality of life.”
You can look at the test here.
This amazing herb has been known to;
- Protect the immune system
- Help combat the effects of stress
- Improve learning, memory, and reaction time
- Reduce anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
- Help reduce brain-cell degeneration
- Stabilize blood sugar
- Help lower cholesterol
- Offer anti-inflammatory benefits
- Contain anti-malarial properties
- Enhance sexual potency for both men and women
Ashwagandha comes in a dried root form, you can also get it in capsules. I am lucky enough to know people who can bring the capsules back to me from India for less than 10% of the price here in the UK but, you can purchase it in all forms from eBay or other herbalist shops anyway.
Horny Goat Weed – (Yin Yang Huo)
Yin Yang Huo or Horny goat weed (Epimedium) is a flowering plant belonging to the Berberidaceae family of species. The dry leaves of the plant are used for herbal medicine. Don’t be fooled by the comical name, it is a very potent herb!
Horny goats weed is found growing all over the southern areas of China, but can also be found in the Asian countries that immediately border China, as well as some neighboring European countries.
It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC). Legend has it that a long time ago Horny Goat Weed was discovered by a herder who observed goats that ate the plant.
The goats became more sexually active and energetic. After hundreds of years of use, the specific effects of this plant are now better understood.
First described in ancient Chinese texts dating back over 2,000 years ago Horny Goat Weed stands a time-tested aphrodisiac that increases libido in men and women and improves erectile function in men.
According to some herbal specialists, Horny Goat Weed has testosterone-like effects. It stimulates sexual activity in both men and women, increases sperm production, stimulates the sensory nerves, and increases sexual desire.
Here’s an excerpt of a conversation that took place in china with Medical Doctor Diao Yuan Kuang and Chris Kilham the creator of the site medicinehunter.com. You can read the full article here.
What do you think about epimedium is it truly effective as a sex enhancer? (asked Chris Kilam). There were smiles all around, and the affirmative shaking of heads. Oh, yes, yes, exclaimed Dr. Kuang. We have all used epimedium for decades in our practices. It is the very best sexual tonic for both men and women.
Both Dr. Kuang and Dr. Xiao Tong Shen explained that in clinical practice, they have used epimedium to successfully treat erectile problems, to boost waning libido, and to rebuild youthful sexual vitality. It gives you back your sexual strength, noted Dr. Kuang with emphasis.
Horny Goat Weed also has a history of traditional use for disorders of the;
Scientists in the west have yet to study Horny Goat Weed properly; like many other ancient herbs. Studies have yet to be carried out on humans. There have been studies performed on mice that showed a significant increase in testosterone to mice that had ingested the herb.
You can get the dried leaves in batch from eBay or you can purchase horny goat weed in capsule form, from traditional Chinese medicine stores or herbalists.
How I use the herbs;
Being British of an Indian origin tea seems to be embedded in my DNA! I love to drink tea regularly. When herbs are boiled in water most of the ‘good stuff’ is transferred from the herb into the water/milk. For that reason (and the fact I drink a lot of tea anyway), I consume herbs in a tea form; although I do use capsules as well.
The ‘special tea’ (I’m trying to think of a funky name for it but nothing has come to my mind as of yet!) consists of;
1) Horny goat weed
4) Korean Red Panax Ginseng
Korean Ginseng has many great benefits that I will explain in a later post. You can read the benefits of ginger in the post ‘why we need more ginger in our diet.’
1) Grind the herbs with a mortar and pestle. Mortar and pestles have been used for thousands of years especially in Indian and Chinese medicine. The reason a mortar and pestle is used still in today’s age is because the heat from the metal blades of a blender can kill most of the active ingredients in the herbs.
(I wing the amount depending on how much tea I’m making. The above pictures made 2 cups of tea).
2) Bring water to the boil in a saucepan then take it back down.
3) Add the herbs and some milk.
4) Slowly raise the heat again (until tiny bubbles form on the rim of the saucepan)
One common mistake a lot of people make is bringing the water to a full on boil. This can kill most of the active ingredients in the herbs.
5) Put a plate on top of the pan and let the herbs simmer in the water for at least 5-10 mins. The longer they simmer the stronger the tea (be mindful of the water, check now and then that it is not full on boiling). The reason for the plate is so the active ingredients don’t escape into the air. They will condensate and drip back into the pan.
6) Add some raw honey for taste (optional)
And wallah! That’s it. You now have a cup of testosterone boosting tea. I usually have 1 cup a day. When I don’t have it I can defiantly notice a difference in my mood, strength, and general well-being during that period of time.
So if you’re looking to raise testosterone levels and well-being I highly recommend these herbs. Give them a try and see what you think.
Do you use any herbs to bring your testosterone levels up; or for general well-being? I’d like to hear your thoughts, leave a comment and let me know. If you would like any further advice you can email me here.
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