Rhodiola Significantly Boosts Libido, Improves Erections and Psoriasis
Low sex drive and erectile dysfunction goes along many chronic health problems. Psoriasis is just one of the diseases that are very often accompanied with erectile problems and low libido even in young adults.
Rhodiola rosea is very powerful herb for marked improvement in sex drive and better erections. For a lot of men it works excellently and you wouldn’t believe it is just a herb and not some man-made patented drug.
Actually there are not many published articles about these effects of Rhodiola rosea in medical journals.
The question is why?
I think the answer is: it is not patentable and it brings a lot of money to sell patented drugs for erectile dysfunction and perhaps testosterone shots or gels for low libido.
Rhodiola rosea boosts libido
Actually improvements in libido and erections are usually not the reasons why most people take Rhodiola supplements. Its adaptogenic properties are probably the top reason why people start taking Rhodiola. Stress, fatigue, mental and physical performance are the most common issues people try combat with this herb.
Most scientific studies are focused on researching the anti-stress properties of Rhodiola and many of them already proved that regular administration of Rhodiola rosea significantly reduces common stress-related physiological processes. [1,2]
Stress, depression and anxiety are listed as major causes of erectile dysfunction and low libido in men. That is very possible truth but the point is to understand why stress causes erectile problems.
The answer is simple – it is all about the nervous system. Autonomic Nervous System uses the same neurotransmitters – adrenaline, noradrenaline and acetylcholine – for managing the many processes running in the whole body.
And how does it all connect to depression and anxiety?
Adrenaline is produced when we experience the stressful situations. If we are experiencing stressful situations on a daily basis and for a long time (then some adrenergic receptors) we may become less sensitive to adrenaline in some aspects.
That leads to various imbalances in our nervous system because adrenaline works not just as stress hormone but also as Autonomic Nervous System neurotransmitter.
Erections and parasympathetic nervous system
Its effects on dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline may help the body to break the vicious cycle of dominance of sympathetic nervous system, HPA axis imbalance and overall inflammation. This effects may take place progressively within a few weeks or months of using Rhodiola supplement regularly.
B-complex, lecithin and bile acids or artichoke are essentials for psoriasis. Rhodiola may use those vitamins and other raw material to bring the body back to the parasympathetic state without psoriasis.
1) Panossian A, Wikman G, Sarris J. Rosenroot (Rhodiola rosea): traditional use, chemical composition, pharmacology and clinical efficacy. Phytomedicine. 2010 Jun;17(7):481-93. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20378318
2) Olsson EM, von Schéele B, Panossian AG. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of the standardised extract shr-5 of the roots of Rhodiola rosea in the treatment of subjects with stress-related fatigue. Planta Med. 2009 Feb;75(2):105-12. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19016404
3) K.-E. Andersson. Mechanisms of Penile Erection and Basis for Pharmacological Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. Pharmacol Rev December 2011 63:811-859;
4) Giuliano F1, Allard J. Dopamine and male sexual function. Eur Urol. 2001 Dec;40(6):601-8.