Current Urology Reports

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 470–478

Rise of Herbal and Traditional Medicine in Erectile Dysfunction Management

Erectile Dysfunction (Thomas Lue, Section Editor)


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.


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

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical CentreCheras, Kuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Medical and Educational Research Unit, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.Sime Darby Medical CentreSelangor Darul EhsanMalaysia

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