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Are Supplements the Solution for a Sex Life Gone South?


Men whose sex life has gone from gangbusters to game-over commonly turn to herbal supplements to find their erections again.

But what evidence exists that these "Viagra alternatives" will get you back in the game without risks to your health?

The fact is, it's largely "buyer beware" with therapies like these, which are not approved and are only loosely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Even so, many healthcare providers believe they can help with sexual dysfunction. According to Marc Bonnard, M.D., author of The Viagra Alternative (Healing Arts Press, 1999), certain herbs may actually have an advantage over pharmaceutical alternatives. Writes Bonnard, a psychiatrist specializing in sex therapy: "Herbs work in a more leisurely fashion," replacing the mind-body balance that is "so important for a positive sexual experience."

Some alternative treatments may affect the physiological functions that contribute to sexual dysfunction, such as hormonal imbalances and slowed circulation. But take care when trying these supposed sex boosters — Bonnard, like other experts, emphasizes that even "all-natural" over-the-counter herbal products are potentially potent and can have toxic side effects.


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