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12 – Common Sense About Herbal Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction

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The scientific evidence is clear: herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction don’t work… they are just modern day snake-oil. But for those who don’t believe the science, we present a clear, common sense case against herbal remedies that anyone can understand!

Common Sense

I know you guys see a lot of posts about herbal remedies. 

So you should know that the scientific evidence about these products is very clear: they have little if any benefit.

On top of that, they can be very dangerous, because they’re not subject to the same regulations as prescription drugs:

  • They are often mislabeled – investigators have found that more than half the products on the market don’t even contain the ingredients they claim
  • Hundreds have been found with chemical contaminants, including insecticides

If you’d like to know more about the research into these products, check out our article on Herbal Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction.

But for some reason, a lot of people just don’t want to believe the science.  So for those of you who still think that herbal products can cure your ED, I’m going to appeal to your common sense.


First: men have been dealing with ED for thousands of years, and for most of that time we’ve been looking for cures.  Historians and archeologists have found records of ED treatments dating back to the Egyptians, and to the Roman Empire. 

In all of that time, if there had been a simple herbal remedy that really worked, people would have found it and used it.  Viagra and Cialis would never have been invented, because men wouldn’t need them! 

But that didn’t happen.  Over thousands of years of trying, nobody found an effective natural remedy for ED.


Second: we are often told that the big pharmaceutical companies don’t want men to know about effective herbal remedies, they’re suppressing.  Well that’s not true either.  Think about this.  Many of our most important drugs started our as folk remedies. 

You probably learned in school that penicillin was discovered because of moldy bread.  In the middle ages, people would put moldy bread on wounds.  And sometimes it helped! 

Scientists found that some types of mold produce a chemical – penicillin – which kills bacteria.  So they extracted that chemical, and they produced the first antibiotic… one that is still used today.

Scientists didn’t see moldy bread as competition, and try to suppress it.  They saw it as something they could investigate, and they eventually produced a very effective drug that they could sell.

The big drug companies constantly test thousands of herbal remedies.  If something works, even a little, the scientists figure out why.  They then extract the active ingredients, refine them, and patent a drug. 

But that hasn’t happened with ED.  Why not?  Because the herbal remedies don’t work!  The big drug companies aren’t hiding anything.  If these things worked, they would be making them into new drugs and selling them.


Photo: Carol M. Highsmith / Public domain

So next time somebody tries to sell you some herbal snake oil, remember this:  it didn’t work for the Egyptians.  It didn’t work for the Romans.  It didn’t work in the middle ages.  It didn’t work when scientists tested it.  It just doesn’t work. If you’d like to know more about herbal remedies for ED – and the risks associated with them – please read our article about herbal remedies.


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