70 percent of women with low libidos reported that they were more satisfied with sex after taking ArginMax, which contains L-arginine as well as damiana leaf (see below), ginseng and ginkgo, for one month. The women in the study also saw an increase in their desire, lubrication, clitoral sensation and orgasms.
Because it reduces anxiety and inhibitions, this nervous system tonic, also known as Turnera diffusa, helps you become more relaxed and amenable to arousal, says herbalist Roy Upton, R.H., executive director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia in Scotts Valley, Calif. Damiana leaf’s aphrodisiac abilities are also linked to one of its compounds, progestin, which is similar to the female sex hormone progesterone that drops, and dampens libido, as we head toward menopause.
This Amazonian aphrodisiac, which also goes by the name erythroxylum catuaba, comes from a tree native to Brazil, where tribes traditionally use it to remedy a lagging libido, impotence and nervousness (a well-known mojo-killer). The plant’s active compounds, catuabine A and B, appear to act on the sex centers in the brain, says Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and author of Tales from the Medicine Trail (Rodale), so you may experience erotic dreams when taking catuaba.
ArginMax is sold in retail stores or at arginmax.com.