Herbs That Increases Testosterone

Low testosterone levels are a common complaint among middle-aged men. Reduced levels of testosterone can lead to infertility, poor muscle growth, sexual dysfunction and fatigue. Most herbs that boost testosterone have not been extensively researched; studies have not fully evaluated their relative benefits and risks. Nevertheless, preliminary evidence supports the use of testosterone-boosting medicinal herbs as a natural alternative to prescription drugs. Consult your health care provider before taking any medicinal herb if you have a medical condition.

Tongkat Ali

A traditional herb originating in Malaysia, tongkat ali is an effective aphrodisiac and muscle enhancer. The medical journal “Phytomedicine,” which has published a series of studies regarding tongkat ali’s effect on hormone levels, reported in 2003 that rats given tongkat ali have higher testosterone levels and more sexual interest than rats not taking the herb. Human trials have not yet been conducted.

Safed Musli

This natural fertility-enhancer contains saponin compounds that are chemically similar to testosterone. These may help to improve testosterone levels in the bodies of adult men. Safed musli is generally associated with few side effects or drug interactions.

Saw Palmetto

Renowned for its ability to improve the health of the prostate, saw palmetto may also improve hormone balance in middle-aged men. The U.S. National Institutes of Health report that saw palmetto appears to affect male hormones; it may also be a viable treatment option for male pattern baldness.


The aphrodisiac herb, tribulus terrestris has been used extensively among body-builders as an alternative to anabolic steroids. While early evidence seemed to support the notion that tribulus can improve testosterone levels, more recent studies have cast doubt on this conclusion. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that tribulus had only a minimal effect on testosterone levels in young men.

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Juniper Russo Tarascio, a natural health consultant, has been writing professionally since April 2008. Since then, she has published over 1,000 articles for both print-based and online publications. Her primary writing interests include health, pets and natural living.