Prologue – Supplements
By Johnathan P Cumberwell
An herb is simply any plant that is used for food, flavoring, medicine, perfume, etc. Meaning, a plant that we use for some kind of purpose.
The parts of the plant that we normally use are the leaves, the root, or the seeds.
Before modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry came around, the only remedies for illnesses were prayers and plants.
Plants were in some cases effective.
They had (and still do) the ability to treat many illnesses and ailments such as colds, fevers, diarrhea, pains, digestive problems, etc.
In fact, many modern pharmaceutical drugs are today based on plants, where one or a few very specific components are extracted from these plants.
Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes for a very long time, and we believe the use have stretched at least as far back as 5,000 BC. That is more than 7,000 years.
Plants have also been an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is a discipline that has flourished for more than 2,500 years, and is still practiced by millions of people worldwide today.
Ayurvedic medicine of the Indian subcontinent, another practice that has prospered for thousands of years, also has plants as a foundation of its practice.
Herbs have in fact been used by pretty much every civilization through history for medicinal purposes, including the Persians, Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Incas, Aztecs, Mayans, Vikings, etc.
In other words, herbs have a very long history of medicinal use, and many of these plants are still widely used to this day.
By the way, this section is not only about herbal supplements.
Today, there are also many supplements that are not plant based. For instance, ZMA and L-arginine are very interesting supplements, which are synthetic.
Let me share some of my experience with supplements.
My Experience With Supplements
Now that I understand how to take these supplements, I have become not only a big admirer, but also an avid user.
Because of their sexual effects.
Supplements give me the following three effects:
And after this epiphany, I have also experimented with a number of other supplements.
Some have not had much effect on me. Others have worked super well.
In this section, I have created in-depth profiles of those that have worked incredibly well for me, on a consistent basis.
These profiles provide background and history about the supplements, explain which active ingredients they contain, what effects they are supposed to have, scientific research documenting these effects, and also my personal experience using them.
These supplements are: Fenugreek, Horny Goat Weed, L-arginine (L-citrulline), Pine bark, Maca, Tongkat Ali, Tribulus Terrestris, and ZMA.
But how exactly do these supplements work? How can they help with erectile dysfunction?
How Do These Supplements Work?
Different supplements have different effects on the body and to different degrees.
However, their effects on sexual functions come mostly through three pathways:
- An increase in testosterone production
- An increase in nitric oxide production
- An increase in dopamine production
So for instance, if your testosterone level is already very high, you would probably not get much (or any) benefit from taking a supplement to increase your testosterone.
Only if you are testosterone deficient, will you normally get a boost in testosterone production from such a supplement.
In other words, these supplements will typically only restore your deficiencies to baseline (or normal) levels.
Let’s quickly summarize the importance of testosterone, nitric oxide and dopamine.
Importance Of Testosterone
Therefore, you need adequate testosterone in order for your sexual functions to work well.
If you don’t produce enough testosterone, you will normally find it difficult to get erections. And your libido will typically be low.
You will often also have less energy, feel less alert and be more sluggish.
Importance Of Nitric Oxide
Importance Of Dopamine
You also need dopamine to get erections. Because dopamine is the messenger molecule that sets off the process that leads to your penis becoming erect.
When your brain realizes that there is an opportunity for having sex, your brain starts to produce dopamine.
Dopamine then sends signals to the back of your brain, which travel down your spinal cord and to your penis. There, it instructs nitric oxide to fill your penis with blood.
With low dopamine production, this signalling will normally be weaker. As a result, you may not get an erection.
Dopamine is also required for having a sex drive.
When we crave something, whether it be chocolate or sex, dopamine is produced in our brains to motivate us.
For instance when you smell the sweet scent of chocolate coming out of a chocolate store, dopamine is produced in your brain to motivate you to eat chocolate.
Similarly, if you see a super hot woman at the party, dopamine is produced in your brain to motivate you to have sex with her. Hopefully, you won’t walk over to try to have sex with her, but that it what your brain really wants.
With low dopamine production, you may just see her and think nothing of her. In other words, your sex drive is likely to be low.
Let’s look at how supplements compare to pharmaceutical drugs.
Comparison Of Supplements To Pharmaceutical Drugs
As mentioned above, the supplements can also increase sex drive and make the sexual experience even more enjoyable.
When I combine certain of these supplements, I achieve erections that are so strong and full, that they are on par with erections I got from taking pharmaceutical drugs.
When I take supplements now, I normally always take them in combinations. Meaning I take more than one at the same time.
Normally I always take a combination of four supplements.
I normally always take a base that consists of 7 grams of L-citrulline, 7 grams of Pine bark, and 0.75 grams of ZMA.