Sexpert Q&A: Herbal Aphrodisiacs

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Dr. Fulbright I've heard of things like horny goat weed, and some drink in the grocery store a few years back called Niagara, the female "viagra." Which herbal meds are safe and effective and which are not? Stacy

Dear Stacy, There are lots of aphrodisiacs out there - or at least supposed ones - and most of them have not been studied. So people don't really know what they're getting as far as quality, as well as if the suggested dosage is correct and if the product is truly safe. To date, the Food & Drug Administration (or FDA) has yet to give its stamp of approval on any of them. They don't regulate herbal medications because they don't have to.

That said, there are a few herbal medications out there that are supposedly good as far as sexual functioning and sexual arousal go. The more common ones are cayenne, gingko, or ginger. Once again, you're using these at your own risk. So be sure to consult with your physician before taking any of these herbal medicines for better sex. There are types that can affect any prescriptions that you're taking and that can harm your health more than anything. So be safe!

Dr. Yvonne KristAn Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of

Sexuality Source Inc.

She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."