Q. I would like to know if there are any herbs used for penis enlargement. I am interested in natural approaches to growing body hair and improving potency.

A. Despite extravagant claims that pills can increase penis size, the FDA has not approved any product for this purpose. Urologists we have consulted tell us that there is nothing you could take that would noticeably change your anatomy.

Environmental contamination with estrogen-like compounds may be affecting penis size in babies. Phthalates are used in certain plastics to make them more flexible. A recent study found that among baby boys, those with the highest levels of phthalates in their bodies had the smallest genitals.

We don’t know of a safe way to increase body hair growth. There are a couple of herbs shown to be helpful in treating impotence. One is yohimbe, which comes from the bark of an African tree. The other is horny goat weed (Epimedium brevicornum), a Chinese herb. Italian researchers have found that this natural product has Viagra-like activity (Journal of Natural Products, Sept. 2008).

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  1. Richard

    As a follow up to the comment on false advertising for male erectile functions: one of the latest mail advertisements that I received quoted a “noted” scientist connected with the “North American Institute for Male Potency”. When I Googled both the name of the scientist and the institute I found nothing. There is no North American Institute for Male Potency. Goes to show how untrustworthy all of these advertisements for herbal remedies for male erectile functions actually are.

  2. dfg

    Yohimbe is known to increase erectile strength, but it also can increase blood pressure and lead to other health problems. Some of the snake oil pills sold to help erectile problems sometimes contain yohimbe, horny goat weed and other junk. This makes these pills appear to be effective, but who can tell what the cost is.

  3. Mr Polska

    What I have never understood is why so many companies are allowed to make outlandish claims about penis enhancement pills/potions if there is no real evidence or worse NONE of them are approved by FDA?
    Surely they should be sued for misleading advertising or at the very least not allowed to make unproven claims!
    FDA do your job!

  4. RD

    A urologist told me that Penile Implants and other surgical methods can increase size, but why bother. He also said that most men are self conscious about this like women are self conscious about their breast size. The truth is that 99% of men are probably the right size and if your wife or girl friend or partner doesn’t like it, tough. If size matters that much to your partner, she will never be happy with you, so get another one who will.

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