Huanarpo macho, Jatropha macrantha, is also know as “Peruvian Viagra“. The young branch stems of the huanarpo plant is shaped like a man’s anatomy, and has been used for centuries in traditional native medicine to enhance male sexual function.
In Peruvian herbal medicine system, huanarpo is considered an aphrodisiac and is widely used to restore male sexual potency, for premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and as a male sexual tonic.
Herbalist believe that it can block alpha-adrenoreceptors which reduce the effect of hormones that cause vasconstriction of blood vessels in penile tissues and augment the production of norepinephrine which is essential in maintaining erectile function.
Huanarpo macho contains sapogenins, steroids, flavonoids, ethereal oils, and alkaloids. Most importantly, it contains a large of proanthocyanidins. Several researches reported the possible role of proanthocyanidins as sexual stimulants, specially the ability to correct erectile dysfunction and infertility.
In 2003, a study conducted on mice showed that increased testosterone levels after drinking 100ml of water mixed with 5g of huanarpo. On the hand, progesterone and estrogen levels did not increase.
Apart from being a good aphrodisiac, in the Peruvian herbal medicinal system, Huanarpo macho is also considered anti-asthmatic, anti-diabetic, antitussive, anti-ulcerous and nervine.
Maca and Huanarpo macho has been commonly taken in combination for enhanced effects. Wild huanarpo macho is a safe and natural alternative to prescription drugs. Take every morning by mixing 1 teaspoon, and up to 1 tablespoon of huanarpo in a cup of water.
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