How Does Rhodiola Rosea Affect Sex for a Man?

Why Rhodiola Rosea?

Natural Herb of Sex

You may have heard of Arctic Root, Golden Root, Northern Ginseng or Rose Root, but they are all aliases for the herb known as Rhodiola Rosea. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as an aid to combat mountain sickness. In more recent years, this herb has also been found to help improve one’s mental faculties, strength, endurance and mood. Today, the herb can be found on stores shelves everywhere. Acting as an adaptogen, Rhodiola Rosea has also been shown to help improve the sex lives of men everywhere. Here’s how.

Less Stress

Chronic stress can have a huge negative effect on one’s libido. Stress can break the communication of dopamine getting to the brain which can lead to erectile dysfunction.

“Most of us know that dopamine plays a key role in helping you get an erection by acting as the messenger between your brain and your body,” says David Jaynes of “But to get your body to respond appropriately, you need dopamine to carry that message down to your penis. If your dopamine levels get too low, or if your receptors are burned out, that message won’t be sent.”

In one study, 80 participants were given an extract from Rhodiola Rosea and most reported significant improvement in the areas of anxiety, stress, anger, confusion and depression after two weeks of use.

Less Fatigue

Another negative in the modern sex lives of men is that many are just too worn out to be any good at lovemaking. Another study which involved 56 different doctors found that their patients that took Rhodiola Rosea extract were a lot less tired than the ones who were given a placebo. The study also found that the men had improved short-term memory, cognitive function, audiovisual perception speed and calculation.

Less Cortisol

The adrenal glands (found at the top of one’s kidneys) are responsible for making cortisol which WebMD describes as “nature’s built-in alarm system.”It’s a stress hormone that can control one’s mood, motivation and fear. Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone which works with certain parts of one’s brain to control one’s mood, motivation, and fear. It is the hormone responsible for one’s “fight or flight” response.

This is all well and fine but in excess, cortisol can also cut the growth of testosterone in one’s body. It does this by destroying the enzyme 11ßHSD-1, which isn’t all that important to know except that it can be found in one’s testicles and serves as a precursor to testosterone. When the levels of cortisol are reduced, testosterone can freely leave the testicles and move into the bloodstream.


Catechol-O-methyl transferase or COMT breaks down serotonin and dopamine levels within one’s body. have shown that Rhodiola Rosea can lower COMT levels by as much as 60% which in turn increases one’s serotonin and dopamine levels by 30%. “In other words, it makes it 30% easier for you to put up the bat signal and tell your body it’s time to get hard,” says Jaynes.

“By reducing the amount of COMT, thereby reducing your body’s ability to get rid of dopamine, you end up with more dopamine in your system — which makes getting an erection easier.”

More Norepinephrine

Some people in the medical field are beginning to suspect that a leading cause of depression may not be a low serotonin level, but rather, a low norepinephrine level. Low levels of norepinephrine can make one feel sluggish making it difficult to get aroused. Rhodiola Rosea has been shown to help alleviate these symptoms.

More Libido

It is a well-known fact that when men are given testosterone treatments, their sexual desire increases. When one uses Rhodiola Rosea, a “snowball effect” gets set in motion says

“Once the stress and fatigue cease due to lowered cortisol levels, it allows for the body to naturally boost its testosterone levels, which will result in stronger sex drives,” says Antonio, a writer for the website.

This in turn leads to improved erections as the Rhodiola Rosea acts like a trigger telling the brain to release more dopamine. This then stimulates the cells located within the penis and together they release the gas nitric oxide which in turn helps to dilate blood vessels allowing more blood to enter the penis and making one erection that much stronger.

Bonus Tricks

As it turns out, Rhodiola Rosea has also been shown to help prevent premature ejaculation. This was discovered with a study that involved 91 men with lifelong ED symptoms who were given new life and longer-lasting ejaculations with the herb.

With a rise in testosterone, men have found that their sex drives, as well as their erections, are stronger allowing for more confidence under the sheets. One study involving 26 men who were given 150-200 mg of Rhodiola Rosea every day saw much improvement within their sexual activities and were quite pleased with their performance thank you very much.

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