Elephant Vine, Sexual stamina, Sexual desire, Libido, Natural aphrodisiac

Natural aphrodisiac, Libido, Sexual desire, Sexual stamina, Elephant Vine

By Veena Deo

Elephant Vine or Argyreia Nervosa is commonly known as Silver morning climber. In India it is known as Vidhara. It is best known for imparting sexual stamina, sexual desire, libido, and is a natural aphrodisiac. The plant is a very large woody climber and contains many ergoline alkaloids. Researchers have proved that the root and flowers of Argyreia Nervosa are safe and effective in stimulating sexual desire and stamina. We will also discuss in this article about various herbal supplements.

Aphrodisiacs are defined as those which arouse the sexual instinct, induce desire and increase pleasure and performance. This word is derived from Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love. These substances are derived from plants, animals or minerals and since time they have been the passion of mankind.

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According   to classical Ayurvedic texts, Elephant Vine helps delay vardhakya or old age and keeps one young by strengthening the body. It is an appetizer and improves digestion and also increases sexual vigor, libido. It acts as an alterative and tonic. It is also useful in stress and nervous disorders. Ref.  Pharmacognosy of Indigenous Drugs.

The plant Argyreia Nervosa has aphrodisiac properties. The root, flowers and to some extent, leaves (homogenate in 2% gum acacia) of the plant showed aphrodisiac activity as evidenced by an increase in mounting behavior of mice. Ref: J. Endocrinol Reprod II (2007).

The plant exhibited Immuno Modulating and Aphrodisiac effect. Gokhale AB, Damre A, Sand Sarat HN, Investigations into the Immunomodulatory activity of Argyreia nervosa. Journal of  Ethanopharmacology.

Root is bitter, aphrodisiac, diuretic and is used in rheumatism and diseases of the nervous system. Also used as a tonic. It is a local stimulant and acts a rubifacient.

As per Ayurveda, Argyreia Nervosa acts as a Vatkaphshamak, Shukravardhat, Vrsya, Balya, Rasayan and Medhya. Root acts as an appetizer and  is useful in anemia, blood sugar conditions, obesity, and as an anti- inflammatory, a brain tonic and as an expectorant. Ref: 1. Nadkarni KM (1995). 

Researchers  observed that daily administration  of root and flower  suspension   for six days to male mice  resulted in increase in mating behavior of mice. Ref: A Krishnaveni etal.

Herbal supplements that have Elephant Vine along with the other  herbs  like Ashwagandha, Velvet Bean, Bombax, Tribulus, Avaram and Shatavari have been clinically proven for their aphrodisiac action. The blend gives a synergistic effect and helps  increases  sexual desire, performance and work as natural aphrodisiacs. One such product in the market is Vgor Hrx.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions email at


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