If you are a man over the age of 30 – 40, you have probably noticed changes in the way you feel overall, as you get older.
There are many changes that our bodies go through as we get older. When a boy goes through childhood and arrives at puberty, the levels of testosterone being produced increase considerably.
I am sure you know that women also have testosterone. Theirs is just in much smaller amounts than men. And of course, men also have estrogen, just like women, but in much smaller amount, as long as things are working correctly.
Both men and women need to maintain the proper hormone balance in order to look and feel great and to even maintain a good attitude.
Testosterone is responsible in males for many of their common characteristics, including body hair, physical strength and muscle mass, a deep voice, enhanced libido, aggressiveness and higher energy levels. After the age of 30, the testosterone production in your body begins to decline at a rate of 1 – 1.5% per year. As you age and your testosterone level decreases naturally, this can lead to a loss of muscle mass, strength, stamina, energy levels, body hair, lower libido and so much more.
In other articles on my site, I have discussed many natural herbs that will increase your testosterone levels. Today, I want to talk about a rising star in the supplement world that could become the new king in testosterone boosting supplements. As of today it is only available by itself, not in any testosterone boosting supplement formulas.
This interesting potential testosterone boosting supplement ingredient is called Spilanthes Acmella. What is Spilanthes Acmella and what will it do for my low testosterone levels?
What is Spilanthes Acmella?
Spilanthes is a flowering herbaceous plant that is part of the daisy family. It is very popular in traditional and Ayurvedic medicine throughout Asia, South America and India. The leaves can be and are used for food sources. In Brazil, it is used as an ingredient in salads because of its aphrodisiac qualities. The flowers of Spilanthes also helped the plant to be nicknamed, the “toothache plant”, because of its properties for numbing and pain-relieving, especially when it comes to your teeth and gums. Because Spilanthes also has been shown to stimulate your taste and improve your saliva flow, it is thought that it could help with the side effects caused by some cancer treatments like dry mouth, mouth sores and inflammation.
This interesting herb is still in the preliminary stages of research, with not much human evidence. More on this later in this article.
Spilanthes has been found to increase testosterone, Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH), but currently this is one study and was only done on rats. More on that later in this article. The results of this study were very impressive for us men!
Is Spilanthes Acmella an Effective Testosterone Booster?
From all my research, I could only find one significant, controlled and published research study conducted on Spilanthes acmella that was directly related to testosterone boosting ability. There have been multiple studies that tested its effectiveness for other medical issues, but essentially, as far as testosterone boosting characteristics, Spilanthes has been ignored by the testosterone supplement world, when it comes to scientific research and blind testing.
I am convinced that in the very near future, there will be many supplements that will include this ingredient for effectively boosting testosterone levels, along with the many other benefits as described later in this article.
Here is the information on the study I mentioned:
The study was conducted by members of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in India in 2011. An extract of Spilanthes acmella was administered to rats to determine sexual behavior, after they had been given this herb. Any time sexual behavior is the intent of a study, testosterone levels are always measured before and after the study,
In this study, rats received 50 mg/kg of body weight, 100 mg/kg body weight, and 150 mg/kg body weight of the extract, for a total of 28 consecutive days.
The study found that testosterone serum levels, which is the levels of testosterone measured in your blood, did in fact increase considerably during the test.
The results of the study indicated increased testosterone levels by 20%, 68%, and 115% based on 50mg/kg, 100mg/kg and 150mg/kg of body weight respectively after 28 days of supplementation with the Spilanthes extract.
The results of the study also indicated Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH), increased 23%, 79%, and 120% at doses of 50mg/kg, 100mg/kg and 150mg/kg of body weight respectively, of the extract.
In addition, the study also showed Luteinizing Hormone (LH), increased by 5%, 13%, and 48% at doses of 50mg/kg, 100mg/kg and 150mg/kg of body weight, respectively of the extract.
So as you can see, this study clearly concluded that the traditional use of Spilanthes acmella was effective as a sexual stimulating agent, and apparently, can be quite effective as a testosterone boosting supplement.
But don’t forget, there are many other benefits of this awesome herb! Keep reading to check them out.
What are the Other Benefits of Spilanthes Acmella?
Here are the additional medicinal and dental uses for Spilanthes Acmella:
SOME MEDICINAL USES
- As a Diuretic – This helps increase urine output and early experiments on rats indicated that a cold water extract of Spillanthes acmella acts as a diuretic.
- Prevent Scurvy – This is a Vitamin C deficiency and the flower heads of Spilanthes acmella are used to prevent scurvy and help with digestion.
- Anti-Malarial – Used as traditional anti microbial in Africa to prevent Malaria.
- Rheumatism – Rheumatism can occurr in the elderly due to wear and tear of the joints. The whole Spilanthes plant can be used as a treatment for gouts and rheumatism.
- Gastrointestinal Issues and Diseases – The roots of this plant can be chewed to treat gastrointestinal problems.
- Cosmetic – It is known to be a fast acting muscle relaxant and has an anti-wrinkle effect.
- And More – It protects you from colds and flu. An extract of the leaves and the flowers has been and is still used in traditional medicine, for the flu, coughs, rabies diseases, tuberculosis, throat soreness, headaches and fever.
SOME DENTAL USES
- Toothache – Spilanthes acmella is nicknamed the toothache plant for good reason. The strong smelling flower heads of the plants can be chewed by people to deaden or numb the tooth pain.
- Local anaesthetic – Can be used as a local anesthetic, especially when it comes to your teeth or your mouth.
- Toothpaste – Spilanthol has been used in tooth pastes and oral rinses, to provide a lasting fresh minty flavor and it increases salivation, which improves appetite.
- Anti bacterial – The ethanolic extract of Spilanthes Acmella showed antimicrobial activity against several type of resistant bacteria.
- Periodontitis – Periodontitis is an inflammation of gums. Chewing on the heads of the flower and also the roots, has been shown to decrease gum inflammation and has been used in the treatment of periodontitis.
If you are interested in reading the technical information, here is a really good resource on this herb: CLICK HERE for Detailed Research and Resources
Are There any Risks, Side Effects or Warnings With Spilanthes Acmella?
Here are some things to consider if you decide to use this natural herb:
- Plant can cause dermatitis if you come in contact with it.
- Should NOT be used in high doses or for long periods of time.
- When taken it quantities beyond the recommended dosages, it irritates mucous membrane of intestine which can lead to gastrointestinal issues.
- Do not use if you have acid reflux or ulcers.
- Should not be used by women, especially if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Topical application can cause some redness and itching.
The biggest issue I have found is, don’t take this in large quantities!!
How is This Natural Herb Normally Taken?
In traditional medicine, the plant is normally cut and then its leaves and flowers are ground. After being properly cleaned and ground, they can then be chewed to obtain the juice from the leaves and flowers. Some people like to have it in their tea as it has a pleasant taste when boiled. Many Asian areas prefer it as steamed vegetables in their meals.
In more modern times, the Spilanthes extract is being used as a supplement, where the dosage is totally dependent on factors such as weight and age.
NOTE:Make sure you check with a professional before you start taking this herb, since the effects of taking it with other supplements, prescription meds and especially alcohol have not been fully researched.
My Opinion of Spilanthes Acmella.
Turns out, this is another amazing natural herb that has many benefits in both medicine and dental application. And, it does in fact appear to increase testosterone levels by a considerably amount.
There are some side effects, but only if you abuse the recommended dosage, so DON’T!
Currently, I could only find one testosterone boosting supplement that includes Spilanthes Acmella. It is called Ultimate-T and is made by a very reputable company called USP Labs. The only problem I have with Ultimate-T is that the Spilanthes Acmella is in a proprietary formula so we don’t know the actual amount included. That is a red flag for me, because I want to see exact dosages to make sure we know what we are taking.
There are some really good Spilanthes products on Amazon that I recommend. Here are some of these products: