Black ginger extract, Kaempferia Parviflora (not to be confused with black turmeric) is a medicinal root from Thailand (aka Krachai Dum in Thai), which is traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, male sexual tonic, energy enhancer and longevity agent. It is also famous among Muay Thai fighters as Thai Ginseng since it increases endurance, vigor and muscle strength.
However, Krachai Dum (its name in Thai) refers to Black Galingale and not Black Ginger as we like to call it in the West. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family (Ginger family) of plants and looks almost the same as ginger except with a purple core in its rhizomes.
Kaempferia Parviflora: The Natural Thai Viagra Alternative
Similar to Viagra, black ginger contains natural PDE5 inhibitors, which inhibits the enzyme cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) that breaks down nitric oxide (NO) in the body. By doing this, it increases the availability of nitric oxide in the penis and prolongs vasodilation, essentially making your erections harder and last longer.
Pharmaceutical PDE5 inhibitors inhibit the enzyme very strongly and can come with plenty of side effects such as back pain, vision disturbances, dizziness, flushing, dyspepsia, nasal congestion or rhinitis.
When using black ginger, you inhibit this enzyme to a milder degree and still improve erections while avoiding any side effects, making it the superior choice especially for use long term.
Dopamine plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy libido, which is why black ginger can also be used for women's health as well to promote sexual function. It's modulation of dopamine function also makes it a natural anti-depressant.
Examples of other conventional compounds that also increase dopamine and hence improve mood are nicotine and caffeine.
Black ginger is considered a natural viagra since it improves the quality of your erections and libido by increasing your sensitivity to become aroused by stimulating dopaminergic functions in the hypothalamus.
Black ginger is a pretty unique herb somewhat similar to Horny Goat Weed but in our view much more potent and beneficial.
Keep in mind that black ginger has to be consumed daily for 2-3 months for best effects to manifest. Although many people will notice some effects within the first 1-2 weeks.
When taken long term the benefits build up, and you will notice that you are becoming more ready to "engage," not needing to rely on viagra dosing just before sex and the stress of planning sex around that.
You can also get an even further boost in sexual performance by consuming an additional dose of black ginger just before sex.
Traditionally in Thailand, it is recommended to combine black ginger with Butea Superba (another natural Thai aphrodisiac herb) as they are synergistic and make an excellent combo for men's health.
Keep in mind that the effects of black ginger are NOT comparable in strength to that of the pharmaceutical viagra, although they work in similar ways.
Black ginger should be seen as a health-promoting substance to be taken long term, and compared to viagra it is entirely free of side effects and very safe.
Do not combine black ginger with viagra, cialis, poppers or other drugs that work on nitric oxide as it can increase their side effects substantially.
Black Ginger Benefits: What Does the Research Say?
Research has shown that black ginger possesses a wide range of pharmacological effects, not only reserved for promoting sexual function and fertility.
It is traditionally used in Thailand (especially among Hmong/Mong minority groups as an ancient folk remedy) to cure allergy, asthma, impotence, erectile dysfunction, gout, diarrhea, dysentery, peptic ulcers, and diabetes.
It’s also excellent for heating up cold hands and feet (cold extremities aka Raynaud’s phenomenon) and offer relief of gastrointestinal complaints.
The Thai government has been promoting black ginger as a healthcare food to increase public awareness and conserve its traditional uses since this herb is native to Thailand and Laos only.
It remains one of the most popular herbal remedies in Thailand.
Various polymethoxyflavones (potent antioxidants) are the flavonoid type that black ginger is particularly rich in and responsible for much of its beneficial effects.
The primary flavonoids being 5,7-dimethoxyflavone, 5-hydroxy-3,7,4’-trimethoxyflavone and 5-hydroxy-3,7-dimethoxyflavone and major flavones compounds. These flavonoids are all pretty rare in the plant kingdom.
Here is an overview of what research has revealed on the health benefits of black ginger:
That’s a pretty impressive lineup of benefits. The following are some more images taken from research studies on black ginger that illustrates some of the study results above:
Increasing Energy Expenditure with Thai Ginseng
Like we mentioned previously, black ginger helps increase energy expenditure which is preventative for various conditions such as metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes.
Here at Anabolic Health we emphasize increasing the metabolic rate as it is one of the core features of good health as demonstrated by the peak metabolic rate people experience in youth (which is the time when you're often at peak health as well, makes sense right?).
Benefits of a high metabolic rate include increased energy production, faster recovery, higher stress tolerance, more rapid wound healing, deeper sleep, etc., the list is long.
There are various compounds suitable for increasing the metabolic rate; caffeine is an excellent example of such a substance which most people are already aware of.
Another very potent one is nicotine since smokers have been shown in research to burn about 10% more calories on a daily basis, lowering their risk for obesity and metabolic syndrome (yes nicotine is not all bad).
But by no means do we suggest that you should pick up smoking (burning matter and inhaling it is carcinogenic), but compounds that increase energy expenditure can be helpful for improving body composition and getting rid of that excess belly fat.
Oral/transdermal nicotine is not a good option for most because of its potential side effects (vasoconstriction) as well as possible addiction. Black ginger, however, comes with none of these side effects (is a vasodilator) but also similarly work on your metabolism.
Black ginger increases energy production by activating AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase). Caffeine does so in a similar manner by acutely stimulating AMPK in skeletal muscle, and nicotine activates AMPK as well.
Black ginger also activates BAT (brown adipose tissue) which is the ‘good' type of fat mass which is thermogenic, abundant in mitochondria (the powerhouses of the cells) and beneficial for energy expenditure.
All in all Black ginger should be seen not only as a booster to your metabolism, but it also improves overall energy production which is beneficial to muscle endurance and physical performance.
Black Ginger Extract Side Effects & How to Use
Black ginger is free of side effects and does not affect blood pressure negatively (viagra lowers it) as well as does not affect hormone levels (such as testosterone and estrogen, meaning also great for use while on TRT).
This makes it an especially beneficial herb for people suffering from heart disease or hormonal imbalances such as estrogen dominance since it improves their symptoms without affecting the conditions negatively. Thai doctors often employ black ginger as prevention for strokes.
The only contraindication for black ginger is not to use the herb if you are suffering from arrhythmia, as it can trigger these episodes further.
Black ginger has been tested for toxicity (LD50) as well as mutagenicity (Ames Test). LD50 is set to be higher than 2000mg/kg (no abnormal changes was seen in a mouse model at this dosage) and was shown to be non-mutagenic.
A standard daily dosage of Black ginger root powder is considered to be 1000-1500mg (1-1.5 grams). A dosage of 1.2 grams per day is recommended by the Thai traditional medicine institute as proven safe from centuries of traditional use.
Combine black ginger with other therapies to monitor and balance your hormone levels, and you are guaranteed to succeed in reversing your erectile dysfunction.
We believe in this herb so much that we will be releasing our own black ginger extract powder in the future which we have personally sourced on the spot, directly from farmers in Thailand to ensure utmost quality at a very competitive price. Make sure you sign up for our email list to stay updated on its release.