Why Thai Men Have Been Using Black Ginger To Improve Their Vitality for Centuries

Mihai Voinea
Medically reviewed by Mihai Voinea Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) — Written by Alex Eriksson

If you’re from the West, chances are you’ve never encountered Black Ginger before.

If, however, you’re from the East, and in particular Thailand, the legendary reputation of this rare spice precedes itself.

This is NOT your everyday kitchen ginger...


Also known as Kaempferia Parviflora (Krachai Dum in Thai), Black Ginger is traditionally used in Thailand as a male tonic herb, energy enhancer and longevity agent. Especially touted for its effects on male sexuality.

Black Ginger is only grown in South-East Asia, making it an increasingly rare and sought after herb.

In conjunction with the “One Village One Product” campaign raised by the Thai government, Black Ginger has been promoted as a healthcare food in the country to increase public awareness and protect this rare plant.

In this article we will breakdown what makes Black Ginger so sought after by men all over the world.



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How Does Black Ginger Work?


If you’ve ever researched or used Viagra before you would have discovered that it works via a mechanism known as phosphodiesterase inhibition.

Phosphodiesterase (PDE), and in particular phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) is an enzyme which cleaves a bond in the compound cAMP, known to mediate vasodilation in blood vessels via nitric oxide synthesis.

Upon breakage of these bonds, the compound loses its action and vasodilation subsides.

By inhibiting the cleaving of these bonds, the compound persists longer in the blood and is able to exert beneficial effects.

Most notably is the dilation of the cavernosal artery found in the penis, translating to firmer and longer lasting erections. Black Ginger works via this same mechanism—PDE-5 inhibition.

Erectile dysfunction or impotence is one of the most common conditions that affect men, especially middle-aged men. By 2025, it’s estimated that about 300 million men will be affected by ED to some extent.

However, it is important to set realistic expectations when using Black Ginger as a pro-erectile supplement, as it is not as potent as the synthetic PDE-5 inhibitors.

Pharmaceuticals such as Viagra and Cialis are much stronger inhibitors, but are also more likely to cause undesirable effects.

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These side effects can range from severe headaches (migraines are believed to be caused by dilation of blood vessels in the scalp), nasal congestion, dizziness, and priapism (a never-ending erection that you absolutely do not want to experience).

You may be wondering, is there any other reason Black Ginger trumps Viagra as a better option?

In addition to its PDE-5 inhibiting effects, Black Ginger may also act on the dopaminergic system, boosting levels of this neurotransmitter (by inhibiting its breakdown) which plays an important role in normal sexual function and mood (also in women).

In persons who exhibit reduced dopamine sensitivity or levels, sexual dysfunction is very common and will not be fixed by the use of mere vasodilators.

Its ability to increase dopamine levels may also improves your mood in the process and may help combat mild depressive illnesses.

In this sense, Black Ginger may be considered superior to pharmaceuticals such as Viagra since it tackles both the issue of diminished penile blood flow and your arousal to sexual stimulus thanks to upregulation of dopamine receptors, all while causing no known side effects.


Black Ginger Benefits:
What Does The Research Say?

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In addition to its suggested effects on your erectile health and well-being, Black Ginger may also possesses several other functions that you are likely to benefit from whether you are a man or woman. These include benefits from the impressive list below:

  • Decreases the period of erectile latency (in simple terms, the time it may take for you to attain an erection after exposed to sexual stimuli).
  • Said to increase both length and girth of the flaccid penis.
  • May promote lifespan via activation of Sirtuin 1 gene.
  • Improves symptoms of BPH; an enlarged/enlarging prostate.
  • Improves brain function and possesses anticholinesterase activity (which may offset Alzheimer’s and dementia).

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Using Black Ginger In Poor Health


First off, let's make it clear that this is not your everyday L-Arginine, L-Citrulline or off-the-shelf NO booster.

Black Ginger is so much more than a simple nitric oxide booster. It also has the ability to increase caloric expenditure.

Unknown to many is the fact that a higher metabolic rate does not just increase the rate of calorie burning, but also may boost recovery, your resistance to stress along with improving sleep patterns, and energy production.

Black ginger is able to boost energy production via stimulation of AMPK (or AMP-activated protein kinase).

This is an enzyme which increases the rate of calorie burning in the mitochondria of muscle cells, resulting in greater energy production.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that Black Ginger activates brown adipose tissue (BAT) which is the good type of body fat (fat burning fat) that possesses thermogenic properties and is frequently found in the mitochondria itself.


How To Use Black Ginger For Best Results


Of note is the fact that there is little to no evidence of adverse effects experienced while using Black Ginger, as it has been recommended by the Thai Traditional Medicine Institute as a safe supplement with centuries of proven use behind it.

A dose of between 1000 to 1500mg daily is normal, with 1200mg being the average dose. It has not been shown to adversely affect blood pressure, nor does it affect hormonal balance, making it safe for use while on hormone replacement therapy.

The only time Black Ginger should not be used is if you suffer from pre-existing arrhythmias as it may exacerbate the condition even more.

When you look at Black Ginger from an overall perspective, you can see that it is much more than a one-hit wonder in terms of boosting sexual prowess. It is something that also works to address issues of sexual sensitivity and overall energy levels.




(Disclaimer: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary from person to person. This information does not constitute medical advice and it should not be relied upon as such. Consult with your doctor before modifying your regular medical regime.)

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Alex Eriksson (Writer)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals.

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Mihai Voinea (Editor)

Mihai is a medical doctor and entrepreneur with a burning obsession for performance and health. Mihai is also an IronMan, ultramarathon runner, and co-founder of Marsilian, which owns two e-learning platforms for future medical students and doctors.



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