What is Butea Superba (Red Kwao Krua)
Butea Superba (Red Kwao Krua) is an androgenic herb widely used among the males of Thailand as an aphrodisiac and to improve erectile quality.
Found in the hills of Thailand, a natural compound is definitely creating a worldwide sexual sensation. It has a molecular structure that makes it a natural PDE 5 inhibitor making it a perfect natural male enhancer.
This plant grows in the open and the long roots of the plant are buried under the ground, similar to the roots of a yam. The roots of the mature plant are 8 to 9 inches long before they turn into tubers in the shape of elephant tusks.
On cutting, the tubers reveal many red fibers and leak red sap. This type of plant reproduces through seeds and the separation of its roots.
The Health Benefit of Butea Superba
The majority of evidence to support Butea Superba’s potential health benefits comes from preliminary research on animals, although a few small clinical trials and case reports have been published.
Butea Superba as a Testosterone Booster
There is a case-study where a 35-years old Thai man was diagnosed with hyperandrogenaemia after using an unreported dose of Red Kwao for “few weeks”. In fact, his lab tests showed his dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels to be at 1512 pg/mL (reference values are between 250-990 pg/mL) and his principal “side-effect” was, as you can guess, a very high sex drive.
After closer inspection by medical experts, the “problematic” source of this increased androgenic (read: masculinity) was found to be Butea Superba, which the man said he had been taking to prevent hair loss.
The man was then told to stop the usage of B. Superba, and one week after cessation of the herb, his DHT levels had returned back to normal and his sexual drive was also back to “normal”.
Butea Superba has been studied in animal models as a potential fertility enhancer in men. A 2006 study of rats found eight-weeks of Butea Superba treatment increased sperm counts by 16% compared to controls.
However, there is no research linking the herb to increased sperm counts in humans and it is too soon to recommend it as a treatment for low sperm counts.
Butea Superba is used as a sex enhancer in Asia by middle-aged and older men as a tonic and virility enhancer.
Researchers and academics had found that Butea Superba products could be in both forms – ingest product such as a health food product and a topical application product such as a gel product.
The delivery of Butea Superba can be through oral ingestion capsule or extracts from this herb can be formulated into gel form for external application.
Possible Side Effects
Although little is known about the safety of regular use of Butea Superba, findings from animal-based research indicate that the herb may have adverse effects on blood chemistry and testosterone levels.
Some research suggests it raises testosterone levels, however, additional studies suggest high doses of the herb may have the opposite effect.
Butea Superba is believed to act similarly to other hormones, including follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), gonadotropic releasing hormone (GnRH), and testosterone. People who are undergoing hormone treatments or taking anabolic steroids should not take Butea Superba.
Butea Superba has been shown to increase androgen levels, which has been linked to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), increased facial and body hair, and acne in women. Pregnant women should not take Butea Superba.
Given the potential health risks of this supplement, consult a physician prior to using Butea Superba is advised.
Where to buy Butea Superba Product?
There aren’t many vendors who sell Butea Superba, but I’ve found.
VITROMAN sells in both gel and capsules form.