Testosterone is the mystic component in male existence, and quite possibly in life itself.
Testosterone gives a man the drive to do what needs to be done, always with the idea in mind that the ultimate reward happens when in bed with a beautiful young woman.
Testosterone is motivation, and motivation is the essence of life. Supercomputers may achieve consciousness. Intelligence anyway. But they don’t have motivation. They don’t react on testosterone, so to say. And as long as they don’t, supercomputers aren’t life, despite all their intelligence.
Computers, even supercomputers, even supersupercomputers, don’t care whether they are switched on or off. But men do. If they are on testosterone. Because they feel that they have some business to do. In bed. That’s the essence of life. That simple.
Aging men have lower testosterone. That is why they have less sex drive. Less drive overall. And drive cars more carefully.
Lower testosterone easily leads to depression. And depression can be treated with testosterone.
Low testosterone is not desirable. That message has arrived in the mainstream media, and has become mainstream opinion.
It has also arrived in traditional medicine which now considers low testosterone a disease condition that warrants treatment.
In the US, the typical treatment is testosterone patches.
But wait a moment.
There are serious shortcomings.
Because testosterone isn’t a soloist. For optimal noise level, a driving rhythm, and a pleasant harmony, testosterone plays in a concert of which the hypothalamus is the conductor.
The hypothalamus gland deep inside the brain releases gonadotropin-releasing hormone which stimulates the pituitary gland to release luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone. And then, in turn, these two hormones tickle the testes into synthesizing testosterone.
The whole pathway is commonly referred to as the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis.
Naturally high testosterone, aided by butea superba, is way, way superior to testosterone patches.
Testosterone patches can elevate plasma testosterone alright. But they throw the whole hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis off-balance. Butea superba,by contrast, target the axis in its entirety.
Nothing beats a well-tuned hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Not for general health, not for fertility, and not for libido.
Testosterone replacement therapy can elevate low testosterone alright, and it can do so faster than butea superba.
But testosterone replacement therapy is negative for the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis as a whole system. Because the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis isn’t in charge only for gonadotropins. The hypothalmus, for example, also releases dopamine, a substance that primarily acts as a neurotransmitter for excitement, including sexual excitement. And the pituitary secrets prolactin, the hormone of love.
Come on, guys. Aggressive desire, caused by high testosterone, isn’t the only ingredient of good sex. You also want a mind-blowing orgasmic release (effected by dopamine) , and yes, a sense that this woman is the love of your life (a shot of prolactin, so to say).
Nothing beats a well-oiled hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, as almost every man has it in young age.
The axis wears out as men age. You can call this a sad fact, or even a tragedy. But there are limitations as to what we can do about it.
Testosterone patches can elevate plasma testosterone.That’s at least something. But at the expense of a severe disturbance to the body’s own hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. At the expense of fertility, too, as exogenous testosterone is such a severe disturbance to sexual function that infertility ensues.
OK, butea superba is slower in increasing plasma testosterone. The results of butea superba are also less predictable.
But butea superba works on the whole hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, and isn’t just substituting one of its end products.
So, yes, butea superba, in many aspects, is indeed superior to testosterone patches.
This message has already trickled through to the bodybuilding community which is all so familiar with playing around with hormones. When on anabolic steroid cycles they add butea superba in considerable dosages to their stacks, to prevent a complete shutdown of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Post-cycle, they again increase the butea superba dosage, possibly adding tongkat ali.
And because the investigations of the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, measure off-balance states along the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis (too much testosterone in comparison to follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones), butea superba even has its usefulness in dodging doping tests.
Normal men can learn something here. If one’s low testosterone hasn’t reached clinical dimensions, consider butea superba extract first, before embarking on the testosterone replacement train, which carries the danger of doing lasting, irreversible damage to the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis.
And if one is already depending on testosterone patches, at least do supplement with butea superba to maintain some degree of functionality on this hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis.
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