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Table 3 Herbs commonly used in body building [14]

From: Multi-organ damage induced by anabolic steroid supplements: a case report and literature review

Herb Reason for use
Arctic rose (Rhodiola crenulata) Adaptogenic, enhances endurance and strength
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Adaptogenic, enhances endurance and strength
Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) Adaptogenic, enhances endurance and strength
Wild oats (Avena sativa) Increases testosterone (anabolic effects)
Saw palmetto berries (Serenoa repens) Testosterone-like effects
Chinese ephedra (Ephedra sinica) Central nervous system stimulant, enhances endurance, strength and body fat loss
Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe) Alpha adrenergic agonist, potentiates caffeine and ephedrine effects, increases male performance