31 Aug Flagging Libido? Herbal Allies May Help
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Since the dawn of time, people have been seeking out ways to enhance performance in the bedroom. Many herbal traditions have botanicals that are called aphrodisiacs – plants that may increase sexual desire or potency.
While there are many misconceptions about herbal medicine and libido, many so-called “natural” products found online are actually laced with Viagra. Yikes!
Herbs can be helpful for issues with low libido for both men and women, but their gentle action takes time to build. This more natural approach is not about just popping a pill and hopping in the sack. Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable or feel awkward talking about libido and issues around sexual function with their health care practitioner. I’m here to tell you that a healthy sex life is an essential aspect of health and life! Changes in this area may even be an early warning sign of health conditions that warrant more attention.
Beyond relationship dynamics, libido is influenced by:
- Mental health issues
- Heart disease and high blood pressure
- Hormonal changes
- Side effects of medication
- Problems with the urinary or reproductive system
- Nerve damage
Herbal medicine can play a role in improving waning sexual desire, but you should also address any diet, lifestyle, health, and emotional factors as well. Here are a few herbal aphrodisiacs you can get started with:
Muira Puama (Phychopetalum olacoides)
Also referred to as “potency wood”, this herb is also used to treat neuromuscular disorders. Women taking Muira puama in combination with Ginko reported a 65% improvement in libido after one month, while men have shown a 50% improvement in erectile dysfunction symptoms after two weeks of use.
Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
This traditional medicine is often used in Chinese medicine for someone who is also burnt out or exhausted, targeting many of the underlying drivers of low libido. This herb doesn’t need to be taken continuously – you can stop when you feel that it’s working.
This effective herb is known to boost both muscle strength and sexual potency. It can act as a testosterone normalizer in both men and women, which makes it particularly useful for menopausal women with low libido.
Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium saggitteturn)
This plant allegedly got its name after farmers noticed increased friskiness in their goats after grazing on it. Containing a plant chemical known as icariin, it works by relaxing the smooth muscle of the genital organs, similar to how Viagra works. Bonus – this herb has also been known to help with depression symptoms by regulating serotonin, noradrenaline, and cortisol.
Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
As a tried and true herb for uplifting a tired and stressed nervous system, this herb can have a revitalizing effect to reduce anxiety in the bedroom. It can help stimulate the nervous system and improve blood flow to the genital region, working best when taken over time as tea.
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