Are you too tired to have sex? What happened to your desire? You don’t feel the excitement? Well, you are not alone!
I think most of us go through some issue like this in our busy/stressful lifestyle. I know that such problems can be corrected with simple hormone treatments like what we offer at the Tiffani Kim Institute, but I’m always curious how to fix things naturally as well. So, I asked one of our acupuncturists, the very talented Caroline Jung, Dipl. Ac., MSOM. Caroline specializes in women’s health, and she’s very passionate about natural remedies and treatments. Here’s what Caroline has to say about how to boost libido the natural way…
Is it natural for women and men to have a lower libido as we age? The answer is yes for both! As we become older, our physiology gradually changes. Along with age comes a change in our hormone levels, which can play a dominant role in the level of our sex drive. This varies from person to person and can depend on a range of circumstances. Sometimes a low sex drive can be a result of underlying physical conditions, while at other times it may be linked to psychological issues or a combination of the two. Luckily, we have natural, comfortable ways to nourish our libido.
For women, decreased sexual desires can begin during perimenopause, which is the time right before menopause, which can occur in a woman’s late 30s or 40s. Menopause is also a starting point for some women to notice a decrease in their sex drive. This is due to a shift in hormones, particularly estrogen. A few other causes may be post-partum depression, hypothyroidism, prescription drugs, body image issues, stress, and anxiety.
For men, a decrease in libido can be a result of low testosterone levels that may be due to hypogonadism. Other causes may include digestive issues, heart disease, prescription drugs, alcohol use, depression, stress, and anxiety.
For both women and men, any of the symptoms listed above can lead to another – any physical symptom causing a decrease in the lust for love can cause an emotional disruption which can lead to a decreased sexual desire. This is the same as an emotional issue affecting a physical symptom, resulting in a lowered sex drive.
- St. John’s Wort: an herb commonly used to treat depression, anxiety and menopausal symptoms, which can affect libido.
- Passion Flower: an herb native to North America, it is well known for its aphrodisiac effects and for reducing anxiety.
- Ginkgo: an herb native to China that is known for its benefits for concentration/focus; it may also help improve blood circulation, therefore increasing sex drive.
- Sarsaparilla: an herb that can have a positive effect on testosterone and progesterone production, which play roles in reproduction; this herb is beneficial for general sexual energy and vitality.
- Yin Yang Huo: a traditional Chinese herb that is used for nourishing the ‘kidney energy’ and treating erectile dysfunction.
- Adequate, restorative sleep
- Regular exercise to build energy and stamina
- Fresh and organic healthy diet
- Limit alcohol intake
- Daily multivitamins
- Engage in activities that increase self-esteem
- Spending quality time with your partner not only for your physical connection but also spiritual and emotional