Libido Lows

Need to spice things up in the bedroom? Here’s some natural and simple steps to help..

Low libido refers to decreased sexual desire, and can be classified as primary (lifelong) or secondary (acquired after normal sexual functioning). It may also be generalized (not limited to certain situations or partners) or situational. Risk factors include interpersonal issues, alcohol and drugs, certain medications (OCP, SSRIs and bet-blockers), depression, anxiety, fatigue, and hormonal imbalances (decreased androgen levels). Fortunately most cases of low libido respond terrifically to herbal medicine and key minerals.

The first herb to consider treating low libido in women is Shatavari (asparagus racemosus). This herb is highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine for its rejuvenative action on the female reproductive system and was said “to give the capacity to have a hundred husbands”!!

It has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac, menstrual regulator, to promote conception and help prevent threatened miscarriage.

Shatavari contains steroidal saponins which suggest its activity on the female reproductive system may be due to subtle modulating of oestrogen activity.

I normally would also include Dong quai and Rehmannia into a herbal libido mix, as these herbs are regarded as feminine tonics, used to balance hormonal irregularities. Tribulus (tribulus terrestris) may also be added as it increases testosterone which is the controlling hormone for libido in both genders. It also increases luteinizing hormone (LH) and FSH, as well as DHEA.

For males the herb of utmost relevance is Tribulus, due to its action on testosterone. Damiana is also normally added to herbal mixes for low male libido as it is used for impotence, sexual inadequacy and is also an aphrodisiac Studies confirm that damiana and tribulus can help improve male sexual performance.

It is crucially important to also check for zinc deficiency, as low red blood cell zinc, goes hand in hand with no sexual desire, in both sexes. Zinc also supports normal healthy sperm maturation.

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