Louanne Cole Weston, PhD., who is a marriage and family therapist and board-certified sex therapist in Fair Oaks, California, says, “Low libido is an interesting hidden problem. Men who have a reduced sex drive don’t want to talk about it, and the partners they are with do not want to talk about it either.”
Low libido can go hand in hand with low testosterone, but according to Chinese Medicine, the root of the problem is that the body is tired. If you have the right nutrition (know which foods are healing for you) and the right nutrition-rich herbal formulas, you can renew energy and your sexual vitality.
What is Libido?
Let’s start with the basics. The dictionary defines it as -noun
Libido is sexual desire
“Loss of libido” may also refer to a loss of:
- Sex drive
- Sexual appetite
- Sexual passion
- Sexual urge
- Sexual longing
- Sexual desire
Men with Fertility Issues or With Partners with Fertility Issues
If this is you, please know that men who are in either of these situations often suffer with low libido. Many men struggle with the news that they have issues with their sperm and that devastating news can quickly and easily translate into a loss of interest in sex. Another common issue is that you and your partner have been actively trying to have a baby. You will be focused on having sex at optimum times and undergoing intimate examinations and stressful tests. All of this can take a toll on how you feel about making love. It may help you to know that you’re not alone and that thousands of men feel just the same way as you do right now.
How Traditional Chinese Medicine Views Low Libido
Traditional Chinese Medicine takes an holistic view – seeing the human body as a system that is fully integrated.It recognizes that what happens to a part of the body affects the whole body and that what affects the whole body, affects a part of it. So, before looking at a potentially injured branch, we want to see what’s going on with the whole tree.
Traditional Chinese Medicine breaks sexual difficulties due to low libido into two separate categories:
1. Difficulty Achieving Arousal – or Getting Started (Sexual Strength and Energy)
2. Difficulty Maintaining Arousal – or Keeping it Going (Poor Circulation and Stress)
1. Sexual Strength and Energy
Chinese medicine’s tonifying natural herbal remedies combine aphrodisiacs with herbs that build strength and endurance. We also utilize herbs that increase semen and promote the development of healthy strong sperm. For centuries, Traditional Chinese herbalists have recommended Chinese ginseng to improve vitality and sexual wellness for both sexes. Sexual performance could be complicated by stress if it manifests as heart weakness, blood sugar imbalances, or poor circulation. Panax, a well-known *adaptogen, is said to reduce fatigue and stress as it strengthens the body.
* Adaptogens greatly improve your body’s ability to adapt to stress. This elite class of herbs imparts strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and mental clarity.
A Yale Study Shows the Benefits of Ginseng
In 1997 a professor at Yale University’s School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., reported that Chinese ginseng stimulates nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a neurotransmitter that is involved in bodily actions including blood vessel dilation, blood pressure regulation and blood clot prevention. It also activates an enzyme that relaxes smooth muscles, allowing blood to flow. When this happens, an erection is possible. Viagra, the sexual potency drug, also allows nitric oxide to relax smooth muscles in the penis, but the drug comes with side effects. While Viagra emphasizes sexual performance, ginseng is said to tone the entire endocrine system for a more holistic beneficial effect.
2. Poor Circulation and Sex
Not all sexual problems are related to weakness and exhaustion. Men are often striving to have a child while holding down a full time job. By holding in stress and anxiety, poor circulation can manifest in the groin. Even when no obvious problems are present, increasing circulation in the sexual area can improve vitality. It is particularly effective for those who have sedentary lifestyles combined with intense thinking and planning.
Radiant Wonder has two natural formulas that can help.
a) Increase circulation of semen and blood – Prostate Pro 3000
b) Don’t let the stress build up – Stress Relief
This is the best formula for releasing stagnation and allowing better circulation. The base formula was traditionally used for prostate health, but also for dynamic sexual health. It took us years to track down the base formula. When we finally had it, we added Pygeum, Nettle and Saw Palmetto. These are all very restorative for sexual functioning.
How it Works to Promote Sexual Health
Chinese herbalists say the formula works because the two forms of peony increase circulation to break apart congestion pain.
The astragalus reduces water retention and builds strength and fennel root and licorice relax and smooth muscles to redirect the action of the other herbs to the sexual area. This combination is said to condition and promote prostate function, as well as increase blood circulation in the genital area, lower abdomen and inner thighs, creating a sense of opening, ease, and healthy circulation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine to the Rescue
Radiant Wonder has fantastic herbal formulas – both for getting started and for keeping it going.
The key ingredient in this formula is Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed). It also contains panax Ginseng, cistanches, and deer antler – sexually stimulating herbs that are also believed to treat impotence. Herbs such as epimedium, which may also reduce liver and heart stress while increasing adrenal energy, are said to be beneficial sexual tonics because they strengthen immunity to illness and fatigue.
In the best Chinese formulas, we combine panax with anti-inflammatory or moistening herbs such as Solomon’s seal (Polygonum multiflorum) or ho shou wu, or schizandra to balance ginseng’s stimulating effects. The effects of Men’s Virility Formula may be further enhanced when it is combined with Adaptogenic Energizer, which builds stamina strength and sexual desire.
Deer Antler Velvet is a very important sexual tonic, which is why it is included in the Men’s Virility formula, but it can also be taken on its’ own. It is a safe, natural precursor for testosterone. Radiant Wonder’s Deer Antler Velvet is derived from the tips of the antlers, called the velvet, because it is so soft. It is the most expensive and biologically active tissue. The tips are clipped from the deer painlessly (without any harm to the deer) in the Spring, when there is the most biological activity. This is the time when testosterone product for the deer is at its highest. Deer Antler has numerous benefits and is a favorite for athletes because of its powerful energy support.
With all of these formulas you will feel the effects right away, but the real benefit is cumulative.