What is Low Libido?
A person’s libido, or sex drive, generally peaks when a person is in their mid-twenties and then declines steadily as they advance in years. Having a sexual appetite is as normal as having an appetite for food, and yet nearly 31% of men and 43% of women feel challenged by a low libido by the time they reach middle age. Both the causes and the treatment of low libido vary from men to women. Causes of a woman’s diminished sex drive include emotional issues, childbirth, breastfeeding, onset of menopause, stress, weight gain, relationship problems, headaches, back pain, and inability to reach orgasm. Causes of a man’s diminished sex drive include depression, thyroid problems, pituitary gland tumors, and impotence—although this last cause creates confidence problems rather than biological impairment of the libido. Each person needs an individualized—and often complicated—treatment program, especially given the need for a gender-specific plan. However, women will benefit from reconnecting with their emotions and their partner, and men will benefit from becoming more physically fit, which will also serve to increase their testosterone levels.
How can I treat Low Libido?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers libido to be a function of the strength of the kidney-adrenal network and its alignment with the emotionally significant heart network. Along with acupuncture and herbal therapy, a low libido is treated by eating warming and pungent foods such as garlic and cayenne pepper, organic sources of proteins such as eggs and lamb, deep-sea and coldwater fish such as salmon and halibut, legumes such as lentils and black beans, and nuts and seeds such as walnuts and sesame seeds. Other remedies include eating a clove of vinegar-pickled garlic daily for one month, taking a sulfur bath or soaking in a hot spring, and revisiting more sensual activities, including candlelit dinners. It is also recommended to combine 30 minutes of walking or jogging with a program like tai chi or qi gong for increasing physical activity.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Low Libido?
It is important to avoid foods that impair circulation to the sex organs such as cold and raw foods and dairy products. Other things to avoid include smoking, physical inactivity, and some over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants.
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