The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Sexual vitality-

Female sexual desire has a wide range of normal. If this is a change from normal, then a visit to your gynecologist should be your first step. A change in sexual desire could be due to hormonal problems or be a symptom of depression, fatigue or excess stress. Even simple fatigue can have an effect on your libido. Menopause and the postpartum period are common times for a decrease in sexual desire, although this is not true for all women.

Many prescription medications, especially antidepressants can inhibit sexual desire. If you are taking any medications, check with your doctor to see if they have any side effects that could be affecting your sex life. Alcohol also can decrease libido, so watch how much you drink.

If your low desire is causing problems in your relationship, then you and your partner should consult with a counselor who specializes in sexual therapy. The therapist can help both of you learn how to respond to each otherís needs and improve communication, positive things for your relationship- sexually and in general.

A good diet, vitamin and mineral supplementation, exercise, stress reduction, adequate rest and time for love making will go far to increase sexual vitality.

Herbal treatment for decreased libido-
Chinese Ginseng- ginseng is known as a great revitalizing tonic and has a reputation as a sexual rejuvenator. It has proven effects for alleviating the effects of stress.
Liquid extract- 1/2 teaspoon one-three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 500 mg one-three times a day
Standardized extract (18% ginsenoside content)- 150 mg one-three times a day

Caution: If you have heart disease or hypertension, consult with your health care provider before using any ginseng.

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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