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Herbs for Sex and Libido

TCM View of Sexual Dysfunction


Low sexual function or desire can have many causes. When caused by biological conditions, it is usually diagnosed as Kidney Yang Deficiency or Kidney Jing Deficiency. This is true for both men and women.

As the Kidneys are said to be the repository of qi, they are very often named in deficiency conditions. These Kidney deficiencies do NOT indicate kidney disease in the Western sense.

Kidney deficiencies are usually caused by exerting more energy than is transformed from food. The body then “taps its reserves”, and over time, depletes them. Contributing to this can be excessive energy spent by physical trauma, overwork, excessive sexual activity, and emotional imbalance. Poor or insufficient sleep, failure to rejuvenate through rest or vacation, or congenital deficiencies also can play a part.

This can result in low sex drive, impotence, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, poor sperm motility, or premature ejaculation. It is sometimes accompanied by a sense of fatigue which is largely unrelieved by sleep. It is sometimes accompanied by weakness in the lower back or lower body.

Kidney Yin deficiency can also cause impotence. Men or women with signs of “heat”, women with vaginal dryness, or men who have low fluid volume in their ejaculate are likely to be Kidney Yin Deficient.

Chinese Herbs for Healthy Sexual Function

The following Chinese herbs and herbal products treat these deficiencies. They can be taken by both men and women.

Herbal Medicines
Single Herbs
Man’s Treasure
Epimidium – Horney Goatweed
Golden Book Pills
Deer Antler
Chuang Yao Tonic
Virility Tablets
He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)
Shou Wu Pills
Eucommia – Du Zhong

Kidney Yin deficiency can also cause impotence. Men or women with signs of “heat”, women with vaginal dryness, or men who have low fluid volume in their ejaculate, are advised to take Liu Wei Di Huang.

Excessive sexual activity will cause a deficiency of both yin and yang of the Kidneys. For Low Libido associated with menopause, take Two Immortals Pill. Men with deficiencies of both Kidney Yin and Yang may also take this pill.

Stress or emotional constraint may also contribute to impotence. If stress is a factor for either party, a month or so taking Xiao Yao Wan, also known as Free and Easy pills or  Relaxed Wanderer, Rambling powder, or Hsiao Yao Wan, will often relieve the problem.


An Acupuncturist's View of Sexual Dysfunction and Decline

Many cases of low libido, poor sexual performance, and other bedroom issues are caused by mental and emotional problems. Though the spiritual truths of Chinese medicine can play a role in healing some psychological problems, Acupuncture can be of greatest help when sexual issues are caused by physiological problems.

According to TCM, most of these problems are related to energetic deficiencies. Most sexual deficiencies are said to be caused by a combination of deficiencies.

There are 3 kinds of Kidney Deficiencies that can normally lead to sexual decline:

  • Kidney Yang Deficiency
  • Kidney Yin Deficiency
  • Kidney Jing Deficiency

Chinese acupuncturists distinguish between these causes, and create treatments based on this pattern discrimination. Acupuncture is based on pattern diagnosis, not simply on the sex of the user. Points are chosen according to conditions which can effect either sex.

When sexual problems are due to stress and stress related disorders, acupuncture alone can offer significant help. In other cases, where sexual problems are caused by biological pathologies acupuncture must be used in conjunction with traditional Chinese herbal medicine to effect improvement.

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your own physician or another medical professional. We make no claim as to efficacy or safety of herbs or herbal medicine appearing on this site. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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