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Low Sex Drive
Loss of sexual desire can be attributed to some physical causes such as:
- Drug abuse
- Major illnesses such as diabetes
- Following childbirth-suggesting that it is hormonal
- Prescription drugs, especially tranquilizers
- Hyperprolactinemia (overactive pituitary gland)
- Other hormonal imbalances such as abnormal Leuitenizing Hormone (LH) or Testosterone
There are also emotional causes to consider:
- Stress and overwork
- Hang-ups from childhood
- Past sexual abuse or rape
- Serious relationship problems with partner
- Difficult living conditions
After all, the largest sexual organ is the brain!
If all of the above have been ruled out as possible causes of a lack of libido where there once one, Chinese Medicine may be able to add some value as to why it has disappeared.
A healthy sexual appetite is dependent on the strength of a special type of fire within the body called the Minister Fire. It is also known as the Gate of Vitality (Ming Men). The Kidneys are known as the root of fire and water in the body, because they are the root of the original Yin and Yang of the body. The Gate of Vitality or the Minister Fire is considered the Fire aspect of the Kidneys.
More on how Chinese Medicine sees Menopause here.
t is this fire that gives us our sexual appetite. When discussing menopause, we mostly talk about the decline of Kidney Yin and how that produces the unfavourable symptoms. It is also true that Kidney Yin and Yang are inseparable, and when one declines, so does the other. It is also true that not every women who is experiencing negative menopausal symptoms has a Kidney Yin disharmony, in fact as many as half have more of a Kidney Yang deficient pattern.
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How Chinese Medicine Can Help with Low Sex Drive in Women
Chinese Medicine is always able to get to the root of the imbalances in the body. Even when all tests are negative for concern, Chinese Medicine is able to get to the bottom of it. The diagnosis of the body is not dependant on blood analysis, swab tests, MRI, ultrasound (although they can be beneficial), but rather we look at the body in it’s present condition against the backdrop of how a person has lived their life. Questions are asked about many different body functions such as sleep cycles, temperature, emotions, cycle patterns and symptoms, we look at the tongue and examine many aspects of the pulse to determine what aspects of the body are weak or have become pathologically too strong.
There is thousands of years of history without modern medicine to thank for these skills. Ancient doctors have been studying all aspects of health and have discovered many different treatments.
Herbal medicine is one such treatment that has a rich history and consistently achieves positive results. Organic chemical compounds such as steroid gycosides, saponins, canabinoids, terpenes etc found in plants act on the body to achieve different health benefits. Some of these specific compounds act on receptors within our bodies, others offer powerful antioxidant effects, protect DNA and telomeres on DNA, protect certain organs such as the liver, kidney, heart, oxygenate the body etc. The list can go on for days…
Acupuncture also has a rich history in terms of treating imbalances within in the body. Dramatic results can be seen when treatments are done often enough and given time to work.