Traditional Chinese Medicine and Low Libido

To some, decreased libido – otherwise known as a person’s sex drive – is a taboo subject, something not to be talked about. For millions of people, however, decreased libido is real, and it can be mentally and emotionally crushing. Although often associated with men, decreased libido affects both genders, and is not just the natural result of aging. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have a long history of being an effective treatment for decreased sex drive and other sexual issues, such as erectile dysfunction in men, infertility, and vaginal dryness. And even better than its success rate: acupuncture and herbal remedies are safe, natural, and free of side effects.Causes of Decreased Libido

According to TCM, low libido – like many conditions that affect the human body – is the result of a Qi (energy) imbalance. This imbalance is usually connected to the three of the body’s most important organs: the kidney, the heart, and the lungs. Decreased libido often occurs when energy levels are depleted in these organs. As a result, all TCM treatments, including acupuncture and herbal remedies, work to restore the body’s energy balance and flow. This naturally increases a person’s vitality.

However, there are also external forces that can affect on the body, and by extension result in a decreased sex drive:

  • Stress

  • Childbirth

  • Depression

  • Weight gain

  • Effects of Aging

  • Hormone imbalance (eg: low testosterone)

  • Insomnia

Because acupuncture deals with the whole body, clearing blockages and restoring balance, it is very effective at treating all causes of decreased libido.

TCM vs. Western Treatment

One of the most popular forms of treatment for decreased sex drive in the Western world is the use of pharmaceuticals like Viagra. Studies have shown, however, that after a few years of use, the effectiveness of Viagra begins to wear off. This is because Viagra, and other drugs like it, focus only on blood circulation in the genital area. They completely ignore the other organs in the body that contribute to low libido.

Acupuncture can help restore a lowered libido.

The first step in the TCM approach is to talk to the patient. It sounds simple, but it is a method that has worked for centuries to cure an assortment of conditions and ailments. You will be asked questions about your mental health, your general health, and any specific health concerns. This is important, because TCM treats the whole body and mind as being interconnected, and it is a method that has been successful long before any medical textbooks were written. Your TCM doctor will also feel your pulse, your abdomen, and look at your tongue.

Once that has been done, a treatment will be discussed and instituted, based on the patient’s specific needs. Generally, a combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies will be the most successful treatment for decreased libido, as your TCM doctor will be able to locate and alleviate the imbalances and blockages that lead to a low libido, as well as the external forces that can have an influence as well.

A combination of herbs can increase libido in men and women

In many cases, the results are almost immediate, and before long many patients have not only increased their libido, but also increased their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It doesn’t get much better than that.

If you are suffering from decreased libido, and would like to try acupuncture as a safe way of relieving your symptoms, or are interested in any other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, book an appointment today by phoning 604-260-2713 or clicking the button below.

Cody Zhang