Sexual Vitality and Naturopathic MedicineAs we age and our hormones settle down, what was once an overwhelming desire to spend hours exploring ourselves and our partner may have easily turned into a dull roar. Life, with its fast paced drama and in some cases child rearing duties, seems as if it can drain the physical and mental passion right out of some of us. In turn, a once thriving sexual life can sometimes be forgotten with many just too tired to maintain it on a regular basis. Therefore, intimacy can suffer along with other challenges such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, menstrual cycle dysfunction, premature ejaculation, vaginal dryness and a changing physique that makes some people feel less desirable.

Acupuncture and naturopathic remedies including classical Chinese medicine, offer a wide range of treatments that may be able to restore some of your lost fire within. By working through listless energy channels that may have slowed down due to a draining diet, lack of exercise, age, mental challenges, stress or disease, a naturopathic choice has the ability to allow the body to embrace a non-toxic solution.

According to a 2010 Durex Sexual Wellbeing Global Survey:

  • 31% would like more fun, better communication and more intimacy with their partner
  • 29% want a higher sex drive
  • 37% want to feel less stressed out and tired so they can have more and better sex
  • Americans have sex approximately 85 times per year compared to 103 times globally

Counseling: A Confidential Release

A Naturopathic Physician is someone that will deeply listen to your specific concerns no matter how graphic or embarrassing they may seem. By implicitly trusting your practitioner, they will therefore be able to create an individual treatment plan that could help you find the sexual vitality you are seeking.

Acupuncture: Stimulating the “Minister of Power”

Because the kidney is one of the major sources of sexual vitality often referred to as “The Minister of Power”, using a series of acupuncture treatments along this meridian can be a beginning movement of your own sleeping power within. In addition, stimulating and strengthening the adrenal glands which sit right on top of the kidneys can enhance sexual potency and fertility. Because fear is a primary mental quality of the kidney it can often result in pushing your qi (inner energy force) to move inward and downward suppressing your sexual health. In men this can be considered a kidney yang deficiency and I in women it is a kidney yin and yang deficiency. Both can lead to sexual dysfunction, decline or complete loss of libido. Some acupuncture points that may be targeted could be:

Female:

  • ST 41 vaginal lubrication
  • SP6 decline/loss of libido
  • EX-HN1, GV4, CV4 vulvadynia (vaginal pain)

Males:

  • LU9 erectile dysfunction
  • HT3 premature ejaculation
  • LR8 decline/loss libido

Sexual Health Supplements

It seems as though traditional medicine has the broad range trust of the mainstream population enabling it to successfully market a chemical formula such as Viagra. However, all along, a safe  just as effective list of remedies have been around for centuries both from China and the West, assisting the body in achieving thriving, naturally enhanced, sexual health.

With the professional skills of a naturopathic physician, a protocol of one or more remedies can help the body help itself. One approach may include safely tonifying the kidney through acupuncture and then assisting along the opened energy by using natural medicinal therapy such as:

Chinese Ginseng – According to a 1997 Yale University School of Medicine professorial report, consumption of Chinese ginseng was shown to release enzymes that calm smooth muscle, the muscle which enhances an erection. Nitric oxide is the neurotransmitter that is stimulated by Chinese ginseng which is responsible for the release of these enzymes. Viagra is designed to stimulate nitric oxide.

Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) and Cloves – This results in a warming adrenaline stimulant increasing stamina and blood flow.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraecum) and sage (Salvia officinalis) – These heating spices have been successful energy and sexual desire enhancers for centuries.

Gingko Biloba, Sarsaparilla (Smilex medica) and Panax Ginseng – This combination has been helpful for both sexes. The gingko increases appendage circulation while the sarsaparilla’s diuretic properties transport the ginseng and gingko to sexual areas. The increased circulation can encourage an erection, lubricate vaginal walls and enhance sensation.

Dong Quai – Nicknamed the ‘female ginseng’, this Chinese herbal remedy regulates estrogen levels, boosts male fertility, eases menstrual cramping and calms the nervous system.

L-Arginine – an amino acid that is also a nitric oxide motivator. It is found in many foods but can be taken as a supplement.

Foods: Eat Your Way to a Healthier Sexuality

Pomegranate Juice – small scale studies indicate its positive effects on male vigor and fertility.

Oysters, Nuts and Seeds – Oysters, cashews, almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds all hold good amounts of zinc which has been known to increase libido. Arginine is found in these as well.

Avocados – Some consider the avocado an aphrodisiac due to its unsaturated fats enhancing blood flow through your arteries and heart. More blood flow means healthier arousal.

Dark Chocolate – Lower in sugar than milk chocolate this dark choice carries antioxidants, , mood enhancing phenylethylamine and serotonin boosters, plus circulatory encouraging caffeine.

The above examples are only a few of the thousands of potential approaches to achieving a more vibrant sexual life. It is essential that you seek out an experienced naturopathic physician such as Dr. Lisanti of Integrated Med Solutions to safely prescribe the correct dosage and duration according to your specific needs and medical history. Schedule your naturopathic or acupuncture appointment with Dr. Lisanti to find out the best path to take in re-discovering your powerful, inner sexual being. It’s with the intention of inspiration and integrity that our highly trained doctor creates customized health plans that synergize the best of healing arts with contemporary natural medical science. IMS is located in Eastchester, New York with close proximity to New York City (also via Metro North railroad), Southern Connecticut and parts of New Jersey. Please call us at 914.337.2980 to make an appointment or feel free to email appointment queries to info@intmedsolutions.com.

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