Today’s show is about sexual function. The two key issues we run into when talking about sexual function is the desire to have sex and the actual function of having sex. When we talk about sexual function it applies mostly to the physical function of sex, mainly erectile dysfunction. This might explain why there are 24 FDA approved treatments for men and as of 2015 only one approved treatment for women. What’s interesting is that sexual dysfunction effects 43% of women compared to 31% of men and yet we only see commercials for correcting male erectile dysfunction.
When we look at why sexual dysfunction happens, it’s mainly due to a lack of desire due to stress and anxiety which can lead to depression and low energy. We’ll explore herbs and extracts that can help with these symptoms and we’ll also be taking your calls. We’ll hear from Jenn in Buffalo, NY who is in the early stages of menopause and is dealing with low estrogen levels as well as a lack of desire to have sex. We’ll also hear from William in Boise, Idaho who is suffering from erectile dysfunction do to both stress and communication issues with his partner. On the call, William tells us he started taking Viagra and hasn’t told his partner because he’s afraid she will be upset and cause more friction in the relationship. Last we will hear from Sue in New Jersey who has a question regarding the desire to have sex. Sue has HSDD (Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.) She loves her partner but feels her libido switch has been turned off. She’s considering taking the FDA regulated drug “Addyi” and is worried about low blood pressure side effects.
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Herbs and plants that might be beneficial for sexual desire in men and women:
Relaxing herbs to help you get you in the mood: Avena Sativa Passion Flower Lemon Balm Tonic herbs and herbs that help balance cortisol and sex hormones: Ashwagandha Ginseng Maca Tribulus Terrestris Cordyceps Holy Basil Tongkat Ali Cistanche Tubulosa Stimulating herbs and herbs that direct blood flow: Damiana Tongkat Ali Catuaba Muira Puama Cistanche Tubulosa Safed Musli Herbs and Plants that support heart health and blood flow. Beets Hawthorn Berry Cayenne Ginger Aphrodisiac Spices you can add to herbal infusions to enhance flavor: Vanilla Cinnamon Nutmeg Cardamom Ginger
How to pair herbs when making a special blend for you and your partner:
Try to pair a nervous system stimulant with something that's mood enhancing and balances cortisol. It could be beneficial to add something that promotes blood circulation as well. You can pick herbs from a few of the categories listed above based on your preferences to make an infusion with your partner.
Think about the elements as you make your blend. If you have experience with herbs, you may be able to mix something up intuitively. If you are a beginner here's an example of one way you can think about it:
GABA - Promotes a positive, welcoming mood.
Cortisol - Stress hormone that might turn you off!
Nitric Oxide - Supports blood flow
Stimulant - In this sense, something that might direct blood flow to the pelvic region.
So we have cornered some of the elements that compose a nice herbal aphrodisiac infusion! Now, we just have to figure out the perfect ratio to suit our individ