Increasing Sex Drive – Part 2

Category : sexual

Herbs and Libido

Expert’s Name:  Dr. Nalini Chilkov

Interviewer:  Gail Edgell

Gail Edgell: Will it say “American Ginseng” on the product label?

Dr. Chilkov: Yes. You will see that Ginseng can be labeled as Korean Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng or American Ginseng. Women can use Chinese Ginseng and Korean Ginseng. But American Ginseng is much more balanced for them.

The next herb that I want to talk about is called Cordyceps. This is one of the great shining stars in Chinese Medicine, particularly in terms of aphrodisiacs. I will also say that it is one of the great herbs in cancer care and immune stimulation. But it’s a very powerful sexual stimulant as well. A woman is building her sexuality and her immunity when she uses an herb like this. She will want to take it on a daily basis, combined with Ginseng and Epimedium. Over time, she will feel much, much more vibrant. Cordyceps has been shown to provide significant improvement in the treatment of sexual function. It’s also used in men to treat impotence. It’s very safe, and it increases endurance, vigor and energy. Even athletes use this herb.

There is a fourth herb that I want to talk about that is not a Chinese herb. Maca root is an herb from Peru. It has been used for thousands of years in South America for boosting sexual health, libido and fertility. I have found that when estrogen starts to decline, Maca root is one of the best herbs for giving a woman balance. It helps smooth the menopausal journey. This herb also has a lot of minerals, enzymes and amino acids. These are all very important for normal sexuality and a high libido. It really increases desire.

I want to emphasize that these four herbs that I have mentioned — Epimedium, American Ginseng, Cordyceps and Maca root — are all safe to use. These herbs are widely used in China. Many people over 40 take tonics like these. It’s comparable to taking a multivitamin.

These herbs will reduce menopausal symptoms. They will regulate hormonal irregularities and smooth out the menopausal transition. For women who are still menstruating, it will ease their cycles. These herbs do this by leveling out mood fluctuations and helping with mental acuity, concentration, stamina and vitality. These are not herbs that a woman only wants to use the night before she wants to have sex. These are herbs that need to be used on a daily basis, so that she feels like having sex more often and has the energy to do it.

Gail Edgell: Do you typically take the last one, the Maca root, in combination with the other herbs that you mentioned?

Dr. Chilkov: Each one of these herbs can be taken alone. But the real art of herbal medicine is making balanced formulas. As an herbalist, I find it much more effective and much more balanced, even much more elegant, to make a formula that is tailored for an individual. You will see that if you look at a good natural food store, or if you live in a city where there is a Chinatown, that the formulas are always found in combinations. You can also buy very expensive Ginseng root that is prepared in a very special way.

Note: This article is an edited transcript of an audio interview. Changes have been made.

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Increasing Sex Drive

Category : sexual

How do you change your libido?
Expert’s Name:  Dr. Nalini Chilkov
Interviewer: Gail Edgell

Gail Edgell: Could you tell us why a woman’s sex drive varies during her perimenopause and menopausal years?

Dr. Chilkov: The female sex drive, or libido, is very complicated. It’s not about one thing. Certainly, in the context of this interview, I want to talk about exhaustion, adrenal stress and depletion, alongside changes in estrogen. All of these things work together to decrease a woman’s sex drive. The idea is not to use something that will titillate for the evening, but something that will really build sexual health and well-being over time. I am going to talk about things that women can take every day to nourish themselves at a very deep level, so that they still will feel vital sexually. We are going to talk about herbal medicines.

The Chinese associate health and longevity with libido and sex drive. The Chinese talk a lot about nourishing Qi and nourishing essence. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the Energy of Life that is circulating through all living things. When the smooth and harmonious flow of the Qi is disturbed, or when Qi is depleted, illness and disease arise. Some tonic herbs do that in particular for sexual vitality. These are herbs that are more like concentrated foods; they are not drug-like. It’s like taking a very concentrated kind of vitamin for your sexuality. I am going to talk about a few herbs that are traditionally used in Chinese Medicine for sexual tonics. The first herb is Epimedium.

Epimedium’s common name is “Horny Goat Weed,” which says it all. It was originally discovered by herders who watched the animals eat it and saw that they wanted to have more sexual activity. This is an herb that is used by both men and women. But it’s really one of my favorite herbs for women. It’s really great for osteoporosis and preserving bone density. It’s also a slightly calming herb and will decrease high blood pressure. This herb is what the Chinese call a “yang” tonic. It really, really boosts your energy, and you feel a lot more vibrant.

Gail Edgell: Is it best to take this herb in the morning?

Dr. Chilkov: It’s not a stimulant like caffeine, so it’s not a problem in that way. That is true of all the herbs that we are going to talk about today.

Ginseng is another very famous and well-known herb. I primarily recommend American Ginseng for women because American ginseng nurtures the “yin,” or the feminine moist aspect. It’s also a very potent natural aphrodisiac that elevates hormones and neurotransmitters and increases blood flow to the sexual organ in a way similar to how Viagra works, only milder. Ginseng is great in post-menopausal women because it can prevent the natural atrophy, or shrinking, of some of the vaginal tissues.

Ginseng is one of the most strengthening herbs in terms of a woman’s vital energy, or Qi. It also helps her adapt to stress. A lot of people lose their sex drive, or their libido, because they’re stressed out and exhausted. Nature is wise. If a woman only has a certain amount of energy to spend, Nature will have her conserve it and not spend it on sex, especially if there is not enough to go around. If a woman is feeling lethargic, she wants to nourish her energy. This herb will give her more sexual energy overall.

Both of these herbs, Epimedium and Ginseng, will also work on a deeper layer of the nervous system to allow a woman to be relaxed and excited at the same time. That is much more preferable to being wound up and stimulated.

Ginseng should be used long term, on a daily basis, to really enhance a woman’s sexual vitality. Most of these herbs are not used by themselves; they are typically used in combination with other herbs to increase sexual potency.

Note: This article is an edited transcript of an audio interview. Changes have been made.

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Libido: When is Your Peak?

Category : sexual

Expert’s Name:  Stephanie Ackerman

Vaginal Dryness: Dry as the Sahara Desert

Warning: This column talks about an embarrassing, but important topic, vaginal dryness. Someone has to talk about it. It might as well be me. It happens to many women as we begin our menopausal journey. Vaginal dryness!

Remember back to your first sexually arousing experience? Your juices flowed. Perhaps you even remember getting that wet feeling while reading a book, watching television or a movie, seeing a good looking person walk by. Your hormones were at their peak. They were working in overdrive. You most likely felt like this in your teens and 20s. I did.

To read more of this article go to Menopause Libido and Menopause Support.


Menopause Hormones: Is Testosterone a Good Thing?

Category : your hormones

Testosterone – the role it plays in anxiety, depression, memory loss and lack of libido
Expert’s Name – Dr. Kim Crawford

The hormone testosterone can be very confusing to women. Am I supposed to have it? What happens if I have too much of it? Could I end up being big and bulky or hairy all over? I am here to tell you that all women need testosterone as part of their hormonal make up. Balance is the key.
Did it occur to you that elite athletes such as Serena (as an extreme) and the Olympian women have higher testosterone levels?
These women tend to be more assertive, moodier and have a higher level of self confidence. Women also tend to have higher testosterone levels who are successful professionals and athletes. It’s O.K. because as a “regular” doctor I didn’t know that either! This is all stuff that I learned as a result of becoming board-certified in Anti-Aging Medicine.
Why do you need to pay attention to your testosterone levels now? During peri-menopause all hormones are likely to “get out of whack”. Drops in testosterone may be responsible for anxiety, depression, and memory loss, loss of libido, decreased lubrication, and decreased assertiveness. These things are easily fixable?
Bio-identical testosterone, applied topically, in small doses can absolutely fix these issues if testosterone levels are found to be low. Of course, other hormone deficiencies (mainly estrogen and progesterone) can the cause some of these problems too.
Action Step: Be sure that when getting hormone testing to include testosterone to the list of tests.
Learn more about Dr. Crawford
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Libido in Menopause: Could Statins be the Cause?

Category : libido

Lack of sex drive – cholesterol medications may be a factor
Expert’s Name:  Sarah A LoBisco, ND

Study Shows Decreased Libido in Men on Statins: Could this Hold True for Menopausal Women?

A recent study demonstrated the link between statin therapy and erectile dysfunction in men:

“Our study is the first report showing a negative association between statin therapy and testosterone levels in a large series of patients consulting for sexual dysfunction,” he says.

The purposed mechanisms were as follows:

One possibility, Corona says, is that low testosterone levels and the need for statintreatment share some common causes.

Some researchers also have looked at the possibility that the statins’ inhibition of cholesterol synthesis may interfere with the production of testosterone, which depends on a supply of cholesterol. The statins may disrupt the body’s feedback mechanism to instruct it to make more testosterone.

Cholesterol is the precursor to hormones. It is not only needed for hormones, but for brain health, vision, blood sugar balance, and nervous system function. This helps explain why if hormones are off, many other things in the body are as well.

A common symptom of menopause is decreased libido. Conventional treatment usually is estrogen therapy or HRT. This may help some women. However, it doesn’t work for all. This is due to the fact that estrogen and progesterone aren’t the only key players in hormonal balance for women. Testosterone, DHEA, and insulin can also play a role in sex drive in women. Furthermore, this study demonstrates that an aggravating factor in low libido could be a women’s statin medication.

Fortunately, there is hope. I have seen symptoms improve for women when proper hormonal balance is attained. This is done with a proper evaluation of symptoms through a consultation and blood chemistries. Although low testosterone may not be the main player to low libido in menopausal women, a look at your overall hormonal picture and a consultation with an integrative practitioner could help provide some answers.

Action step:  Dedicate to finding a practitioner that is right for you during this  stage of your life.

Find out more about Dr. Lobisco.


Statins May Lower Testosterone, Libido:

Men With Erectile Dysfunction on Statin Therapy Are Twice as Likely to Have Low Testosterone, Study Finds. Webmd. April 21, 2010.