Between the Sheets

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It’s not only men who may, from time to time, succumb to a loss in sex drive. Woman too can experience a loss in libido and satisfaction between the sheets.

The pharmaceutical market is now targeting woman with an alternative to the little blue Viagra pills which many men find comfort and, ahem, strength in. If you would like something a little more natural, there are alternatives.

One of the key ingredients in many herbal tonics to increase vitality is a herb renowned for its ability to aid in memory loss and blood circulation to the brain and, as we all know, what goes up must also go down.  Gingko is an important herb in stimulating the circulatory system, pushing blood flow out to the extremities. 

Gingko can be of particular help to women experiencing a lowered libido as a side-effect of anti-depressant medication.  It can be taken as a liquid tonic, in tablet form or as a herbal tea but care must be taken as it has the same ability as aspirin in thinning the blood and should not be taken together. 

Damiana has long been claimed to have a stimulating effect on libido, and its use as an aphrodisiac continues today.

The relatively small shrub produces small, aromatic flowers which are followed by fruits which taste similar to figs. The leaves contain powerful essential oils which produce a strong spice-like odour similar to chamomile.

Damiana contains a chemical essential to the plant’s structure, damianin, which acts as an aromatase inhibitor to have a relaxing effect on the central nervous system that can help in cases of a diminished sex drive.

Another important factor in sexual performance is nutrition.  Zinc is a mineral required for proper sexual development and a deficiency may lead to a lack of energy and vitality. 

The food containing the highest levels of zinc per serve is the oyster.  Known as the “king of zinc”, these bi-valve mollusks have a reputation for stimulating both the male and female sex drive – of course tales of Casanova eating more than 50 for breakfast only adds legend to the science. 

Zinc may be of benefit if you have a deficiency but taking more than your body requires will not equate to an improved sex drive. Other sources of zinc are sunflower and pumpkin seeds, nuts and whole grains. 

So before you try going online where the range of natural treatments have weird and wonderful names and, often, unproven benefits, talk to your health care practitioner about natural ways to boost reproductive health.