Are there alternative treatments for low sex drive?

Dr. Peter Bongiorno, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Watch as Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist Dr. Peter Bongiorno discusses some alternative treatments for low sex drive and libido.

Lisa Marie Rosati
Herbal Medicine

Low sex drive can be caused by a myriad of factors, including; hormone imbalance, stress, exhaustion, etc. Here are some suggestions on how to boost your sex drive naturally:

  1. Improve stress management by beginning a daily exercise or meditation practice.
  2. Take an introspective look at if you are feeling loved and validated in your intimate relationship. Not feeling " heard" is a HUGE turnoff. Ask for what you need.
  3. Eat a varied and balanced diet rich with vegetables, fruit and lean protein.
  4. Eat more foods rich in zinc such as cashews, chicken, chickpeas and crab.
  5. Try adding some libido enhancing herbs such as Maca or Horny Goat Weed to your daily intake. 
  6. For exhaustion take a look at Ashwaghanda, it is an Ayurvedic herb that acts as an adaptogen, which essentially means that it gives your body what it needs, energy and stamina.

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There are hundreds of alternative treatments that people may claim are effective for improving a low sex drive. However, many of these options are not backed up by any kind of scientific evidence. Many herbal supplements - including ginkgo biloba, sarsaparilla, and goat weed - supposedly improve sex drive in both men and women. Diet may also affect your sex drive, so it's recommended that people eat certain foods like eggs, avocados, figs, and garlic. Other alternative options may include exercise, sun exposure, and avoiding alcohol. Some people suggest "spicing up" your sex life - by having sex in new locations, positions, or times, you may increase your sex drive.

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