Low libido, or low sex drive, is something that will affect most people at some stage.
Whether it is due to a stressful lifestyle, relationship difficulties, a medical condition or simply getting older, finding that you have a reduced sex drive can be worrying.
There are many reasons why you might be finding it more difficult than usual to get in the mood. Some of the most common causes of low libido in men are:
- Relationship difficulties
- Lack of sleep
- Being overweight
- Erectile dysfunction or ejaculation problems
- Medical conditions such as diabetes, underactive thyroid, heart disease or cancer
- Medication side effects
- Smoking, alcohol or drugs
The Male Menopause – Fact or Fiction?
While men may not experience a menopause in the same sense as women do, it is certainly true that their hormone levels also change with age.
Testosterone is the hormone responsible for men's sex drive. It kicks in during puberty and triggers physical changes such as growing body hair, deepening your voice, increasing muscle mass and, of course, awakening your libido.
After the age of about 30, your testosterone levels gradually begin to decrease, meaning that your sex drive begins to slow down. You might also experience other symptoms relating to lower testosterone such as loss of muscle mass, poor concentration or memory and weight gain.
While you may not be able to turn back time, you can make the aging process easier by taking care of yourself, staying active and eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Sexual Dysfunction and Low Libido
One reason why some men suffer from low sex drive is sexual dysfunction. This includes problems like difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction), premature or delayed ejaculation.
While these problems do not necessarily cause low libido in themselves, they can really knock your self-confidence leading to stress, worry and a reduced sex drive. Sexual dysfunction in men can be caused by underlying physical or psychological problems, and if you are suffering from these issues you should consult your physician. This will ensure that any serious medical issues will be identified and you can get the treatment you need to get your health, and your sex life, back on track.
How to Improve Your Libido Naturally
The best way to improve your libido naturally is by taking regular exercise, eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting enough sleep and reducing your stress levels. Keep alcohol to a minimum and avoid smoking and recreational drugs.
There are many supplements and herbal medicines which are also reported to help boost sex drive in men. These include vitamin B3 (niacin), L-arginine, ginkgo biloba, maca and two herbs traditionally used in Chinese medicine, tribulus terrestris (Bai Ji Li) and horny goat weed (Yin Yang Huo).
Another way to improve your sex drive using traditional Chinese medicine is the ancient practice of acupuncture.
Acupuncture for Low Libido in Men
Acupuncture works by using fine needles placed at specific points on the body to maintain both physical and emotional health as well as treating disease.
Acupuncture can help with low libido in a number of different ways. Your exact treatment will depend on what is causing the issue. This will be determined at your initial consultation.
Firstly, acupuncture is an extremely relaxing treatment which is known to reduce stress. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural “feel good” chemicals, which help to relieve the anxiety associated with low libido and leave you feeling calm and positive. It also increases circulation to the sexual organs. This is especially important if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction. Finally, it has a balancing effect on your hormone levels, making it a great way to improve your libido naturally.
While low libido, erectile dysfunction and ejaculation problems might be sensitive subjects, you can rest assured that your acupuncturist is well trained to deal with these conditions. Anything you say in the clinic will be treated with the strictest confidence, so there is no need to be concerned.
Whatever the cause of your low libido, acupuncture is a fantastic way to relax, relieve stress and look after your health at any age.