We have all heard about herbs and medications to enhance the male libido and now, female herbal libido enhancement is drawing attention as a way to regain a flagging libido.
Research indicates that a woman’s libido is affected by stress, overwork and contextual issues relating to sexuality; often more so than the onset of menopause. For this reason, alone, herbal libido supplements should be viewed as part of a holistic approach to a more fulfilled life, where relaxation, nutrition, and fulfillment are part of a healthy lifestyle.
Before using herbs for low libido, a thorough investigation to rule out any underlying health problem should be made; and if you are taking herbs to increase female libido remember to also take a time to assess your overall health and stress levels.
Natural Herbs Used to Increase Low Libido in Women
Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris)
Tribulus is one of the more commonly prescribed libido herbs for not only women but also for men. The reasoning behind this is that this herb increases the production of luteinizing hormone (LH) which stimulates testosterone levels. Women with a low libido often have low levels of testosterone in their bodies and by supplementing with this hormone, women’s libido has been shown to improve.
The benefit of using tribulus is that this herb increases testosterone levels via LH which also acts to maintain as well as regulate healthy levels of testosterone in the body. This is important in achieving the right balance of this hormone to avoid secondary male characteristics. Tribulus should be taken with the knowledge that it may cause hot flushes in menopausal women, as it causes an increase in luteinizing hormone, which is widely believed to aggravate this symptom of menopause.
Damiana (Turnea diffusa)
This herb has been used to increase libido in men and women historically for many centuries. Like tribulus, damiana is also known to increase the testosterone levels to achieve its aphrodisiac action.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
This is an Ayurvedic herb that grows in the lower rainforest in India. The exact translation of Shatavari is She Who Possesses 100 Husbands, referring to this herbs action as a tonic to the female reproductive system. This herb is also indicated where stress is a significant factor in the cause of reduced libido. Shatavari is also used to treat infertility, PMS symptoms and will increase milk production during breastfeeding.
Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)
The phytosterols in the tubers of wild yam are precursors to sex hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. Opinion is divided as to whether Wild Yam can increase progesterone levels, however, this herb can stimulate the libido by increasing estrogen in the body. Wild Yam will also reduce the risk of heart problems and breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
Other natural herbs that have been used for female libido enhancement.
- False Unicorn – (Chamaelirium luteum)
- Anise – (Pimpinella anisum)
- Ashwagandha – (Withania somnifera)
The Use of Herbal Supplements to Increase Low Libido
Herbs to increase female libido are often of benefit to other issues such as stress, PMS, vaginal dryness, and menopause. A good herbal practitioner will be able to assess what combinations of herbs for low libido will be best for you based on your symptoms. A good herbal libido supplement will address what is the cause of a flagging libido and focus on addressing your health as a whole. Many women will experience a loss of libido and the cause of this will be varied. Before taking any female herbal libido enhancement, it is strongly advised to seek a check-up with your healthcare practitioner.
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