Loss of libido (sex drive) is a common problem that affects many men and women at some point in their life.
It's often linked to relationship issues, stress or tiredness, but can be a sign of an underlying medical problem, such as reduced hormone levels.
Everyone's sex drive is different and there's no such thing as a "normal" libido. But if you find your lack of desire for sex is distressing or it's affecting your relationship, it's a good idea to get help.
World Health Organization states that sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality, which is a reason why modern physicians recognize the importance of libido as one of the key indicators of general health and quality of life.
In men and women alike, libido is directly linked to androgen hormones (namely testosterone). As men have approximately 40 times as much testosterone as women, they are thought to have a more intense sexual drive; however, more aggressive behavior is demonstrated as well.
The exact role of peptides in sexual drive and arousal is still not certain, partly because of their many roles and sites of action. Still, oxytocin – a neuropeptide also dubbed “bonding hormone” – is important in both sexual and parental behavior. Besides regulating for sexual drive, complex oxytocin neural pathways control penile erection and sexual motivation in general.
Dopamine plays a strong role in libido and motivation. This hormone and neurotransmitter is one of the key players in the human body. Steroid hormones set the stage for increased dopamine synthesis and its release during periods of enhanced sexual responding, resulting in an increased sexual drive.
Ayurveda for Loss of Libido :-
The reproductive tissue in Ayurveda is known as Shukra Dhatu in men and Artava Dhatu in women. Many of the disorders in this area of the body are due to a doshic imbalance invading these tissues, causing improper functioning and a depleted sexual energy. Although these are all very serious disorders that can greatly effect one’s daily life and intimate relationship, it is rare that this issue is considered a primary condition, meaning a low libido or any sexual dysfunction almost always has an underlying cause stemming from another (potentially more harmful) disorder. Therefore, it is vital to not only treat the sexual imbalance directly with herbs and oils, but rather look a bit more deeply into the root causes (i.e. depression, hormonal imbalance, stress, etc), and treat these underlying conditions simultaneously.
Out of the many effective herbs used to treat loss of Libido, most commonly used herbs are :-
Ashwagandha is a popular adaptogenic herb. It is also known as Indian ginseng. You can use this herb to cure premature ejaculation, impotence, infertility and lot more. Ashwagandha improves the functioning of body and nourishes nerves. It also allows the body to adapt to stress, which is a major cause behind libido.
Moreover, ashwagandha has an ability to strengthen reproductive system, restore male potency and desires. You can easily consume this herb with milk, water and honey.
Shatavari is also known as asparagus racemosus. It is efficient at enhancing female fertility. Shatavari nourishes the female reproductive organs such as ovum. It also promotes blood circulation, formation, reduce the risk of miscarriage, and increase chances of conception and hormonal imbalance.
Shilajit has been a part of ayurvedic treatment for male infertility since years. It is known to enhance the male potency and give a boost to desires and moods. Shilajit improves both quality and quantity of male sperms.
Intake of Shilajit would also support proper functioning of sex hormones and maintain a balance in performance. It should be the first choice for men looking to boosts libido naturally.
Garlic has immense advantages when it comes to ayurvedic treatments. This is used as an effective food item to enhance libido in both men and women. Intake of garlic improves the functioning of reproductive organs post damage caused by an injury or disease.
Salabmishri is a terrestrial plant. It helps in increasing stamina and overall performance of male body. This herb also aids in improving the quality of sperms and promoting blood circulation to the penis.
Sexual debility is a multi-dimensional issue, as it often is an indication of other imbalances in the body. The first step to treatment is to determine these causes in order to discover the proper pathway for healing. Once the causes are found, then it is essential to make the necessary changes (e.g. reducing the workload, detoxify the body, eat a healthy diet, etc) while welcoming beneficial practices into your daily routine (e.g. breathing techniques, exercise, meditation, etc). Finally to complete the process and get the most for your money, a medicated ghee or an appropriate herbal formula can be taken simultaneously to relieve any related imbalances, strengthen the reproductive tissue and ignite the sexual energy directly. For more details, please book a consultation with our Ayurvedic doctors.