Ginseng for Libido -
Does It Help?
Thinking of Using Ginseng for Libido Problems?
In Latin, libido means "sexual drive." This term
is commonly used to describe a man or woman who has a low desire to
There are many causes of low sex drive usually classified as either
physical or emotional.
Physical causes would include health problems, menopause symptoms,
fatigue and pain. Emotional causes would include low self-esteem, anger
toward the partner and negative attitude toward sex.
The article Sex Drive
talks about this issue in greater detail.
How Ginseng for Libido Works
many health benefits. Ginseng has been and is still being promoted as a
sexual rejuvenator. Chinese medical doctors continue to prescribe
ginseng for men and women suffering from low libido.
Several animal studies show that ginseng boost sexual activity and
improves mating behaviours in rats.
done in men show that ginseng can help treat erectile dysfunction (ED)
and boost blood flow to the penis. It also is shown to increase sperm count and motility.
In women, products containing ginseng seems to increase sexual desire in women suffering from menopause symptoms.
It is important to look at all the causes
of low sex drive first since many of them (such as stress) need to
be addressed as they can be the root cause of the problem.
Dose to Use
suggest using 200 mg twice daily of the capsule. If you choose a
tincture formulation, use 5 mL (1 teaspoon) twice a day. For a liquid
extract, use 2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon) twice daily.
How long should you take this? Continue taking ginseng until your
libido improves. Some experts also suggest stopping ginseng for one
week every five weeks to avoid side effects from the long-term use of
this Chinese herb.
Reported side effects from taking ginseng continuously include
insomnia, restlessness and low blood pressure.
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