Gingko for sexual function was first investigated after an older man who decided to take ginkgo to improve his memory. His sexual function improved so dramatically that it caught the attention of researchers. Subsequent investigation found that it also has a positive effect on female libido.
A test using Ginkgo biloba extract with 63 patients was found to be effective in 84% of patients with antidepressant-related sexual dysfunction. In the study all areas of sexual libido saw improvement, including desire, excitement, and orgasm.
Arginine is an amino acid, also referred to as L-arginine. It is one of the more popular supplements for sexual dysfunction for both men and women and is referred to us natures Viagra.
Arginine is needed by the body to make nitric oxide, a compound that works to relax blood vessels and allow more blood to flow through arteries and this of course includes to the sexual organs.
In a clinical study 77 women with decreased libido were given either a combination product or placebo. Women taking arginine showed greater improvement such as increased reported sexual desire in 71% compared to 42%. They also reported other improvements such as they were happier with their sex lives, improved the frequency of orgasms, and experienced better clitoral sensation.
DHEA is a hormone produced naturally by the adrenal glands. It is converted in the body to both the female hormone estrogen and the male hormone testosterone. Levels of DHEA decline naturally with age and this can lead to decreased libido. Because older people with a natural decline in sex drive, several studies have examined whether supplemental DHEA can improve libido in these groups.
Research so far suggests that it can help improve sexual function in both men and women. Physician supervision is strongly advised when using DHEA. *You need to consult an experienced health care professional before using it and make sure you have the correct dosage and are in good health.
Ginseng may improve sexual dysfunction in both men and women and has been used for thousands of years in China for this purpose. The active ingredients, ginsenosides, are again believed to facilitate the release of nitric oxide in blood vessels that increases blood flow to the clitoris resulting better orgasms. Ginseng is known to possess phytoestrogen activity and is believed to help the body adapt to stress, which again helps female libido.
Dong quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan and is used by herbalists as a treatment for a variety of gynecological complaints from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal problems and is known as: “The women’s herb”.
It is used as a general blood tonic and contains vitamins E, A and B12 and rich in tannins. Researchers have identified six coumarin derivatives that exert antispasmodic and vasodilatory effects. The essential oil in dong quai contains Ligustilide, butylphthalide, Ferulic acid and various polysaccharides are also present.
These elements can help reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood vessels. Although not used specifically to increase libido its affect on the overall body can help women feel more virile as again it has an effect on blood vessels, which carry blood to the sexual organs.
Female Libido is complex and may result from both medical and psychological conditions. For female libido women a combination of all the herbs above can help women feel better and increase desire by improving mood, reducing stress, increasing nitric acid and improving blood flow generally.