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Louanne Cole Weston, PhD., who is a marriage and family therapist and board-certified sex therapist in Fair Oaks, California, says -
“Low libido is an interesting hidden problem. Men who have a reduced sex drive don’t want to talk about it, and the partners they are with do not want to talk about it either."
Low libido can go hand in hand with low testosterone, but according to Chinese Medicine, the root of the problem is that the body is tired. If you have the right nutrition (know which foods are healing for you) and the righ nutrition-rich herbal formulas you can renew energy and your sexual vitality.
Let’s start with the basics.
The dictionary defines it as -
Libido is sexual desire and goes on to say that
"Loss of libido" may also refer to a loss of
• Sex drive
• Sexual appetite
• Sexual passion
• Sexual urge
• Sexual longing
• Sexual desire
Libido is usually referred to in terms of a man’s sex drive but it also refers to a woman’s sexual drive, too.
If this is you, please know that men who are in either of these situations often suffer with low libido.
Many men struggle with the news that they have issues with their sperm and that devastating news can quickly and easily translate into a loss of interest in sex.
Another common issue is that if you and your partner have been actively trying to have a baby, you will have been having sex at optimum times, undergoing intimate examinations and stressful tests and all of these can take a toll on how you feel about making love.
It may help you to know that you’re not alone and that thousands of men feel just the same way as you do right now.
TCM takes an holistic view – seeing the human body as a system that is fully integrated.
It recognizes that what happens to a part of the body affects the whole body and that what affects the whole body, affects a part of it.
So before looking at a potentially injured branch, we want to see what’s going on with the whole tree.
TCM breaks sexual difficulties due to low libido down into two separate categories:
Difficulty in maintaining arousal (for both men and women) is most likely a combination of “yang deficiency” and “qi deficiency." Qi is the energy that we use every day.
When you wake up in the morning and feel great, you are full of qi. When you wake up in the morning and feel like going right back to sleep, you are not.
Let’s take a closer look at these categories.
Chinese medicine's tonifying natural herbal remedies combine aphrodisiacs with herbs that build strength and endurance and also other herbs that increase semen and promote the development of healthy strong sperm.
For centuries, Traditional Chinese herbalists have recommended Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng or ren shen in Mandarin Chinese) to improve vitality and sexual wellness for both sexes.
Sexual performance could be complicated by stress if it manifests as heart weakness, blood sugar imbalances or poor circulation. Panax, a well-known *adaptogen, is said to reduce fatigue and stress as it strengthens the body.
* Adaptogens greatly improve your body's ability to adapt to stress, whether it's a hectic schedule, heat or cold, noise, high altitudes or any number of other stressors. This elite class of herbs imparts strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and they improve mental clarity.
In 1997 a professor at Yale University's School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., reported that Chinese ginseng stimulates nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is a neurotransmitter that is involved in bodily actions including blood vessel dilation, blood pressure regulation and blood clot prevention. 
It also activates an enzyme that relaxes smooth muscles, allowing blood to flow. When this happens in the corpus cavernosum, an erection is possible.
Viagra, the sexual potency drug, also allows nitric oxide to relax smooth muscles in the penis but the drug comes with side effects. While Viagra emphasizes sexual performance, ginseng is said to tone the entire endocrine system for a more holistic beneficial effect.
Radiant Wonder has fantastic herbal formulas – for getting started and for keeping it going.
Men's Virility Formula is a powerful Radiant Wonder formula that is said to tonify or strengthen both the yin and the yang of a person.
The key ingredient in this formula is Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed). It also contains panax Ginseng, cistanches and deer antler - sexually stimulating herbs that are also believed to treat impotence.
Epimedium must be combined with other herbs in the correct proportions to be most effective. This is because, if we boost up someone’s yang without addressing their yin as well, we may dry them out.
So, in the best Chinese formulas, we combine panax with anti-inflammatory or moistening herbs such as Solomon's seal (Polygonum multiflorum) or he shou wu, or schizandra to balance ginseng's stimulating effects.
In men, epimedium is said to increase sperm production and stimulate the sensory nerves, thus increasing sexual desire and strength. The herb is used to treat:
• frequent urination from weakness
• poor memory due to adrenal insufficiency
• timidity, and
• painful lower back and knees
Studies done at the General Hospital of Beijing showed that epimedium improves sexuality and quality of life in patients with chronic renal failure. 
Although research is preliminary, animal studies at Seoul National University in Korea indicate that icariin, a flavonol glycoside and major constituent of epimedium, may reduce liver toxins. 
Two other laboratory animal studies at the Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Helsinki, Finland, indicate that epimedium may have immuno-enhancing properties. [4, 5]
Herbs such as epimedium, which may also reduce liver and heart stress while increasing adrenal energy, are said to be beneficial sexual tonics because they strengthen immunity to illness and fatigue.
Deer Antler is a very important sexual tonic which is why it is included in the Men’s Virility formula but it can also be taken on its’ own.It is a safe, natural, safe precursor for testosterone.
Radiant Wonder’s Velvet Deer Antler is derived from the tips of the antlers, called the velvet because it is so soft, the most expensive and biologically active tissue. The tips are clipped from the deer, painlessly, without any harm to the deer, in the Spring when there is the most biological activity. This is the time when testosterone product for the deer is at its highest. Deer Antler has numerous benefits and is a favorite for athletes because of its powerful energy support.
With all of these formulas you will feel the effects right away, but the real benefit is cumulative.
Not all sexual problems are related to weakness and exhaustion. Men are often striving to have a child while holding down a full time job. By holding in stress and anxiety, poor circulation can manifest in the groin.
Even when no obvious problems are present, increasing circulation in the sexual area can improve vitality. It is particularly effective for those who have sedentary lifestyles combined with intense thinking and planning.
This is the best formula for releasing stagnation to allow better circulation. The base formula was traditionally used for prostate health – but also for dynamic sexual health.
It took us years to track down the base formula. When we finally had it, we added Pygeum, Nettle and Saw Palmetto. These are all very restorative for sexual functioning.
Chinese herbalists say the formula works because
• the two forms of peony increase circulation to break apart congestion pain
• astragalus reduces water retention and builds strength and
• hogfennel root and licorice relax smooth muscles to redirect the action of the other herbs to the sexual area.
This combination is said to condition and promote prostate function and to increase blood circulation in the genital area, lower abdomen and inner thighs, creating a sense of opening, ease and healthy circulation.
We hope that this has shown you that help is available for low libido. Why not schedule an appointment for a Free Consultation? Our highly experienced, fully qualified herbalists can create a program specifically for you. Follow ups are free too so you have nothing to lose.
We look forward to helping you.
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1. Gillis CN. Panax ginseng pharmacology: a nitric oxide link? Biochem Pharmacol 1997 Jul; 54(1):1-8.
2. Chen XM, et al. Effects of Epimedium sagittatum on quality of life and cellular immunity in patients of hemodialysis maintenance. Chung Kuo Chung Hsi Chieh Ho Tsa Chih 1995 Apr; 15(4):202-4.
3. Choi YJ, et al. Antihepatotoxic activity of icariin, a major constituent of Epimedium koreanum. Planta Med 1995 Dec; 61(6):523-6.
4. Dong X, et al. Effects of Sichuan herb epimedium on the concentration of plasma middle molecular substances and sulfhydryl group of "yang-deficiency" model animal. Chung Kuo Chung Yao Tsa Chih 1995 Apr; 20(4):238-9, 254.
5. Hiltunen R, et al. Isolation and immunomodulatory effect of flavonol glycosides from Epimedium hunanense. Planta Med 1997 Aug; 63(4):316-9