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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes a holistic approach to improving sexual function and performance. By boosting your “essence of life,” TCM rebalances your internal forces and restores libido in ways that acknowledge the interconnections of all the aspects of your health.
Eastern medicine views the human body as an organic whole. As such, the various parts of the body are inseparable in structure; individual organ functions are related to and influenced by the function of other organs, the mind, physical actions and the environment. Nothing is viewed as separate. Although many Westerners have difficulty grasping TCM’s strange vocabulary, its techniques are of great benefit.
Jing: Fundamental Essence
In terms of TCM, jing is a fundamental material of the human body and the material basis for various physiological functions of the body. Within this category there are two types of essence: the congenital or innate essence and the acquired essence.
The congenital essence is inherited from your parents and is stored in the kidney. Congenital essence, also known as prenatal essence or reproductive essence, promotes the growth, development, maturity and reproduction of the body. On the other hand, you develop acquired essence through the functions of your organs and from your diet.
Qi: The Life Force
In TCM, qiderives from the basic particles that constitute the universe and produce everything in the world through their movements and changes. Qi in its physiological sense refers to the motive force or energy (produced by the basic particles) required for the body’s functional processes.
In this context, impotence and loss of libido represent emotionally and spiritually devastating health problems for a man. But rebalancing the forces within the body can offset elements that lead to these conditions.
The most common sources of libido problems derive from these situations:
- Too Much Sex: Having too much sex wears down the kidneys and drains the body of its life-essence (semen). When this happens, the body’s ability to repair itself and recharge its battery greatly declines or entirely vanishes.
- Decline of Kidney Yang: According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys store the essence of life known as jing. By storing essence, the kidneys control the reproductive system, growth and development. A decline of kidney yang shows up as fatigue, low back pain, weakness of knees and low libido.
- Blood Stagnation: Blood stagnation is caused by poor circulation of blood, which itself is linked to deficiency or stagnation of qi or an excess of cold or heat in the blood system. When the vital energy is deficient or stagnant, it is unable to properly propel the blood through the body. When cold enters the body, it constricts the channels and impedes blood circulation. Impeded blood circulation leads to an inability of the penis to become erect.
- Qi, Blood and Yang Deficiency: Deficiencies in qi, the vital life force, may occur simultaneously with a deficiency of blood, the fluid that carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Along with these, a lack of yang, the male and active aspects of the body system, renders sexual function very difficult for a man. Little life force, blood or active energy means little desire for sex, the inability to become aroused or erect and an inability to stay erect or even to orgasm.
- Anxiety: Too much worry and obsessive thinking impairs the heart and spleen which, in TCM terms, leads to deficiency of the Thoroughfare Vessel which runs through the genitals. Deficiency in this meridian channel makes it difficult to become erect, stay erect or have an orgasm.
- Damp Heat: When dampness and heat enter the body and infiltrate the body’s channels, they increase the blood temperature, thereby “rendering it down” and obstructing the free flow of blood. Damp heat in the liver and kidneys leads to flaccidity of the penis.
The Importance Of Diet For Sexual Function
When designing a diet to compensate for male sexual functions and deficiencies, you should avoid foods that cause too much heat and dampness in the body and eat more foods that nourish the blood, energy and yang.
Foods to eliminate or significantly reduce include:
- All animal dairy products, such as: milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream and cottage cheese.
- All dampness-inducing foods, such as: bananas, fatty or fried foods, nuts and oils.
- All beverages that have diuretic qualities, such as: coffee, black tea, soft drinks and alcohol.
Foods to eat more of include:
- Chinese chive seeds.
- Gruel with walnuts and wolfberry.
- Stewed pig’s kidney with walnuts.
- Sticky rice gruel with lotus root.
- Lychee fruit and lotus seed boiled in water.
- Eel soup.
- Ginseng root or extract.
TCM Herbal Remedy
Chinese herbal formulas are not really specifically designated for specific conditions. Their use is based on treating a syndrome that leads to imbalance. That said, Gu Ben Fu Zheng is a Chinese herbal remedy often used to treat loss of libido resulting from kidney yang deficiency. In TCM terms, it strengthens and warms the kidney yang, nourishes the blood and supplements the qi. In Western terms, this formula is a stimulant, tonic and adaptogenic; it strengthens adrenal function, warms the body and stimulates the libido.
There are many causes of and ways of looking at loss of libido. Keeping an open mind and consulting a practitioner of TCM may be where your solution is found. Along the way, a change of diet helps on a fundamental level.