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Menopause Corner
Menopause Corner

Wendy Hoffman blogs about menopause and women's health—particularly focusing on how diet and nutrition can positively affect a woman's life around the age of menopause.

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Low Libido? Try These Herbal Formulas to Help Increase Desire

In her new book, Great Sex, Naturally, Dr. Laurie Steelsmith, who practices naturopathic medicine, tackles an all-too common problem for women past the age of 30:  low libido. If you talk to your doctor about it (most women won’t), they’ll probably say it’s normal for your age. Your libido wanes as your hormones change. That explanation, along with a suggestion for an amorous weekend with your partner, might be the only prescription you receive. 

But Dr. Steelsmith, who is also a licensed acupuncturist and the author of another excellent book I refer to often, Natural Choices for Women’s Health knows better. She believes that there are reasons why as many as 40 million American women lose their sexual mojo in midlife and their senior years. “Notorious sex spoilers” such as vaginal dryness, UTIs, and pelvic pain are obvious reasons why a woman might not be in the mood for sex. But she argues that low libido could be a symptom of underlying imbalances that should be addressed to create a foundation of optimal health.

“If you continually experience adrenal-gland fatigue, for example, you’re not apt to feel especially sexy or vital. Your body may lack the extra reserves it needs to nourish vibrant health and sexual vigor,” writes Dr. Steelsmith.

Her book covers a lot of ground, but I thought I’d tell you about three lesser known herbs and herbal formulations that she prescribes for patients complaining of menopausal symptoms and low libido. She calls them your best “first line of defense.”


 This Peruvian herb is been shown to be effective in treating hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia because it can stimulate your glands to increase their production of estrogen and other hormones. It also supports your adrenal glands, helps lower stress-hormone level, and increases your sex drive. 

Da Bu Yin

Here’s one I’ve never heard of! Dr. Steelsmith says it’s one of the best Chinese herbal formulas for treating menopausal symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes, anxiety, and increased thirst. The herbs have been used for thousands of years and have no known side effects.

Two Immortals 

This traditional chinese herbal formula helps to boost libido, balance hormones, relieve hot flashes, and reduce irregular menstrual bleeding and cramping during the years leading up to menopause.

You’ll find more information in Dr. Steelsmith’s book about these and other herbs, amino acids, and even natural aphrodisiacs that she says will help boost women’s sexuality, health, energy and creative drive. 




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Wendy writes about women's health in midlife.