Women respond sexually in 3 phases: desire, arousal and then orgasm. Female sexual dysfunction involves a decrease in libido, vaginal dryness, and pain/discomfort with intercourse, decreased genital sensation, decreased arousal and difficulty achieving orgasm. Both physical and emotional instances can cause any of these difficulties.
Specific to menopause, the vagina becomes thinner and vaginal dryness occurs due to a decrease in estrogen. Sleep deprivation can lead to limited desire.
Research has shown some promising results with gingko in that women respond more to the sexually enhancing effects than men. Notable improvements were observed in sexual desire, reduction in vaginal dryness, frequency of sexual intercourse and orgasm, and clitoral sensation without significant side effects.
The direct effects of ginseng have been shown to be related to the ginsenoside components on the central nervous system and gonadal tissues. Turmeric has long been known to have anti-inflammatory components. The combination of turmeric and ginseng are traditionally found in Eastern medicine as a natural aphrodisiac. Experts state ginseng and turmeric have a stronger effect over chocolate in terms of increasing sexual arousal. Chocolate stimulates the hormone serotonin in the body and elevates the mood which could enhance sexual arousal while ginseng and turmeric have a more direct effect on actual genital tissue.
Eastern culture promotes the use of ginseng into beverages such as tea or coffee. Some foods with ginseng or turmeric are promoted as increasing sexual pleasure. Gingko supplements are also available.
So ladies instead of a glass of wine, you might want to consider brewing a cup of Ginseng tea, taking a nice, warm bubble bath and add some turmeric to your dinner to promote an increase in libido. Does anyone have a special recipe you have enjoyed? We would love you to share and help us all enjoy our evenings!