Lost libido, ability to have orgasm, and natural lubrication (and inability to lose weight, zero energy, focus, etc, etc) in '94 following mastectomy and chemo. Multitude of drs no help. During hospitalization for pancreatitis in Feb. '13 (20 days), I got b 12 injections for 7 days. Drs later decided I wasn't really deficient, but within days, I had surge of libido. Over next 6 months lost 50 lbs, rediscovered muscle and concentration, etc. Effect started dropping off. Taking oral 5000 mcg but weight loss hasn't picked up. Just started using patch. Libido is improving again. Orgasm too. Following paleo diet (stopped chronic sinusitis and psoriasis). Using many supplements recommended here including mg (great for restless legs but no effect on libido), maca , vit d, vco, Apple Cider Vinegar and more. They helped with many things but not libido. Will continue experimenting. Definitely feel b 12 caused my turn around. Wish my various drs were less hidebound. Shame to spend 20 years begging for help and one simple blood test revealed it.
Mucuna pruriens is a tropical bean and is a natural source of dopamine. Dopamine is intimately connected to arousal. It is also the critical brain chemical in Parkinson's Disease, a disorder that I have dealt with for 17 years.
A group of we PWP were experimenting with the use of Muruna last year and I can attest to its effects upon male libido. But, let's face it, a good glass of tap water can qualify for many men.
What was unusual, however, was that women reported similar effects. As one of the first to notice commented, "I knew something was up when my ex- started loooking good!"
I can't suggest a dosage since the PD has an independent effect that would make such info irrelevant, so you will have to do some trial and error. It can be ordered as a raw powder via Amazon. Since mentioning a specific brand is discouraged here, I will only say that the excellent product which I used was grown in the US, was organic, and was only about $10 to $15 per pound. One caution, the powder is an incredible black stain once it is wet. The only thing that takes it off of enameled steel is oxyclean type remover.
Here are multiple remedies for increasing libido:
Scientist discovered that watermelon is high in citrulline. When the body discovers citrulline it converts it to arginine. This is an amino acid that does amazing things to the circulatory system. It also boost nitric oxide in the blood which is the same thing Viagra does. It relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. All the benefits of Viagra, naturally. Note: Even higher concentrations are in the rind. Try blending the rind into smoothies!
- Dark Chocolate
People have talked about chocolate as an aphrodesiac for years. But recent studies have show why it can have effects similar to viagra for me. Chocolate contains flavonoids that increase the formation of endothelial nitric oxide. As you may know this is the same goal of viagra. It relaxes the vessels and improves blood flow to all of the ?important' areas of the human body.
- Hot Peppers
If you like spicy food then you are already headed in the right direction. Peppers like Cayenne and paprika contain Capsicum. This increases blood flow in the body tremendously. It also helps long term with heart health since capsaicin reduces platelet stickiness and helps relieve pain too. Spice up your food, spice up your love life!
Raisins have high amounts of arginine. L-arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. L-arginine also stimulates the release of growth hormone, insulin, and other substances in the body. (WebMD)
- Cardamom (Elaichi)
Elaichi is a potent tonic and stimulant. It not only helps to strengthen the body it also fights sexual dysfunctions like premature ejaculation and impotency. Not only does it relieve the problem it also helps you feel energetic and last longer in bed. (the health site)
Ladies, I must be the lucky one. After 7 weeks post surgery I am going strong, but very carefully...of course. But Im going to share my vitamin protocol with you. I was horny after three weeks of surgery.(yes,.. i waited!!) I had lyposc hyst while keeping my ovaries. i had a severe prolapse from a hard labor 19 years ago..! I have always had a great sex drive and have been very good with how I approach my health. I am 42 and have been using apple cider vinegar and water as a supplement for twenty years. I eat very well with juicing my veggies and using coconut oil. But... for the sex drive I have been taking Fennugreek and saw palmetto for quite a while. I find that taking the saw palmetto seperately about an hour or so before I plan my attack is better. I also started adding dong quai with my fennugreek three weeks before my surgery for the added benefit of helping my hormones. Fennugreek, and dong quai are estro helpers and toners. Saw palmetto is more for the male prostate but is also a female toner and great for the libido. L arginnine is in all the sex supplements and I have also been using this for years as I am in the army and do alot of training with various aminos.
Daily I take Fennugreek and dong quai in the morning with my breakfast and in the afternoon when i come for lunch I take my saw palmetto. Now i must tell you that i take my supplements not for sex but because I will personnally NEVER take hormones because of my surgery. Thats just my creed and i am not a doctor but I am blessed with my health and happy I recoverered so well. I also take Kyrogreens everyday in my juice or shake and I have noted on the website" Earthclinic" that others have said that the Kyrogreens helped them with libido. Again, I take this supplement because it contains greens like kelp and wheatgrass ( yesssss..I am one of those...) not for the other. For extra stealth in the bedroom I take 2000 mg L arginnine plus 4 x.320mg saw palmetto if you're planning on sex within a couple of hours. I prefer to get my supplements from Swanson herbs as they carry good extracts and are almost as cheap as MOI. I hope this helps someone, I almost never blog but our health is our energy and we should treat ours bodies as blessed friends.. Give a hoot ...dont pollute..
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa
I stumbled upon this, supposedly from UCLA and Univ. of Cal. Any earthclinic experiences out there?
"Pomegranate boosts sex drive and fights prostate cancer."
Luckily, I'm far from prostate cancer, but I can confirm that pomegranate juice indeed seemed to increase my sex drive.
"The new research incorporated 53 male subjects with libido problems. After a month, about 50 % of the subjects said that their sexual performances increased after consuming pomegranate juice."
"A quarter of litter of pomegranate juice daily raised the stability period of prostate cancer by 4 times, with such a significant effect... "
At the age of 74, my dad was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. He was directed to try a prostate formula, an over the counter homoeopathic formulation containing Saw Palmetto extract and Pygeum Africanum in a base of pumpkin seed oil and flax-seed oil. It is available at a few of the drug store chains here in British Columbia. A few years back, while visiting at Christmas time, my dad gave me a pill to try.
Well, did that change my libido. I got seriously hard wood for about two hours the next morning, like in my late teen years. Even though the directions recommend taking three pills a day, I only take one pill at a time 3 times a week, otherwise my menopausal wife is not pleased.
The supplement STEEL LIBIDO (irwinnaturals.com) helps to boost libido. You can also try YOHIMBE. And if you decide to take DHEA to increase sexual desire, do research about side effects before it and take it only under the doctor's supervision. Eating right, losing weight, keeping fit, stopping smoking and drinking in moderation alcoholic beverages, also, plays a big role in having good libido. Also, for guys: try taking HOT & COLD SHOWER before sex.
I would like to share my experience with the famous tomato tea. I actually took it for a nasty cold I was having and took it right before bed, then when I hopped into bed and tried going to sleep, the "mood" struck me as I was lying next to my wife. We immediately started going at it and she was able to have THREE orgasms before she told me to hurry up and finish because she couldn't handle the sensations anymore. :) I have never had a problem with premature ejaculation but I have always wanted to be the stud I was in my younger years. Now that I have four kids in the house, sex isn't exactly a constant routine for us, so building up stamina is a little out of the question. I would recommend this tea to all the guys out there and see if it works for you as well. Good luck guys!
EC: More about tomato tea here.
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa
I have heard that zinc is very important for good sexual health.