Article by Angela Haldane

Q. For the past six months, I have had low libido. I can’t work out what exactly has changed, but are there any suggestions?

A. Libido can often suffer when life gets busy. Daily demands are forever increasing leaving little time for relaxation. A naturopathic approach to low libido, would be to prescribe herbal medicine which supports the nervous system and lifestyle management.

Damiana is a herb which has a traditional reputation for increasing libido and providing a uplifting influence on the nervous system.
Oatstraw tea is a traditional remedy for increasing libido.
Shatavari is another reproductive tonic which increases libido in both sexes.

Some people need time management skills, time to switch off from work related activities and organise one day a week to be computer free for example. Even though access to all facilities is available 24 hours a day, it doesn’t mean that you have to be. You owe it to yourself not to be – especially to increase your quality of life.

Some people respond to zinc supplementation – you can check for signs of zinc deficiency by looking for white flecks on your nails or a metallic taste in your mouth. Or poor sense of taste and smell.

Other herbs which have a reputation include Ashwaganda (Indian ginseng – Withania), Gingko biloba, Gotu kola, Passionflower and Tribulus terrestris (although this herb is endangered at present). See your registered herbalist (NZAMH) or naturopath for a consultation so that the most appropriate herbs are chosen for you.

Identify what makes your soul sing, whether it be a CD, or a bike ride and make it happen. With a holistic approach, things should improve.