Sexual happiness lies in the kidneys

Sexuality is not widely considered a healthcare issue, but sexual desire can be a powerful source of healing and personal growth. When it is suppressed, diminished or dysfunctional, it can have negative effects on wellness. Sexual energy and passion make up a portion of our qi and feed positive aspects of our overall welfare. Men and women’s sexual health can be greatly enhanced by principles inherent in Chinese medical philosophy.

According to The Merck Manual, half the men between 40 and 70 experience Erectile Dysfunction (ED) at some point. ED is diagnosed when a man has consistent trouble developing or sustaining an erection for successful sexual intercourse.

Also known as impotence, it is a condition that is stressful, affects self-confidence and can contribute to relationship problems. However, it is also a condition that, in many instances, is treatable.

Traditional approach to treatment

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, the ability to develop and maintain an erection is primarily the responsibility of the kidney and liver, with involvement from the heart and spleen, which are closely related. The kidney’s main function is to store “jing”, an essence that contains all the critical ingredients needed to make new life, and controls the maturation of sexual instinct. Insufficient kidney jing, qi or yang therefore, affects sexual function directly. As the liver meridians pass around the external genitals, a stagnation or obstruction of liver qi can also reduce a man’s ability to achieve and maintain an erection.

Another organ that often plays a part is the heart. Since sexual function is dependent on a man’s psychological state, deficient heart qi or heart blood as a result of anxiety or stress, for example, can result in ED. More men in the age of 30 to 40 falls in this category.

Proprietary formulations to boost the kidneys

In general, herbs that tonify the kidney meridiens are helpful in boosting sexual health. For example, kidneys and lungs meridiens, kidneys and heart meridiens, kidneys and liver meridiens, etc.

1. Sex Vitality Tonic

2. Jamu Ghenshen