Overview

Center-For-Health-Science-Sexual-FunctionSexual Dysfunction is common in both men and women. Arousal issues such as erectile dysfunction, orgasm disorders, decreased libido and pain during intercourse often go untreated due to embarrassment or lack of knowledge. Sexual issues often lead to depression, anxiety and marital discord, which serve to make these issue worse.

A variety of physical issues may impact sexual function, including infections, thyroid irregularities, blood sugar irregularities, liver issues, kidney issues, lung issues, specific nutritional deficiencies brought on by prescription drugs, diet, individual needs and aging.

CHS offers medical lab tests to explore the causes of your symptoms which may be done at home and do not require a blood draw. You do not need to see a physician first, and the results are never reported to your insurance company. Select the Lab Testing Tab above for more information on testing.

Western Naturopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been used successfully for generations to treat sexual function issues.


Natural Treatment Approaches

The Western Naturopathic approach to sexual dysfunction focuses on treating causes such as cardiovascular disease, correcting hormone imbalances and promoting healthy hormone production. Many herbs have been shown through preliminary research to increase natural hormone levels and to improve desire and enhance performance.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach is to build up the systemic elements of health so that active sexual life will follow naturally. The TCM’s approach may take weeks and even months to take effect.

Low sexual function or desire, when caused by biological conditions, is usually diagnosed as Kidney Yang Deficiency or Kidney Yin Deficiency. This is true for both men and women. These Kidney deficiencies do NOT indicate kidney disease in the Western sense. The signs of kidney deficiency may fall into two patterns, Yin or Yang deficiency. TCM practitioners usually attribute erectile dysfunction to one of two problems, a deficiency of Kidney Yang energy and Blood Stasis in the lower abdomen

Kidney Yin deficiency can also cause impotence. Men or women with signs of “heat,” women with vaginal dryness, or men who have low fluid volume in their ejaculate are likely to be Kidney Yin Deficient. Symptoms of Yin deficiency include sweat, hay fever, dizziness, thirst and/or tinnitus.

Kidney Yang deficiency symptoms include frequent clear urination, cold limbs, fatigue and lower back pain.

In cases of Blood Stasis, the flow of energy (Qi) and Blood is obstructed in the lower abdomen preventing the needed blood flow to create and maintain an erection. This condition often presents with signs of a tight and tender to palpation lower abdominal area. Treatment focuses on breaking the stagnation in the lower abdomen, returning the proper flow of Blood though the affected area.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in boosting sexual function:

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this–see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.

2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes.   for guidance

3. EAT a healthy diet and lead a healthy lifestyle. Certain nutrients are less available in our foods due to modern farming methods.  Additional nutrients are needed to combat environmental pollution and the stress of modern life.

4. CONSIDER a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that cause symptoms. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.

5. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms. Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Causes

There are many factors which may result in a person experiencing a sexual dysfunction. Either (or both) emotional or physical factors may be involved.

Sexual dysfunction may arise from emotional factors, including interpersonal or psychological problems. Interpersonal problems may arise from marital or relationship problems, or from a lack of trust and open communication between partners, and psychological problems may be the result of depression, sexual fears or guilt, past sexual trauma, or sexual disorders.

Sexual dysfunction is especially common among people who have anxiety disorders. Ordinary anxiousness can obviously cause erectile dysfunction in men without psychiatric problems, but clinically diagnosable disorders such as panic disorder commonly cause avoidance of intercourse and premature ejaculation. Pain during intercourse is often a comorbidity of anxiety disorders among women.

Use of drugs, such as alcohol, nicotine, narcotics, stimulants, antihypertensives, antihistamines, and some psychotherapeutic drugs can significantly impact sexual functioning. For women, almost any physiological change that affects the reproductive system—premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause—can have an adverse effect on libido. Injuries to the back may also impact sexual activity, as would problems with an enlarged prostate gland, problems with blood supply, nerve damage (as in spinal cord injuries). Disease, such as diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, tumors, and, rarely, tertiary syphilis may also impact sexual activity, as would failure of various organ systems (such as the heart and lungs), endocrine disorders (thyroid, pituitary, or adrenal gland problems), hormonal deficiencies (low testosterone, estrogen, or androgens) and some birth defects.

CHS offers medical lab tests to explore the causes of your symptoms. These may be done at home and do not require a blood draw.  You do not need to see a physician first, and the results are never reported to your insurance company, although you may want to show your doctor the results. Select Lab Testing tab above for more information on testing.

A number of traditional treatments are available. CHS specialists have reviewed the evidence for these nutritional and herbal supplements and offer those that have been scientifically validated as effective.


Natural Treatment Approaches


The Western Naturopathic 
approach to sexual dysfunction focuses on treating causes such as cardiovascular disease, correcting hormone imbalances and promoting healthy hormone production. Many herbs have been shown through preliminary research to increase natural hormone levels and to improve desire and enhance performance.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach is to build up the systemic elements of health so that active sexual life will follow naturally. The TCM’s approach may take weeks and even months to take effect.

Low sexual function or desire, when caused by biological conditions, is usually diagnosed as Kidney Yang Deficiency or Kidney Yin Deficiency. This is true for both men and women. These Kidney deficiencies do NOT indicate kidney disease in the Western sense. The signs of kidney deficiency may fall into two patterns, Yin or Yang deficiency. TCM practitioners usually attribute erectile dysfunction to one of two problems, a deficiency of Kidney Yang energy and Blood Stasis in the lower abdomen

Kidney Yin deficiency can also cause impotence. Men or women with signs of “heat,” women with vaginal dryness, or men who have low fluid volume in their ejaculate are likely to be Kidney Yin Deficient. Symptoms of Yin deficiency include sweat, hay fever, dizziness, thirst and/or tinnitus.

Kidney Yang deficiency symptoms include frequent clear urination, cold limbs, fatigue and lower back pain.

In cases of Blood Stasis, the flow of energy (Qi) and Blood is obstructed in the lower abdomen preventing the needed blood flow to create and maintain an erection. This condition often presents with signs of a tight and tender to palpation lower abdominal area. Treatment focuses on breaking the stagnation in the lower abdomen, returning the proper flow of Blood though the affected area.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in boosting sexual function:

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this–see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.

2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes.   for guidance

3. EAT a healthy diet and lead a healthy lifestyle. Certain nutrients are less available in our foods due to modern farming methods.  Additional nutrients are needed to combat environmental pollution and the stress of modern life.

4. CONSIDER a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that cause symptoms. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.

5. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms. Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Science

Sexual dysfunction or sexual malfunction refers to a difficulty experienced by an individual or a couple during any stage of a normal sexual activity, including desire, arousal or orgasm.

Sexual Desire Disorders
Sexual desire disorders or decreased libido are characterized by a lack or absence for some period of time of sexual desire or libido for sexual activity or of sexual fantasies. The condition ranges from a general lack of sexual desire to a lack of sexual desire for the current partner. The condition may have started after a period of normal sexual functioning or the person may always have had no/low sexual desire.
The causes vary considerably, but include a possible decrease in the production of normal estrogen in women or testosterone in both men and women. Other causes may be aging, fatigue, pregnancy, medications (such as the SSRIs) or psychiatric conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Loss of libido from SSRIs usually reverses after SSRIs are discontinued, but in some cases it does not.

Sexual Arousal Disorders
Sexual arousal disorders were previously known as frigidity in women and impotence in men, though these have now been replaced with less judgmental terms. Impotence is now known as erectile dysfunction, and frigidity has been replaced with a number of terms describing specific problems with, for example, desire or arousal.
For both men and women, these conditions can manifest themselves as an aversion to, and avoidance of, sexual contact with a partner. In men, there may be partial or complete failure to attain or maintain an erection, or a lack of sexual excitement and pleasure in sexual activity.
There may be medical causes to these disorders, such as decreased blood flow or lack of vaginal lubrication. Chronic disease can also contribute, as well as the nature of the relationship between the partners.

Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction or impotence is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis. There are various underlying causes, such as damage to the nervi erigentes (pelvic splanchnic nerves) which prevents or delays erection, or diabetes, which simply decreases blood flow to the tissue in the penis, many of which are medically reversible.
The causes of erectile dysfunction may be psychological or physical.  Psychological impotence can often be helped by almost anything that the patient believes in; there is a very strong placebo effect. Physical damage is much more severe. One leading physical cause of ED is continual or severe damage taken to the nervi erigentes. These nerves course beside the prostate arising from the sacral plexus and can be damaged in prostatic and colo-rectal surgeries.

Orgasm Disorders
Orgasm disorders are persistent delays or absence of orgasm following a normal sexual excitement phase. The disorder can have physical, psychological, or pharmacological origins. SSRI antidepressants are a common pharmaceutical culprit, as they can delay orgasm or eliminate it entirely.

Sexual Pain Disorders
Sexual pain disorders affect women almost exclusively and are known as dyspareunia (painful intercourse) or vaginismus (an involuntary spasm of the muscles of the vaginal wall that interferes with intercourse).
Dyspareunia may be caused by insufficient lubrication (vaginal dryness) in women. Poor lubrication may result from insufficient excitement and stimulation, or from hormonal changes caused by menopause, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.  Irritation from contraceptive creams and foams can also cause dryness, as can fear and anxiety about sex.
It is unclear exactly what causes vaginismus, but it is thought that past sexual trauma (such as rape or abuse) may play a role.  Another female sexual pain disorder is called vulvodynia or vulvar vestibulitis.  In this condition, women experience burning pain during sex which seems to be related to problems with the skin in the vulvar and vaginal areas. The cause is unknown.

Uncommon Sexual Disorders
Erectile dysfunction from vascular disease is usually seen among individuals who have atherosclerosis. Vascular disease is common in individuals whom have diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension and those who smoke. Any time blood flow to the penis is impaired, erectile dysfunction is the end result. Hormone deficiency is a relatively rare cause of erectile dysfunction.  In individuals with testicular failure like Klinefelter’s syndrome, or those who have had radiation therapy, chemotherapy or childhood exposure to mumps virus, the testes may fail and not produce testosterone. Other hormonal causes of erectile failure include brain tumors, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism or disorders of the adrenal gland.

Structural abnormalities of the penis like Peyronie’s disease can make sexual intercourse difficult. The disease is characterized by thick fibrous bands in the penis which leads to a deformed-looking penis.

Drugs are also a cause of erectile dysfunction. Individuals who take drugs to lower blood pressure, uses antipsychotics, antidepressants, sedatives, narcotics, antacids or alcohol can have problems with sexual function and loss of libido.

Priapism is a painful erection that occurs for several hours and occurs in the absence of sexual stimulation. This condition develops when blood gets trapped in the penis and is unable to drain out. If the condition is not promptly treated, it can lead to severe scarring and permanent loss of erectile function. The disorder occurs in young men and children. Individuals with sickle-cell disease and those who abuse certain medications can often develop this disorder.

CHS offers medical lab tests to explore the causes of sexual dysfunction. Many of these may be done at home and do not require a blood draw. You do not need to see a physician first, and the results are never reported to your insurance company, although you may want to show your doctor the results. Select Lab Testing tab above for more information on testing.

A number of traditional treatments are available for sexual dysfunction. CHS specialists have reviewed the evidence for these nutritional and herbal supplements and offer those that have been scientifically validated as effective.


Natural Treatment Approaches


The Western Naturopathic 
approach to sexual dysfunction focuses on treating causes such as cardiovascular disease, correcting hormone imbalances and promoting healthy hormone production. Many herbs have been shown through preliminary research to increase natural hormone levels and to improve desire and enhance performance.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach is to build up the systemic elements of health so that active sexual life will follow naturally. The TCM’s approach may take weeks and even months to take effect.

Low sexual function or desire, when caused by biological conditions, is usually diagnosed as Kidney Yang Deficiency or Kidney Yin Deficiency. This is true for both men and women. These Kidney deficiencies do NOT indicate kidney disease in the Western sense.  .The signs of kidney deficiency may fall into two patterns, Yin or Yang deficiency. TCM practitioners usually attribute erectile dysfunction to one of two problems, a deficiency of Kidney Yang energy and Blood Stasis in the lower abdomen

Kidney Yin deficiency can also cause impotence. Men or women with signs of “heat,” women with vaginal dryness, or men who have low fluid volume in their ejaculate are likely to be Kidney Yin Deficient. Symptoms of Yin deficiency include sweat, hay fever, dizziness, thirst and/or tinnitus.

Kidney Yang deficiency symptoms include frequent clear urination, cold limbs, fatigue and lower back pain.

In cases of Blood Stasis, the flow of energy (Qi) and Blood is obstructed in the lower abdomen preventing the needed blood flow to create and maintain an erection. This condition often presents with signs of a tight and tender to palpation lower abdominal area. Treatment focuses on breaking the stagnation in the lower abdomen, returning the proper flow of Blood though the affected area.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in boosting sexual function:

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this–see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.

2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes.   for guidance

3. EAT a healthy diet and lead a healthy lifestyle. Certain nutrients are less available in our foods due to modern farming methods.  Additional nutrients are needed to combat environmental pollution and the stress of modern life.

4. CONSIDER a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that cause symptoms. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.

5. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms. Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.