Sexuality and sexual health in ancient Chinese medicine were viewed through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which has a long history spanning thousands of years. In TCM, sexuality was seen as an integral part of overall health and well-being, closely linked to the balance of vital energy or “qi” within the body.

Ancient Chinese medical texts such as the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon) discussed the importance of sexual balance for maintaining health.

According to TCM principles, sexual activity was considered beneficial when practiced in moderation and within the context of a balanced lifestyle. Excessive sexual activity, however, was believed to deplete vital energy and could lead to various health issues. Traditional Chinese medicine also emphasized the connection between sexual health and other aspects of health, such as emotional well-being and the balance of the body’s internal organs.

Doctors of TCM would often recommend herbal remedies, acupuncture, dietary adjustments, and exercises like qigong to promote sexual health and address any imbalances. Additionally, ancient Chinese medicine included specific techniques and practices aimed at enhancing sexual vitality and pleasure, such as Taoist sexual practices and the use of certain herbs known as aphrodisiacs. These practices were often intertwined with philosophical and spiritual beliefs, particularly within Taoism, which emphasized the cultivation of “jing” (vital essence) as a means of promoting longevity and spiritual growth.

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Overall, sexuality and sexual health in ancient Chinese medicine were approached holistically, considering the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit, and emphasizing the importance of balance and moderation in all aspects of life, including sexual activity.

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, we delve into the intersection of sexual health and Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture, a key component, has been shown to address various sexual dysfunctions, including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and low libido.

Research from the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2019) highlights its efficacy in improving overall sexual function.

The study underscores acupuncture’s efficacy in enhancing overall sexual function, as demonstrated in various studies, by moving Qi and blood and eliminating dampness. These findings support acupuncture as a viable treatment option for addressing sexual dysfunctions. For further details, refer to the journal article

Acupuncture for Improving Sexual Function: A Comprehensive Review

Acupuncture for Sexual Dysfunctions

Acupuncture targets specific points in the body to rebalance energy flow and address underlying imbalances contributing to sexual dysfunctions. Studies cited in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2018) demonstrate its effectiveness in treating conditions like infertility and sexual dysfunction in both men and women.

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Acupuncture for Low Libido

Acupuncture is believed to enhance libido by promoting the flow of vital energy or “qi” throughout the body and addressing imbalances that may contribute to low libido. According to traditional Chinese medicine principles, these imbalances can manifest as stagnation or deficiency in the body’s energy pathways, affecting various aspects of health, including sexual function.

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By stimulating specific acupuncture points related to sexual vitality and overall well-being, acupuncture aims to restore balance and improve the functioning of the reproductive system. 

While there is limited scientific research specifically focusing on acupuncture’s effects on libido, some studies have shown promising results. For example, a systematic review published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2016 concluded that acupuncture may have a positive effect on sexual function, including libido, in both men and women. However, more high-quality research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind acupuncture’s effects on libido and to determine its effectiveness compared to other treatments.

At Home Acupressure

Here are three acupressure points for sexual health. Try them at home alone or with a lover.

CV4 (Conception Vessel 4) – Guanyuan:

Location: Located four finger widths below the navel, in the center of the body’s midline.

How to apply pressure: Sit or lie down comfortably. Using your index and middle fingers, apply firm but gentle pressure to the CV4 point for 1-2 minutes while breathing deeply and relaxing your body.

SP6 (Spleen 6) – Sanyinjiao:

Location: Found on the inner side of the lower leg, four finger widths above the inner ankle bone, in a tender spot.

How to apply pressure: Sit or lie down with your legs slightly bent. Use your thumb or index and middle fingers to apply steady pressure to the SP6 point for 1-2 minutes on each leg. You can also massage the area in a circular motion.

LV3 (Liver 3) – Taichong:

Location: Situated on the top of the foot, in the depression between the big toe and the second toe.

How to apply pressure: Sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor. Use your thumb to apply firm pressure to the LV3 point for 1-2 minutes on each foot. You can also massage the area in a circular motion for added relaxation.

Applying pressure to these acupressure points can help improve sexual health by promoting energy flow and addressing imbalances in the body. Remember to breathe deeply and relax while applying pressure to maximize the benefits.

Herbal Solutions for Vaginal Health

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine offers products like Yin Care Herbal Wash, renowned for promoting vaginal health. Ingredients like honeysuckle, dandelion, and sophora root are known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Use for Gynecology:

Gynecological Symptoms: vaginitis, leucorrhea, vulvovaginitis, cervicitis, cervical dysplasia, gonorrhea, as well as general inflammations, infections and vaginal itching. Also excellent for use postpartum after tears or episiotomies.

How It Works:

Yin Care Herbal Wash dries and transforms dampness, clears heat and toxins, purges fire, cools blood, disperses wind and stops itching, reduces swelling, detoxifies skin lesions, and promotes circulation.

Learn more about herbal remedies for maintaining optimal vaginal health.

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