Believe it or not, sexual activity is what keeps everything in the world flowering and flourishing.
If our sexual relationship with a significant other is not blooming, it could mean our physical essence is waning.
On the physical level, sexual energy can ebb due to:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Lack of blood and oxygen flow to the sex organs (in both men and women)
- Depletion of essence (jing)
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), jing is the source of life, longevity and vitality, including sexual energy.
Jing is the deep essence we are born with that is passed down from our parents and stored in our kidneys. Abusing the kidneys with a toxic lifestyle (excessive stimulants, alcohol, drugs, high stress, overwork, and too much sugar) can drain our essence and deplete our jing.
Unfortunately, we cannot replace depleted congenital jing. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
BUT, the good news is we also have something called “acquired jing” that can be enhanced with diet and lifestyle improvements. Thank goodness!
Below are some of the many food and herbs that can enhance vitality, nourish acquired jing, stimulate blood flow, and help us get our groove back:
- Oysters – it’s not just a myth. Oysters, and shellfish in general, are rich in zinc and vitamin B12 that supports immune health and boosts energy. And, if you’re feeling healthy and energized, you’ll naturally have stronger sex drive. Here’s a tasty recipe to boost your libido: Silky Oyster Chowder
- Walnuts – rich in zinc, fatty acids and selenium, these nuts are considered a supreme kidney tonic that supports the health of your gonads and your brain health, too. This is very important because you want your brain to be functioning well otherwise your loins are going to be headed for trouble!
- Garlic – you may not think of garlic as a sexually enhancing food, but it certainly is. Garlic is warming, stimulating and helps move the blood. There’s a reason why it’s a forbidden food in many ashrams around the world. Garlic is both rajasic and tamasic, and is forbidden to yogis because it roots the consciousness more firmly in the body.
- Rosemary – this culinary herb should be a staple in everyone’s kitchen. It is an emenagogue that stimulates blood flow to the pelvic area in both men and women. If the blood is unobstructed and flowing, the sex organs will certainly feel it.
- Ashwaganda – Ayurvedic medicine, one of the world’s oldest whole-body healing systems, uses ashwaganda to treat age-related physical debility and impotence. This herb acts on the reproductive and nervous system and has immune strengthening properties.
- Ginseng – used in TCM since 190 AD, ginseng is considred an age-old, time-tested adaptogen. It boosts immunity, increases energy and vitality and alleviates chronic fatigue and adrenal exhaustion. Ginseng has been know to enhance both physical and mental performance – and both of those are needed for a “healthy” sex life.
- He Sho Wu – one of the most popular and highly revered roots in Chinese materia medica. This herb has been used to tonify the organs and nourish the blood. It’s an energy tonic whose action is cumulative. It is used to maintain a youthful sexual drive, abundant sperm count, and support the health of the ova in women.
Beyond food and herbs, daily exercise is essential to getting our heart pumping and blood moving. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all of your organs… including your sex organs.
So get your butt moving… literally!
If you want more information on how to use food and herbs as medicine to both prevent and heal disease, download my FREE Food as Medicine Guide
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.