Sex, Health, and Fertility in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Libido as a Barometer of Health Status

By Justin Penoyer Dec 2014

Libido
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, libido relates to the condition of the Kidney Yang. Excess libido can result from excessive Kidney Yang or deficient Kidney Yin Heat. Low libido, on the other hand, results from patterns of Kidney Yang deficiency, Yin deficiency, and/or Liver Qi stagnation. When the Yang is deficient or interrupted due to pathology, the passion and desire for sex likewise diminishes. When the Yang is hyper stimulated, sexual appetite is over-active.

Erection
The process of achieving and maintaining an erection involve multiple organ systems in TCM, including the Spleen, Liver, Kidney. The most common patterns are those involving deficiencies in Spleen Qi, Liver and Kidney Yin, Essence, and Spleen Kidney Yang. Excess patterns include pathologies due to the 6 evils, such as Damp, Phlegm, Heat, and Cold.

In order to achieve a full erection, Spleen Qi must be strong to produce ample blood and lift qi through the Spleen tendon-muscular channel to lift the penis into an erection. Liver Qi must be free-flowing in order to open the inguinal arteries and fill the chambers of the penis. Kidney Qi must be strong to keep the venous valves of the penis closed to maintain an erection, and Liver Blood and Kidney Essence must be strong in order to fill the penis. All of this production of qi and blood and movement of qi and blood requires adequate heat provided by Kidney Yang.

If there is inadequate heat, weak qi or an impairment of qi flow, or exhausted blood essence then erection and ejaculation will be inadequate.

Orgasm
The arrival of orgasm for men is again related to the state of Kidney Yang. A hyper-excitement of Kidney Yang can create premature ejaculation, a deficiency in Yang can produce feeble orgasms and weak ejaculation, and an exhaustion of Essence leads to low ejaculate.

Female orgasms differ, requiring the flow of Heart Qi downward to meet the Kidneys to initiate an orgasm. Anorgasmia can occur when there is unsmooth or inadequate qi flow between the Heart and Kidneys, known as Heart-Kidney Dis-communication in Chinese medicine.

Dysfunctions with orgasm have wider significance since they indicate a state of imbalance leading to illness.

Western Correlations
Adrenal exhaustion, chronic elevated stress, chronic inflammatory bowel disorders, arteriosclerosis, heart disease, poor diet, poor sleep.

Libido is a state reflecting overall health and wellness in an organism. Low libido or sexual performance can indicate a weakened endocrine, digestive, and detoxification systems. Treatment and recovery measured in terms of years, 1-3 years average depending on health status and age.

Important points to remember:

  • ED often the first sign of heart disease
  • Low libido often the first sign of chronic stress and/or adrenal exhaustion
  • Many pharmaceuticals directly inhibit libido or performance; others cause secondary inhibition via mineral and/or vitamin metabolism interference

Recovery
Traditional recovery programs in Daoist and TCM medical systems are measured in 100 day treatment segments—which is, interestingly, the lifespan of a red blood cell, blood being the foundation of the endocrine system. Recovery focuses on withholding ejaculation, focus on diet, rest, exercise, stress management, and utilizing acupuncture and the appropriate Chinese herbs.

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