Emotional disruptions, stress, menopause and health problems can all negatively impact a woman's libido. While few pharmaceutical options are available for women with persistent sexual problems, many supplements can help to enhance sexual response in women. While some herbal supplements act directly on the endocrine system to alter sex-related hormones, others act by improving energy levels or reducing the physical symptoms of stress. Because some supplements can cause side effects or drug interactions, women with medical conditions should avoid using any supplement except under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the amino acid L-arginine, acts as a natural precursor to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide may enhance blood flow to all parts of the body, including the genitals. While no peer-reviewed studies have investigated the role of arginine in female sexual response, it is a popular remedy for low libido in women as well as men.
Commonly marketed as a treatment for erectile dysfunction in men, yohimbe can also help to improve a woman's sexual vitality. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, yohimbe has been used as a traditional aphrodisiac for both men and women. Extract of yohimbe is sold as a prescription treatment for erectile dysfunction in men. It can enhance genital sensitivity and improve blood flow in women. However, it is associated with several significant side effects and drug interactions.
Chaste Tree Berry
Also known as monk's pepper or vitex, chaste tree berry may help to stabilize the sex-related hormones estrogen and progesterone. NCCAM notes that early studies have supported chaste tree berry's use as a treatment for premenstrual syndrome, breast pain and infertility. Because it acts directly on female hormones, it may help to improve sexual response in women with hormone imbalances caused by menopause or polycystic ovary syndrome.
Asian ginseng is a traditional Chinese herb that has been used for its ability to improve physical or emotional stress, while helping to regulate sleep patterns, appetite, sexual response or mood. This makes it a useful remedy for women suffering from low libido because of stress, anxiety or menopause.
Juniper Russo, an eclectic autodidact, has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work has appeared in several online and print-based publications, including Animal Wellness. Russo regularly publishes health-related content and advocates an evidence-based, naturopathic approach to health care.