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My wife has no drive for sex. Will acupuncture be able to help at all?

Ever since we got married my wife has no drive for sex. It has been two years since we got married. Do you think acupuncture will be able to help her? It has helped me with my anxiety so I thought maybe it could help her too.

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You are in the right ball park. Her issue may very well be stress related also. Acupuncture, in short, attempts to balance unbalanced body systems. So, after a proper evaluation, we could see what is off balance. Once identified and treated, boom, you have a good chance of helping your problem.
Acupuncture may help regulate hormonal imbalances and increase libido. Also, if the cause is anxiety or depression, acupuncture may help. However, there may be problems in the relationship that acupuncture will not be able to fix. You may first want to find out your wife's reasons for the lack of interest in sex.
This all depends on the reason. Factors that influence sex drive are very complicated:

1) Ones related to a deficiency of a woman's basic factors like qi, blood, and essence deficiencies. Can try Chinese herbal treatments.
2) Ones related to depression, psychological reasons, can be treated with acupuncture.
If the problem is solely rooted in her physical system and hormones, then yes. If not, it might also require some counseling with a sex therapist. I want to just say yes to you, as it can improve sex drive... but people and especially women can be very complex when it comes to what is causing this symptom. In general, Chinese medicine (including acupuncture) can certainly be helpful. Don't give up if you try someone in my field and they don't help... we aren't all created equally. Make sure you start with a fully trained acupuncturist (not an MD or Chiropractor that did minimal hours of training to get a license).
Better to use acupuncture combined with herbal and homeopathic remedies.
Yes it can help. However we will first need to evaluate her to determine the potential outcome
Yes, we will do a consultation for her and ask her a series of questions to get to the root of the issue and begin treating her there. We have an amazing tea that we sell called libido boost that also greatly helps with increasing desire.
Yes, it can. She may also need to take an herbal formula as well.
Acupuncture can help, depending on the root cause of her lack of sex drive, it might help to add talk therapy, in addition to acupuncture. 
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to enhance sex drive. One factor in its success is diagnosing and treating underlying pattern imbalances in health conditions, whether they arise from physical, emotional, or mental issues. It can be very relaxing to a stressed mind, balance hormones responsible for libido and pleasure, and increase vaginal lubrication. Using Chinese herbs along with acupuncture significantly improves outcome.
A healthy sex drive is a sign of good health. The original emphasis of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine was never just pain management but how to make humans live longer and healthier. This includes helping both men and women have strength, energy and a normal sex drive.
Yes, but I wouldn't consider acupuncture alone. Some counseling is necessary as well to figure out the root. I had patient that lost her sex drive for the reason that her husband smelled like cigarettes. And without counseling on that issue, I would have failed in helping them.
There are many things that contribute to a lower sex drive such as stress, hormones, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Acupuncture can increase the blood flow to the reproductive organs and help with many of these symptoms to increase someone's sex drive. At Eastern Medical Center here in Pleasanton, Ca, our acupuncturist will ask the right questions to understand the patient's needs and to address with anything we can to help build the sex drive.
Thank you for your question.

The first that has to be answered for your wife is why the change. Then it can be determined the most appropriate treatment. There are many diverse reasons why this could be happening.

Kind regards,

It is possible. It would depend upon the underlying cause. It would probably require acupuncture and herbs, and would not be a quick fix, but would take a number of treatments.
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Yes, very much so. Acupuncture and the right herbs can be a very successful combination for treating low sex drive. She may also find it helpful to talk about any emotional issues that may also be hindering her drive or her ability to be aroused during intimate moments. Allow her to spend time privately with her acupuncturist to thoroughly discuss and treat what maybe affecting her issues around sex and intimacy.

I hope this helps,

Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac
Yes, since acupuncture can balance the body and the hormones, therefore the sex drive will be back to normal. Also, some nutritional advice and/or herbal medicine in some cases are necessary. Nevertheless, the age has an important role in the issue.

Dr. Maryam Mansouri, Lac., OMD.
Hi there,

I have seen acupuncture help with this kind of issue in the past. If the practitioner is skilled, they will be sure to ask about all possible contributing factors to low libido- stress, fatigue, endocrine imbalance, emotional intimacy issues, etc., and then treat based on what they find. Glad to hear that it's helped your anxiety!

Hi, thank you for the question! Yes absolutely. Sex drive, like every other process of the body, is hormonally driven. In its absence, it can safely be assumed that there is some type of stagnation present. The cause will vary person to person and will range from diet, emotions, physical activity, medical history, and so on. I recommend she find an acupuncturist in your area that she trusts and feels comfortable with and I wish the best for you both!

It is hard to say whether acupuncture will help or not with sex drive without getting a health history. However, acupuncture and herbal medicine may be a very helpful depending on the situation. The biggest challenges are other health conditions or concerns that may be affecting sex drive. My suggestions are to send your wife in for an initial health consult and
acupuncture treatment for a full evaluation and treatment plan. I certainly hope this information helps.


Alan Schroepfer, LAc
Absolutely. It all depends on the underlining cause.
It depends on why your wife's sex drive has dropped off. Acupuncture can help with both physical and stress related issues. However, there may be other issues and you might want to contact a qualified therapist.

Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are excellent for enhancing sex drive and sexual desire. It works by balancing the hormones and enhancing and boosting energy to the pelvis.

Thank you,

Jenna Mandzuk, LAc
It all depends on why her libido has diminished. This is a complex issue.

Best wishes,

Mike Berkley

It is difficult to say if acupuncture will help your wife to resolve this issue as there are many causes that might responsible for a low sex drive. I would recommend to make an appointment with your acupuncturist to discuss her medical history and present complaints. I would also recommend that you make an appointment for yourself or with your wife to discuss this issue.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
There are many causative factors that may lead to this condition. Acupuncture can help with the emotional aspect as well as hormonal regulation, if either of these are the cause. There are also acupuncture and herbal formulas to increase libido, too.

Live happy,

Thank you for your inquiry!

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have a long standing history of success in helping people to balance hormones and improve overall energy, of which are both important factors of a healthy sex drive. A consultation is always advisable to get a much more in depth picture of where the imbalance is going on and how to be most helpful.

Wishing you the best in health and wellness,

Leanne Mitchell, Dipl. L.Ac, MAOM, LMT, ES
Yes, acupuncture can help the drive for sex. It will help if she can get lab tests for her sexual hormone levels (FSH, LH, Estrogen, Progesterone) before the acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is very good for anxiety.
Yes indeed. However, this can be related to multiple underlying conditions and could be more than a lack of the desire for sex. I see this in my own office as well. Your wife may want to consider getting a consultation with a licensed Acupuncture Physician in your area and getting some assistance to help her. This could be a result of some imbalances in the body, that may possibly be helped with a few Acupuncture treatments and herbal remedies. This could make a big difference and an alternative route to getting the help she needs. I wish you both the best. Yours in Health!

Yes, acupuncture could be very helpful to increase libido. There are a number of protocols and points specific to libido actually. Additionally, there are often a number of factors that go into decreased sex drive. One of the largest is often stress, and for women sometimes also hormonal and/or menopausal transitions; acupuncture is very helpful in balancing both of these as well. I recommend finding a practitioner who your wife easily connects with (this, in my opinion, is very important due to the energetic aspects of the medicine), is nationally licensed, and has completed at least masters degree specific to acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine (to which acupuncture is included).

Thank you for your question.
Low sexual drive has many reasons. The most common one is emotion. Stress is one of the emotional responses to the external world.

Best regards,

Dongmei Liu
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been successfully used to aid in resolving lack of sex drive. We would have to do a complete evaluation to determine root cause, then look at options.
Sexual drive has a lot of factors involved to it including hormonal issues, anxiety, emotions, lifestyle, diet, activity and ones general nature toward sexual activity or sexual drive individually. Some people are just naturally more sexually driven than others on a whole spectrum of variances. The lack of drive could also be a side-effect of medications (including some birth control pills).

Also, forgive me for saying this, but it may be an aspect of the relationship between you two. I only state this as part of the list of things that can cause low sex drive - not knowing you or your wife, it is not a personal judgement at all.

I would first have her get checked with an MD if she is on any medications has any nutritional deficiencies or if there is any physical issue. Absent any medical issue found by western medicine, you can go seek acupuncture to see if it can help. If there is a medical issue or an emotional issue that is known, this can be addressed both by western doctors and acupuncturists (and/or psychiatric counselors of sorts).

Again, not knowing the specific case, it is very difficult to answer your question or help you. I cannot say acupuncture will help the issue directly, but it also can, but the practitioner would need to see the patient to know how to help.

Good luck.
Acupuncture might be able to help, it's hard to say without evaluating a patient in person. See if she's open to the idea and find a board certified acupuncturist in your area.
Low libido in women is a complex problem as women are influenced by so many things. Having said that, acupuncture and herbal medicine can help a great deal in some cases, so I would certainly give it a try. Please be sure to give it enough treatments as sometimes balancing hormones and energy can take a while.

Your wife might also try counseling. Sometimes there are things buried in our subconscious minds that we aren't even aware of that impact any and all aspects of our lives, including sex drive. Counseling or even hypnotherapy might be a way to discover if there's something in her past that is getting in her way now.

Hope this helps!


This is a good question, but I would like your attention. Lack of sex drive could be for a few reasons: they might be tired, no energy; might be physiological, emotionally; might be uncomfortable feeling, aging with hormone changing, etc.

I will suggest the best way is to be honest with your wife, sincerely discuss this first. Maybe she doesn't think this is an issue for her side. If she also finds this is an issue, she'd probably like to be treated. Acupuncture helps her to balance emotional, hormonal, and some physical issues.

Hope you two can talk it through and find some common ground.

Huan Wen Jonathan Fang
No drive for sex has many reasons. Stress is the most common reason. Acupuncture can help stress relief and regulate hormone system to improve libido.
Low libido is related to sex hormone insufficiency. Your wife should check with her GYN doctor first. Acupuncture + Chinese herbal medicine will help some.
Acupuncture can certainly help increasing overall energy, and there are a few points that can be needled to increase libido.
It can definitely help. There are many factors involved with sexual drive and it may even be helpful for you both to see the acupuncturist and a therapist to work through whatever is blocking your intimacy.
Yes, acupuncture can help sex drive. I might also suggest trying red maca root. It has helped many of my patients.