The term ‘frigidity’ describes a long-term lack of sexual drive and response. Even though this problem can affect both the sexes, it is usually more applied to women.
The factors could be psychological, physiological or pathological. Psychological factors involve guilt about sexual involvement, anxiety, fear, depression, stress, past sexual abuse, or conflict between the partners. Physiological factors could be menstrual cycles, pregnancy, lactation, postnatal period, menopause, injury to the pelvic region, or birth control pills/hormones.
A serious lack of response or the condition of frigidity is indicated when one continuously avoids love making, or cannot enjoy it even though the partner is sexually attractive.
Ayurvedic treatment consists of first restoring the health of the person by administering digestive herbs, eliminating any accumulated toxins and providing rejuvenating tonics. Herbal treatments and spiritual advice may also be prescribed to strengthen the mind and heal the disturbances at a mental level.
Diet and Lifestyle Advice
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, tea, coffee, and packaged or processed foods.
- Avoid use of white flour and polished (white) rice; use whole-wheat flour and brown rice instead.
- Increase the use of spices like fennel, parsley, sage, and anise, as they are known to boost the sex drive for females.
- Increase the use of fresh fruits, fresh fruit juices, pistachios, almonds, raisins, figs, and prunes.
- Body massage with sesame oil helps to revive muscular vigor and stimulate the nerves.
Some Home Remedies
- Take about 3 tablespoons of powdered banyan tree root with ½ cup of milk.
- Have 2 teaspoons of powdered winter cherry (Ashwagandha) with a cup of milk for 5-6 nights after menstrual flow is over.
- Boil 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in 1 cup of milk. Simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Add sugar to taste and have this once a day either in the morning or evening.