Acupuncture can improve sexual function in women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), a small American study suggests. Fifteen premenopausal women with HSDD were included in a single-arm pilot study and underwent twice-weekly acupuncture sessions for five weeks. Point prescriptions were individualised to each patient’s TCM pattern presentation (including Kidney yang deficiency, Liver qi stagnation, Blood deficiency, Spleen yang deficiency and Heart fire). Five weeks of acupuncture was found to be associated with significant improvements from baseline in overall sexual function, particularly in the specific domains of desire, arousal, lubrication and orgasm, while distress due to symptoms and anxiety levels were found to be significantly reduced.
Acupuncture in Premenopausal Women With Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: A Prospective Cohort Pilot Study.
Sex Med. 2016 Sep;4(3):e176-81.