Herbal medicine for low sexual desire in menopausal women: A clinical review

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Nov;25:122-129. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.09.007. Epub 2016 Sep 17.


Many women typically experience a significant reduction in sexual desire during the late perimenopausal and early postmenopausal stages, with the biggest decline in sexual desire occurring from three years prior to two years after the final menstrual period. Despite being a prevalent female complaint, currently no standard treatment for low sexual desire exists. Herbal medicines have been used therapeutically all around the world, and are an important component of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. There have been numerous trials and pharmacological studies of specific herbal preparations related to the treatment of low sexual desire. This article serves to provide a clinical review of the evidence relating to the herbal treatment options for this common condition.

Keywords: Herbal medicines; Low libido; Low sexual desire; Menopause; Phytotherapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Libido*
  • Menopause*
  • Phytotherapy / methods*
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic


  • Plant Preparations