Today’s blog comes to us from our friends Ted Snider and Linda Woolven from The Naturalpath Newsletter. More evidence that maca root helps women fight sexual dysfunction which often accompanies menopause.
Maca is a Peruvian herb commonly used for menopause. Double-blind research has shown that, in addition to the physical and other psychological symptoms of menopause, maca also helps the sexual dysfunction that comes with it (Menopause 2008;15:1157-62). Menopause is a common cause of sexual dysfunction, but so are antidepressant drugs. This new study shows that maca can also help with sexual dysfunction that is induced by antidepressants. . . .
This just-published double-blind study included 45 women with sexual dysfunction that was induced by antidepressants. The women were given either a placebo or 1,500mg of maca root a day for 12 weeks.
Though there was no significant difference in improvement in sexual function in the two groups, postmenopausal women in the maca group had higher remission rates for sexual dysfunction than the placebo group. On the Arizona Sexual Experience Scale (ASEX), the remission rate was 9.5% for maca compared to 4.8% on placebo; on the Massachusetts General Hospital-Sexual Functioning Questionnaire (MGH-SFQ), the remission rate was 30% for maca versus 20% for placebo.
Postmenopausal women also had improvements in orgasm compared to the women who took a placebo; premenopausal women had improvements in arousal compared to women who took a placebo.
The authors concluded that “maca root may alleviate antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction.”
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2015;2015:949036