Canadian researchers recently showed that acupuncture has a potential role in treating the sex-related side effects caused by antidepressant medications including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
Sexual dysfunction symptoms such as impotence, loss of libido, and inability to orgasm have prevalence rates as high as 50% to 90% amongst patient using SSRIs and SNRIs. In this study, patients experiencing adverse sexual events because of their use of antidepressant medication were evaluated using a traditional Chinese medicine assessment, then given acupuncture treatment for 12 consecutive weeks. The acupuncture points used were Taixi KID-3, Mingmen DU-4, Shenshu BL-23, Shenmen HE-7 and Neiguan P-6. After the 12 weeks, female patients reported a significant improvement in libido and vaginal lubrication, but there was a non-significant improvement in several other areas of function. However male patients reported a significant improvement in all areas of sexual functioning, as well as an improvement in both anxiety and depressive symptoms.
(Efficacy of Acupuncture Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction Secondary to Antidepressants. J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jun 21. doi:10.1089/acm.2012.0751 [Epub ahead of print]).