LOW sex drive in a woman can often give her partner the needle — but experts now say acupuncture can revitalise it.
The ancient therapy is said to double desire and arousal in those with flagging libidos.
It also improves orgasm and satisfaction scores by 81.2 pour cent, researchers claim.
They reckon it should be the first-choice treatment.
Female sexual dysfunction affects up to four in ten.
Existing treatments include drugs and creams but success rates are often low.
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The Chinese study, published in the journal Sexual Medicine, concluded: “Acupuncture can effectively treat female sexual dysfunction from all dimensions with high safety, good satisfaction, and definite curative effect.”
The researchers tested acupuncture after discovering women treated for other conditions with the tiny needles suddenly got more frisky.
One theory is it triggers a brain chemical affecting hormones.
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Another is that one of the acupuncture sites used is next to the sacral nerves linked to the pelvic region.
Prof Raj Persad, of Bristol Urology, commented that whatever the reason for the “mysterious science” boosting sex drives, the study “seems to show it is effective”.