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Awaken Your Creative Sexual Power
Improving your sex life has never been easier.
By: Clare Kleinedler
Health Breakthroughs
Does it seem your artist friends have more fulfilling sex lives, or is it just your imagination? According to a recent study by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, people who work in creative jobs (writers, poets, painters) do, in fact, lead more active sex lives.

The study, which polled 425 British men and women, found that while artsy types often have higher rates of depression, they have significantly more sexual partners than those who may sit behind an office desk all day. The research indicates that because creative types lead relatively bohemian lifestyles and are generally more open to creativity in both their day-to-day life and sex life, their bedposts contain a few more notches than, say, Mr. Jones in the customer retention department of the SuperMart.

The Obvious
If you’re not ready to make a career change to starving artist, fear not. There are other, more realistic ways to improve creativity in the bedroom:

• Better communication. Believe it not, just talking about sex with your partner is one of the best ways to improve you and your partner’s lovemaking skills. Many couples go years assuming his/her partner likes what he/she is doing, when the truth is quite the opposite. Many of us make assumptions on what “good” sex is by what we see in the movies or read in Cosmopolitan magazine. Effectively communicating what turns you on can lead to dramatic improvements, almost overnight. Though it’s sometimes awkward to approach your partner with sex talk, trust that your lover has probably been waiting to get some things off his/her chest about what he/she prefers.
• Proper diet and exercise. Feeling good about your appearance and general health is great motivation to be more experimental in the bedroom. Numerous studies indicate that the better you feel about your body, the more comfortable you feel with your lover. Though we can’t all transform into supermodels overnight, eating healthy and exercising leads to greater self-confidence; this in turn can result in a more fulfilling sex life.

The Not-So-Obvious
New research indicates that certain sexual “stars” of the nutritional world can make a big difference in one’s sexual prowess. Various exotic plants and extracts - known to natives around the world for many years for their “prosexual” benefits – are just now coming to light here in the U.S. For many men and women, who seek an alternative to the “blue pill” or other pharmaceutical drugs, these powerful but safe nutrients are their well-kept secret for inspiring and fulfilling sex lives.

• Muira Puama: Known to many as “potency wood,” this Brazilian folk aphrodisiac can be found in the form of salves and tinctures made from the trunk or roots of the Ptychopetalum olacoides and Ptychopetalum unicatum shrubs. Found in numerous men’s potency and health products, this powerful root has been known to prevent impotence and enhance sexual desire. And unlike many sexual mood enhancers, Muira Puama is known for its calming effect, and is commonly used to treat anxiety and central nervous disorders in Europe.
• Tribulus: This plant, commonly known as “puncture vine,” is well-known around the world as a sex booster. Tribulus, which grows naturally in the Americas, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has long been used in the traditional Chinese and Indian systems of medicine to improve sexual function in man. In various studies, Tribulus terrestris has been proven to influence testosterone release, which aids in increased libido. The herb works by relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow into the corpus cavernosa.
• Yohimbe: This extract comes from a tall evergreen tree in the western region of Africa has been used for centuries in some West African nations for healthy support of erectile function. Acting through the nervous system to increase blood flow to the genital region, the extract can be used daily or before planned sexual activity. In a Texas Southern University study, Yohimbe was found to possess endothenlin-like actions and affected nitric oxide production in renal circulation. The ultimate result is that this well-known bark extract can enhance sexual pleasure and may prolong activity.

The Solution
Since traipsing off to western Africa and trekking the jungles of Brazil are probably not in your upcoming travel plans (and if they are, congratulations!), finding these herbs in a daily supplement may be the easiest way to try these powerful sex enhancers. Look for a supplement that contains all three herbs – Muira Puama, Tribulus and Yohimbe – and discuss the options with your doctor.


Easy ways to have more fun in the bedroom:

• Plan a “date” night to ensure you and your partner have the time and energy to thoroughly enjoy each other’s company.
• Use tasty massage oils and take turns giving each other a well-deserved rub-down.
• Perform a long and slow striptease for your partner to build up desire and anticipation.

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