February 2, 2007---Fluctuations in sex hormone levels during womens menstrual cycles affect the responsiveness of their brains reward circuitry, an imaging study at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has revealed. While women were winning rewards, their circuitry was more active if they were in a menstrual phase preceding ovulation and dominated by estrogen, compared to a phase when estrogen and progesterone are present.
Read more: Brains Reward Circuit Activity Ebbs and Flows with a Womans Hormonal Cycle
Western medical science focuses on human sexuality in terms of anatomy, physiology and psychology. In Eastern cultures, sex is regarded as an art, science, and a path to a spiritual development, a path towards greater intimacy not only with the partner but also with the Divine Self.
Those who understand the nature of sex will nurture their vigor and prolong their life. Those who treat its principle with contempt will injure their spirit and shorten their life. - Tung Hsuan Tzu
Read more: Oriental Medicine and Sexual Dysfunctions