Ayurveda and its role in sexual health
Posted by: Admin Ayurveda 2019-05-25 11:46:37
The frame work of Ayurveda is wide enough to include all that is very essential to make the humans healthy and happy. It includes study of kaamaa or the desire which is very essential for producing the healthy progeny which in turn produce the healthy society.Further it deals with the philosophical aspect of life, the knowledge of which greatly contributes to the comfort and happiness of all humans.
Ayurveda which is not only a system of medicine but a way of life, advocating prevention of diseases as its primary aim and following holistic approach in dealing with different diseases.
Vaajikarna is one among astangas which deals totally about sexual health. As said by Charaka the man without child is said to be the tree without any branches . The main aim of vajeekarana is to produce the quality progeny which in turn produces the healthy society
What is sexuality?
It would not be wrong to state that the sustenance of the human race is based on its sexuality. Sexuality is not just sexual activity. but is rather the sum total mans existential presence in the world. Based on his sense of sexual identity with which he identifies his sex roles and modulates his interaction with the society around him. A person recognise his sex role through three means-his family ties, his social standing and codes of behaviour, his sexual values and priorities. it can be generally said that the climax aim of the bodily activity brought about by coordinated functioning of the autonomous nervous system, hormones and muscle groups is procreation.
Perspective of vajeekarna.
The wisdom of ayurveda certainly was not delivered in a day . it is the sum total of the collective wisdom of sages gathered over period of time. The gray areas where light of knowledge merged indistinctly with darkness of ignorance had provided the most exciting scientific speculations to the ancient sages as they do to todays students of ayurveda. Sexual health in ayurveda is indeed one such area, which has, by virtue of some recent advances in allopathic medicine, come centre stage and about which all ayurvedists would definetly like to know more, especially as to what their own science has to say about it.
There are many ways to approach a contemporary topic to give its ayurvedic perspective. Any approach however would have to be aware of the pitfalls of unnecessary unjustified and erroneous correlation. It has also to provide a comprehensive view of the ayurvedic outlook which can be only possible, if all references from possible sources are analysed critically
Vrishya chikitsa of ayurveda addresses the reasons for sexual inefficiency and directs the use of sexual aphrodisiac herbs, minerals and treatments to enhance the vitality.
Androsemenological perspective -The super speciality Practice of ayurveda which deals with diagnosis and management of defective spermatogenesis is accordance 3with vajeekarana. Alpa retas treated with sukra Apyayana chiktsa. Dushta retas with shukra prasadana, Ksheena retas with shukra upachaya and vishukra retas with shukra jarana vajeekarana chiktsa. This prespective of vajeekarana is missing in common notion and during the emperors. The vajeekarana was promoted as only sex medicine unfortunately.
KAMA- THE INSTINCT.
In charaka samhitha it is stated that rishiputra is the product subha ashubakarma impelled by moha ichha and dwesha. Pravrtti is possible only by moha, ichha and devesha. Kama is the product of the above three.
Sexological perspective;- Sexual potenification of the person practicing sex with his legal partner or the persons with sexual dysfunction at the same are treated with vajeekarana chikitsa. Enhancement of sexual vim vigor, desire , libido, penile erectile capacity, sexual sustence power, modulation of ejaculation, repeated sexual performance etc are the benefits of vajeekarana therapy but to be prescribed for the needy.
Nutritional perspective- Vajeekarana phytopharamacopia, animal sources and minerallo metallaceutics have been found to possesses abundant energy and nutritional potent. To name a few milk products, ghee sugar etc.
Antistress, adaptogenic, and immunological perspective – Classically vajeekarana yoga is said to be best on the recipients with tushti, pushti, jeevana Bruhamana, Balya yasha and manoharsha properties. It is intended to note theantistress, antiageging, adaptogenic, psychotropic, life promoting, anabolic and immune enhancing effects which can also be contextually prescribed in vatavyadi, balakshya, jara and other clinical condition.
A person should always seek the intake of of aphrodisiacs because for, he can earn dharma, artha priti, and yasas through tjis therapy alone . a person gets these benifits through his progeny and the aphrodisiac therapy enables him to procreate children.(charaka)
As said in ayurved stree is the best aphrodisiac .each individual item of beauty gives immence pleasure to an individual. All objects of beauty ar asebled in a women in compact form and now where else. All the objecs of sences found in the person of women evoke the maximum delight in a man .above things can be enjoyed ony if the women cooperates the following conditions can make the women un fit for sexual act or she refuses to coopearate.
Loss of libido.
Loss of libido is common proble that wo en face from time to time. recent research shows that female sexual dysfunction often are the result of low hormones in the body. Hormones are directly responsible for female sexual drive and libido. The women usually experience deficit arousal and orgasam wit that fatigue. Stress. Depression. Loss of libido leads to difficult in intimate relationship and contributing to marital problems. This problem can be treated with some medicated herbal oils like Dhanwantaram, bala ashwagandadhi etc(for ext application). Internaly herbs like sathavaree, punarnava, vidhri, ashtavargam drugs can be administered.
Menopause is perhaps the greatest physical change a women faces in the old age. Many women experience a change in their sexual functions immediately before and after menopause this is due to decrease in oestrogen and testosterone levels. There will be decreased blood flow in the genitals. Common complaints like loss of desire, low sexual arousal , thinning and dryng of the vagina leads to difulity in penial penetration. In this case herbs which improves the blood circulation, balance the hormones and increase he desire can be adnistred.
Female infertility:There are lots of condition leads to female infertility main one is PCOD. Usually this condition is treated with cntraceptivepills and metformin and with ovulation inducers. In ayurveda this condition is easily treated with kashayams like punarnavadi, varanadhi,etc. Tablets like kanchanara gugglu, chandraprabhavati etc can be used.
Sexual dysfunction in man
Premature ejaculation:premature ejaculation is the term used when the ejaculates the seman just before the coitus or quick leakage of seman with in short time before orgasm. or in other words, the ejaculation occurs before the persons desire. It may occur before or after foreplay. Many times this leads to anxity depression, tension and personal distress. In contepory medicine both the partners are educated especially the wife and treatments like stop and start technique by wife, pelvic floor exercise, local anaesthetics and some anti-psychotic drugs are used. in ayurveda it can be treated in vataja shukra dhushti lines.Panchakarmas like Uttravasti , matravasti and mrudu virchana canb advocated, preparatos like aakarakarabhathi vati, madhanakameshwari lehyam kamini vidranava ras, etc can be used and some market preparations are also available.
It is uncommon form of sexual dysfunction which can affect some man. Shukra pravrithikara drugs can be very useful in this condition.
We can say ED is the problem in which the penis does not become firm enough to enter the vagina or failure of ejaculation or maintaining erection til end of the sexual act.. It may be due to some physical disease such as Diabetes, psychological or emotional problems. Also diseases like Prostate cancer, atherosclerosis, urological condition, hepatic failure etc. Even some medications, alcohol, smoking aging and trauma can cause this problem. it can be diagnosed by Physical examination, Pudendal angiography, cavernosonography.in contemporary science it is managed with professional counselling, hormonal treatments and oral medication such as Yohimbine, Trazadone, Methylated testosterone sildinafill citrate etc, It is als trated with Penial implants, injectables. It can be said in ayurveda as klaibya all the acharyas have elaborately explained about klaibya extensively. Nidanas like Shukraoporodha, Jarasambhava, K shaya, Bjaopaghatsambhava,Marmachedha etc. Main symptom mentioned is Divijapatatyadhonrnam.This condition can be treated with
Pathya:Ahara plays very important role in klaibya. Lavana and kshara should be avoided. All ground cereals except yava and godhuma. Use of shali, meat of varthaka, chataka, kukuta, tittri, harinat, fruits like draksha karjoora, amra, jambu, dadima etc are mentioned.
Treatment:Panchakarma Treatments like VRISHYA YAPANA VASTI, MATRAVASTI, SNEHAPANA, mild VIRECHANA can be advocated. Herbs like Ashwaganda,Bala, Kapikachoo,Masha, shashtika, sathavaree, Madhuka. Vegetables like Dhanyaka, aardhraka, jivaka, sarshapa, ajamodha, mulaka, alabu, soorana, agnimantha, lasuna, varthaka dhadima ect can be advocated. Also Ksheera, Dadhi. Girutha ikshu,Takra etc can also be used.Bhasmas like Swarnavanga, rasa sindoora, Abraka, swarnamakshika, etc can be used. Lehyams like madhanakameshwari, shathavaree, ashwagandhadhi, amritha prasham can be used. Rasa oushadies like Manmathaabra ras, pushpadhanavaras, Bruath vangeshwara ras, sidha makaradwaja ras, makaradwajaras etc can also be used. Pleanty of market preparations are also available both externally and internally.
Approximately 15% of couples attempting their first pregnancy meet with failure. These patients are primarily infertile if they have been unable to achieve a pregnancy wit in a year of unprotected intercourse. Conception normally achieved with in twelve months in couples who use no contraceptive measures and persons presenting after this time to recognise as possible infertile and should be evaluated. 30% pathology found in male partner in infertile couple. Usually Oligospermia, azoosspermia, Sluggish motility, non motility of sperms, damaged sperms are the main cause. This should be carefully diagnosed with physical examination, Doppler- to rule out vericoceel, pelvic scan to rule out any anatomical pathogy. History must be carefully taken both present and past to rule out dreadful diseases of the past and recent time which can give some clue if the patient had any disease whic would affect the spermetogenesis or sperm.The treatment normally includes clomiphen citrate, Tamoxifen, Fsh and LH injections, gnrh injections etc. Surgery for vareecoceel.intra utrine insemination and ivf. In ayurveda it can be categorized under claibya andthe setreatment can be followed after proper evaluation of dosha dooshyas
Both male and female sexual dysfunction under various headings are very commonly present in the society leading to approach the ayurvedic physician believing that ayurveda has the answer for it. As a ayurvedic physicians we should say our strength and limitation to them and professional counseling with proper investigation and proper treatment will definitely give the good result. Fake practitioners are very popular now a days with lots of false advertisement attracting people, it should be prevented and real treatment benefit should go to the Society.