Klaibya is the Ayurvedic term for erectile dysfunction. It is characterized by a person incompetence to establish/ maintain a tight erection for a long enough period of time so that he can’t attain sexual pleasure during intercourse. It is generally incessant among men in their forties and fifties, however it can happen in men of all ages. Blood pressure imbalance, stress, and diabetes are the primary reasons. In the past, ED sufferers were administered testosterone injections, muscle relaxants, and psychotherapy to help them control their stress.
Ayurvedic medicine for Erectile Dysfunction
According to Ayurveda, Vayu comes in five different types. Apana Vayu is found in the urine bladder, testicles, thighs, anus, phallus, colon, and groin. Apana Vayu’s key goals are sperm ejaculation, urine and bowel movements. A way of treating impotence or erectile dysfunction is known as “Vajikarana therapy.”
According to ancient literature, a man’s greater sensitivity to touch signifies a desire for sex. The enhanced sensation is due to Vayu’s increased flow of messages from the skin to the brain, which causes arousal and Harsha that enhances Vayu’s qualities, and at this time immensely active Vayu discharges pitta or heat. Pitta promotes a rise in body temperature, heartbeats, and blood flow, which results in erection. This can be further described in terms of “Dhatu,” which presents itself throughout the body as Shukra Dhatu (responsible for reproduction). Only Shukra Dhatu, also known.as semen, is released. Hence erectile dysfunction is clinically correlated to decrease in the synthesis of Shukra Dhatu.
Vajikarana, or Vrishya chikitsa, is one of Ashtangas of Ayurveda which are the eight key specialties. Ayurvedic management of ED is about using aphrodisiacs, increasing virility, and boosting progeny’s health. Vajikarana Rasayana is the unique classification of Rasayan that ameliorate the reproductive system and increases sexual functionality. Vrishya chikitsa focuses on the brain more specifically hypothalamus and amygdala. It creates prominent anti-stress, adaptogenic effects that further aids in attenuating anxiety caused due to immense sexual performance and desires.
Panchakarma is required for Vajikarana chikitsa. Shodhana therapies include Vamana (emesis), Virechana (purgation), and Swedana, in which a specific herbal and mineral combination is given to the patient based on the Prakriti, or nature of variance in doshas in an individual to remove toxins out from the body.
Yoga and a healthy lifestyle should be a part of everyone’s everyday routine. People who practise yoga on a regular basis may experience less stress and have improved reproductive health. Stress reduction has been shown to improve a person’s sexual life. As a result, yoga may be beneficial in the treatment of mild ED.
Many formulations can be found in classics; however they should only be used with the advice of an Ayurvedic practitioner. Some of the best Ayurvedic medicine for erectile dysfunction are Vrihani Gutika, Vrishya Gutika, and Vajikarana Ghritam.
• Ashwagandha – This herb produces ‘Ojas’ and helps the penile tissue stay strong during sexual action. It also improves libido, endurance, and avoids premature ejaculation. When consumed in the right dosage, it decreases mental stress and exhaustion, enhances longevity, and successfully heals erectile dysfunction.
• Safed Museli- To boost sexual enthusiasm and sperm count, Ayurveda recommends consuming a spoonful of museli every day.
• Kapikachhu – This powder may aid in the rise of testosterone and sperm count in males, as well as the regularisation of ovulation in females.
• Shatavari is also used in Ayurvedic muscle building supplements because of its blood flow-boosting properties.
As per ancient Ayurvedic science, Vajikarana is a crucial medicinal practice having variety of benefits that includes increase in erotic desire/ potential, ameliorating health of offspring, treatment of different sexual diseases such as infertility, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.
Since the philosophy of modern medicine and Ayurveda are completely different which restricts the collaboration between these two sciences and further keeps critical patients devoid of taking benefits from both fields. Ayurveda practices such as Vajikarana are not sufficiently backed up by modern science research hence patients often felt hesitant to undergo Ayurvedic treatment, further lack of obtaining pure or unadulterated drugs and scientific standardization of different formulations are few of the realistic difficulties which hinders the utility of different Ayurvedic treatments including Vajikarana
• One should only eat a chemical free diet, and restrict the use of fast and packaged food.
• Avoid excessive salt, sugar, alcohol and tobacco and it should be replaced with fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh milk products.
• One should avoid excessive intake of foods causing excessive acid secretion leading to acidity, constipation and indigestion as imbalance of Apana vayu is related to penile erection.
• Include pure cow ghee in diet, along with cashews and almonds.