Erectile dysfunction treatment in Ayurveda

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Having erection trouble from time to time is common and need not be worried about. But if the problem persists and becomes a reason for stress and relationship problems, it might be time to get treatment. Erectile dysfunction or impotence is when a man regularly finds it difficult to get and keep an erection firm enough to have sex.

As the most common sex problem reported, around 30 million men around the world suffer from erectile dysfunction. It can occur at any age but it is more common among older men than younger men. Although it is a physical issue, it may be directly linked to psychological or heart illnesses. Erectile function can be affected by blood flow, nerve system or hormones. Some of the physical causes of erectile dysfunction are –

  1. Heart disease
  2. High cholesterol or high blood pressure
  3. Obesity
  4. Metabolic syndrome – a condition with increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, high cholesterol.
  5. Tobacco use
  6. Sleep disorders
  7. Alcoholism or substance abuse
  8. Parkinson’s disease
  9. Multiple sclerosis
  10. Low testosterone

The causes could be psychological as well. A number of issues can interfere with erectile function like depression, anxiety, stress, fear of intimacy, relationship problems etc. There are also cases where physiological causes combine with psychological causes and affect sexual performance. For example, obesity can obstruct the blood flow and low self-esteem can also cause difficulty in getting an erection.

Earlier, it was considered an embarrassing issue and difficult to talk about. But nowadays with more awareness, people have realised that erectile dysfunction can be treated. So the way to go is to choose the right kind of treatment with no side effects – Ayurveda & especially Vardhan Ayurveda.

Ayurveda, the science of life, has its roots in India from over 5000 years ago. The comprehensive body of medical system incorporates wisdom from scriptures and Yoga. Its principles lie in maintaining the health of a person by keeping the body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. More than being just a healing system, it is the art of living appropriately to achieve a long and healthy life. It is the guide to prevent diseases and maintain long-term health. The proven medical benefits of ayurveda include – stress-busting, weight loss, balancing hormones, flushing toxins out from the body, reducing the risk of diseases, maintaining overall health – by only using herbal products which have zero side effects.

Sex is the third pillar of life according to Ayurveda. It forms the foundation, along with diet and sleep, to build a life of health and longevity. Erectile dysfunction is treated after a thorough physical examination that will expose the underlying cause of the problem. The treatment that follows is aimed at enhancing one’s potency by leaps and bounds.

Ayurveda calls this condition “Klaibyathva” in which although a man has a strong desire to engage in a sexual act with a consenting partner, he is unable to perform because of the absence of erection of his penis. Even if he performs, he gets tired, perspires and becomes frustrated. The treatment of this condition is called Vajikarana Chikitsa.

It is one of eight major specialties of the Ashtanga Ayurveda. In Sanskrit, “vaji” means horse symbolising the system of sexual potency and performance. Therefore, Vajikarana therapy is concerned with aphrodisiacs, virility and improving the health of progeny. It involves shodhana (body cleansing), vamana (emesis), virechana (purgation) and swedana (sweating). Followed by shodhana therapy, which is related to the imbalance of the individual’s doshas, certain herbal and mineral combinations are administered. The therapy also includes improving health and pleasure by massaging with herbal oils, anointing body with fragrant herbal pastes, listening to music etc.

Vajikarana therapy is said to revitalize all the seven dhatus, restore equilibrium and health. It helps in minimising the shukra (sperm and ovum) defects and ensures a healthy progeny.

As part of Shamana Chikitsa, specially researched and prepared Ayurvedic medicines are given at Vardhan Ayurveda Hospital, Hyderabad, which improves and rejuvenates vascular and neuromuscular activities and stabilises testosterone (male hormones).

Ayurvedic treatments for erectile dysfunction are given after extensive research and are bound to yield the best results. These treatments are customised according to the patient’s requirements, aimed to correct the defects and ensure a healthy progeny.



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