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Ayurveda Medicinal herbs in the treatment of male infertility

Date :20-Sep-2018

Ayurveda Medicinal herbs in the treatment of male infertility

The recent survey by Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction revealed that infertility affects 10 to 14 percent of the Indian population. Many studies found that infertility rates in urban areas have shot up, with some estimating that one in every six couples could have infertility problems. Meanwhile, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) reported that over 15–18 million couples in India are diagnosed with infertility every year. While female factor accounts for 50% of cases, male factor is on the rise, with 30-40% and as many as 2 per cent of men exhibit suboptimal sperm parameters. Over the last decade, Male infertility in India has been increasing steadily and it has reached a state where it is considered alarming.

Ayurveda treatment for male infertility

Ayurvedic treatment for male infertility is based on strengthening body's own self-healing and balancing mechanisms and doesn't rely on intervention by any outside or foreign substance to replace or correct the hormones in the body. The Ayurvedic treatment of male infertility focuses on the disorder holistically with an aim of improving the overall health and quality of life of the individual.

According to ayurveda, the body is said to be composed of the 7 dhatus i.e rasa (fluid), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscles), meda (fat), asthi (bones), majja (marrow) and sukra (reproductive tissue). Sukra dhatu is the final dhatu to be made after all 7 dhatus in body. This means that the shukra dhatu or reproductive tissue in men is produced as a final outcome of a long chain of metabolic processes (of all dhatus). Hence, Ayurvedic experts say sukra dhatu is essence of all the dhatus and it is well spread throughout the body. This sukra dhatu is present in both men and women but result in different formations.

Ayurveda focuses at treatment of infertility holistically. That is why assessment of body constitution is very important for prescribing the treatment. Blockages and weaknesses in body parts and functions will be diagnosed. Ayurveda medicines for infertility aim at keeping the process of transformation of food into nutrient and then to blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow and finally to the shukra tissue. In Ayurveda pharmacology, vajikarana or aphrodisiacs are the special group of herbs which nourishes and stimulates the sexual tissues.

Aphrodisiac therapy (vajikarana) is broadly classified into:

  • Herbs enhancing sperm count or Sperm regeneration: Medicines like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Nagbala, Musali, Haritaki, Amla, Yastimadhu, Pippali, Shatavari kalpa plays an essential role in improving sperm count.
  • Herbs which helps in ejaculation of seminal fluid: Kapikacchu, Gokshur, Vidari, Shatavari, Bruhati phala, medicinal preparations like Vrushya vati, Shilajatu, Vanari kalpa cures problems related to semen ejaculation.

Some of the Ayurveda remedies for treating infertility in men are:

ASHWAGANDHA (Withania Somnifera): Ayurveda recommends ashwagandha as an aphrodisiac and this Ayurvedic rejuvenator or rasayana plays a multifaceted role in improving overall health. Ashwagandha is the common name of an Indian herb, with botanical name-Withania Somnifera. Aswagandha in Sanskrit means "smell of the horse," which refers to both its unique smell and ability to increase strength. This herb is also known by some other names; Indian Ginseng, Winter Cherry and Poison Gooseberry. The root and berry of this plant are used to make medicine. Ashwagandha has been clinically proven to improve the number, structure, and motility of the sperm. It also recovers the quality of semen, improves serum biochemistry and invigorates the harmonic balance of seminal plasma metabolites.

Ashwagandha also raises testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels and reduces prolactin and follicle-stimulating hormone (high levels of which indicate infertility). Its extracts when used by men, stimulates the nitric oxide production in their body which results in the dilation of the blood vessels. This helps in providing a boost to your desire for sexual intimacy and helps in powering your reproductive system. Daily doses of Aswagandha vary depending on your needs or the nature of your problem. Always consult a registered Ayurvedic practitioner before taking any Ayurvedic medicine.

MUCUNA PRURIENS: Mucuna Pruriens is a quite popular Ayurveda herb, also referred to as Cowhage, Velvet Bean, Dopa bean and Kapikachhu. According to Ayurveda text Charaka Samhita, this tropical plant acts as an aphrodisiac, supports sperm count, sperm mobility and promote a healthy sexual response. Recent studies are supporting this tropical legume‘s application in the area of male reproductive health. The most important active ingredient of Mucuna Pruriens which is believed to help in boosting male fertility among other health benefits is L-DOPA, which is the precursor to dopamine. This fantastic feel-good hormone is essential for sleep, memory, mental functions, mood and calming the nervous system.

Mucuna pruriens supplementation also increase steroid hormone production, an important factor for increasing the levels of testosterone in the body. The mood and libido-boosting productivity pill has a magical ability to improve motivation, energy, well-being, and sex drive.

SHILAJIT: Other names for Shilajit are Salajeet, Momia and Mumjio. Shilajit is an organic tar-like substance found in several mountain ranges including the Himalayas in northern India. Shilajit has been used in Ayurveda medicine since a long time particularly in the Ayurveda treatment of male infertility. It helps men to last longer by improving the blood circulation to the sexual regions and it cures all erection problems completely.

Shilajit contains over 80 minerals that support the body, and many have an amazing effect on a man’s health. Research has shown that Fulvic acid in shilajit increases the levels of testosterone, spermatogenesis, sperm motility, and sperm count in males. Researchers have also shown that shilajit acts at the cellular level to improve energy production in the mitochondria. When your cells are nourished like this, you feel like more energized, your recovery will be faster and you will have what it takes to go that extra mile. For The recommended dose of shilajit, consult your doctor.

SAFED MUSLI: Safed musli, or Chlorophytum borivilianum, is also an excellent aphrodisiac herb. It is considered as “white gold” in Indian system of Ayurveda and has shown an excellent aphrodisiac effect in multiple lab studies. Safed musli can be purchased in pure powder form or as capsules. The recommended daily dose of safed musli is 1000 to 2000 mg per day.

The roots of Chlorophytum borivilianum can be useful in the treatment of sexual inadequacies, such as premature ejaculation and oligospermia. The root extract prevents destruction in sperm characteristics and morphology via preventing the increase of oxidative stress, apoptosis and free radicals levels of the sperm in many disease conditions like diabetes.

 Vaidya Healthcare is the first of its kind hospital to incorporate Ayurveda, Yoga, Physiotherapy, Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Medicinal Herbalism, and Chiropractic & Holistic Medicine for a comprehensive approach towards complete health. Vaidya healthcare offers a very effective Ayurveda fertility treatment in India based on the classical Ayurveda texts. The treatment comprises of Detoxification, rejuvenation, administration of rasayanas and vajikara dravyas (virilificatory recipes or aphrodisiacs), panchakarma, yoga, pranayama which not only cures infertility but also refresh the body with its natural vigor and beauty. Mail Us:
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