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The prevalence of sexual problems is far greater than is commonly known. Until a few decades earlier, it was only the women who were considered responsible for infertility, but now with more and more research regarding the different causes of infertility, it is scientifically backed that greater than half of the cases of infertility are due to the problems related to men. Unfortunately, male infertility is becoming an increasing problem in recent years. A study involving 40,000 men from several countries showed that the sperm count has decreased more than 59% in the period of 1973 to 2011. However, the good news is that in Ayurveda there are ways to improve sperm count and quality. Before moving into the solution, lets understand the causes of infertility in men.
To provide a comprehensive cure for oligospermia, Ayurveda advocates treatment with not just medicines but also with changes in aahar (diet) and vihar (lifestyle).
Ancient pieces of literature of Ayurveda mention that foods rich in lycopene such as cherries, tomatoes; proteinaceous foods such as eggs, poultry, milk; citrus fruits rich in vitamin C; and pure ghee helps in oligospermia. Similarly, yoga and exercises such as Kegel exercises that specifically strengthen the pelvic region, are also very beneficial for reproductive health.
Male reproductive health is dependent upon the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis which regulates various hormones such as gonadotropin, FSH, LH, and testosterone that are responsible for male reproductive function. The treatment in Allopathy for different male infertility issues is usually hormone therapy which is quite costly, has a long treatment tenure, and can have potential side effects.
On contrary, Ayurveda deals with the infertility issues in a holistic approach, addressing the root cause of the problem and increasing the overall strength and stamina, with minimal to no side effects. Because of these reasons, Ayurveda is increasingly becoming the choice of treatment worldwide for sexual problems, even among the younger generation.
Ayurvedic pharmacology has a special branch that deals with reproductive health and is known as “Vajikarna therapy.” Vajikarna therapy is scientifically proven to improve sperm count and quality. Further among the Rasayana herbs, those that increase sperm production are called “Shukrala”. These herbs balance the Vata and pitta doshas and rejuvenate the sexual tissues. The antioxidant properties of these herbs protect against oxidative damage and increase sperm production, sperm quality, and also help reduce stress, and increase vigor, thus improving libido and sexual performance.
Following are some of the best Ayurvedic herbs to improve sperm quality and quantity.
Ashwagandha has been the favorite of Ayurvedic experts for ages for the treatment of sexual health issues in men. In a study conducted to establish the effects of Ashwagandha in increasing the sperm count and motility, it was shown that 675 mg of Ashwagandha per day, taken for 90 days, increased the sperm count to as high as 167%, sperm motility by a good 57%, increased the semen volume by 53%, and raised the levels of testosterone by 17%.
It is clinically proven that stress adversely affects sperm health. Ashwagandha is known to help with the management of stress. Thus, by relieving stress and anxiety, Ashwagandha further helps boost spermatogenesis.
Talmakhana is a rejuvenating herb with potent aphrodisiac properties. It has been relied upon by Ayurveda experts for ages for the treatment of sperm-related infertility issues such as oligospermia, hypospermia, asthenozoospermia, etc. Talmakhana also induces spermatogenesis (sperm production) and increases testosterone levels. It also improves strength and stamina. Talmakhana regulates serotonin levels and reduces stress and anxiety, thus increasing libido and sexual performance.
The active phytochemicals in Gokhru helps in improving the quality and quantity of sperm and boost the production of testosterone. There are clinical studies that document a significant increase in sperm count in men suffering from oligozoospermia (low sperm count) when treated with Gokhru. It is also known to increase libido in both men and women.
Owing to its potent aphrodisiac properties, Semal Musli is also known as “Herbal Viagra”. Analysis of the effects of Semal Musli on sexual function has shown it to increase the sperm count statistically significantly. It is considered very beneficial for male reproductive health and helps with an increase in libido, erectile dysfunction, and infertility.
Ayurveda is an unmatchable treasure with numerous herbs that are gems in terms of the health benefits they offer, including reproductive health and male factor infertility. Allopathy treats sexual disorders mainly through hormonal treatment, which is quite expensive and comes with the risk of several side effects. On the other hand, several herbs have been scientifically proven to increase spermatogenesis, improve the quality and motility of sperms, help with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, loss of libido, etc. and that too at a very affordable price and a superior safety profile, which makes Ayurveda the preferred branch of Medicine for treatment of sexual problems. Moreover, Ayurveda emphasizes detoxifying and cleansing all the body systems through therapies such as panchakarma that balances the different doshas in the body and also reinvigorate the reproductive organs.
Yes, several ayurvedic herbs such as ashwagandha, talmakhana, Semal Musli, Gokhru, fenugreek, shilajit, Shatavari, etc. have been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of various male infertility issues.
Ayurveda has been used for centuries to successfully treat sexual disorders such as low sperm count, low sperm motility, low semen volume, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, etc.
Ayurveda is the safest treatment option for sexual disorders with minimal to no side effects. It is always recommended to consult an Ayurvedic physician for the treatment of sexual issues so that he can suggest you the best herbs for your specific problems.