What is Erectile Dysfunction? Reasons?
Erectile dysfunction is inability to keep or develop an erection of penis during intercourse. Many people still believe that it is due to physical reasons such as regular body wearing process, but not due to any psychological or personality problems. According to Ayurvedic medicine it is a combination of both physical and psychological in origin.
How erection happens?
Developing or holding erection is depends on the proper blood and nerve supply to the genital organs. Generally, a sex stimulus activates the nerves that help in the dilatation of blood vessels, which in turn will allow more flow of blood in to the veins of corpora cavernosa (Sponge like shafts surrounding the penis). Valves inside the blood vessel prevent the back flow of the blood, so the hardness will be maintain until the removal of sexual stimulus.According to the research conducted by National Institutes of Health, a majority of men at some point in their life experience occasional failure to achieve erection which can occur for a variety of reasons such as drinking too much alcohol or from being extremely tired. Failure to achieve erection less than 20% of the time is not unusual and medical treatment is rarely needed. But the causes for this minor problem might lead to a permanent condition where failure to achieve erection occurs more than 50% of the time. Once this stage of erectile dysfunction is reached, medical treatment is required to reverse the situation. Approximately 5 percent of 40-year-old men and between 15 and 25 percent of 65-year-old men experience erectile dysfunction on a long-term basis.
Erectile dysfunction has been linked with obesity, stress, inadequate physical activity, tobacco and alcohol consumption. Consume Ashwagandha and Gokshura regularly, they can increase testosterone, libido and sperm count. Include black gram, wheat, ghee, honey and milk mixed with date syrup to your daily diet.
Common causes

1. Stress
2. Anxiety over sex
3. Injury to penis
4. Cardio vascular disorders
5. Disturbance in the sexual intercourse
6. Injury to nerves, arteries, smooth muscles, or fibrous tissues
7. Prostate, bladder or rectal region surgery
8. Lower levels of testosterones
9. Sleep disorders
10. Dislike of sexual partners
11. Diseases such as hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s disease, anemia, arthritis, asthma, liver disorders, fatigue, endocrine disorders, diabetes, and arthritis
12. Anti-depressants, tranquilizers, or anti-hypertensive medicines taken for long time
13. Addictions like tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, or heroin
14. Obesity
15. Prolonged cycling
16. Sexual abuse
Common signs

1. Penis does not get hard enough or stay hard enough for sexual intercourse
2. Lower levels of sex drive
3. Lack of energy
4. Reduced interest in sexual intercourse
5. Decrease athletic performance
6. Frequent mood swings

How Ayurveda helps?
Ayurveda, the science of life, prevention and longevity, is the oldest and most holistic and comprehensive medical system available. Its fundamentals can be found in Ancient Indian scriptures called the Vedas – the ancient Indian books of wisdom written over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind, and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.

CAUSE OF ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION IN AYURVEDA:
Erectile dysfunction is known as klaibya in ayurvda. There are three dosahs – vata, pitta and kapha in the body which are responsible for a healthy body. imbalance of these doshas results in the health issues. Erectile dysfunction (klaibya) is result of imbalanced vata dosha. Depending upon the cause, there are seven types of klaibya as explained in Ayurvedic texts.
Mansik klaibya is due to psychological factors. Shukrakshayaj is the result of defeicney of shurka dhatu. Vyadhij is due to the disease like diabetes. Aghataj occurs to an injury or surgery. Shukranirodhaj is the result of suppression of sexual urge.
Ayurveda offers remarkable results in erectile dysfuntion (ED) or impotence cases, which may have arisen from both physical and psychological causes. Both, the mental as well as physical components of the disorder can be addressed using ayurveda treatment.
Ayurveda offers almost 203 remedies for men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence. Unlike allopathic medicines, Ayurveda medicines are non toxic and non addictive. Ayurveda doctors frequently treat patients suffering from anxiety, fear of failure to do sex, erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence associated with stress and high blood pressure.
Work stress, mid-life crisis and other issues affect men’s health in various ways. Men facing the challenge of aging, retirement and finding new identities for themselves, find a particularly appropriate therapy in Ayurveda, which addresses them on mental, emotional and physical levels.
When combines with benefits of good nutrition, exercise and relaxation, Ayurveda provides optimum support for such patients.

Vajikarana is one of the eight major specialties of Ayurveda. (Astanga Ayurveda) Vajikarana is “a process or a drug, which make a man sexually as strong as a horse and able to copulate for long and frequently with many wives and partners.” Vajikarana prescribes the therapeutic use of various aphrodisiacs and tonic preparations for enhancing the reproductive capabilities and vigor of men while strengthening the body and overall well-being.
Vajikarana therapy combine a proprietary herbal formula based on centuries old ayurvedic wisdom with advice on diet, exercise, mental training, and relaxation to help men reach their peak and overcome sexual concerns through safe, natural means.
This therapy claims to make the patient as ‘virile as a horse’ and makes use of various aphrodisiacs, tonics to be used internally and externally, and appropriate diet plans.

Common remedies for erectile dysfunction

The remedy includes –

1. Powder of Indian ginseng to be taken with milk
2. Velvet bean powder to be taken with milk
3. Flowers of Drum stick tree in the diet
4. Crab extract in the diet
5. Fig fruits in the diet
6. White pumpkin juice and Pumpkin seed oil

Common Ayurveda ingredients for ED

1. Ashwaganda Lehyam
2. Sukumaram Lehyam
3. Sukra Vallabha Rasa
4. Amrita Prasa Ghee
5. Maha Kalyanaka Ghee
6. Bhallataka Lehyam
7. Linga Vardhana Thailam
8. Soubhakya Vardana Thailam
9. Shilajatu Parpam
10. Karisalai Parpam

There are more than 1000 Ayurvedic recipes for treatment and management of ED.

Yoga for Erectile Dysfunction

Apart from herbal remedies, some simple exercises can help improve ED. These exercises relieve physical and psychological stress which in turn helps improve cardio-vascular functions essential in treating ED.
Many Yoga experts advocate Kanda Asana which has been clinically proven effective for improving strength in legs, thighs, and muscles below the navel region. The asana also reduces stiffness in hips and joint pains. It also improves sexual vigor and is, thus, good for treating impotence including erectile dysfunction.

Conclusion

Holistic management with Ayurveda, Yoga, and Diet & Nutrition may help in curing this condition completely. Many clinical and scientific researchers have shown more positive improvements in ED with Complementary and Alternative medicines as compared with allopathic medicines.

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