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What Ayurveda Has To Say About Your Sexual Health?

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   6 min     

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Overview

Sexuality is one of the deepest and primal needs of an individual. It is our creative life force in action, our birthright, our sacred expression, and our most valuable physiological asset. To healthily manage sexual energy is a vital piece of our existence, so vital that the ancient sages of India believed it to be one of the three pillars of life.

Ayurveda's 3 Pillars of Life:

Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine, the “sister science of yoga”, and one of the world's oldest health care systems identifies three primary pillars of life:

  1. Food: Management of digestion

  2. Sleep: Management of sleep

  3. Brahmacharya: Management of sexual energy 

Ayurveda and sex have a strong correlation with each other than anyone can think. Ayurveda offers many suggestions about the proper role of sex in our lives and how to have a healthy sex life. This wisdom helps us align our sexuality with the ebb and flow of time, our ever-changing environment, and our sexual desires.

Brahmacharya is a controlled and disciplined manner of sexual intercourse which helps to maintain the bodily doshas or fundamental principles. It has more considerable significance in maintaining the manasika doshas, the mind level. 

Health Benefits of Sex According to Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, sex or brahmacharya is known for maintaining one's mental and physical health. Sex is taken under one of the three aspects of life which support health, along with diet and sleep.

  • Good memory

Sexual activity can bring psychological and emotional benefits to an individual. According to research, sexually active people ageing from 50-90 had a better memory.

  • Immunity

Sex helps in building the immunity system. It helps the body to defend against germs, viruses, bacteria and other intruders. It helps in boosting Libido, improving women’s bladder control, lowering the systolic blood pressure, heart diseases including heart attack risks.

  • Headache Relief

According to sex therapists and research, sex works wonder with headaches and migraines. It can provide partial or full relief from such cluster pains.

  • Nourishment

Sexual intimacy can help men and women to nourish their mind and soul. It eases stress and improves sleep. Great sex feels good to couples, thus facilitates the anxiety to lower down and freshness in the skin and soul. 

  • Less risk of Prostate Cancer

One study found that men who had more PVI or penile-vaginal intercourse is in less chance of generating prostate cancer. 

  • Improve fertility and Strengthen Pelvic Muscles

The act of sex can help increase your pelvic floor. A reinforced pelvic floor can also offer benefits like less pain during sex and reduced chance of vaginal prolapse. One study shows that PVI can result in reflexive vaginal contractions caused by penile thrusting. 

What are the Effects of Improper Sexual Intercourse in Ayurveda?

  • Giddiness

  • Exhaustion

  • The weakness of the thighs

  • Loss of strength

  • Depletion of the tissues

  • Overexertion or excess sexual intercourse provokes the Vata dosha in the body. It thereby decreases the nourishing Kapha dosha and dhatus, as such, the fundamental essence of the body (Ojas) may be reduced.

  • Loss of power in the sensory organs

  • Premature death 

General Sex Rules according to Ayurveda

As per Ayurvedic books and journals, there some golden sex rules for healthy and satisfying sex life and to get the most beneficial effects of sex:

  • Ayurveda believes that a couple should always indulge in sex if there is an individual interest, who is healthy and who is not in her periods or suffering from diseases of the sex organs. Practice cleanliness and maintain proper hygiene. It is advised to have sexual pleasure when the private parts are clean and healthy.

  • Pregnant women or who had her recent delivery should abstain from intercourse, according to Ayurveda. In the case of C-section and standard delivery,  it is said to have no intercourse at least for 5 months and 2-3 months respectively. Also, overweight or obese people should avoid sex. 

  • The internet is flooded with orgasms’ benefit on our body, from releasing stress to maintaining physical health. According to Ayurveda, an orgasm can be harmful to our bodies under certain circumstances, as sex produces Vata dosha in our bodies that leads to a depleting effect on us. Vata dosha costs the body shukra dhatu, a rasa that was made by a month-long process. This dosha, in turn, limits the production of Ojas, that is, the life-giving energy within us. Also, it can disrupt the Apana Vayu, leading to a sense of uprootedness.

  • According to Ayurveda, sexual experience is encouraged during the days of the morning or early evening, but before 10’ o clock. Usually, people prefer having sex at night; it is not ideal as per Ayurveda.  Also, winter and early spring are recommended for any sexual functioning between couples. During the summer and fall, the influence of “Vata” increases. Thus, one must reduce the frequency of sex and orgasms because the heat already depletes one’s energy, and therefore, our bodies do not have any excess rasa to spare for sexual indulgence.

  • Ayurveda does not advocate forcible sex practices. Having intercourse is supposed to relax your soul and not to scar it. Violent foreplay can cause injury and scar to both physical and emotional points or 'marmas'. In the ancient Indian text of KAMASUTRA, romantic foreplay is described in detail. 

  • Ayurveda says sex should be avoided on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal. It can trigger a plethora of health problems by causing a Vata and Pitta imbalance. The imbalance may give rise to digestive problems, headache, gastritis.

Ayurvedic Post-Sex Regimen

  • Drink fresh water, soups containing meat, milk, fruit juices or coconut water. If you want, alcoholic beverages like wine can also be taken.

  • Take Bath

  • Expose the body to a relaxed environment

  • Apply scents

  • Sleep

Vajikarana Chikitsa- Treatment of sexual dysfunctions based on Ayurveda

Apart from regular exercise and proper nutrition, various herbs can go a long way in boosting your sex life. Few of them include Shilajit, Ashwagandha, Swarna bhasma, jaiphal, and Kesar; let us understand how each one is beneficial.

  1. Shilajit works excellently in increasing the stamina; this is why it is known as Indian Viagra. It helps in improving sexual performance and dealing with weakness.

  2. Ashwagandha is another herb that helps in improving sexual desire and dealing with infertility in men.

  3. Swarn bhasma is known to be one of the best medicine for treating sexual problems like low libido and premature ejaculation in men. It also helps in treating sexual dysfunctions.

  4. Jaiphal works best in dealing with premature ejaculation. It also helps in enhancing sex life and is known as Viagra for women. Its aroma is often used to arouse sexual desires and can help you get relaxed before engaging in a sexual act.

  5. Kesar can go a long way in improving the overall performance in bed. Mixing it with milk can do wonders in 'turning on' your partner, thus improving the sex life.

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