When it comes to men & sexual wellness, Ayurveda comes with its own set of amazing aphrodisiac herbs which provide and strength as well as stamina to the body. Here are the top 6 Ayurvedic Aphrodisiacs that men can use to improve reproductive health as well strengthens the body from inside.
1. Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
Ashwagandha also known as winter cherry (due to its red coloured fruits) is one of the most renowned Ayurvedic herbs in India as well as outside India. It has also been nicknamed as Indian Ginseng because of its similar properties to a popular strength giving ancient Chinese herb known as Ginseng.
Ashwangandha is a natural sperm mobility and count booster as well as an aphrodisiac. It increases sperm count and improves sexual desire and libido. It also promotes testosterone levels indirectly by reducing the stress levels in the mind. It reduces cortisol, which is the stress hormone of the body.It is also great for promoting bodily strength and endurance and is a perfect supplement for men.
In Ayurveda, the herb has been used for ages for treating problems like erectile dysfunction and infertility.
Apart from its benefits for sexual wellness, it is also great for management of stress, high blood pressure, diabetes as well as reducing inflammation in the body.
How to consume?
You can just add 1tsp of Ashwagandha powder with warm milk and consume at night before sleep. This herb gives best result with warm milk. You can also mix the herb with other aprodisiacs described below and consume them together.
2. Safed Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum)
Safed musli is an excellent Ayurvedic herb for reproductive health of males. It is commonly named as ‘Indian Viagra’ for a reason. It is very useful in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, Oligospermia, Azoospermia, teratospermia & hypospermia.
It is most known for its qualities related to promoting male sexual health like improving libido, bodily strength, stamina, virility, sex drive and increasing testosterone levels. It prevents premature ejaculation, impotency and low sperm count.
In Ayurveda, Safed musli is considered a Vrushya (Aphrodisiac), Balya (Gives muscle strength), Deepana (Increasing digestive fire), Pachana (improves digestion), Prameha (Manages diabetes), Rasayani (Rejuvnator), Dahahara (useful in burning sensation), Kustha (manages skin disorders) and is said to have many more medicinal properties.
Apart from its use for males, it is also great for enhancing breast milk production, endometriosis and combating leucorrhea in females. It is a powerful uterine tonic and gives strength to female reproductive organs. It has also shown great potential in treating pre and post natal problems.
How to consume?
It comes in root powered form or as a powerful herbal formulation called musli pak. You can take the 1-2 tbsp of safed musli powder with warm milk in the night before sleep.
3. Akarkara (Anacyclus Pyrethrum)
Akarkara is a virility-enhancing herb that is not native to India but Arab nations and Spain. It is not only used in Ayurveda but also revered in other alternative medicinal systems like Unani medicine and Homeopathy.
Akarkara is hot in potency and pacifies Vata and Kapha. It has an amazing effect on the male reproductive system and as a libido stimulant and increases the sperm count. It is useful in all fertility related issues for men like erectile dysfunction. It is a nervine tonic and improves the sexual desire and experience with time. It simulates secretion of testosterone and increases blood flow to the sexual organs.
Apart from sexual wellness in men, it is also useful for treating toothache, oral and throat infections, gum problems and cold.
How to use?
Oil prepared from the root powder of akarkara can be used as a sexual stimulant. 5gm root powder is added to 60ml coconut oil and kept in sun for 5 to 6 days. This oil can be applied directly on genitalia for regaining erectile ability.
500mg of powder of the flower head can be boiled in milk and taken upto twice a day for improving erectile dysfunction.
You can take 1 Akarkara capsule with a glass of milk to prevent premature ejaculation and improve libido in men.
5. Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus)
Shatavari as known as ‘Queen of herbs’ is an Ayurvedic herb that is found in Sri Lanka, India and the Himalayan areas. It finds itself in most popular classical texts like Carak Samhita & Asthanga Hridayam. As its name suggests, Shatavari (‘who possesses a hundred husbands or acceptable to many’) is an herb primarily known for curing health issues in females.
Shatavari is not only beneficial for females but also is known for its benefits for male reproductivity. Apart from being an adaptogen, nervine tonic, diuretic, rejuvenating, carminative, stomachic, antiseptic herb, it is also a potent aphrodisiac. It is an anti ageing and rejuvenative herb, that boosts testosterone levels. It is also useful in increasing sperm count, quality and libido because of its calming effect on the mind which helps in supporting sex drive.
It is great for treating premature ejaculation, erectile failure and lack of desire. It gives strength to the body and is helpful for the weak people for weight gain.
Other benefits include improving immunity, energy levels, digestion, breast milk production in women, antidepressant and calming effect. It increases Kapha dosha and balances Vata and Pitta dosha.
How to consume?
3-6 gms can be taken at bed time with warm milk.
6. Gokru / Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris)
Gokshura is a spiky looking aphrodisiac herb found throughout the world in warm and tropical regions. It is also found in cold Himalayan region in India. It is known for its benefits for male reproductive health as well as muscle and strength building herb. It is specially beneficial for enhancing the physical ability and endurance hence can be used to improve athletic performance.
Gokhru contains saponins which are responsible for management of Erectile problems, and strengthening penile tissue and enhancing erection. The phytochemical found in the herb improve testosterone levels and sperm quality.
It is beneficial in treating male disorders like benign prostatic hyperplasia, Low sex drive, Erectile dysfunction & Infertility.
Apart from its benefits for male sexual wellness, it is also a great medicine for angina, genito-urinary conditions like difficult or painful urination, bloody or burning urination, hemorrhoids, diabetes, skin problems, PCOS & kidney stones.
How to consume?
Take ¼-½ teaspoon of Gokshura Churna. Mix it with honey or take it with milk. You can take it upto twice a day depending on the severity of the problem.
Kaunch Beej (Mucuna Pruriens)
Kanuch beej is an ancient Ayurvedic herb which has amazing tridosha balancing and aphrodisiac (Vrushya) properties. Along with these, when it comes to male reproductive health, it also has erectogenic and spermatogenic properties. It is used from ancient times to treat male disorders like Oligospermia, general weakness, Impotency and infertility & Erectile dysfunction. It improves libido and improves immunity and energy levels of the body.
It is also a great supplement for bodybuilding due to the presence of L-Dopa amino acids which increase production of human growth hormone and helps in strength, muscle and stamina building.
Apart from sexual health, it is a nervine tonic, and neuroprotective agent. It has amazing results in treating Parkison’s disease, Paralysis, Leucorrhea, treating gut related issues like IBS, improving bone density, decreasing sugar levels, reducing blood pressure, treating liver disorders and boosting nervous system health & improving the overall mood and cognition. It is also effective remedy for depression.
How to use?
5 to 10 grams with milk once or twice a day.
Where To Buy?
You can easily find these herb online on places like amazon. Here are links to some of the herbs
- Ashwagandha Powder – 500 gm
- Akarkara Powder by Birju Mahavir – 100gm
- Safed Musli By Carmel Organics – 100gm
- Pure Shatavari Powder By Herb Essential – 100gm
- Kaunch Beej Powder By Carmel Organics 340gm
- Gokshura Powder By Carmel Organics 340gm
General Guidelines For Improving Sexual Health
Things to include in your diet:
- Cow’s ghee
- Pure cow milk
- Black udad dal
Things To Avoid:
- Carbonated drinks
- Sitting for long periods, sedentary lifestyle
- Too many supplements
- Over exercise
- Placing Laptop on the lap for long hours
- Keeping mobile in your pocket near genitals
- Over consumption of bitter, astringent, spicy and acidic foods.
- Over involvement in sex
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