Ayurveda definition of shukra dhatu (semen )

In this article about shukra dhatu, we have tried to explain the meaning of shukra dhatu. Shukra dhatu undergoes kshaya or reduction in quality and quantity. Texts of Ayurveda explain treatments for shukra kshaya. Let us know the details of shukra dhatu

Production of shukra dhatu: The core nutrients of majja dhatu (bone marrow) help in production of Shukradhatu.(see Relationship between majja dhatu (bone marrow) and shukra dhatu (semen).

According to texts of ayurveda shukra dhatu is pervading all over the body (sarva shareera gathaha).

Yada payasi sarpistu gudaschekshou raso yadha
shareereshu tadha shukram nrinaam vidyaat bhisagvarah ||

Shukra is present in our body in invisible manner as ghee is indistinguishable in milk. Same way jaggery can not be seen directly in sugar cane.

Shukra dhatu in men: The invisible shukra present in body gets ejaculated through penis in the form of visible shukra or semen. Semen gets ejaculated when men indulge in sexual activities after getting stimulated by sexual thoughts, touch etc .

Shukra in Children:
Yadhaa mukulpushasya sugandho nopalabyate
labhyate tad vikaasaat tu tadha shukramhi dehinaam ||

Children will have shukra in dormant stage . This is compared to buds of flowers which have hidden fragrance in them. The visible shukra appears when children reach adulthood.

Shukra in women:
yoshitopi sravatyeva shukram pumsaam samagame
tannagarbhaaya kinchittu karotheethi vichintyate

The shukra in women gets secreted during sexual activity. But this is not useful in garbhotpatti (fertilization)

Shukra vriddhi laxanas (symptoms of increased shukra dhatu)

"ati sthree kaamataam vriddam shukram shukrashmari mapi"

When shukra increases beyond limits, it produces ati kaama or increased interest in sex and shukraashmari (seminal caliculus)

Shukra kshaya Laxanas:(Symptoms of decreased shukra dhatu )

Dourbalayam mukhasoshascha paandutwam sadanam sramah
klaibyam sukraa visargascha ksheenasukrasya lakshanam

Difficulty in ejaculation of semen.
Ejaculating little quantity of semen after a painful coitus.
Early ageing symptoms with dry skin and wrinkles on face and body
Weak muscles
Getting tiered easily even after little exertion
Impotence or erectile dysfunction
Absence of semen ejaculation.

Causes for Shukra kshaya or decrease of shukradhatu (semen):

"jarayaa chintayaa sukram vyandhibhih karma karshanat
kshayam gachchatyanasanaat streenam chati nishevanat"

Old age, Mental stress and worries, chronic diseases, under nourishment and excessive indulgence in sex or increased ejaculation of semen leads to shukra kshaya or reduced quantity of semen.

Importance of Shukra dhatu:
As shukradhatu is end product of dhatu parinaama or formation of dhatus, it is considered as essence of all dhatus. Hence its level in body has to be maintained very carefully by consuming nourishing foods and leading a healthy life.

Shukradhatu has to be protected to keep body healthy. Practicing healthy sexual life, consuming healthy food and leading a healthy lifestyle help to protect shukra. Or else it leads to shukra kshaya

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