Ayurvedic treatment methods to boost testosterone are explained by acharya Charaka, Sushruta and also in Vatsayana Kamasutra. In this article herbs, treatments and medicines to boost testosterone are explained.
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World is moving at a biologically arrhythmic phase in the recent times. Environment and lifestyle have transformed magnanimously. Longevity, affordability, ease of life and comfort have modified civilizations and cultures. The boon has always been associated with the bane. The global high incidence of morbid lifestyle diseases, ageing populations except in countries like India and reduced birth rates are pertinent social issues faced by nations across the world.
Male infertility and Testosterone
Infertility is one such social concern not only in the developed world but also in highly populated developing countries like India. Times and thoughts have changed the perception of infertility and its attribution to the female partner. Male infertility awareness is increasing among the public. The means and methods of managing the same is gaining importance. Male infertility is directly linked to male sexual features and functions. Testosterone hormone is the entity that transforms an individual into a male in structure, function and sexuality.
What is testosterone ?
Testosterone, an androgen is a steroid hormone produced mainly in the testes and is responsible for sperm production, sex drive, strength, stamina, stress response, fat distribution, bone-muscle mass, and production of red blood cells. Testosterone stimulates the development of male secondary sexual characteristics of facial, chest and body hair; growth of Adam’s Apple and deepening of voice; tall, narrow and compact pelvic build; broad muscular upper body and the faster ability to generate muscle mass.
Testosterone is coined from two Latin words testis and sterol. Chemically it is 17-beta- hydroxy-4-androsterone-3 one or C19H28O2. Production and secretion of testosterone is regulated by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The hypothalamus stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete FSH-follicle stimulating hormone and LH-luteinizing hormone. LH stimulates the interstitial cells of Leydig in the testes to produce testosterone and secrete it into the testes and blood stream. The whole process is termed as HPT (hypothalamus-pituitary-testicular) Axis.
Low testosterone levels prevail in 40% of men above 45 years of age. The levels are influenced by age, hereditary factors, developmental factors, hormonal levels, systemic illnesses, mental stress, BMI, nutrition, medications and unhealthy habits like alcohol and smoking. Low testosterone levels lead to decreased sex drive or libido, low sperm count, reduced fertility or infertility, diminished muscle mass and loss of body hair. Erectile dysfunction, obesity, gynecomastia or increased breast size, altered voice and body shape are also seen in conditions of low testosterone levels. Mild anaemia is possible as production of red blood is one of the functions of testosterone. Depression, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and lack of concentration are common in men with low testosterone levels.
Testosterone- an Ayurveda perspective:
Ayurveda has always understood the importance of sexual health and hence the eighth among the eight specialties was dedicated to sexual and reproductive health under the banner of Vajeekarana. Vaji is stallion symbolised for its strength, stamina, sexual potency and performance. Karana is to create. Vajeekarana is to impart regular forceful dynamic sex with orgasm and ejaculation of quality semen in required quantity. Vajeekarana makes a man sexually attractive with masculine physique, virulent potency and sustained strength similar to a strong fully grown potent 8-year-old horse. All these objectives of Vajeekarana correlate with a healthy HPT axis and desired testosterone levels in men.
Ayurveda categorises for components for reproduction as Rutu Kshetra Ambu and Beeja. Rutu is both the season and age of the man. Men below 17 and above 70 years of age are not supposed do Vajeekarana. The man who opts to increase his sexual virility should undoubtedly have control over his senses and desires. Kshetra is the whole body and the reproductive system. Man has to be systemically and sexually healthy, which is achieved through Vajeekarana. Ambu is nutrition. The body, mind and sperms are to be nourished for a healthy sexual life. Healthy aphrodisiac or vajikarana food and medicines consumed after detoxifying the body to assimilate them is the purpose Ambu. The final and the most important component of sexuality is Beeja. Beeja is sperm. Low or altered testosterone levels directly affect the sperm. Hence lifestyle food and medicines that improve testosterone health and thereby sperm quality is important for sexual health in men
Food to boost testosterone level:
Milk is the foremost drink to boost sexuality and has been recommended by Kamasutra, the treatise of sexuality. Other aphrodisiac food, additives and supplements include ghee, sugar, honey, seasoned rice, black gram (urad dal), wheat, sesame, butter, saffron, garlic, drumstick (moringa) , kida jadi, (fungus found on caterpillar larvae), pumpkin seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon and goat meat soup.
Aphrodisiac drink from Kamasutra:
Coarsely powder 10 g each of cinnamon, green nutmeg, 5 g of pepper, 2-3 cloves and 15 strands of saffron. Blend 20 g of fresh ginger into a paste. Add 100 ml of jaggery or sugar candy syrup. Allow the mixture to infuse and ferment in warm environment for 3 days. Filter the potion and store in an air tight glass bottle. Fill only up to 2/3rd of the bottle. Take 10 ml of this 15 minutes before dinner as a testosterone booster for increased sexual vigour and fertility.
Ayurveda Herbs to boost testosterone levels in men:
Shweta Musali (Chlorophytum borivilianum L.):
Scientific studies have proved that Safed Musli has shown significant increase in semen volume, sperm count, sperm motility, percent normal sperm morphology and semen liquefaction time. Statistically significant improvement was observed in serum testosterone. (Sudipta Kumar et al. 2013). Safed Musli is a small, annual herb and its root tuber is used for its versatile beneficial effect on male sexual health. The herb has an active ingredient stigmasterol which has the ability to boost testosterone. Safed Musli is widely promoted as herbal Viagra.
Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris) Puncturevine:
Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris) Puncturevine is The tropical terrestrial spinous herb is a member of the Dashamoola family. It is used in Ayurveda to boost testosterone production, increase sperm count, improve muscle mass, promote libido and enhance vitality in men. The fruit is aphrodisiac and contains sterols like sitosterol and campisterol. The herb is effective in normalizing the gonadotropins released from pituitary that stimulate testosterone production.
Aswagandha (Withania somnifera Dunal):
An evergreen nightshade tropical herb, is named so as the fresh roots smell like horse and they are proved to bestow the strength, stamina and sexual vigour of a stallion. Ashwagandha extract increased levels of DHEA-S and testosterone (Adrian L. Lopresti, et al 2019). Studies are there to establish the effectiveness of Ashwagandha in increasing sperm count, volume of ejaculation, sperm motility and vigour. It has an important role in HPT Axis by acting upon luteinizing hormone and ensuring sexual hormone balance in men.
Kapikacchu (Mucuna Pruriens):
Muccuna or kapikacchu , A tropical legume climber is an aphrodisiac and brain tonic. Seed pulp powder is used with milk as testosterone booster and to improve its related functions. Care should be taken in handling the plant as the seed pods cause severe itchiness on contact with the skin. It indirectly also influences sexual function by reducing anxiety, stress and depression.
Vidarikanda (Ipomoea digitata):
Vidarikand A tropical tuberous climber vine is proved to show significant increase in the sperm density and the sperm motility along with increase in the size of testis, and epididymis (GK Mahajan et al. 2015). The tuber root contains β-sitosterol that boosts testosterone levels in men. The tuber is a general tonic and is rejuvenating ante-aging adaptogenic, the properties essential for optimum testosterone levels.
Shilajit (Asphaltum punjubianum):
Shilajit , The herbo mineral medicine from the Himalayan rocks above 16,000 feet Shilajit contains 85 trace minerals, amino acids, and an array of nutrients. The zinc and selenium in Shilajit boost testosterone. Shilajit reduces stress, elevates mood and makes sex life contented.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum):
Cardamom, The “queen of all spices,” cardamom is rich in α-terpinyl acetate, a hormone regulator that regulates testosterone and increases muscle mass. The constituent Glutathione an antioxidant breaks down free radicals that affect general health and lead to low testosterone levels.
Bhadra (Horny Goat Weed-Epimedium):
A predominantly Chinese herb with the active compound Icariin is famous for stimulating testosterone production, in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and in the enhancement of sexual endurance. The name relates to the habit of goats to eat the weed before the mating season.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus):
Shatavari, The thorny creeper is best known as a female aphrodisiac. It is useful in men too. It helps in reducing the excess ammonia levels formed during hectic sexual activity thereby taking away fatigue.
Ayurveda Formulations that boost testosterone:
These medicines are to be taken strictly under medical supervision with proper adjuvants and diet pattern. Indiscriminate and unmonitored use will lead to disastrous side effects. Few names of formulations are Kapikachu Choornam, Aswagandha Rasayanam, Vrihani Gutika, Vrushya Gutika and Vajekarana Ghritha.
Ayurveda considers Shukra or sperm as the essence of all other body tissues. Detoxification and nourishment of all other body tissues and training the mind to be in a happy contentment state are vital to having an enjoyable sexual life and healthy progeny. Adaptation to Ayurveda lifestyle is a definitive answer to the sexual and fertility problems not only by men but by couples. World is looking towards Ayurveda for men health solutions.
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