Many men suffer from constipation and erectile dysfunction together. This makes us to think “does constipation cause erectile dysfunction”? Does constipation affect ejaculation ? Are erectile problems are caused by constipation ? Researchers are yet to find an answer to this. But according to principles of ayurveda constipation does cause erectile dysfunction.
According to principles of ayurveda Apana vayu (one of the five types of vayu) is responsible for carrying the function of erection, ejaculation, urination and also eliminating stools or feces. When apana vayu is in balanced condition these functions take place normally. On contrary if apana vayu is imbalanced these body functions get affected. Vitiation or imbalance of apana vayu leads to erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and constipation.
What factors imbalance digestion and apanavayu to cause constipation?
All factors which vitiate or imbalance vayu or vata dosha also imbalance apana vayu leading to constipation. Dry foods, refrigerated foods and beverages, too much or too less physical activity, exposure to cold climates, stress, smoking (read Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction ), sleeping (Read Natural Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Good Sleep ) in late night etc can vitiate or imbalance vata or vayu. This in turn imbalances apana vayu leading to erectile problems.
Imbalanced vayu disturbs agni or digestion. The principles of ayurveda lay much importance to digestive system, food we consume and digestion of this food. A good digestion helps to supply nutrients and energy to all tissues of body. Male reproductive system is not an exception to this. When the digestive system fails to work properly, our body tissues are deprived of essential nutrients and energy. When our body receives fewer amounts of nutrients due to improper digestion, it withholds nutrient supply to few body systems that are not necessary for a survival. The reproductive system is first to suffer from this because body considers it as not so important organ system to survive.
Hence lack of nutrients to reproductive system causes problems like erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Keeping the digestive system healthy is the best ayurveda remedy for erectile dysfunction. Here are few tips to keep the digestive system healthy and keep constipation at bay.
Ayurvedic remedies for constipation to keep erectile dysfunction at bay
what to eat in constipation ?
Watch what you eat and how much you eat.
Always eat healthy natural foods which you can digest easily. Healthy eating helps to flush out accumulated toxins. When toxins are expelled, our body rejuvenates fast with help of added antioxidants which are supplied through natural foods. Healthy eating is like a detox for men in erectile dysfunction
Include more vegetables and fruits in your diet.
Fruits like papaya (Read Papaya the Best Fruit for Diabetes ), banana (Read Ayurveda Medicinal properties of banana ), pomegranate (The Power Packed Pomegranate-An Ayurveda View ) , mango (Read Mango and Male Fertility–An Ayurveda View ) , Apple, raisins, Grapes etc are very useful in both conditions. These not only supply lots of fiber which help in easy bowel movement but also up the sexual function in men.
Use whole grains and pulses in your diet
Use more of horse gram (Kulthi) (Read Horse Gram Health Benefits in Weight loss-Diabetes-Low sperm count ), green gram (Moong) and Urad Dal (Black gram)(Read Ayurveda Medicinal properties of Black gram – Vigna mungo-urad dal ) in your diet. These not only increase the bulk feacal matter but also act as best aphrodisiac.
Restrict consumption of non vegetarian food if you are using them daily.
No Sugar and processed foods
Keep processed food, sweets, sugar at bay. These foods contain chemicals. Hence they slow down the digestion and lead to accumulation of toxins in body .These also cause constipation and do not provide any nutrients to male reproductive system. This plummets the libido and quality of erection.
Too much Oil spoils the show
Stay away from foods cooked in a lot of oil. Oily foods lead to formation of cholesterol plaques in arteries of penis. This hampers blood flow and cause soft erections. Use around 2 tea spoons of ghee per day instead.
Most of all, eating right can help get rid of erectile problems caused by poor digestion and constipation.
Water for constipation:
Keep yourself hydrated well. Water softens the stool and eases bowel movement. Drink around 3 liters of water per day.
Hot water V/s Cold water
Hot water increases intestinal motility and eases bowel movement. Hot water increases digestion, metabolism and also help to break food faster . Warm water acts as a detox agent and clears clogs in body. Ayurveda acharyas praise hot water as best detoxifier. It also reduces inflammation in body and eases stomach colic and flatulance caused due to constipation. Make it a habit to drink 7-8 glasses of warm water in between. Hot water improves blood circulation and this results in good hard erections.
Hot water balances 3 doshas . Once the balance of doshas is restored, the digestion gets normalized and the body begins to supply nutrients to all parts of body. This will of course restore erectile function to its previous state.
Ayurvedic Herbs and Home Remedies for constipation and erectile dysfunction
Drink warm milk (Read Benefits of Drinking Turmeric Milk) with a tea spoon of ghee (Read Properties of ghee (Clarified butter) as described in Ayurveda) at night. If you are not comfortable with milk , it can be replaced by water. A glass of warm water with a tea spoon of ghee helps in a great way.
Ashwagandha with Milk
Ashwagandha is a natural aphrodisiac and an adaptogen. Boil 2 tea spoons of ashwagandha root powder in a glass of milk and drink this at night. (Read Ashwagandha ksheerapaka – A natural food for erectile dysfunction ) .
Shatavari , Gokshura or tribulus and safed musli with milk
Shatavari (Health Benefits of Shatavari-An Ayurveda View ), Gokshura or tribulus (Read Ayurveda medicinal properties of tribulus terrestris ) and safed musli (Read Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Safed Musli ) also are effective in constipation and also improve sexual function. They balance vata and ease the vitiation of apana vayu. Use in the same way as ashwagandha
Moong (Bengal Gram ) and Onion:
Cook 1 cup of moong with turmeric , sendha namak or rock salt and 3 largely cut onions. Eat 1 cup of this three times daily along with rice or roti. This recipe not only provides nutrients but also softens the stools and eases evacuation of bowel.
Avoid consuming purgatives frequently. Practice meditation and yoga to keep stress at bay.
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