According to ayurveda constipation causes erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Sexual functions of men are greatly affected by imbalanced digestion.
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Constipation- An Ayurveda View
Constipation is a stomach disorder in which bowel movements are disturbed. In this condition hard, dry stools are eliminated infrequently.
Constipation is termed as “malabhaddata” in ayurveda. This condition surfaces when vata dosha ( Ayurveda Vata Dosha – Body Type and Balancing Tips ) gets vitiated. According to principles of ayurveda, vata dosha is mainly located in large intestine and controls bowel movements. Vitiated vata impairs bowel movement and causes dryness of stools. This leads to malabhaddata or Constipation.
Normal bowel movement :
Following bowel habits are considered normal.
Bowel movement once a day.
Bowel movement thrice a day.
Bowel movement once in every three days.
Normal bowel movement may get temporarily disturbed due to various reasons like menstruation, physical exercise, travel, stress ( Stress and Erectile dysfunction or Impotence ) etc.
Ayurveda insists on the habit of bowel movement once a day, in morning as soon as we wake up . This has been emphasised in ayurvedic daily routine or Dinacharya. This helps us to keep healthy and boost our immunity ( Boost Immunity Through Ayurveda – Foods and Herbs ). Tridoshas get normalized by daily bowel movement and all tissues get rejuvenated. “Agni” (Power of digestion) gets kindled and lead to normal healthy digestion
Causes of Constipation – according to ayurveda
After digestion in small intestine the food (mostly fibers, minerals and water) enters large intestine or colon through ileum. This will be pushed through colon with the help of colon muscles. The mucosal layer of colon absorbs water and minerals as food is pushed through colon. This leads to formation of solid stools by the time it reaches rectum. If the movement of food is slow due to slow contraction of colon muscles, more water is absorbed and stool becomes hard causing 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 Relation Between Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction in Men ), sleeping (Read Ayurvedic Remedies, Medicines and Tips for Good Sleep ) in late night etc can vitiate or imbalance vata or vayu. This in turn imbalances apana vayu leading to erectile problems.
Causes of Apana Vayu Imbalance
Suppressing the natural urge to defecate ( Read Effects of Suppression of Natural Urges of Human Body )
Diet low in fibers
Lack of exercise or physical activity
Low intake of liquids
Changes in Daily routine like travel, pregnancy, menstruation, ageing etc
Diseases of colon and rectum
Abuse of laxatives
Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Constipation
Here are few tips to keep the digestive system healthy and keep constipation at bay.
Texts of ayurveda strictly say no for suppressing the urge for defecation. If the urge for normal bowel is suppressed the following symptoms are experienced.
“Pakwashayashirhashulam vaatavarchapravartanam |
pindakodweshtanaadmaanam purishe syaadvidhaarite||
swedaabhyangaavagaahashcha vartayo basthi karmaha cha
hitam pratihate varchasyannapaananam pramathi cha ||”
It causes pain in abdomen, headache ( Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Headaches ), constipation, bloating, pain in calf muscles and distension of abdomen. These symptoms can be relieved by massaging ( Manifold Wonders of Massage Therapy – In Ayurveda ) abdomen with warm oil and placing towels dipped in hot water, sitting in warm water tubs, using suppositories and consuming food and drinks which have laxative herbs.
Constipation and Erectile Dysfunction – An Ayurveda View
Many men suffer from constipation and erectile dysfunction ( Read Ayurvedic Medicines and Treatment for 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. ( Read Erectile Dysfunction Types and Causes As Explained in Ayurveda )
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 ( Read Ayurvedic Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation ) and constipation. Hence vata balancing is very important to balance remaining subtypes of vata
According to ayurveda the separation of nutrients and waste starts from small intestine. A membrane or “kalaa” called “purishadhara kalaa” lines duodenum, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus. This membrane helps in absorption of nutrients and formation of waste or stools. Its activities are controlled by Vata. Vitiation of vata leads to constipation. The following cause vitiation of vata.
Dry weather and dry foods
Foods and beverages which cause irritation
Spicy, bitter tasting (tikta rasa) ( Tikta Rasa or Bitter Taste – an Ayurveda View ), Cold and astringent (kashaya rasa) ( Ayurveda tastes – kashaya rasa ) foods and liquids
Consumption of less quantity of food
Sleep disturbances (Insomnia)
Suppression of natural urges
Mental disturbances like grief and fear
Effects of suppressing urge for defecation
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.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction Due to Constipation
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 ( Read Ayurveda Detox for Men – Erectile Dysfunction Impotence )
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 ( Health Benefits of Apple – An Ayurveda View ), raisins ( Raisins or Dry Grapes Health Benefits According to Ayurveda ), Grapes ( Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of 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 ( Ayurvedic Treatment to Increase Male 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 ( Water – the Elixir of Life- An Ayurveda View ) 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.
Exercise daily. A daily brisk walk for 45 minutes per-day is very essential to get rid of constipation.(Read Benefits and Advantages of Daily Brisk Walking ) . Walking also helps men who suffer from impotence ( Benefits of Walking for Men Suffering From Impotence ).
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 ( Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of 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 – Moon Milk or Ashwagandha Milk Benefits ) .
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 ( Ayurveda Health benefits of Rock salt or Sendha namak ) and 3 largely cut onions ( Ayurveda Health Benefits of Onion ). 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.
Other tips to prevent constipation
Avoid consuming purgatives frequently. Practice meditation and yoga to keep stress at bay.
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