We all know various male hormones are responsible for sperm production. Ayurveda acharyas have also mentioned the functions of these hormones in their texts. This article is an effort to explain in a simple way about hormone responsible for sperm production and its ayurvedic view.
Male hormones begin to appear in body at the onset of puberty. Boys when they attain puberty the hypothalamus (a part in Brain) starts secreting Gonadotropin releasing hormones. The pituitary gland responds to gonadotropin hormones to release follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Leutinising Hormones (LH). Both FSH and LH enter testes. FSH stimulates Sertoli cells which in turn nourish sperm cells and helps in spermatogenesis. LH stimulates interstitial cells or Leydig cells to produce testosterone. (Read Natural ways to increase testosterone )
Testosterone is mainly responsible for secondary sexual characteristics like deepening of voice, growth of facial, auxilary and pubic hair. Boys also start experiencing sexual drive. Testosterone also stimulates spermatogenesis or production of sperms. Any imbalance in this hormone may reduce libido and sperm production (Read Top foods that boost testosterone level and libido )
According to principles of Ayurveda – The whole male body responds to testosterone. Hence sushruta has said
This means ” the shukra dhatu ( the element which helps in reproduction) is present all over the body . In men its action is not visible during childhood as shukra dhatu will be still in development satge. When the boy attains the proper age like puberty the function of shukra dhatu becomes visible. The whole male body starts responding to matured shukra dhatu
This process can be explained with the following examples.
We all know that Sugar cane (Read Ayurveda Health benefits of Sugar cane ( Ikshu -Saccharum officinarum ) is very sweet. This means the sugar is present all over the sugar cane. We extract sugar by subjecting sugar cane to various process like squeezing to get sugar cane juice, boiling the juice, cooling it, crystallising etc. These process makes the hidden sugar visible.
Just like above example, the shukra dhatu is present in human being in an invisible form. It undergoes various changes as children grow and at certain stage when the age is perfect the activity of shukra dhatu becomes visible and we experience the presence of shukra dhatu.
The cream of shukra dhatu (semen) comes out of the body only during the process of ejaculation. But this process of ejaculation needs a joyful union of mind and body.