The incidences of diabetes are high in India. India is the diabetes capital of the world. It is estimated that every fifth Indian is a diabetic. This is due to a changed diet and lifestyle due to urbanization. It is alarming that increasing numbers of diabetic men are seeking infertility treatments due to low sperm count and motility. Many researches have shown that diabetes reduces volume of semen or ejaculate volume. This disease also decreases sperm count and sperm motility.
The classical texts of Ayurveda mentions diabetes under the heading of prameha. They mention causes for diabetes as apathya or unhealthy eating and sthoulya or obesity. Based on principles of ayurveda the sapta dhatus or seven important body tissues (lymph, blood, muscle, body fat, bone, marrow,semen) get vitiated due to imbalanced doshas. The water element of seven important dhatus get absorbed and excreted through urine. This leads to dhatu kshaya or diminution of body tissues. Thus the quantity and quality of semen reduces and sperm count plummets.
A proper control of diabetes is possible through medications, controlled healthy diet and exercises. A well-controlled diabetes help to prevent dhatu kshaya or diminishing of vital body tissues. Various study reports have shown that a proper supply of antioxidants help to elevate the sperm count and quality of sperms.
Ayurved Acharyas recommend effective Vajikarana herbs to boost quality and quantity of semen in diabetes. These herbs supply required nutrition and antioxidants to improve sperm health and boost sperm count. The 5 important herbs which increase quality and quantity of sperm in diabetes are
Safed Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum) – Shweta Musli or safed musli contains saponin & herbal steroids (Stigmasterol& hecogenin). These chemical ingredients influence testosterone and they act as aphrodisiac, antioxidant and immune boosters. This herb boosts sexual energy and rejuvenates male reproductive system. Texts of ayurveda always include this herb as main ingredient in Vajikarana preparations. It increases shukra dhatu or semen. Men who suffer from impotence and low quantity of semen are benefited from this herb.
KAPIKACCHU (Mucuna Pruriens)– – The seeds of this plant are high in protein, carbohydrates, lipids, fiber, and minerals. They are also rich in novel alkaloids, saponins, and sterols. The seeds of this herb contain a high concentration of L-dopa which influences dopamine to elevate mood. It is the herb of choice for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction (claibya), low sexual strength (daurbalya) and low body weight.
ASHWAGANDHA (WITHANIA SOMNIFERA) – This herb is very well known for its biologically active constituent withanolides. These act as adaptogen, antibiotic, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, sedative and tonic. Ashwagandha calms mind and lowers stress level. It is the main ingredient of all Vajikarana therapies. This herb rejuvenates whole body, boosts quality and quantity of semen and increases sperm count.
SHATAVARI (Asparagus Racemosus) – Shatavari contains a group of steroidal saponins. It also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, Mg, P, Ca, Fe, and folic acid. Other primary chemical constituents of Asparagus are essential oils, asparagine, arginine, tyrosine, flavonoids (kaempferol, quercetin, and rutin), resin, and tannin. These act as antioxidants, immunostimulants, anti diabetes and reproductive agents. This herb enhances shukra dhatu (semen). Shatavari is a herb of choice in conditions like erectile dysfunction, male infertility and low semen volume. It is a sexual tonic
VIDARI KANDA (Pueraria Tuberose )– Pueraria Tuberose contains puerarin, diadzein, daidzin, â-sitosterol and sigmasterols. Puerarin has been reported to possess anti-hypertensive, anti hyperglycemic, nootropic and neuroprotective effects. It boosts fertility in men. When used in herbal preparation it boosts energy, helps in impotence, sooths inflamed tissues and increases semen volume. It also relieves constipation.
GOKSHURA (Tribulus Terrestris)– Gokshura provides strength to the penile tissue. This herb has Protodioscin which is precursor of testosterone and is changed to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in the body. So, it improves flow mediated vasodilation of the penile arteries. Tribulus contains bio-chemicals 3,7,11,15-tetramethyl-2-hexadecen-1-o1, n-Hexadecadienoic acid, Hexadecadienoic acid, ethyl ester, phytol, 9,12-Octadecadienoic acid, 9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic acid, Octadecanoic acid, 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, disooctyl ester and α-Amyrin. These bio ingredients are reasons for its diuretic, aphrodisiac, anti diabetic, antiurolithic and hypolipidemic activities. It boosts body strength, acts as aphrodisiac and relieves constipation. It helps in conditions like erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and lowered sexual energy.