Low Sperm Count and Semen Volume in Diabetes – Ayurvedic Treatment

,c.uh≥≤,j,,j,,,mAccording to ayurveda diabetes causes weakening of dhatu or body tissues. Tissues of Male reproductive system lose their strength and their function dips. This leads to low sperm count and low semen volume.

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Diabetes – An ayurveda perception

Ayurvedic Remedies for Low sperm Count in Diabetes

The incidences of diabetes (Read Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction in 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. ( Read Ayurvedic Diet, Foods And Spices for Diabetes). 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 (Read Male Infertility Causes – An Ayurveda View ) and sperm motility.

Diabetes – An ayurveda perception

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 ( Read Ayurvedic Herbs, Medicine and Treatment for Obesity ). Based on principles of ayurveda the sapta dhatus or seven important body tissues ( Read Ayurveda Description of 7 Tissues or Sapta Dhatu )

The seven important tissues described in ayurveda are

  1.  Rasa dhtu or lymph (Read Ayurveda definition and function of Rasa Dhatu or lymph, )
  2. Rakta dhatu or blood (Read Rakta Dhatu ( Blood ) In Ayurveda ),
  3. Mamsa Dhatu or muscle (Read Ayurveda definition of Mamsa Dhatu ( Muscle tissue ) ),
  4. Meda dhatu or body fat (Read Ayurveda Medha Dhatu or Body Fat ),
  5. Asthi Dhatu or bone (Read Ayurveda Definition of Asthi Dhatu ( Bones or Skeletal system )),
  6. Majja dhatu or marrow ( Read Ayurveda definition of Majja Dhatu ( Bone marrow ) ),
  7. Shukra dhatu or semen (Read Ayurveda Definition of Shukra Dhatu (semen ))) get vitiated due to imbalanced doshas.

The water ( Read Water – the Elixir of Life- An Ayurveda View) 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.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Low sperm Count in Diabetes

Ayurved Acharyas recommend effective Ayurveda Vajikarana Therapy and 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 ( Read Ayurveda Health Benefits, Uses of Safed Musli ) contains saponin & herbal steroids ( Stigmasterol& hecogenin ). These chemical ingredients influence testosterone ( Read Natural Ayurvedic Ways to Increase Testosterone ) and they act as aphrodisiac, antioxidant and boost immunity ( Read Boost Immunity Through Ayurveda – Foods and Herbs) boosters. This herb boosts sexual energy and rejuvenates male reproductive system. Texts of ayurveda always include this herb as main ingredient in Vajikarana Therapy. 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 kapikacchu or mucuna ( Read Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Kapikacchu- Mucuna Pruriens ) 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 ( Read Ayurvedic Medicines and Treatment for 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 ( Read Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Ashwagandha) calms mind and lowers stress and anxiety ( Read Stress and Anxiety Management Through Ayurveda ) level. It is the main ingredient of all Vajikarana therapies. This herb rejuvenates whole body, boosts quality and quantity of semen and helps in oligospermia ( Read Oligospermia-Natural Ayurvedic Treatment in India ).

SHATAVARI (Asparagus Racemosus)

Shatavari ( Read Health Benefits and Uses of Shatavari – An Ayurveda View ) 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 (Read Benefits of Walking for Men Suffering From Impotence ), soothes inflamed tissues and increases semen volume. It also relieves constipation ( Read Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Constipation ).

GOKSHURA (Tribulus Terrestris)-

Gokshura or tribulus ( Read Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Tribulus Terrestris or 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.

Reference:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/45090/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6523199/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6083514/

Author : Dr.Savitha Suri Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

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