Ayurveda recommends various treatments, medicines, home remedies, herbs, food and lifestyles for male infertility to increase sperm count and sperm motility. This article explains ayurvedic methods to increase sperm count and motility
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Ayurveda and Male Infertility
Acharya Charaka in his ayurvedic text, mentions the following factors as causes for low quality of semen which leads to male infertility.
- Old age (Read What Causes Erectile Dysfunction in Older Males?)
- Fasting (read Benefits of Fasting – An Ayurveda View)
- Over indulgence in sexual act
- Strained relationship.
Major cause for male infertility is low sperm count, low sperm motility and a large number of malformed or abnormal sperms. Various environmental and biological factors affect the sperm count. Numerous ways are explained in ayurveda to increase sperm count, sperm motility and thus increase fertility of men.
(Read This article in hindi शुक्राणु बढ़ाने के घरेलू नुस्खे gharelu nuskhe for increase sperm count in hindi )
Ayurvedic Treatment for Male Infertility
Here are ayurvedic home remedies, treatments , medicines, herbs which help in male infertility and to improve sperm count and motility.
Maintain Good Health After 30 With Vajikarana Therapy
Maintenance of good health by following healthy lifestyle and diet retards ageing process. The rate of fertilization starts falling down for men who are above 40.
The fertility in women decrease as their age progress. Same way the sperm quality and motility in men reduce as their age progress. The ageing process in men can be slowed down by using ayurvedic vajikarana therapy. Ayurveda Vajikarana therapy rejuvenates the male reproductive system and slows down the ageing process. It also increases quality and quantity of sperms thus increasing sperm count and sperm motility naturally
Hence “ Vajikarana Therapy Kit or medicines” are recommended in ayurveda for men who are above 20 and below 70 to maintain optimum sexual activity and number of healthy sperms. Vajikarana therapy increases sperm count, sperm motility and quantity of semen. This therapy is helpful in erectile dysfunction (Read Ayurvedic Medicines and Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction).
Ayurvedic Tips and Home Remedies for Low Sperm Count and Motility.
Texts of ayurveda explains various home remedies and tips to increase sperm count and motility.
Avoid Overheating of Testicles
Avoiding over heating of testicles help to increase sperm count. Washing testicles with cold water after bath help to increase sperm count and sperm motility.
Avoid bicycle riding as it may cause trauma to testicles.
Pay Attention to Weight Loss
Obesity may cause low testosterone. Weight reduction helps to reverse this condition .Increased testosterone increases sperm count.
Over weighted persons who sit for long hours , are advised to take a break in between and walk around for 10 – 15 minutes. This helps to increase sperm count and reduce weight.
Abhyanga – Oil Massage Body Twice in a Week
Massaging body with herbal oil is known as Abhyanga. Regularly massage (Read Massage Therapy – In Ayurveda) your body with herbal oil like ksheerabala tailam (Read Ksheerabala oil or Taila Uses and Benefits for Skin and Hair) or sesame oil. Abhyanga retards ageing process, increases libido, enhances blood circulation, strengthens the muscles and boosts health.
Follow Ayurvedic Routines
Alcohol, marijuana, tobacco reduce sperm count and sperm motility by 50%. Keeping away from these addictions help to increase sperm count and sperm motility.
Psychological factors like stress, worry, strain can reduce sperm count. Put a stop to these factors by adopting yoga and meditation in your daily routine. Yoga and meditation are best stress busters. Lessening these psychological factors help to boost sperm count.
Avoid Very Frequent Ejaculations
Frequent ejaculation of semen can cause low sperm count. Hence avoid very frequent sex and masturbation. Giving a gap of 3-4 days between 2 consecutive ejaculations helps to increase sperm count.
Keep Constipation (malabaddhata) at Bay
The toxin ama , which is formed due to indigestion may block the channels (srotas) which carry semen (shukra (Read Ayurveda Definition of Shukra Dhatu (semen ))) and reduce sperm count. Ama also imbalances Vayu or Vata dosha which in turn imbalances male hormone level in blood. Hence stay away from foods which cause constipation (Read Can Constipation cause erectile dysfunction? ) and indigestion (Read Ayurvedic Treatments and Home Remedies for Indigestion), to keep the sperm count in normal range. The above mention methods are best answers for your question how to increase sperm count naturally.
Ayurvedic Food and Diet to Increase Sperm Count and Motility
Eat “naturally from the earth” get plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts, brown rice and seeds. Strictly avoid junk food, processed food and foods high in saturated fat. Avoid spicy and bitter foods.
Dry Fruits and Nuts Help to increase sperm count. Munch some dry fruits like raisins, dates, figs, walnuts etc. These are high in anti-oxidants and also boost male health. They provide the nutrients required for healthy sperm production
Drink Plenty of Water:
Keep your body well hydrated .Drink plenty of water (Read Water – the Elixir of Life- An Ayurveda View) at least 2 -3 liters a day to flush out any toxins in the body. Water also provides the medium for fluid part i.e semen for sperms to swim easily and derive nutrients for survival.
A great food for male fertility, as they contain high levels of zinc and essential fatty acids which are vital to healthy functioning of the male reproductive system.
Omega fatty acids:
Omega 3 fatty acids (found in oily fish and flaxseed oils) and omega-6 fatty acids (evening primrose and starflower oils) can help improve the sperm membrane fluidity and male fertility.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng):
This herb is used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and popular worldwide to help increase testosterone levels and sperm count and improve the quality of sperm.
Ayurvedic Herbs and Medicines For Male Infertility
Texts of ayurveda recommend various ayurvedic herbs and medicines for male infertility. Among them the following are very important.
This herbs is also known as Indian ginseng. Ashwagnadha (Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Ashwagandha) is eulogised as “ati shukrala” which means it strengthens shukra dhatu by leaps and bounds. Root of ashwagandha is used for medicinal purposes. Ashwagnadha Root Powder Can be consumed with milk (Ashwagandha ksheerapaka or Ashwagandha Milk Recipe) or water or in form of Vajikarana Rasayana
Padma Beeja or Lotus Seeds
Lotus seeds or padma beeja (Ayurveda Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits of Lotus Flower) are seeds of nelumbo nucifera, another highly praised herb which is used in ayurvedic treatment for male infertility.
Gokshura or Tribulus
Gokshura or tribulus (Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Tribulus Terrestris or Gokshura) is known for its testosterone enhancing properties. This herb is helpful in male infertility caused due to low level of testosterone. This testosterone boosting ayurvedic medicine is highly eulogised in ayurveda for its aphrodisiac properties.
Kapikacchu or Mucuna
Kapikacchu or mucuna or Kevach is another ayurvedic aphrodisiac herb. Ayurveda vaidyas prefer to use this herb in male infertility cases. It not only help to boost sperm count and motility but also enhances mood.
Safed Musli also known as shweta musli or white musli is widely used in ayurvedic preparations to boost men health. Various research point towards the effectiveness of this herb in improving male fertility.
Caution: Always use ayurvedic herbs after consulting a qualified ayurvedic doctor.
Panchakarma Treatment for Male Infertility
When male infertility does not respond to normal oral medicines, then an ayurvedic physician may opt for panchakarma therapy. A panchakarma therapy is an ayurvedic detoxification treatment. Through this process the sticky body toxin or “ama” is eliminated from body by 5 types of process. According to principles of ayurveda, “ama” is generated by practising unhealthy diet and lifestyle which are not suitable for one’s constitution or prakruti. This body toxin which is sticky in nature blocks the minute srotas or micro-channels of body. This blockage disrupts normal body function and can cause low sperm count and motility.
Panchakarma treatment eliminate ama not only from body but also from male reproductive system. Administering ayurvedic medicines after detoxification helps herbs to reach target tissues.
Usually the following procedures are chosen as ayurvedic detoxification therapy or panchakarma therapy for male infertility.
- Vamana – (Emesis Therapy),
- Virechana – (Purgation Therapy),
- Vrushya Basti- Aphrodisiac Enema Therapy,
- Uttara Basti – Administering medicines through urethra for men and through cervix for women,
- Shiro dhara – Stress Relieving Therapy
But it is left to consultant ayurvedic doctor to determine the suitable methods after analysing constitution or prakruti of patient.
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