Studies indicate that there is a link between Hypertension or High BP and Erectile Dysfunction. Imbalanced blood flow and pressure along with hypertension medications can cause Impotence in men.
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What is erectile dysfunction ?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs or the needs of his partner. Erectile dysfunction is sometimes called as “impotence”.
The term “erectile dysfunction” can also mean the inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or the ability to achieve only brief erections.
How Hypertension causes erectile dysfunction ?
Studies and researchers point that there is a link between Hypertension or High BP and Erectile Dysfunction. Many theories attempt to explain this relationship scientifically. Imbalanced blood flow and pressure along with hypertension medications can cause Impotence in men. This link almost resembles the sexual dysfunction which happens due to diabetes and Coronary heart disease (CAD).
Men with High Blood Pressure usually face erectile dysfunction. Erection requires a sequence of events. Erectile dysfunction can occur when any of the events is disturbed. Nerve impulses in the brain, spinal column, around the penis and response in muscles, fibrous tissues, veins and arteries in and around the corpora cavernosa constitute this sequence of events. Injury to any of these parts which are part of this sequence (nerves, arteries, smooth muscles, fibrous tissue) can cause Erectile Dysfunction.
It is a known fact that High blood pressure injures small arterioles. Researchers argue that this may be happening in penis also. When small blood vessels of penis get damaged, body tries to repair them. In this process the scar tissues may form on blood vessels reducing the elasticity of penile arteries. This hinders blood flow to spongy tissues of penis. When men have High blood pressure, the blood flow to male genital organ gets impaired due to damage to arterioles and scarred tissue. This leads to weak erection or partial erection which hinders sexual activity of men.
Apart from this High blood pressure affects Hormone balance and nitric acid levels. This may lead to erectile dysfunction. Few claim that erectile dysfunction is caused due to side effects of anti hypertensive medications used by patients.
Hypertension or High Blood Pressure and ED an Ayurveda View
When Vata gets imbalanced it imbalances its 5 subtypes (Vyana, Udana, Samana, Prana, Apaana ). Erection happens when apaanavayu gets stimulated through various factors like sparsha (touch), gandha (pleasant scent), erotic talks etc. It gets associated with tejas (heat of pitta) to cause erection. In Hypertension Erectile dysfunction appears when main vata dosha imbalances apanavayu and pitta .
Ayurvedic Home remedies for Erectile Dysfunction due to Hypertension
There are many causes which are common to hypertension or high BP and erectile dysfunction. Here are home remedies for these causes which help in both.
Keep stress at Bay
Stress causes Impotence and high BP. Ayurvedic Management of stress and anxiety is very important in this condition. Reserve 1 hour a day exclusively for you to destress. Practice YOGA, Meditation, Pranayama (deep breathing exercise), gardening, singing, dancing etc which help to reduce stress.
Say no to addictions
Avoid consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other intoxicants. Stop smoking as smoking aggravates Erectile dysfunction. These addictions impair body function and prevent body to heal itself.
Watch your weight
There is a direct link between obesity and hypertension. It is very important to maintain your weight in optimum level. If you are busy follow weight loss tips which suit your busy schedule.
Consume healthy ayurvedic diet
Always watch what you eat when you have high BP and ED. Follow an ayurveda diet which suits your prakruti or constitution. Reduce intake of salt. You can take small quantities of Rock Salt or Sendha Namak. Include spices like garlic, lemon, parsley, honey, onion , amla , turmeric , which balance both vata and pitta. Avoid red meat, eggs and cholesterol increasing foods.
Exercising regularly has many benefits. It helps in weight loss, boosts blood circulation, reduces stress and improves heart health. A brisk walk for 45 minutes daily helps to control hypertension and also boosts sexual function.
Follow Ayurvedic Routines
Never control natural urges of body. Ayurveda strictly instructs to not to control 13 natural urges of body. Here is the list of 13 natural body urges which should not be controlled.
It is very important to sleep well to control hypertension and also to get rid of erectile dysfunction. A continuous uninterrupted sleep for 8 hours definitely helps. Follow ayurvedic remedies for good sound sleep.
Use Ayurvedic Herbs
There are many ayurvedic herbs which help to manage hypertension . Here is the list of these herbs
- Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera – Use it as ashwagandha milk or moon milk
- Amalaki or amla – Emblica officinalis –
- Bala – Sida cordifolia
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
- Shankapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis)
- Ash gourd – winter melon Kushmanda
- Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)
- Gotu kola – Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica)
- Giloy – Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
- Celery – Apium graveolens
- Bishop’s weed – Carum Capticum (Ajawain)
- Colius forskohlii (Karpurvali)
- Carrot – Daucus carota
- Flaxseed / Linseed – Linum usitatissimum
- Tomato – Lycopersicon esculentum
- Drumstick – Moringa oleifera (Shigru)
- Tulsi – Holy Basil – Ocimum basilicum
- Bhumi Amla – Phyllanthus niruri
- Pomegranate – Punica granatum
- Radish – Raphanus sativus
- Sesame – Sesamum indicum
- Triticum aestivum – Wheat bran
- Vitex doniana – Black plum
- Ginger – Zingiber officinale
Undergo Panchakarma Treatments
Panchakarma therapy or ayurvedic detoxification therapy helps to manage both High BP and Impotence.
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