Ayurveda acharyas mention stress as one of the causes for erectile dysfunction. Ayurvedic remedies for Impotence due to stress are recommended in texts of ayurveda
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Does Stress Cause Erectile Dysfunction ?
Yes, Stress does cause erectile dysfunction. Brain sends messages to penis to increase blood circulation and cause hard erection. But stress and anxiety interrupt these signals and prevent arousal or erection. This causes Impotence.
If stress is temporary, the Ed problem disappears when stress causing factor is tackled. If a person undergoes stress continuously then sexual dysfunction may be a perpetual problem. (Read ayurvedic tips to reduce stress )
Stress and Erectile Dysfunction – An ayurveda view
Ayurveda acharyas mention stress as one of the causes for erectile dysfunction. According to texts of ayurveda stress causes undernourishment or drying of male reproductive tissues. This happens because hormones released due to stress impair digestion. Impaired digestion leads to indigestion which in-turn causes production of ama (Ama is a sticky toxin which clogs vital channels which supply nourishment to tissues. Reduced supply of nutrients cause degeneration of 7 tissues or sapta dhatus which ultimately reduces production of shukra dhatu . (shukra dhatu is compared to semen). Apart from this stress hormones themselves prevent action of male hormones like testosterone.
Based on principles of ayurveda , Shukra dhatu is one of the seven vital tissues . This helps in normal function of male reproductive system. Healthy shukra dhatu is very essential to carry the process of sexual function in normal manner. Any imbalance in normal composition of shukra dhatu can lead to erectile dysfunction. Due to chronic stress the shukra dhatu diminishes and erectile dysfunction sets in.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies to Reduce Stress and Increase Erection
While suggesting natural remedies for erectile dysfunction, texts of ayurveda recommend the following tips.
Yoga and Meditation
Daily practice of meditation and Yoga act as best stress busters. Meditation and Yoga help in reducing stress level and also one can handle stressful condition very well if they practice these two regimens regularly. This has been recommended in ayurvedic daily routine or Dinacharya.
Apart from yoga and meditation , a regular brisk walking (Read Brisk Walking and erectile dysfunction), aerobic exercises, gardening etc also help to keep the body and mind healthy. The above mentioned activities release feel good hormones or endorphines and help to decrease stress.
Use stress relieving herbs
As a herbal ayurveda remedy for erectile dysfunction ayurveda vaidyas recommend many herbs like ashwagandha, safed musli etc which help in stress reduction. These herbs also act as aphrodisiacs and aid in rejuvenation of male reproductive system.
Ashwagandha also known as Indian Gingsen is a wonder herb. It is praised as aphrodisiac herb (vajikarana Herb) by Ayurveda acharyas. Various studies have shown that ashwagandha can help to reduce stress and inflammation caused by stress. Boil 2 tea spoons of ashwagandha root powder in a glass of milk. Allow it to warm down. Drink this milk at night before going to bed. This ashwagandha milk recipe is also known as ashwagandha ksheera paka.
Safed musli is another herb of choice for Impotence. It improves shukra dhatu. Healthy Shukra dhatu helps to overcome Impotence and makes man very virile . Boil 2 tea spoons of safed musli rhizome powder in a glass of milk. Allow it to warm down. Drink this milk at night before going to bed. This is the best vajikarana food (aphrodisiac food)
Massaging with ayurvedic oils
Massage eases stress of body and mind. It increases blood flow and tones up muscles (mamsa dhatu). Massage is the best ayurvedic home remedy for insomnia or sleeplessness. Use ayurvedic massage oil which are processed with vata dosha balancing and nerve calming herbs. Ksheerabala oil is the best oil for body and head massage. Sesame oil is another ayurvedic oil which is good for massaging.
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