Ayurveda remedies for Erectile dysfunctionWritten by Dr.SavithaSuri
Definition of Erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs or needs of his partner. Erectile dysfunction is sometimes called as "impotence". The term "erectile dysfunction" can mean inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or ability to achieve only brief erections. Ayurveda defines Erectile dysfunction or ED as follows. Sankalpapravano nityam priyaam vashyaamapi sthreeyam || na yaathi lingashaithilyaath kadaachidyaathi vaa yadi | Shwaasaarthaha swinnagaatrshcha moghasankalpacheshtitaha || mlaanashishnashcha nirbeejaha syodetat klaibyalaxanam | This means even though a man has a strong desire to perform sexual act with a cooperative partner , he can not perform sexual act because of looseness (absence of erection ) of his phallus ( penis). Even if he performs sexual act with his determined efforts he does not get erection and gets afflicted with tiredness, perspiration and frustration to perform sex Physiology of erection The two chambers of penis (corpora cavernosa,) which run throught organ are filled with spongy tissue. The corpora cavernosa are surrounded by a membrane, called tunica albuginea. The spongy tissue contains smooth muscles, fibrous tissues, spaces, veins, and arteries. The urethra, which is channel for urine and semen runs along underside of corpora cavernosa.. Due to sensory or mental stimulation, or both, erection begins. Due to impulses from brain and local nerves muscles of corpora cavernosa relax and allow blood to flow in and fill spaces of spongy tissue. The flow of blood creates pressure in corpora cavernosa, making penis expand. The tunica albuginea helps trap blood in chambers, thereby sustaining erection. When muscles in penis contract to stop inflow of blood and open outflow channels, erection recedes. In ayurveda physiology of erection and ejaculation is described as follows Vrishunow basthimedram cha naabhyuuru vankshnow gudam| Apaanasthaanamantrasthaha shukra mootra shakrunti cha|| The "apaanavayu" one of five types of vayu is located in testicles, urinary bladder, phallus, umbilicus, thighs, groin, anus and colon. Its functions are ejaculation of semen, voiding of urine and stools". Shushruta explains process of erection and ejaculation as " When a man has desire (iccha) to have sex, his response to touch increases ( Vayu located in skin causes flow of signals from skin to brain, thus causing sensation of touch). This causes arousal or "harsha" . Arousal or Harsha intensifies actions of vayu and at this moment highly active vayu liberates "teja "or heat of pitta. Thus tejas and vayu increase body temperature , heart beat and blood flow causing erection. " Causes of ED Erection requires a sequence of events. Erectile dysfunction can occur when any of events is disturbed. Nerve impulses in brain, spinal column, around penis and response in muscles, fibrous tissues, veins, and arteries in and around 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 ED. Lowered level of testosterone hormone: The primary male hormone is testosterone. After age 40, a man's testosterone level gradually declines. About 5% of men that doctors see for erectile dysfunction have low testosterone levels. In many of these cases, low testosterone causes lower sexual interest, not erectile dysfunction. The whole male body responds to testosterone. Even sushruta has illustrated about this response of body to element "Shukra" . He has said "yatha payasi sarpistu goodashchekshow raso yatha shareereshu tatha shukram nrinaam vidyaadhbishagwara" This means " The shukra ( element which helps in reproduction) is present all over body . This can be explained with following examples. 1.The ghee is present in milk in an invisible form. This is extracted from milk using many processes. 2.The sugar is present all over sugarcane. It is extracted by subjecting sugarcane to number of processes. Same way shukra is present all over body. But cream of shukra (semen) comes out of body only during process of ejaculation. But this process of ejaculation needs a joyful union of mind and body. Decrease in production of "Shukra" causes erectile dysfunction.
Another 10 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain Written by Kim Standerline
Many people who start off with underlying back weakness go through repeated bouts of back pain. This is usually because of a combination of poor posture and excessive stresses they place on their back.
We know different positions and loads affect our back and can lead to back problems but we can teach ourselves how to minimise those stresses.
How we sit and stand is extremely important and it can really affect our ability to cope with back pain.
My Top 10 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain
Standing upright with head facing forward, keeping our back straight and avoiding slouching goes a long way towards minimising back problems.
At work if you're working at a bench ensure it is high enough for you to stand with a comfortable working posture and more importantly you can stand upright.
If working at a desk, it should be of adequate height with plenty of leg space so you are close enough to sit upright and work comfortably. There should also be enough room beneath work surface so you can get close enough to your work without having to bend forward and allowing plenty of room for your legs and feet.
Try to move about as much as possible, as sitting in one position for long periods of time can cause aching, stiffness and back pain. If sitting at a desk for long periods of time, invest in a good chair which has good lumber support and assists you in sitting upright.