According to Ayurveda, sexual activity or Brahmacharya is one of the three supporting pillars or Upastambha of a healthy life. Ayurveda advocates that a healthy and desirable sexual activity can promote youthfulness, enhanced memory, strength and hormonal balance in the body. However, according to Ayurveda, sexual activity should always be balanced and controlled. Ayurveda mentions many rules, recommendations and tips that help balance sexual activity and promote sexual health in people.
Sexual activity tends to aggravate Vata, which can further lead to a depletion in your Ojas. Therefore, it is recommended that if you are primarily Vata body type, you should not have intercourse frequently. However, if you are Kapha body time, you may indulge in sexual activities frequently without depleting your Ojas. As far as Pitta body type people are concerned, they may have intercourse at a moderate frequency.
Ayurveda mentions that the frequency of sexual activity should largely depend on seasons since each season promotes a specific Dosha. Ayurvedic texts state that people should indulge in sexual activity as much as they want during winters after taking herbs and aphrodisiacs that boost strength. It is an ideal time as Kapha Dosha is predominant. One can indulge in sexual activity once in three days during the spring and autumn season. However, people should indulge in sexual activity only once in 15 days during the summer and rainy season as Vata is already predominant.
Ojas is the vital energy force of the body and sexual activity tends to deplete your Ojas. Therefore, it is important to recover from the loss of Ojas after having intercourse. Some of the ways to bring back your energy are:
Abhyanga or massage can vastly help you build Ojas in your body. Giving each other a body or foot massage also helps to connect better with your partner. Therefore, it is advised to give oil massages before indulging in sexual activity.
Ayurveda puts a lot of stress on building connections and trusting your partner. It is important to have a healthier sexual life. By expressing feelings and making love in desirable ways with awareness, you may better utilise your Ojas.
Certain foods are highly beneficial in improving sexual potency, such as whole grains, pulses, wheat, vegetables, garlic, fruits, Draksha, rock salt, dairy products, oils, etc.
Certain Ayurvedic herbs help to improve libido and boost sexual health in people. However, these herbs should only be consumed after consulting with an Ayurvedic practitioner as every body type is different.
Sexual activity is of vast importance in Ayurveda. It can provide many health benefits to people. However, Ayurveda advocates that one should always indulge in sexual activity in a controlled and balanced manner. One of the main rules is to have sexual activity based on seasons and Doshas. Ayurveda also mentions many foods and herbs that can help to improve the sexual health of people. Following an Ayurvedic concept of sexual life can vastly help to boost sexual health and lead a healthier life.
This article is reviewed by Dr. Neena Sharma