Erectile dysfunction is a sexual health issue that makes it difficult for men to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. The condition, although not life-threatening can cause self-esteem issues, stress, and contribute to relationship problems between a man and his partner. Erectile dysfunction may be caused by underlying health issues or even psychological issues.

If you suffer from the condition, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. It is more common than you might think. A plethora of drugs are also available on the market to treat it, but aside from that, so are a number of safe, Ayurvedic treatments. In this article, we will look at the various herbs and the ways to incorporate them into our diet to help cure erectile dysfunction.

Safe and Effective Ways to Manage Premature Ejaculation

Jaiphal 

Jaiphal, or nutmeg, is popularly used in Ayurvedic preparations as an aphrodisiac. An experimental study conducted by the researchers of Aligarh Muslim University, India, found that nutmeg significantly increased sexual activity. Jaiphal is not only valued as a potent aphrodisiac, but it also has beneficial effects in improving digestive health, eases the pain associated with headaches, and treats common cold & cough.

How to Consume?

For daily use, just 250 – 500 mg (or 1 to 2 pinches) can be swallowed with honey and ghee, or added to your morning tea or milk. Those who consume Jaiphal as an ingredient in their daily diet may not need to take it additionally.

Shatavari

Shatavari, or Asparagus racemosus, is a well-known plant in Ayurveda that has been used as a Vrishya & Rasayana for centuries. In a study, Shatavari was shown to considerably enhance penile erection in rats. Shatavari is said to sharpen memory, boost the immune system, and protect against diseases. The herb holds the reputation of an aphrodisiac in Ayurveda. It also stimulates the production of breast milk in nursing mothers.

How to Consume?

Shatavari can be taken orally as a tablet, or with milk in its powdered form.

Ginger

Ginger is an important herb in Ayurveda and due to its Ushna and Uttejak properties it helps cure impotency. Ginger is scientifically proven to help keep erections firm and improve sexual prowess. Ginger is known to enhance testosterone production by boosting the production of blood and increasing the blood flow in the testis.

How to Consume?

Ginger can be eaten raw, or if you find it hard to eat raw or by itself because of its pungent taste, it can be added to meals as an ingredient. Another way to eat ginger is to sauté some grated ginger in a tablespoon of ghee and add the mixture to warm milk or other dishes. Pure ginger capsules can also be consumed.

Safed Musli

Safed Musli has immense healing properties and has been used as a folk remedy in India. In a study conducted, it was found that Safed Musli produced a significant increase in the libido of subjects of the study. The powdered root of Safed Musli increased the subjects’ sperm count, and was effective at treating sexual inadequacies such as premature ejaculation and oligospermia.

How to Consume?

Safed Musli is can be easily purchased from the market. Boil 15 grams of Safed Musli roots in one cup of milk and drink it twice a day.

Amla

Amla, or the Indian gooseberry, helps to manage sexual problems because of its Vrishya (aphrodisiac) property. Alma has been shown to have a great effect on sperm quality in an experiment conducted on roosters. Amla is the youth and longevity mantra that helps in uplifting stamina and overall mood while increasing immunity and libido at the same time. Amla is rich in allicin which helps the blood flow towards the male sexual organs reversing erectile dysfunction. In addition, it also improves the quality of sperm.

How to Consume?

Amla powder can be dissolved in water and consumed on an empty stomach. It can also be taken with honey, first thing in the morning.

Almonds

Almonds, called “Vaataadah” in Ayurveda, are recommended for men in erectile dysfunction and male infertility due to their Viryavarshaka (Improve sperm count) properties. In a recent study conducted, almonds were proven to significantly increase sex hormone levels and decrease diabetes induced erectile dysfunction on the subjects of the study.

How to Consume?

Soak 10 almonds in water overnight. Peel off the skin on the next day and consume. You could also make them into fine powder. Mix this almond powder in milk and have it in the morning.

Salab Misri

The root of Salab Misri is known for its potent restorative action and is regarded as a great invigorator. It helps combat sexual weakness and increases stamina and prowess.

In a recent scientific observation, Salab Misri improves sperm count and semen quality. It is also effective in treating male infertility associated with oligospermia and sexual disability associated with diabetes.

How to Consume?

3 to 5g powder of Salab Misri should be taken with milk daily.

The Takeaway

There are more than 10 million cases of erectile dysfunction in a year in the Indian subcontinent. It is therefore important to treat this debilitating condition with adequate knowledge and maturity. Ayurvedic treatments are not only cheap and effective but have been used traditionally in India for decades, often with great success. It is however advised that you consult a doctor before starting any of these treatments.

Dr. Chandra Kant Katiyar
Dr. Chandra Kant Katiyar
Dr Chandra Kant Katiyar has a vast experience of over 35 years in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine.  Along with an M.D, he has a PhD in Rasa Shastra (Pharmacology) from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and a Fellowship from Indian Pharmacological Society. In his 35 years’ stint, he has played the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Health Care (Technica), Emami Ltd., Kolkata; Vice President & Head, Health Care Research, Dabur India Limited, Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh; Director & Head, Herbal Drug Research, Ranbaxy Research Laboratories, Gurgaon, India; Head of Medical Services and Clinical Research and later Head of Ayurvedic Research & Development, Dabur India Ltd. Dr Katiyar has published more than 25 book chapters, over 50 research papers and has nearly 20 patents to his name. He has been awarded several awards and accolades including Dr. C. Dwarakanath Indian Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM) Award in 2012, Sir Col. R.N. Chopra Oration Award in 2008, and Distinguished contribution to Ayurveda award by Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad at Dehradoon, Uttaranchal in 2001.

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