Ayurveda is as old as human. The existence of human despite all the calamities, proves that early human was able to survive in the struggle of existence. Ayurveda has played an important role in human life in the struggle of existence. sexual activities are also a cause of existence of any species in this world. it might not be wrong, if we say that human learnt sex from animals. but few people realize that sexual reproduction actually first evolved in creatures vastly different to ourselves. sex is instinct and is as important as other instincts.
Ayurveda has described sexual health and management as one of the three pillars of life. Ayurvedic sages knew very well about the importance of sexual health and for that reason they have devoted one whole branch named as Vajikarana or Aphrodisiacs. Vajikarana is one of the branch of the eight branches of Ayurveda. Vajikarana word is made of two words, Vaji and Karana. Vaji means horse and Karana means power. The literal meaning of Vajikarana is The food, herbs, lifestyle and diet which provides power as horse that is Vajikarana. This branch of Ayurveda deals with the physical and psychological sexual problems of male and female.
The four goals of human life are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Dharma is social duty, Artha is wealth required for living, Kama means desires or pleasure and Moksha is liberation. Vajikarana is helpful to fulfil the third goal and that is Kama. The most important aspect of Vajikarana is to have healthy progeny and to improve the health of sexual functions that improves the total health of an individual. As per the great physician Charaka, vajikarana is not only beneficial to the person who undergo for this therapy but their next generations can also get benefits from it.
Today people live in competitive world. Our lifestyle is very competitive, fast and stressful. wihout this lifestyle it will be hard for anyone to survive. because of this stressful lifestyle and improper diet people are experiencing various type of sexual dysfunctions like infertility, erectile dysfunctions, premature ejaculation, female libido, sterility and frigidity. Vajikarana suggests the lifestyle, herbs and food that can enhance sexual health.
Almost 15 to 20 percentage of sexual problems are related to stress. that includes work related, lifestyle and relationship related, Anxiety, concerns about performance and past sexual trauma.
People who are treated for hypertension, heart diseases, nerves issues, hormones issues and diabetes are more likely to develop this abnormalities then others without these conditions.
Imbalanced hormones is major cause of the dysfunction.
Addictions of alcohol, smoking or other harmful substances are one cause of sexual problems.
Mithya Ahara vihara or improper diet and lifestyle is the main cause of any diseases and that applies to sexual disorder as well. we already learnt about lifestyle related health issues. diet is also a factor for sexual health. particular type of food taken for long time in excessive amount can also affects sexual health.
We are what we eat. Ayurvedic sages were more concerned about diet. As per Ayurveda, food can be medicine, if taken with proper knowledge of the properties. if our diet is pure and healthy, the health can easily be maintained. Diet which is has properties of kinchitmadhu (slightly sweet) , unctuous, heavy and nourishing are the best aphrodisiacs diet, milk and meat soup, split Udid (black gram) etc.
Vajikarana therapy can help to improve sexual health and overall health. For maximum results Shodhana (Cleansing) should be performed before starting Vajikarana therapy. after cleansing post cleansing procedure to be followed and then Vajikarana dravyas (Vajikarana herbs) should be started according to the assessment of dosha , dushya , bala(Strength) and vyadhibala.
After Proper assessment and prescribed by a qualified Ayurvedic physician Ashwagandha, shatavari, gokshura can help to improve female sexual heath and herbs like safed musali, Kaucha, Ashwagandha can be helpful for men. above all, proper education is a part of vajikarana therapy.
Vajiakrana science is very vast. this are some basic concepts of vajikarana tantra. The information provided here is for knowledge purpose only. every individual is unique and it is not safe to start any herbs without consulting qualified Ayurvedic physician. see you next month with new topic of ancient wisdom.