Try Ayurveda to spice up your sex life

“No interest in sex” , “mechanical sex”, “boring sex” – these are the common statements I come across from my patients belonging to the 32-42 age group, especially from working couples and women suffering from early hormonal imbalances and menopause. Most of them do not realize that sex is not just for physical happiness but it also plays a vital role in health, wellness and psychological wellbeing.

A recent survey says that working couples who have sex more than twice a week are happier, healthier and wiser than those who don’t.

Ayurveda advises three elements as important mediums to sustain life, i.e., food, sleep and sex. These three life-sustaining elements play a vital role in health, happiness and wellness.

Ayurveda is the first organized medical system to talk about sexology or Vajikarana.

Vajikarana talks in detail about choosing a sexual partner, pre and post sexual regimens, attaining healthy progeny, and more importantly the health and wellness aspects of sexual life.

This specialized department of Ayurveda addresses the problems of both men and women relating to infertility and all kinds of physical, physiological and psychological reproductive systemic problems.

Vajikarana basically comprises of 3 components – A disciplined lifestyle, planned sexual activity and finally, the use of Vajikarana drugs (Aphrodisiac medicinal formulations) to achieve these sexual goals.

This particular branch of Ayurveda has stressed on increasing will power and on longer sex.

To summarize, Vajikarana Chikitsa (Aphrodisiac medicines, anabolic drugs and tonics) deals with sexuality. It talks about anatomy, physiology, pathology, diet and medicines involved in sex. It states that sex should be fenced by rules and regulations in order to maintain good health and produce good progeny.

Ayurveda therapies to improve sexual life for men and women
This department of Ayurveda talks about various personalized therapies to improve sexual desire and pleasure for both men and women and for healthy progeny.

Ayurveda recommends a specialized 14-day ritual for men and women to improve the reproductive health before marriage and before planning a health progeny. This includes detoxification, diet, rejuvenation and Vajikarana for both men and women.

The first seven days of therapy include Abhyangam, Pizhichil and medicated enema; the second 7-day therapy includes Navara Kizhi and Mamsa Navara Kizhi for men.

For women, the first seven days of therapy is the same. Medicated oils are selected based on the ten essential factors of Ayurveda. During the second 7-day therapy for women, the treatment includes Abhyangam, herbal steam pack, herbal milk wash etc.

Ayurveda  recommends these therapies once in 3 years to spice up your sexual life.

Source: Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai

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