Erectile dysfunction is when a man is unable to get and/or keep an erection that allows sexual activity with penetration. It is not a disease, but a symptom of some other problem, either physical or psychological or a mixture of both.
The physiological process of erection begins in the brain and involves the nervous and vascular systems. Neurotransmitters in the brain (e.g., epinephrine, acetylcholine, nitric oxide) are some of the chemicals that initiate it. Physical or psychological stimulation (arousal) causes nerves to send messages to the vascular system, which results in significant blood flow to the penis. Two arteries in the penis supply blood to erectile tissue and the corpora cavernosa, which become engorged and expand as a result of increased blood flow and pressure.
Because blood must stay in the penis to maintain rigidity, erectile tissue is enclosed by fibrous elastic sheathes (tunicae) that cinch to prevent blood from leaving the penis during erection. When stimulation ends, or following ejaculation, pressure in the penis decreases, blood is released, and the penis resumes its normal shape.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction :
|Psychosocial problems||• Performance anxiety
• Sexual attitudes and upbringing
• Relationship problems
• Employment and financial pressures
• Psychiatric disorders
|Interference with nerve function||• Spinal cord trauma
• Multiple sclerosis
• Diabetic neuropathy
• Pelvic surgery (prostate, bowel)
• Parkinson’s disease
• Alzheimer’s disease
|Reduced blood flow||• Atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries)|
|Interference by drugs, alcohol and medicines||• Alcohol and drug abuse
• Medicines used to treat:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High cholesterol
- Depression and psychiatric disorders
- Prostate cancer
|Metabolic problems interfering with blood vessel function (endothelial dysfunction)||• Diabetes
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• High cholesterol
• Cigarette smoking
• Sleep apnoea
|Urological problems||• Peyronie’s disease
• Pelvic trauma
• Thyroid disease
Ayurvedic View :
According to Ayurvedic texts, Erectile dysfunction or Impotency is corelated with Klaibya. Klaibya is defined as sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability of a man to perform the ‘sexual act’ or incomplete performance which leaves the female partner partially or totally dissatisfied. In other words Klaibya is also defined as inability to attain and keep sufficient rigid (firm) erection which is very essential during sexual intercourse for his sexual needs or the needs of his female partner. Chakrapani narrows the definition of Klaibya which means erectile dysfunction only
According to Ayurveda, erectile dysfunction is the result of the disruption of one of the vaayus of the body titled apaanavayu. Apaanavayu is located in the testicles, urinary bladder, phallus, groin and anus. It controls ejaculation, erection and also the passage of stool and urine.
Klaibya is also found as an associated condition in many diseases, which can be taken as nidanarthkara diseases for Klaibya. e.g. Grahani (~Sprue), Arsha (~Piles), Halimaka (a type of jaundice), etc. which will lead to problems of sexual performance and person suffers from alpa-maithuna and Klaibya. Even improper sleeps, lack of sleep also cause of general deterioration in sexual performance and potency. Acharya Charaka says that virility of a man depends much or proper sleep & lack of proper sleep will lead to impotence. Ayurveda explains clearly the role of mind in the sexual response of man. So it is natural that Ayurveda considers the mental factors as one of the prime cause of erectile dysfunction.
Types of Klaibya / Impotency :
Various types of Klaibya are explained in the classical texts based on their causes. Acharya Charaka has explained four types of Klaibya; whereas Sushruta has explained 6 types they are as follows
Ayurvedic measures to treat erectile dysfunction use a combination of herbal pills, massages and alterations in the patient’s lifestyle to boost erection. A combination of all these remedies is titled vajikarana therapy. The ayurvedic vajikarana therapy derives its name from vaji which means horse. As this natural herbal erectile dysfunction remedy, increases the strength of a man to perform sexual act, like a horse. It infers that this therapy helps men in overcoming problems faced while sexual intercourse including erectile dysfunction. It also enhances the quality of sperm, and sperm motility.
Numerous herbal preparations are mentioned in Ayurveda to treat ED or impotence. It has been said that people who have strong sexual urge, who want to enjoy sex regularly have to consume these preparations regularly to replenish the energy, vigor, stamina and strength. These preparations also supply the nutrients which are necessary for the production of semen.
Herbs that include, vangabhasma, lauhabhasma, shilajitu, hingula, yashtimadhu, pravalapishti, kapikacchu, and kupeelu are beneficial in increasing sperm count. These herbs also boost erection by helping in increasing the duration for which a man can hold his erection.
Kajjali, satavari, vanga bhasma, jiraka, vidarikanda, bala, tamra bhasma, ativisha, jatiphala, karpura, lavanga and abhrakabhasma, are known to have properties that can treat erectile dysfunction.
Sariva,bala, ashwagandha, shatawari, musli containing herbs in sesame oil as base are used to massage the penis which increases blood circulation and also helps in increasing the duration of an erection.
There are various oils that are used by ayurveda practitioners to relieve a person of stress. Stress is one of the major reasons that lead to erectile dysfunction.
Herbal oils that used for body massages contain herbs such as bala kashaya and bala kalka have restorative powers. There relive stress, rejuvenate the body, halt the regressive process of ageing and also boost the libido.
Yoga and meditation are used to overcome mental exertion and to cope up with stress.
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