Sexual health is one of the least-talked topics especially in men. Male sexual health is still considered a taboo where men shy away from talking about sexual problems let alone resolve them. For those who don’t want to see a doctor, the only mode of respite is Ayurveda. There are many Ayurvedic herbs that can solve myriad health issues without causing any side-effect. In this article, we will explain to you the role of Ayurveda and how it can help in boosting male sexual health problems.
Why sexual problems in men are on the rise?
The social change that explains a lot of health challenges and indeed sexual problems is the increase in a high stress, sedentary lifestyles. A useful measure of erection experience is the confidence that men have about getting an erection the next time they are about to have sex, as it captures all the experience they have had. Data from Misters.in, India’s leading men’s sexual health website suggests that men who do not get any exercise have lower erection confidence compared to those who get some exercise. Of course cardiovascular exercise- running, swimming, yoga lead to even greater erection confidence. Similarly, sleep and stress seem to correspond to the other big sexual health concern duration of intercourse with men who sleep less than five hours on an average being more likely to report ‘coming too soon.' A whole host of lifestyle challenges probably explain the rise in sexual problems.
Role of Ayurveda in male sexual health.
While the most talked-about clinical breakthroughs, enshrined in popular cultures, have been Viagra and Cialis, both belonging to a category of medicines called PDE5 inhibitors, the classic trade-off has been one between immediate efficacy and side effects. Traditional systems, like Ayurveda, take longer durations to be effective and have lower side effects, relative to solutions from western medicine. Also, Ayurveda and other traditional systems, have addressed the problems of male sexual health for centuries—as problems of male sexual health have always existed along with cultural pressure to have offspring—and therefore have some tried and tested offerings. The provenance of Ayurveda in this category is a great match for the empirical method deployed in western medicine.
The key is obviously patience, as Ayurveda has holistic approaches, and unfortunately, there are a lot of entities making magical claims leading to unreal expectations, and frustration that leads to abandoning the path too early. With the right expectations and commitment to lifestyle changes as outlined by an Ayurvedic expert, Ayurveda is a good option for these problems.
Ayurvedic herbs to boost sexual health in men
A number of herbs and minerals recur in Ayurvedic treatments of sexual problems, and it is important to note that ideal solutions emerge from a conversation with an expert.
The most widely used ingredient is, of course, Shilajit (literally, conqueror of rocks), a substance that oozes out of rocks in the Himalayas, and that have been tested to help boost testosterone, the male hormone.
Also salient is Ashwagandha, a herb that has found much global acceptance across the globe recently, as an adaptogen. Ashwagandha is known, and tested, to reduce stress and is probably a must for hectic urban lives. It also helps improve sleep quality which indirectly leads to better sexual health.
Over the last decade or so, Safed Musli has found a lot of applications in the category, especially for issues related to sperm quality and motility.
As these and other herbs have emerged from provenance, there are a number of products that advertise them but have them in insignificant quantities. Therefore the role of an expert is critical in identifying the right product which carries the specific ingredients ideal for you in a dosage that is within that ingredient’s therapeutic window.
How timely consultation can help men dealing with these issues?
Mr Suhas Misra, Co-Founder & CEO, Misters, a men’s sexual wellness startup says, as the factors that lead to sexual problems are likely to go unchecked unless an effort to identify—and subsequently to mitigate—is made, timeliness is the key. Timely consultation in this category comes with its own challenges because culturally entrenched ideas of masculinity prevent men from acknowledging the problem which is the first step towards seeking a solution. Instead complicated rationalisations or, even, ‘blaming the partner’ emerge as narratives that further delay any discussion with an expert. This is exacerbated by the magical claims, and the loud and seedy advertising of various practitioners in the space which focuses on enhancing the self-loathing of a man facing a sexual health challenge (for example, wall paintings of sex clinics that refer to the problems as namardi, literally ‘the condition of being not a man.’ The internet has emerged as a big source of information in the category, but not all websites are reliable, and more importantly, timely information is not the same as a timely intervention. One should consult a trustworthy source like Misters that allow prolonged approach to the root cause. There are many ayurvedic products that offer help.
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