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Male Sexual Dysfunction


In today’s world , male sexual disorders are at a raising concern. Male sexual dysfunction includes all sort of disturbances of coital performance and sexual congress in males. According to many recent studies,male sexual dysfunction affects 10-25% of middle aged and elderly.

Common male sexual dysfunctions include

  1. Erectile dysfunction – inability to achieve or maintain penile erection
  2. Premature ejaculation – too quick orgasm
  3. Low libido – total or partial loss of interest in sex
  4. Delayed / inhibited ejaculation

Etiological factors for male sexual dysfunction

It’s difficult to say common causes, as the mechanism is different in different types of sexual dysfunction. But there are some common factors which can be found out, such as:-

  1. Increasingincidence of lifestyle disorders -diabetes ,hypertension, hyperlipidemia, etc
  2. Alcoholism
  3. Smoking
  4. Drug abuse
  5. Sleep disorders
  6. Anxiety,stress,relationship problems
  7. Major systemic illness – Parkinsonism,renal failure,liver failure etc

Ayurvedic view

The major Ayurvedic books –the Caraka samhita, the Susruta samhita and the  Astanga hridya as well as books related to Ayurveda and ancient Indian philosophy such as Vedas,Puranas, Upanishads, and also the very famous book “Kamasutra” by Vatsyayana have detailed references about male sexual dysfunction.

According to Ayurveda , the prime regulator of male sexual function is “Vata dosha” (the air factors). Along with synergistic action of pitta (fire factors) and kapha doshas (water factors) it maintains the proper sexual function. Any factor which disturbs this equilibrium will cause dysfunction.

Male sexual problems have been discussed under the terminologies of vandhyatva (infertility),dhwajabhanaga (Erectile dysfunction),klaibya (low libido) seeghra skhalana(premature ejaculation) etc in Ayurveda.

Causes as per Ayurveda

  1. Old age, which is an inevitable change in every individual
  2. Increase in fat caused by fatty foods, stress, poor digestion and lack of exercise.
  3. Manasika (mental ) factors – caused due to multitude of factors like job stress to relationship problems to chronic illness
  4. Abhigata (trauma)
  5. Toxic substances
  6. Drug abuse


Ayurveda explains it as a multifactorial condition involving derangement of Vata (air factors), Pitta (Fire factors), Kapha (Water factors), male reproductive tissues, male hormones and mind.


Sexual medicine or Vajikarana is one among the eight main specialisations of Ayurveda . This specialisation deals with improving virility , treatment of infertility and supports with a healthy progeny. Also the popular book “Kamasutra” written in 4th AD by Sage Vatsyayana, famous for its description of sex positions and practices, also have detailed description of sexual medicine . It describes conditions such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation  etc and describes remedies for them .

Ayurveda is a science which not only tells about medicine, but explains about food,lifestyle and stress management.A patient with any of the symptoms of male sexual dysfunction must seek direct help from an Ayurvedic physician, rather than searching internet for herbal remedies. At Ayur Healthcare, we will have detailed interrogation to find the root cause and plan the treatment accordingly .

Changes you can bring in your diet and lifestyle

  1. Excercise regularly
  2. Avoid smoking, drug and alcohol abuse
  3. Avoid fried foods,fatty food,sweetened beverages etc
  4. Do pranayama or yoga regularly.