Sex and Ayurveda

Sex has always been an issue of much contradiction. While social structures in India are quite strict on this, the study of sex—from both a physical and psychological perspectives—has been practiced here from ancient times.

Maharishi Vatsayana's Kamasutra is still the most comprehensive documentation in the world on the practice of sex. Unfortunately, its classic treatment of the act and the art has often been misrepresented. The ancient Ayurvedic text of Charaka Samhita provided complete sexual solutions over 3,000 years ago. The timeless, erotic sculptures in the temples at Khajuraho and Konark leave millions of visitors utterly awestruck by their sheer beauty, elegance and variety—an eternal testimony to how intrinsic sex was to the daily lives of people in ancient India.

The Do's, Don'ts and Workings of Sex

Sex is an integral part of our daily habit (Dinacharya). The importance of sex in our lives has remained unchanged. The crucial points to be kept in mind in relation to this are:

1. Timing is key

According to Ayurveda, the best time to have sex is during the full moon, after 10 p.m. and at least 2 hours after a meal. The ideal timeframe for sex is between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. This is because this particular time is when our stamina and passion are at their peak.

2. Digestion for distinction

As mentioned before, you need to wait at least 2 hours if you have a full stomach before your body is ready to roll. Having sex before that big meal is digested will create conflict in your mind and body. It's best to direct energy and blood towards digestion, as both of these are required for optimum performance.

3. Tick all the right boxes

Are you sick, tired, angry, stressed, thirsty or hungry? If you've said "yes" to any of these conditions then it's best to wait for the right time to be in the mood for sex. If you have sex in these conditions you can suffer from issues like lightheadedness, headache, bloating, gastritis, etc. Ayurveda says that we must abstain from sex if we are not fully present in the moment as we will not be able to seek pleasure from the act. Having sex when you are physically fatigued or mentally elsewhere can only make matters worse!

4. Prep for it

Sex is much more than just a physical act and we are sure you are aware of this. Prepare for the experience by making sure that it is a treat for the senses. Music, candles and fragrant flowers can help create a romantic atmosphere. The best foods to eat before sex are light, sweet dishes. A refreshing bath and sensuous lingerie are highly recommended to set the right mood!

5. Moderation and frequency

Yes, we can have too much of a good thing. Ayurveda believes that a lot of our vital energy called Ojas gets discharged during orgasm. Ojas is responsible for our immune powers so people who have high Ojas don't fall sick as often. The important thing is to strike the right balance in the amount and intensity of sex to be healthy and happy.

6. Seasonal sessions

The body is at its prime during winters so you can indulge in this pleasurable act every day during winter.
In spring (vasanta ritu) and autumn (sharad ritu) our stamina is moderate so sexual frequency should also take the middle road - once every three days.
In rainy (varsha ritu) and summer (nidagha ritu) our strength is at its lowest so it's best to reduce sexual frequency to once every 15 days.

Treatment of Sexual Disorders in Ayurveda

For each of the most common types of sexual problems that can occur, the remedies have been listed below:

  1. PREMATURE EJACULATION
  2. The most common problem of sexual dissatisfaction is premature ejaculation in males. This is because it cuts short the duration of intimacy and the couple cannot fully achieve orgasm

    Herbal Remedy for Premature Ejaculation:

    1. Vigor-100 Stamina
    2. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk, fruit juice or water

    3. Vita-Ex Gold Plus
    4. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk or fruit juice

    5. Sri Gopal Taila
    6. For gentle massage on the male reproductive organ half an hour before intimacy

  3. UNSATISFACTORY ERECTION OR SEXUAL DEFICIENCY
  4. In most cases, the root cause for this is psychological. However, it is imperative to first check all the possible pathological and physical causes. If the problem still persists, the patients' self-confidence needs to be restored as well.

    Herbal Remedy for Erection Problems:

    1. Shilajeet
    2. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk, fruit juice or water

    3. Vita-Ex Gold Plus
    4. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk or fruit juice

    5. Vita-Ex massage oil
    6. Massage gently on the male genitals half an hour before intimacy

  5. LACK OF LIBIDO
  6. The hectic pace of ultra-modern lifestyle causes severe tension and excessive fatigue within individuals. This is usually the prime cause for lack of libido and unsatisfactory sexual performance.

    Herbal Remedy for Lack of Libido:

    1. Vita-Ex Gold Plus
    2. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk or fruit juice

    3. Shilajeet
    4. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk, fruit juice or water

    5. Sri Gopal Taila
    6. Massage gently on the male genitals half an hour before intimacy

  7. OLIGOSPERMIA
  8. Male infertility is often due to the sperm count falling below the fertility level. A large number of sperm are not viable or exhibit morphological abnormalities.

    Herbal Remedy for Low Sperm Count:

    1. Shilajeet
    2. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk, fruit juice or water

    3. Ashwagandharishta
    4. Two to four teaspoons twice a day after a meal with water

  9. PERMATORRHOEA (NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS)
  10. It is an involuntary discharge of semen without having an orgasm. A distressing symptom in many patients, it leads to psychosomatic complaints like lack of concentration, headaches, excessive sweating, giddiness, etc. Permatorrhoea usually happens during sleep.

    Herbal Remedy for Nocturnal Emissions:

    1. Mehamudgar Bati
    2. One tablet twice a day after lunch and after dinner

    3. Chandraprabha Bati
    4. Two tablets twice a day after lunch and dinner with water

  11. SEXUAL WEAKNESS IN THE ELDERLY
  12. With the hectic lifestyles of this age and advancing years, the male desire for sexual intercourse tends to taper off early, and sexual intimacy tends to become unsatisfactory.

    Herbal Remedy for Sexual Weakness:

    1. Vita-Ex Gold plus
    2. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk or water

    3. Stress Guard
    4. One tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner with milk or water

    5. Sri Gopal Taila
    6. Massage gently on the male genitals half an hour before intimacy

    7. Musli Pak
    8. One spoonful twice a day after lunch and dinner

  13. IMPOTENCY
  14. Mainly psychological in origin, it is directly related to anxiety regarding sexual performance.

    Herbal Remedy for Impotency:

    1. Vigor-100 stamina
    2. One tablet twice a day with milk / fruit juice or water

    3. Sri Gopal Taila
    4. Massage gently on the male genitals half an hour before intimacy

Risks of Taking Testosterone Supplements

In the West, there was some therapeutic enthusiasm over the use of testosterone to treat impotency but it did not stand the test of time. According to an article in The British Medical Journal, testosterone is quite ineffective when impotence is the sole symptom and testosterone levels per se are largely irrelevant. The rise of testosterone in blood levels is secondary to sexual arousal. The reduction in the plasma testosterone level, which may be found in chronically impotent men, probably reflects sexual apathy rather than causes it. This is in accord with the generally disappointing results using androgen replacements. The high incidence of impotence in old age is not hormonal in origin.

While testosterone therapy does not show much benefit but does increase risks of various ailments that affect men's health. Diseases such as prostate cancer, male breast cancer, exacerbation of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), polycythemia and a greater risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be aggravated with testosterone replacement therapy.