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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a treatable condition and treating it involves locating the root cause of the problem. Here are some of the more common causes of ED, as explained by Ayurveda.
Ayurveda places a lot of importance on the strength of agni, or digestive fire. If your digestive fire is strong, it leads to the proper formation of all the dhatus. The reverse is also true. Poor digestion will affect the quality of the seven dhatus being produced, including rasa, rakhta, mamsa, meda, asthi, majja, and shukra. This means that the strength of your digestive fire could ultimately affect the shukra dhatu, which is in charge of reproductive health, and lead to erectile dysfunction.
Yet another leading cause of ED could be indulging in frequent acts of sex without consuming nourishing food or vajikarana treatment. This often leads to, what Ayurveda describes as, ‘napumsakatwa’, or sexual dysfunction. Too many ejaculations in a brief span of time can lead to loss of energy, strength and shukra dhatu.
Sometimes, trauma or injury to the nerves, veins, or muscle filaments in the male reproductive system can cause erectile dysfunction. These wounds can disrupt the flow of blood and nutrients, thereby leading to poor performance. Even sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and tuberculosis can lead to impotence, while lifestyle diseases like diabetes can definitely reduce the quality of your sexual life.
Finally, ‘ati sthoolatwa’, or obesity, could be another cause of ED. The increase in medha dhatu, or fat, can interfere with the production of shukra dhatu. Also, obese people are known to have increased cholesterol levels in their blood, which has also been linked to impotence.
These are just some of the reasons that could be causing erectile dysfunction. Others include stress, unhappiness in personal or professional life, and psychological conditions. Consult a Jiva doctor to find the underlying cause of the problem and get appropriate treatment.
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