Among many closet issues plaguing men and women, Erectile Dysfunction(ED) or male impotence and sexual dysfunction or female impotence tops the chart. Many believe that being impotent means they are infertile.
Though these terms are synonymously used, impotence( ஆற்றலற்ற தன்மை) and infertility (மலட்டுத்தன்மை) mean different things. Erectile dysfunction in men refers to the persistent inability to achieve and maintain an erection adequate for satisfactory sexual activity.
In Siddha Medicine, impotence or Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is called as வீரியமந்தநிலை, ஆண் குறி விறைப்பின்மை [Aankuri viraippu inmai], ஆண் உறுப்பு எழுச்சியின்மை, பாலுறவு பலவீனம். In Tamil colloquially called as நரம்பு தளர்ச்சி [Narambu Thalarchi], ஆண்மை குறைபாடு etc.
What is Erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activity. ED, also referred to as impotence, may involve the total inability to achieve an erection, or only brief erections, or not being able to reliably get an erection.
Causes of Erectile dysfunction
An erection involves your brain, nerves, hormones, and blood vessels. Anything that interferes with these normal functions can lead to problems getting an erection.
Common causes of erection problems include:
- Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart or thyroid conditions, poor blood flow, depression, or nervous system disorders (such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease)
- Medicines, including blood pressure medications (especially beta-blockers), heart medications (such as digoxin), some peptic ulcer medications, sleeping pills, and antidepressants
- Nerve damage from prostate surgery
- Nicotine, alcohol, or cocaine use
- Poor communication with your partner
- Repeated feelings of doubt and failure
- Spinal cord injury
- Stress, fear, anxiety, or anger
- Unrealistic sexual expectations, which make sex a task instead of a pleasure
Erection problems become more common with age. However, they can affect men at any age. Physical causes are more common in older men. Emotional causes are more common in younger men.
Low levels of testosterone can lead to erection problems. They may also reduce a man’s sex drive.
Erectile dysfunction is not inherited and is not caused by genetic risk factors. Risk factors for developing ED include:
– age over 50
– high blood pressure
– high cholesterol
– cardiovascular disease
– excessive alcohol use
– being overweight
– lack of physical activity
Siddha Treatment for Erectile dysfunction or male impotence.
Siddha medicine system has a separate branch of science for reproductive health called தாதுவிருத்தி or தாது புஷ்டி வைத்தியம் and in Ayurveda it is called as Vajikarana or Vrishya chikitsa. This Indian medical traditional science is replete with aphrodisiacs, which not only aims at the virility and health of reproductive organs but also of progeny.
One can have same disease for different reasons.
In case of erectile dysfunction, first the reason behind the cause is ascertained by proper diagnosis. The diagnosis starts from reading of naadi ie ascertaining the balance of tri doshas and examining the reproductive organs. The reason behind the imbalance is learned and rectified in the next step.
In case of any vascular diseases, the medicines that reduce fat and increases blood flow are prescribed which not only cures erectile dysfunction but also the vascular diseases.
In the event of diabetes, the medicines are prescribed to bring blood sugar to normal level first and then the aphrodisiac therapy is started.
For erectile dysfunctions of nervous disorder origin, treatments are aimed at correcting the nervous disorder first to eliminate erectile dysfunction.
If any hormonal problems are detected, then higher order siddha medicines like chindooram செந்தூரம், parpam பற்பம், kattu கட்டு, kalangu களங்கு are administered to bring hormonal system to normal functioning.
For stress oriented temporary sexual dysfunction, proper counseling with sexual education is advised as medicines.
வேர்பார், தழைபார், மிஞ்சினாக்கால். மெல்ல மெல்ல பற்ப செந்தூரம் பார்.
The medicines for treatments are prescribed first in the pure single or compound dose of herbals, based on the severity of the conditions high potent medicines of metallic and alchemical origin like thanga parpam தங்க பற்பம், rathina parpam நவரத்தின பற்பம் etc are employed.
It is called as Rejuvenation therapy as the Siddha medicines prescribed, not only cures erectile dysfunction but also any secondary complications. It also revitalizes all the seven dhatus and restores the balance of three doshas.
When compared to other medical systems, Siddha and Ayurveda aphrodisiac or vajikarana therapy and the medicines employed does not carry any side effects and are totally safe.