Showing posts with label mens health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mens health. Show all posts

Morning Breathing Exercises to Increase Your Effectiveness For The Day!

Living in a hectic and highly competitive world, it’s not enough to establish proficiency in one or two aspects of life. You need to take a more holistic approach if you hope to gain that all-important edge.
By following this simple breathing exercises in your morning routine will take care of physical and mental wellness—soul, mind, and body. You’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier, and more productive life. 

Alternative Treatments to Deal with Infertility using Ancient Ayurveda

The rate at which infertility is fast becoming a common phenomenon in today's hectic stressful lives, is rather alarming, all thanks to our current lifestyle taking a toll on our overall health.

Dr Jaydeep Tank, who works on IVF fertility says, "Fertility problems are nobody's fault. Infertility is a medical condition affecting almost one in ten couples trying to conceive. Male fertility problems are the primary diagnosis in approximately 25 % of cases and contribute to a further 15-25% of the remaining cases."

In men, the most common fertility issue is the inadequate production of sufficient normal, motile (moving) sperm. Although there are several factors leading to male infertility, a precise diagnosis, however, in most cases is elusive. This lack of clarity in diagnosis, treatment of male infertility in the large majority of cases remains empirical. It is therefore no wonder that the mainstay of treating severe male infertility still remains assisted reproduction and specifically Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Dr Urmila Sureka, who specialises in infertility and is an IVF consultant, states, "Approximately 15% of couples are unable to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse. A male factor is solely responsible in about 20% of infertile couples and contributory in another 30-40%." She adds, "Availability of infertility treatment has improved the probability of pregnancy."

Dr Anil Patil, a yoga guru who also works on integrated medicines, states that ayurvedic remedies have long been used to address the problems of fertility. He states, "Evidence of the use of herbal remedies for male infertility dates all the way back to 5000 BC. Here (see box below) are some beneficial ayurvedic plants and remedies."

Ayurvedic treatments for male infertility

Mucuna Pruriens (Kawach)
A medicinal plant, which has been mentioned in the treatises of ancient Indian texts such as the 'Charaka Samhita' and the 'Susrutha Samhita'. In Hindi, it is called 'Kawach'. The plant is a vigorous climber, bears purple or white flowers and has turgid S-shaped pods. The medicinally valuable parts are the seeds, though studies have revealed the presence of active components in stems and leaves too.


An excellent restorative and rejuvenating tonic, it ensures good physical performance for the individual and leads to balanced and harmonious health. Shilajit is also known as sex tonic in India as it increases the core energy responsible for sexual drive or libido. It balances debility, general fatigue and provides strength to muscles and bones.

Safed Musli
The dried roots of Safed Musli (also known as asparagus) are used in Ayurveda as an aphrodisiac. Its tubers are used in Ayurvedic medicine preparations. It contains about 30% alkaloids, natural steroid saponin (10-20%), polysaccaroids (40 to 45%), carbohydrates and proteins (5% to7%). White Musli or Safed Musli is primarily used as a tonic to rejuvenate the reproductive system. The regular use of this herb is valuable in impotency, premature ejaculation and low sperm count in men. As it is very rich in glycosides, it works very well in curing impotency and low sperm count

This is a very effective medicine for male infertility. As a digestive, it corrects metabolism and helps to provide proper nutrition. It is effective in mental disorders. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It is a tonic for the nerves and helps in neuritis. It is helpful in sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction and Oligospermia.

Other treatments available
- With Azoospermia (no sperms in semen) testicular biopsy is used to define the histological diagnosis and possibility of finding sperm. Spermatozoa should be cryopreserved for use in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Even if sperms available are few, fertilisation can be achieved with ICSI.
- Where sperms cannot be retrieved donor semen can be used for insemination.
- In cases of obstructive Azoospermia obstruction can be bypassed by surgical procedures like Vasovasostomy Tubulovasostomy
- Drug therapy may be used to improve semen parameters in certain cases.
- Ejaculation disorders can be treated using a wide range of drugs and physical stimulation, with a high level of efficacy.
- With availability of genetic studies, genetic disorders contributing to infertility can be identified.
- Counseling can be done regarding the transmission of the defect and its implication depending on the type of defect.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Prostate Problems

Prostate, the small organ below the urinary bladder in males has significant role to play in both- sexual activity and urination. It surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body and produces seminal fluid discharged from penis during sexual stimulation. Prostate problems include the very common prostatitis- the inflammation of the prostate gland. Ayurveda recognizes two specific prostate problems-
  • Mootrakruchra - painful urination, and
  • Mootraghaata - suppression of urination.
They are, in fact, symptoms of prostate problems. Apart from these two main symptoms, other symptoms include problematic urine flow, dribbling, increased urination, hematuria (blood in urine), urinary tract infection and urinary retention.

Herbal Remedies for Prostate Gland Problems

Ayurveda suggests many herbs for the treatment of prostate gland problems:

Punarnava or Hog Weed (Boerhaavia diffusa) – It is useful in all urinary problems caused due to prostate ailments.

Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca scariola) -The bitter tonic of its leaves is very effective in treatment of enlarged prostate gland.

Shalaba mishri or Salep Orchid (Orchis mascula) - Useful where prostate problems are due to vata vitiation.

Gokshura or Small Caltrop (Tribulus terrestris) - This Indian herb, tribulus terrestris, is useful in treatment of urinary complications caused due to prostate problems. Its fruit is boiled in two cups of water till it is reduced to half the amount and drunk after mixing sugar in it.

Home Remedies for Prostate Gland Problems

Some remedies for prostate problems are available as common ingridients at home:
  • If having enlarged prostate, eat a mixture of juniper berries and parslane.
  • Eat more tomatoes to avoid prostate infections.
  • If experiencing prostate problems, have alternate cold and hot hip baths for about ten minutes daily.
Remaining sexually active is advisable but over indulgence is prohibited by ayurveda. Regular exercise, even walks or mild exercises are a must. Never suppress the urge to urinate. Don't sit on a hard stool for longer periods. If doing desk job, get a soft ergonomic chair to sit on. Quit smoking and alcohol, especially if you are overweight. Taking these precautions will certainly keep the prostate problems at bay.

Enhance Fertility: Male Infertility Treatments

Male infertility refers to the inability of a male to achieve a pregnancy in a fertile female. Fertility depends upon the fertility of both the partners. Any fault in either partner can lead to infertility. Studies have shown that 40% of infertility is due to the male partner. The commonest reason, is a low sperm count, which can be attributed to various causes.

There are many ways to enhance fertility: With advanced medical technology, male infertility can be treated. Some male infertility causes can be treated through surgery. The other treatments may include: » Incase of infections, treatment with antibiotics is possible.

» Surgical operations which help to remove a varicocele, reverse a vasectomy, or repair a duct obstruction
» Medications or fertility drugs to improve sperm production » In extreme cases, when there is no success in the above treatments or the male infertility caise is untreatable or not known, IUI treatment or IVF treatment may be suggested.

Other Methods for Infertility Treatment

» Smoking & excessive alcohol intake is associated with low sperm counts. These habits should be discontinued.

» Stop using drugs such as body-building steroids & illicit drugs. Other medication such as antihypertensives should also be reviewed in the light of effect on sperm count.

» Most importantly the frequency of intercourse should be increased, so that chances of conception increase.

» Men should wear loose fitting underwear and cool clothes and avoid high temperature baths like saunas etc.

» It is advisable that when the couple is planning pregnancy, intercourse is done in a proper position and using proper technique.

» Lubricants such petroleum jelly etc. should be avoided.
Resources on Male Infertility