Ayurveda, the science of life, believes that mentally and physically healthy children are the foundation for a healthy society. Therefore this mother of all healing systems has an entire branch devoted to problems like infertility, impotence and diseases of the vital reproductive fluids of the body. This branch, known as Vrisha Chitsa, or Vajikarana, is one of the eight specialized branches of Ayurvedic medicine. According to Ayurveda, it is Dhatu or body tissues that give structure to the body. There are seven Dhatus, and they are Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Medho, Asthi, Majja and Shukra. Rasa is the life sap that generates Rakta or blood. Rakta develops into Mamsa or muscles, which in turn give rise to Medho or fat. Medho develops into Asthi or bones, from which Majja or marrow develops. Finally Majja generates Shukra or the reproductive elements in the body, the most important of which is semen.
Celibacy in Ancient Times
Because semen is the end product of the long chain of evolution of dhatu, in ancient times physicians considered it to be a valuable asset which should not be wasted- especially as shukra is also responsible for boosting the body’s immunity. Celibacy was therefore desirable, to increase the strength and potency of semen. The ancient Ayurvedic physicians also believed that celibacy helped to increase will power, intellect and memory, and their view was that sex should be indulged in for purposes of reproduction rather than pleasure. They laid down specific rules and optimum conditions for sex- but in practice this ideal scenario was rarely possible. On the contrary, ancient Indian rulers often needed help from their vaidyars or Ayurvedic physicians, to adequately satisfy the needs of their large harems of wives and concubines. So Vrisha Chitsa or Vajrikarana was a very much-in-demand specialty in those times. Vajikarana has often been described as “a process or a drug, which make a man sexually as strong as a horse’ … and for centuries, Indian kings and princes have used various Ayurvedic herbs mixed with milk, honey, and other nutrients to maintain the strength of a “thousand horses” !
Sexual Problems and Solutions
Vrisha Chikitas first delves into the root cause of a problem that may affect a person’s sexuality. These can include diseases that affect the blood flow and nerves, stress and depression, performance anxiety and injury. Once the cause has been pinpointed, treatment can begin, to improve performance, increase fertility and boost potency. Various aphrodisiacs and tonics are useful for enhancing the vigor and reproductive capabilities of men and fertility of women. These aphrodisiacs strengthen the body tissues, and increase pleasure too. Some of the Ayurvedic aphrodisiacs that give extra sexual power to couples and enable them to give birth to healthy children are Shilajit, Mucuna Pruriens and Aswagandha. These aphrodisiancs are combined with therapies like Kayaseka, Dhara, and Navarakkizhi. Treatment for sex-related problems can also include panchakarma, massage therapies and Rasayana Chikitsa.
Kerala, the southern most state of India, is considered to be the home of Ayurveda, and has attracted patients from all corners of the world who want the best Vrishsa Chikitsa possible. The seasoned vaidyars in Kerala use the inherent principles of Nature along with their keen insights into anatomy, physiology, pathology, diet and medicines, to enhance the quality of life of an individual and promote their betterment, through Vrisha Chikitsa, the aphrodisiac therapy that has proved its potency since ancient times.