Male fertility can be caused by all sorts of sperm defects (low volume, low motility, irregular shape), erectile dysfunction and obstructions (varicocele and prostatitis).
Tips to boost male fertility
There are two basic strategies to optimise male fertility. First clear any obstructions and then tonify the reproductive tissue.
1. If you think there is an obstruction (constipation, dribbling urine, poor erectile function) use herbs such as Gokshura (Tribulis terrestris), Guduchi (Tinosporia cordifolia) and Triphala to clear the blockage. When the path is clear use tonics.
2. Ayurveda has a fantastic repertoire of tonic herbs for improving erectile function, boosting sperm count, strengthening motility, and enhancing form. Use Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens) to treat any weakness in sperm count, form or function.
3. Other things men can do to enhance their fertility is to avoid alcohol and smoking, reduce poor quality fats in the diet, and increase exercise.
Yoga for Fertility:
Padmasana, the classic Lotus Pose increases blood flow to the perineum and directs prana or the life force to the lower two chakras that govern sexual functions. A very useful yogic exercise for both partners is to practice pelvic floor exercises. Just contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor greatly enhances the circulation to the reproductive system. Such practices as moola bandha, ashwini mudra and vajroli mudra are famed for enhancing sexual prowess and potency.
Optimising fertility is one of the delicious arts of Ayurveda. There are certain foods and herbs that have an affinity for the reproductive system that anyone wanting to enhance their fertility should include in their diet. These are usually foods that have qualities of sweetness, nourishing and building. Examples include There are two kinds of foods and herbs that help enhance shukra dhatu, and therefore help enhance fertility. One is called 'Bruhana', and these foods enhance shukra by enhancing all the seven dhatus. 'Vrishya' foods and herbs target shukra dhatu in particular
Foods to Nourish All Seven Dhatus (Bringhana)
- Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables
- Nuts: Almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds
- Dairy proteins, including milk,cream, ghee, lassi, and panir (a fresh cheese made of milk)
- Sweet, juicy fruits such as mangoes, peaches, plums, and pears
- Dried fruits such as dates, figs, and raisins
- Herbs like Ashoka (Saraca indica), Aamla (Emblica oficinalis), Pippali (Piper longum), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), etc., are age old proven rejuvenators.
- The generic preparations like Chyavanprashavaleha, Brahmi Ghrita, and Agatsya Haritaki Avaleha are prescribed for the gain and maintenance of the strength and vigor.
- Milk , milk-date shake, milk-mango shake
- rice pudding
- Spices such as ajwain powder, cumin (which purifies the uterus in women and the genito-urinary tract in men), turmeric (to improve the interaction between hormones and targeted tissues), and black cumin, fenugreek, garlic, onion, and licorice are said to invigorate the reproductive organs.
Caution: Do not take licorice or fenugreek if you suspect you may be pregnant or after becoming pregnant.
- Herbs: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera),
- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa) is considered the most important rejuvenative tonic for women Use Shatavari-kalpa
- Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens) is a proven medicine for increasing the sperm count in the patients of oligospermia and defective sperm formation.
- 'Vrishavati' is a safe, non hormonal aphrodisiac formulation. It is useful in male infertility due to Oligospermia and low sperm motility, impotency, loss of libido and other reproductive disorders. The ingredients such as Ashwagandha, Kavachbeej help to improve sexual functions ,quality and quantity of semen.
- Gokshura (Tribulis terrestris),
- Bala (Sida cordifolia)