Sexual Wellness with Ashwagandha
2 June 2021
Culture of Fertility with Nature
Ayurveda is ancient medicine used as an herbal remedy to heal and promote good health. It blends us with nature, thus providing us with a wide range of benefits from organic herbs and natural medicines.
Among Ayurvedic herbs, Ashwagandha is a powerhouse that offers several remarkable health benefits to women and men. People have been using it to restore the body and treat several conditions like infertility in men and women, hormonal imbalance, low libido, cortisol, and testosterone. Due to ancient history and numerous benefits, these herbs had gained popularity in the western world.
Ashwagandha (also called Indian ginseng, Withania somnifera) is famous for being an adaptogen and anti-stress agent. Adaptogen is an agent that increases the body's resistance to stressors (chemical, physical, chemical, or psychological) or harmful factors. (Bonilla et al. 2021). Similarly, Ashwagandha's medicinal properties help reduce the impact of the factors responsible for causing an inability to conceive (infertility).
Stress, cortisol, and hormonal balance play a vital role in regulating the fertility of both men and women. An increase in stress can cause cortisol levels to spike high, negatively affecting the progesterone levels and menstruation cycle. Ashwagandha's stress-relieving property can help reduce stress levels, thus regulating the cortisol level and keep the reproductive system healthy. Controlled cortisol levels can improve immunity, libido, reproductive system, milk production (breastfeeding). Ashwagandha fertility supplements help the body in rebuilding strength and vitality to reduce body fatigue.
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Ashwagandha has been shown to improve fertility and reproductive health, particularly in men.
In one of the studies by Five grams of Ashwagandha taken daily for three months enhanced sperm count and motility in 75 infertile men (Ahmad et al., 2010).
In another study, five grams of Ashwagandha per day enhanced sperm quality in severely stressed males. Furthermore, 14 percent of their partners had been pregnant by the end of the three-month research (Mahdi et al., 2009)
Mitigates Hormone Imbalance:
Male infertility has been associated with toxicity, oxidative damage to sperm, radiation exposure, poor nutritional status or nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal or environmental toxicity, systemic disorders, hormonal imbalances, xenobiotic exposure, hepatic cirrhosis, genito-urinary infections, cigarette smoking, age-related decline, and obesity.
Ashwagandha protects against oxidative stress, which can assist in increasing the quality of sperm. Furthermore, it improves male infertility by reducing hormone imbalance and avoiding a stress-induced cortisol-mediated drop in testosterone levels. (Sengupta et al., 2017).
Ashwagandha helps to restore a healthy sex life in two ways. It aids in producing testosterone, then boosts luteinizing hormone and testosterone serum concentrations, restoring men's natural sex hormone balance. Second, because Ashwagandha reduces stress by reducing cortisol growth, it aids in the postponement of natural testosterone decline. (Ambiye et al., 2013)
Increases sperm count
The benefits of the Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha on males with oligospermia (low sperm count) were recently investigated. Male infertility accounts for 30-50 percent of all infertility cases in the world. IVF is an expensive procedure that is often used to treat male factor infertility. However, there is good evidence that many natural supplements and antioxidants may improve sperm count and, as such, improve fertility.
This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled experiment looked at a group of 46 male patients aged 26 to 40 who had a low sperm count of 5-20 million/ml. The treatment group received 225 mg of a full-spectrum root extract of Ashwagandha per day.
The study discovered that after just 90 days of medication, the ashwagandha group had a stunning 167 percent increase in sperm production compared to the control group. There was also a 53 percent rise in sperm volume and a 57 percent rise in motility in the ashwagandha group.
In this study, serum testosterone climbed by 17 percent, and LH (luteinizing hormone) increased by 54 percent. When the findings of this study and other investigations are combined, it is evident that Ashwagandha is a tonic for the male reproductive system.
In a 2013 study, 46 men with oligospermia, a disorder characterized by a low sperm count, took part. KSM-66 Ashwagandha supplementation boosted testosterone by 17 percent, semen volume by 53%, sperm concentration by 167 percent, luteinizing hormone by 34%, and sperm motility by 57%. (Ambiye et al., 2013)
Improves Female Sexual Health
Ashwagandha has a strong relationship to boosting women's reproductive health since it helps to reduce stress. Ashwagandha balances hormones, enables you to cope with mental and physical stress, and improves your reproductive system.
Ashwagandha is recognized for strengthening the adrenal glands, lowering cortisol levels, and increasing blood output. Ashwagandha improves libido, menstrual health and can even help with infertility.
In a study conducted to evaluate the sexual function in women, including happiness, excitement, lubrication, and orgasm, the supplementation of Ashwagandha root extract demonstrated a considerable improvement in the sexual function of females relative to those in the placebo group. (Dongre et al., 2015)
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