Who wouldn’t love great sex, and great health, for the rest of his or her life?
Ayurveda has thousand years of practical experience with real people to prove
it. Ayurvedic medical practices are divided into eight branches. The first six
are pretty typical - internal medicine; surgery; ear, nose, and throat;
pediatrics; toxicology and psychiatry - but the last two separate this ancient
system from the rest of the pack.
According to Indian philosophy, the goal of life is to experience and master
four complementary areas, which, taken together, make up the totality of
Dharma, or the path of righteousness, is the complete collection of virtuous,
religious works and practices. Artha is the accumulation and enjoyment of
material possessions and earthly well-being. Moksha is spiritual liberation. The
fourth area may be the most misunderstood. Kama is romantic and sexual love
and all its associated pleasures of the senses. Everyone has heard about The Kama Sutra, which is an extensive
treatise on the subject. (Incidentally, this tome was written by a celibate
According to the Kama Sutra, all of these aspects should be of equal
importance, without any of these areas taking precedence over the others. For a
fulfilled and meaningful life, the striving after one goal shouldn't inhibit
striving after others. Neglect of any one of these spheres leads to a diminished
stability and to imbalance in men. Practicing dharma, artha and kama makes it
possible to lead a meaningful and joyous life in this world and to move on to
Sexuality and the erotic life are important, integrated elements of the human
life, and are as important
as eating. The sensual pleasures increase the joy of life and maintain
psychological balance, and actually aid
further mental and spiritual development. Sexuality and erotic practices contain
the secret of life within them.
Ayurveda identifies three key areas that are, taken together, considered to
be the base foundation of
Ayurvedic lifestyle and therapeutics- balanced diet, balanced sleep and balanced
sexual life. We should
indulge in sex such away so as not to have any adverse effect on health.
Ayurveda advises moderate sexual
activity, according to personal constitution and other traits, during midlife.
Being alert to avoid excess or
deficiency in food, sleep or sex goes a long way toward keep the doshas in
The companion sciences of rejuvenation (“rasayana”); and aphrodisiacs, or
are well researched, practical areas of health maintenance that anyone can use
to stay well and sexy
throughout a long life. (“Vaji” is a stallion. You get the idea.)
Ayurveda places special emphasis on maintaining excellent health well into
elderhood. Over time,
practitioners have developed excellent therapies for keeping the mind and body
young. Of course, sex is an
important part of that life. Most people enjoy sex and would love for their
romantic life to continue
indefinitely. In our culture, though, there’s a general sense that sexual
desire, performance, and pleasure will
unavoidably wane, much to our disappointment. While no one will literally be the
same at eighty as they were
at twenty, the physical degeneration can be much less than we might think.
Literally translated as “the path of juice,” this branch of Ayurveda aims to
nourish, restore and balance
the body functions which have been taxed by the wear and tear of daily life.
Signs of aging are all marks of
lack of “juice,” from arthritis with lack of joint fluids, to fatigue with lack
of endocrine hormones, to
menopause difficulties with vaginal dryness.
Ayurvedic rasayana practices are directed toward strengthening, purifying and
nourishing body tissues
to bring back the glow of youth - replacing that “juiciness.” Rasayana “is meant
to boost health, produce high
quality tissues, eliminate senility and diseases of aging, lengthen life and
increase memory, intelligence,
youth, skin luster, voice quality, strength of body and senses, and beauty.
Rasayana regimes act to increase
tissue mass, digestive power, endocrine function, elimination of wastes, brain
function, immunity and
Modern science tells us that calorie restriction and the reduction of body
temperature will extend life
span, at least in experimental animals. Ayurveda teaches that the body ages and
dries out in proportion to the
metabolic rate. Any practice that will slow down the metabolism and calm the
body and mind will retard age related degeneration and reduce the “loss of
juice.” The loss of juice is closely related to increased vata dosha.
Vata increases naturally with age. Ayurvedic antiaging remedies are essentially
a fight to control the catabolic
actions of vata for as long as possible.
Rejuvenation in Ayurveda comes in two forms - lifestyle and medicine. “Hot”
activities, such as
passion and anger, age the body more rapidly, so calming behavior is suggested.
To live longer and have
better sex, speak the truth, avoid becoming angry, practice meditation, avoid
conflict, and steer away from
drugs and alcohol.
Rasayana medicines include a large array of herbs and foods. Sweet taste,
contained in carbohydrates
and good quality fats, is the most rejuvenating, so sweet food, including milk,
ghee, and especially honey, is
recommended to rebuild body tissues and restore sexual juices.
Closely related to rasayana, virilization, including the use of aphrodisiacs
and sexual rebuilding tonics,
aims to support sexual pleasure, fertility, and performance. Sexual fluids,
including semen, are the most
important concentrated essence of all the body’s tissues. Ayurveda recommends
retaining some of it to use in
the rest of the body for renewing body and mind. Since sex depletes the body’s
juices, vajikarana, like
rasayana, also focuses on replacing tissue nutrients and fluids.
Vajikarana practices improve sexual activity,
and can be used for such, but they also help direct sexual energy inward for
renewal. Visualize the body as a
tree, with the reproductive system as the roots. Vajikarana therapies start at
the roots, but continue to feed the
entire body with tonic energy over time. Producing more and better quality
semen, if it is retained to a certain
extent, regenerates the mind and the immune system. Vajikarana deals not only
with increasing sexual vigor,
but also psychosomatic disorders. Vajikarana is valuable for all around health.
The influence of the mind is the
origin of momentum for sexual desire, so virilization must consider mental
health. Vajikarana therapies can be
utilized for treating disorders of the mind, including depression.
Sex is an integral part of our daily habits, and should be given as much
attention as diet or exercise.
Ayurveda says that human sex is not simply physical mating but is the union of
two bodies, minds and souls,
and that it can be a transformative and healing experience if managed correctly.
For people who want to
rebuild sexually, Ayurveda proposes a one month interval of absolute sexual
chastity, allowing the body to
relax and balance. After this readjustment period, you may use detoxification
remedies and diet to clean out
old accumulated wastes, followed by the actual foods and herbs to enhance sexual
If extensive vajikarana therapy is necessary, the deep cleansing practices (panchakarma)
are usually employed as a preparatory measure. Interestingly, Charaka says that
the female is the greatest of all
The actual sex act is important in maintaining sexual pleasure and potency.
The atmosphere should
include sweet music, sweet fragrance and flowers. Wait a while after eating.
Ideally, partners should be
physically, emotionally and spiritually involved with the other.
An absolutely satisfying sexual union confers health and vitality upon you
and your partner. It is
essential that both partners are satisfied. Deviant or unsatisfying sex has
adverse effects on mental and
physical health. It aggravates the doshas and reduces immunity. Afterwards,
urinate to balance the energy in
the pelvis, and relax, perhaps with a warm bath. Finish with a special drink of
hot milk or almond milk with
ghee and honey or dates and saffron.
The evening, especially after two hours of dinner, is the ideal time for
intimacy, as it is kapha time.
The frequency of sex depends on constitution. Kapha types may engage in sex more
frequently than vata &
pitta types thanks to their innate extra stamina. Vata types may seek
satisfaction in changing partners. Pitta
types are usually on a quest for more sexual intensity.