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What is Vajikarana?

In Sanskrit, Vaji means horse, the symbol of sexual potency and performance thus Vajikaran means producing a horse's vigor, particularly the animal's great capacity for sexual activity in the individual.

Vajikarana or Vrishya chikitsa is a one of eight major specialty of the Ashtanga Ayurveda. This subject is concerned with aphrodisiacs, virility and improving health of progeny. As per Charak Samhita, by proper use of these formulations, one becomes endowed with good physique, potency, strength, and complexion and sexually exhilarated and sexually potent. This in turn is helpful in many common sexual dysfunctions, including Infertility, Premature Ejaculation and Erectile dysfunction.

Vajikarana is one of the major healthcare segments, because this is said to enhance not only sexual performance, but also improves the quality of the off-springs.

An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda-Ayu; the segment has become more important in the recent past, because the changing lifestyle is taking a toll on the status of male sexual health in the global population. The incidence of infertility, erectile dysfunction, subnormal desire and performance in sexual intercourse are increasing alarmingly.

Approximately 15-20 percent of all cohabiting couples are infertile. Up to 50 percent of these cases belong to male infertility, which means that nearly 7.5 to 10 percent of all men in the reproductive age group are infertile. Erectile dysfunction is said to afflict as much as 10 percent of the male population.

Conventional medicine has discovered few chemicals in this segment, but these agents are associated with many unwanted and serious adverse effects.

Therefore, traditional medicines like Ayurveda and Chinese medicines have been the mainstay in this segment. However, owing to the associated hype and mystic, the activities of genuine herbs are subjected to criticism due to lack of scientific validation. The answer to this pessimism lies in the appropriate scientific evaluation of the genuine herbs improving male sexual health.

Source: Indian Journal Of Psychiatry

Indian J Psychiatry | 2013 Jan; 55(Suppl 2): S273–S276

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