Man on a mountain, Ashwagandha for men.

Ashwagandha For Men’s Health (Testosterone, Low Libido, Sex Drive)

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is commonly known as winter cherry. It’s been used in traditional systems of medicine to increase male sexual power, among other health issues, for ages. Ashwagandha is beneficial for women’s health, chronic sleep issues, anxiety, PCOS and much more. In this article we’ll consider Ashwagandha for men specifically.

Here’s what we’ll cover.

Testosterone And Sex Drive In Men
Low Libido In Men
Causes Of Low Libido In Men
The Importance Of Sexual Wellness
Ashwagandha For Men, Boosting Testosterone And Sex Drive
Supportive Clinical Studies

The meaning of the word Ashwagandha is ‘the smell of a horse’, which perhaps is due to its characteristic smell of fresh roots and may be due to its strength-giving quality. It’s been said to provide the ‘strength of a stallion’.

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NOTE: In Ayurveda, the third pillar of health, alongside food and sleep, is Sexual Wellness. Ashwagandha is just one way to help you harness your sexual energy and bring balance into your life, as well as handle very common endocrine and reproductive issues like Infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Disease and Erectile Dysfunction. Listen to Todd Caldecott’s introduction to Ayurveda & Sexual Wellness and discover the benefits of Ashwagandha for men and women.

Ashwagandha for men!Testosterone And Sex Drive In Men

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. In men, testosterone is secreted primarily by the testicles. Testosterone regulates a number of processes in the male body and is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. Testosterone is required for normal sperm development. Testosterone is also responsible for libido or sex drive, the desire for sexual activity.

Low Libido In Men

Our world today is highly competitive. Everyone is living under some sort of tension. It is not uncommon for a man to experience a lack of interest in sex or intimacy with their partner. For a myriad of reasons, men may consider intimacy distressing to themselves and this affects their personal life. Because of this tension in their personal life, they may face trouble in their professional life too.  

Some choose not to discuss their low libido with their partner or with their physician due to masculine norms or shyness. However it is common to lose interest in sex or intercourse from time to time. Levels of libido may vary from time to time. But this can also be a warning sign for many underlying issues. If you’ve been dealing with low libido for some time, speak to your health care provider to rule out any underlying health issues.

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Causes Of Low Libido In Men

Low Testosterone Levels

The primary cause behind low libido in men is a low level of the hormone testosterone. Low testosterone may have various causes too. As with aging, testosterone levels fall and this is a normal part of growing older.1

Other causes of low libido in men can include disturbance in other hormonal levels like low thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) or high prolactin hormone.2

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Chronic Diseases And Other Medications

Diseases such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure and some medications for HIV and some hair loss remedies can adversely affect sexual desire and testosterone level.2

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Psychological Issues And Mental Disorders

Stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental disorder can adversely affect sex drive and testosterone level.2

NOTE: In Ayurveda, the third pillar of health, alongside food and sleep, is Sexual Wellness. Ashwagandha is just one way to help you harness your sexual energy and bring balance into your life, as well as handle very common endocrine and reproductive issues like Infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Disease and Erectile Dysfunction. Listen to Todd Caldecott’s introduction to Ayurveda & Sexual Wellness and discover the benefits of Ashwagandha for men and women.

 

Ashwagandha for men!The Importance Of Sexual Wellness

In Ayurveda, reproductive health (Vajikarana or Vrishya Chikitsa) is one of the eight major specialties of the eight branches of Ayurveda. Vajikarana or Vrishya Chikitsa is concerned with aphrodisiacs, virility and improving the health of the progeny. So in Ayurveda sexual wellness is considered an important aspect of life.3

According to modern science, sexual wellness is important because it helps in reproduction. Beside this, it is important for your overall physical health, psychological health, emotional health and also important for your social life too.4

Ashwagandha For Men, Boosting Testosterone And Sex Drive

In the Ayurvedic text books, Ashwagandha has been mentioned under one of the Vajikaran or Vrishya herbs, herbs that assist with fertility and virility. However it has several important health benefits not mentioned here.

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In the renowned Ayurvedic text book Bhav Prakash (Pharmacopoeia of Herbs), it is mentioned that Ashwagandha improves semen quality as well as quantity.5 Semen is male reproductive fluid which contains sperm in suspension. Adequate levels of testosterone are required for semen production.

According to Chakra dutt, an eminent Ayurvedic text book, Ashwagandha acts as an aphrodisiac.6 Aphrodisiacs are also called love drugs. An aphrodisiac is any substance known to improve libido when consumed appropriately.

In Dhanvantari Nighantu it is mentioned that Ashwagandha improves semen quality and strength.7 In Ayurvedic practice, Ashwagandha has been used as a single herb or in combination with other herbs to treat various problems related to male sexual health.

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Supportive Clinical Studies

Ayurveda has attracted many researchers in the past few decades and hundreds of research studies have been performed and are still going, on various Ayurvedic herbs and formulations.

Ashwagandha has alkaloids, steroidal lactones and saponins as its main chemical constituents.8

A study conducted in 2013 on forty six male patients with oligospermia (low sperm count), found that Ashwagandha extract has the ability to increase testosterone hormone levels, improve semen parameters, sperm concentration and sperm motility.9

A study conducted in 2010 on 75 infertile men showed significant improvement in testosterone levels after treatment with Ashwagandha extract.10

Another study conducted in 2016 on rats provides evidence that extracts of Ashwagandha are helpful in increasing testosterone levels.11

A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, recruited 180 infertile men and gave them 5gm of Ashwagandha daily for 12 weeks. Results showed elevation in testosterone concentrations and sperm quality and motility improved.12

So you can see that Ashwagandha is a very useful herb for boosting testosterone level as well as sex drive.

In addition to the above mentioned clinical studies, many other clinical studies have also been performed on Ashwagandha and they showed that Ashwagandha has anti stress and anxiolytic effects.13,14,15 It is also helpful in hypothyroidism16 and these two conditions can also affect testosterone levels and sex drive in men.

Ashwagandha is a complete herbal package for men to boost their testosterone level and improve their sex drive. Take it following the advice of your Ayurveda practitioner or health care provider, in appropriate amount and in appropriate manner.

NOTE: In Ayurveda, the third pillar of health, alongside food and sleep, is Sexual Wellness. Ashwagandha is just one way to help you harness your sexual energy and bring balance into your life, as well as handle very common endocrine and reproductive issues like Infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Disease and Erectile Dysfunction. Listen to Todd Caldecott’s introduction to Ayurveda & Sexual Wellness and discover the benefits of Ashwagandha for men and women.

References
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2. DeNoon, Daniel J. “When a Man’s Sex Drive Is Too Low.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/when-a-mans-sex-drive-is-too-low#1.
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5. Aadrash Nighantu, vol. 2, page no. 135,137, by Shri Bapalal Vaidya, Chaukhmbha Bharti Academy, 2016. Reference taken from Aadrash Nighantu page no. 137, by Shri Bapalal Vaidya, Chaukhmbha Bharti Academy, 2016.
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9. Ambiye, Vijay R., et al. “Clinical Evaluation of the Spermatogenic Activity of the Root Extract of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) in Oligospermic Males: A Pilot Study.” Advances in Pediatrics., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3863556/.
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12. Gupta, A et al. Efficacy of Withania somnifera on seminal plasma metabolites of infertile males: a proton NMR study at 800 MHz. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 26; 149(1):208-14 https://www.testofuel.com/tf/can-ashwagandha-boost-testosterone/
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14. Singh, Narendra, et al. “An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda.” Advances in Pediatrics., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/.
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Alka Sharma graduated in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar, Punjab, India. She also completed a Masters in Health Care Services. Alka has been practicing as a general Ayurveda practitioner for the last 5 years.

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