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Aphrodisiacs in Ayurveda

Ayurveda has a whole science of Aphrodisiacs. It is one of the seven branches of its medical system. Ayurvedic Aphrodisiacs (Vajikarana in Sanskrit) are more than substances exiting sexual activity; they are tonics that nurture and give direct sustenance to the reproductive tissues. Others help promote the creative transformation of sexual energy for the benefit of the body-mind.

By starting in the reproductive system, these herbs invigorate the entire system, just as a tree is invigorated from the roots. They have a strong revitalizing action on the nerves and bone marrow, and increase the energy of the mind.

Many Aphrodisiacs increase Kapha, some, which are hot and pungent, increase Pitta.
The best Aphrodisiacs herbs in Ayurveda, in order of importance, are:
– Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
-Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera)
– Lotus seeds (Nelumbo nucifera)
-Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabianum )
-Amla (Emblica officialis)
-Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)
-Gokshura (Tribulis terrestris)
-Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
Bala (Sida cordifolia)

Shatavari, Ashwaganda, Gokshura and Bala are more specific for women.
Before using the Aphrodisiac herbs, the body must be clean of toxins (see Ama – root of all diseases). Otherwise, the results will be mixed or the treatment may fail.

Aphrodisiac herbs should be taken in doses of 4 to 8 grams a day in warm milk or water and with raw, natural sugar or honey.

TODAY’S TIP: Medically, Aphrodisiacs are not substances that stimulate a person to sexual excitement. The best Aphrodisiac, in terms of sexual stimulation, is love.


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