What is VAJIKARNA(Aphrodisiac therapy) ,is it good after 40 ?

In sanskrit Vaji or baaji is synonyms of Horse (The symbol of sexual potency and performance ) karna means to do/make/effect/cause .Thus vajikarana means producing a horse’s like vigor .In ayurveda the branch of medicine which deals with the management of defective semen and spermatogenesis along with sexual potency .
Need of Varikarna ?
Progeny ,sound health ,gratification & instant pleasure are merits of vajikarna ,it encompasses fertility .Those who wish to continue their sexual life in a better way needs Vajikarna
What are the benefits of Vajikarna ?

Vajikarna is not only to enhance one’s capacity to perform sex or increase semen quality . This therapy is recommended for all between the ages 16 to 70 to maintain healthy lifestyle .Vajikarana therapy improves the function of the reproductive organs and vitalizes reproductive tissues,
increasing semen count and strengthening their motility and making eggs more viable for conception
Indications for Vajikarana Preparations
· Age group (between 20 to 70 years)
. Premature ejaculation.
. To promote sexual health.
· Frequent indulgence in sex
· Shukra Kshay (Oligospermia)
Contraindications for Vajikarana Preparations
1 These preparations have to be consumed by the sensible man (Jitendriya Purusha, a man who has complete control on his senses and desires). If Vajikarana preparations are consumed by “Ajitendriya Purusha” he may prove harmful to society.
2 Before 16 years of age person are unfit for sexual acts as in younger boys formation of sapt dhatus (7 tissues) will not be complete. If sexual acts are performed at this age the dhatus will not build because all seven dhatus are related with each other they will land into a condition called Dhatukshaya in which the nourishment of tissues reduces and they feel weak and fragile.
3 After 70 years of age person are unfit for sexual acts Because in aged persons there will be Dhatu kshaya (deterioration of tissues) due to old age. If men above 70 years indulge in sexual act it may further deteriorate dhatus and can hasten aging. According to Ayurveda Acharyas “if an aged man performs sexual act his body will be deprived of energy and vitality. He will be lifeless like a dry stick which is infested by insects.” Hence Vajikarana preparations should not be consumed by aged
· Drama (Evil minded people or People with bad intentions)
· Traumatic and hereditary Impotence
Mode of Administration
The drugs used for Vajikarana possess the attributes of Madhura (sweet), Guru (heavy to digest),Vrishya (Aphrodisiac),Jeevaniya (invigorating), Brighana (bulk forming), Snigdha (unctuous) and one which causes Harsha (excitement). The individual aged between 16 and 70 years and those who are suffering from impotence, those who indulge in recurrent sexual activity or those who have a diminished production of Shukra (semen) shall undergo this therapy.
Who should Avoid Vajikarna
Ajitendriya Purusha
Food and regimen with sour, salty and pungent food, and incompatible food
Formulations use for vajikarna
1 Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is a widely used herb as a nervine tonic. The root of
Ashwagandha Possesses the qualities like aphrodisiac, tonic ,diuretic and stimulant properties.
Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen and upturns the body’s suppleness towards stress. The body’s defense mechanism against diseases is improved by refining cell mediated immunity
Atmagupta (Velvet Bean of Mucuna pruriens)

2 Atmagupta (Mucuna pruriens) is a well-known medicinal plant that is mainly used for the treatment of parkinsonism. Active ingredient found in the plant is L-dopa which is responsible for the therapeutic benefits. Mucuna puriens(kounch beej ) showed a great antioxidant potential and free radical scavenging activity.
3 Shweta Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum)
Shweta Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) possesses anti-inflammatory ,aphrodisiac and antioxidant Activity.It is madhur,guru,sanigdha and brighna in property.
4 Masha (Vigna Mungo)
Masha (Vigna Mungo) is a traditional medicinal plant used for the treatment of sex disease . It has an immune stimulatory effect on the body .
5 Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris. Linn)
Gokshura act as a diuretic and aphrodisiacurolithiasis, sexual dysfunctions, and infertility. Hence, it is planned gokshura to management of Kshina
Shukra (Oligozoospermia, Kshina Shukra , Alpa Shukra , Shukra Dosha, Shukra Dushti ,Shukra Kshaya,Shukralpata , Kshina Retas ,Bijopaghata and Shukradhatu Vikara ). Oligozoospermia is a seminal disorder in which the sperm count gets low in quantity .
Gokshura can enhance hormone levels to within a normal range. It can increase the testosterone by increasing the luteinizing hormone and the gonadotropin-releasing hormone.This hormone is effective in building muscles as well as improving fertility and libido
6 Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
Shatavari is a potent Vajikarana dravya, implying its ability to increase fertility, increases longevity, vigor and vitality of the body. Its Root has been referred as aphrodisiac, rejuvenating based on chemical constituents like Asparagine , polycyclic alkaloid and subsequently synthesized to allow for the construction of analog.Shatavari is used to increase rhythm of muscle
7 Acacia Nilotica (Babul)
The extract of babul was used to assess its antimicrobial activity against E-faecalis, S. aureus and C. albicans which is helpful in infection .
8 Anacyclus pyrethrum (Akarkara )
It is an aphrodisiac herb in Ayurveda that is said to enhance male vitality and nerve tonic .It is used to boost libido and increase testosterone which helps in improving sperm count .
Chlorophytum borivilianum (Safed Musli)
Is also called “white gold” in Indian system of Ayurveda .It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, hypolipidemic root has been used to treat male impotence, oligozoospermia , erectile dysfunction and antidiabetic action

Following food items are helpful to improve the quality and quantity of shukra dhatu.
Ghee and milk(Ghee formed by curd ) . [Cha.Sa.Chikitsa Sthana 2/3/20]
Ghee and roasted corn flour [Cha.Sa.Sutra Sthana 25/40]
Milk (cow)[Cha.Sa.Sutra Sthana 1/107]
Honey(small bee) [Su.Sa.Sutra Sthana 45/132]
Coconut water [A.S.Sutra Sthana 6/23]
Sugarcane juice[A.S.Sutra Sthana 6/49]
Crude sugar, jaggery and Sitta misri [A.S.Sutra Sthana 6/55]
Barley (yava) [A.S.Sutra Sthana 7/10]
Wheat [A.S.Sutra Sthana 7/11]
Shashtika rice (a rice variety) along with milk (sweet rice pudding), ghee, sugar and honey [Cha.Sa.Chikitsa Sthana 2/2/27]
Glycyrrhiza glabra (yashtimadhu) with ghee and honey followed by milk [Cha.Sa.Chikitsa Sthana 2/3/18-19]
Meat soup[A.S.Sutra Sthana 7/33], meat of rooster [A.S.Sutra Sthana 7/77], kulira (a fish variety),chatak gorria (a kind of bird ) – [A.S.Sutra Sthana 7/91]
Bone marrow and animal fat (med) [Cha.Sa.Sutra Sthana 27/295]
Principles of vajikarana therapy
The vajikarana therapy is based on the following principles:
Nourishment (apyayana): Vajikarana therapy nourishes the shukra dhatu to improve its quality and quantity.
Clearing and soothing effect (prasadana): Vajikarana pacifies dosha affecting shukra dhatu and improves its quality.
Increasing (upachaya): It increases the production of shukra dhatu in a middle-aged person.
Genesis (shukrajanana): It promotes genesis of shukra dhatu even if the quantity is deficient, as seen in old age.[Dalhana on Su.Sa.Sutra Sthana 1/8]

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