AshwagandhaSexual Health

Sexual Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a plant in the nightshade family also known as Withania somnifera. Due to its adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, and aphrodisiac properties, the herb is used in ayurvedic medicine to remedy a number of conditions including high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, depression, high blood sugar, neurodegenerative issues, cognitive disorders and even sleep disorders.

All parts of the plant are believed to be medicinal including the leaves, root and the fruit but the root is mostly used because of its nontoxicity.

In recent times, ashwagandha has grown to be widely accepted across the globe as a treatment option for many contemporary issues, chief among them being the benefits of the herb for sexual health.

Ashwagandha is beneficial in improving the sexual health of both men and women. The benefit of the herb on human sexuality is reiterated in Kama Sutra and has been confirmed by several clinical trials conducted on the topic.

While some studies found that the herb may be effective in increasing the production of nitric oxide in men, thus treating conditions like erectile dysfunction and low libido, other studies have found that it may also be effective in improving sexual health for women. Here are few ways ashwagandha helps to improve sexual health in both men and women.

Benefits For Men And Women

Ashwagandha For Fertility

Ashwagandha has been proven to be effective in treating and even reversing fertility issues in men.[1] The herb does this by increasing the quality and quantity of sperm. However, it is not clear if the herb is beneficial in preventing sperm motility.

Ashwagandha for fertilityAlthough no human study has proved the benefits of the herb in treating infertility in women, animal studies conducted on the topic found that it is effective in reversing and treating the condition in women. This is because the herb is active in treating conditions like hormone imbalance, stress, premature aging, low libido and irregular menstrual cycles, all of which are the major contributing factors to infertility in women.

Ashwagandha For Libido

The loss of sexual appetite can be very frustrating and may lead to issues with intimate and family life. Ashwagandha may help reinvigorate sexual desire for both men women.

Many people are experiencing a significant reduction in their libido and this may be attributed to several factors such as stress,[2] aging, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, and even depression.

Ashwagandha effectively resolves this problem and boost sex drive as the herb serves as a sexual enhancer and stimulant.[3]

Ashwagandha For Hormones

Ashwagandha is prescribed in Ayurvedic medicine as a hormone stabilizer in both men and women suffering from hormonal imbalance.

A recent study conducted on the effectiveness of the herb in treating hormonal imbalance in men and women found that ashwagandha is beneficial in regulating the activities of the thyroid glands.[4] This is an organ saddled with the responsibility of producing important hormones in the body.

In addition, ashwagandha is active in stimulating the activities of the endocrine system by regulating the balance of hormones in the body. The herb stimulates circulation of blood to the female reproductive organs thus enhancing sexual performance and satisfaction for women suffering from low sex drive.

The herb is also beneficial in regulating important hormones in men. A recent study found that ashwagandha is effective in boosting the levels of luteinizing hormone and testosterone in men. The herb was also found to be effective in stimulating the activity of enzymes and enhancing hormonal balance in infertile men.

Ashwagandha For Aging

The herb is also effective in slowing down and delaying the onset of aging. Aging poses a lot of threat to the sexual health of both men and women as it may lead to a significant decrease in libido, vagina dryness in women, a decline in the level of testosterone in men and many other conditions.

Ashwagandha for agingAshwagandha has been found to be effective in delaying the onset of aging or slowing the process in those who are already going through it thereby preventing these symptoms. The herb also helps to boost strength, stamina and muscle size in men which invariably mean longer sex time, better performance and enhanced satisfaction.

Sexual Health Benefits For Men

Ashwagandha For Endurance

Ashwagandha has been found to be effective in increasing endurance in men. This is beneficial to the sexual health as it will allow men to last longer in bed thus allowing better performance and sexual satisfaction. Women love it when their sexual partner is able to last longer during sex because many women only orgasm if sexual activity is prolonged.

Ashwagandha For Testosterone

As already stated above, the herb is also beneficial in maintaining the balance of hormones in the body including testosterone.[5] This is the main sex hormone in men. Lower levels of the hormone invariably mean reduced sexual performance and satisfaction and libido in men.

Ashwagandha For Premature Ejaculation And Erectile Dysfunction

Ashwagandha is prescribed as an alternative treatment remedy for people suffering from erectile dysfunction. The herb can also aid in prolonging the sexual pleasure, as it is effective in preventing premature ejaculation. However, the herb is reportedly more effective in performing this functions if taken for at least 1 month for people below the age of 40 and 3-4 months for people above the age of forty.

Ashwagandha For Sperm Count

Another amazing sexual benefit of the herb for men is that it functions to increase sperm count significantly. A study conducted on the topic found ashwagandha may be effective in increasing the quantity and quality of sperm.[6]

However, it is still unclear whether the herb is beneficial in preventing sperm motility. Ashwagandha is believed by some to be more effective in treating the condition mixed with ghee, taken with milk or with lukewarm water.

Sexual Health Benefits For Women

Ashwagandha for Menopause

The herb is also effective in relieving the symptoms that accompany menopause. Swing in the level of estrogen is common in the menopausal phase. The reduction in the level of the hormone is believed to be the culprit behind most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause such as mood swing, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and a decrease in sexual desire.

Ashwagandha for menopause

If you are currently suffering from the side effects of menopause, this herb may be your answer as it has been found that Ashwagandha can be beneficial in regulating the levels of estrogen in the body.

Ashwagandha For Estrogen And Progesterone

Ashwagandha is prescribed as a remedy for women suffering from hormonal imbalance. Hormonal swing may affect women of all ages at different times in their lives.

Estrogen, a key female sex hormone produced by the ovaries in the first half of the menstrual cycle, stimulates the activities of the reproductive system and improve fertility. The balance of these hormones is essential for both the sexual and reproductive health.

Ashwagandha improves libido and sexual satisfaction in women as it is effective in regulating the levels of progesterone and estrogen in the body thus preventing symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance such as mood swings, heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular cycles, low libido, vagina dryness and more.

References

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23796876
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23439798
3. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/284154/abs/
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296437/
5. http://www.ergo-log.com/withaniasomnifera.html
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19501822