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Healing Sexual Problems in the Ayurvedic Tradition of India 

Healing Sexual Problems in the Ayurvedic Tradition of India
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Healing Sexual Problems in the Ayurvedic Tradition of India
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Keesha Ewers

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10.1093/med/9780190225889.003.0017
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date: 18 April 2021

This chapter summarizes the essential principles and approach of India’s traditional medicine, Ayurveda, to healing sexual problems. In Ayurveda there is no one-size-fits-all solution; rather, it defines constitutional types (doshas) according to the balance of elements and gives guidelines for sexual activity for each dosha. Health is said to begin with digestion, and Ayurveda offers a nuanced theory of how digestion may create either toxins (ama) or life force (ojas). Ojas is the basis of cellular reproduction, vitality, and sexual health. This chapter also offers gender- and dosha-specific herbal prescriptions for treating such sexual problems as low libido, premature ejaculation, vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, and anorgasmia.

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