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Male Reproductive Disease

Diseases of the Nerves

Female Reproductive Diseases

This section reviews the various female reproductive diseases as described in Ayurveda.
Diseases of the female genital organ such as herpes and syphilis are common to both sexes
and are discussed under Male Reproductive Disease (Purushajanendriya Roga).

Usavarta (Dysmenorrhea)

Usavarta or dysmenorrhea is concerned with the reversed

function of the uterine nervous system that causes menstrual cramps. It is treated with the
regular Vata treatments along with warming medicated pessary and specific remedies against
dysmenorrhea. One specific formulation is two parts Dadima rind (pomegranate / Punica
granatum) mixed with one part Shatapuspa seed (anise / Pimpinella anisum) and 1/5th part
lauha Bhasma (purified iron oxide), mixed with ghrita (ghee) to make pills, taken in doses
of 2 pills twice daily. This medicine is taken along with Chandraprabha vati, 2 pills twice

Raktapradara (Menorrhagia)
Raktapradara or menorrhagia is typically related to blood defects that cause irregular menses.
It is classified into four categories: menorrhagia with the character of Vata, Pitta, Kapha and
Sannipata. All types of menorrhagia can be treated with specific remedies that maintain the
function of the nervous system (Vata) along with remedies for hemorrhage. Some specific
remedies against menorrhagia include:
1. Ashoka bark (Saraca indica), taken as churna (powder), 2 grams twice daily, or as a
decoction, 60-90 mL twice daily.
2. Ashokarista, 30 mL after food, twice daily
3. Bala root, 1000 mg, twice daily

4. Chandraprabha vati, 2 pills twice daily

5. Combination of Sauvira Bhasma (purified antimony sulfide) 25 mg and Vasaka leaf
(Malabar nut / Adhatoda vasica) 2 grams, taken twice daily
One useful topical remedy is a medicated pessary made from Sphutikarika (purified alum
powder) and Pippal bark (Ficus religiosa).

Vataja Menorrhagia
Menorrhagia with the character of Vata is concerned with the aggravated function of the
uterine nervous system. It is treated with the regular Vata treatments along with medicated
pessary and the remedies for hemorrhage, or proctitis, or hemorrhoid with bleeding.

Pittaja Menorrhagia
Menorrhagia with the character of Pitta is concerned with the aggravated function of the
uterine vein system that causes inflammation of the uterus. It is treated with the regular Pitta
treatments along with medicated pessary and the remedies for hemorrhage.

Kaphaja Menorrhagia
Menorrhagia with the character of Kapha is concerned with the aggravated function of the
uterine artery system that causes swelling of the uterus. It is treated with the regular Kapha
treatments along with medicated pessary and the remedies for hemorrhage.

Sannipataja Menorrhagia
Menorrhagia with the character of Sannipata is concerned with complicated acute symptoms.
It is difficult to cure and is treated with symptomatically.

Diseases of the Kidneys

Female Reproductive Diseases

Male Reproductive Disease

Ayurveda separates shukradosha, or defects of semen into eight categories: foamy semen,
deficiency of semen, rough semen, colorful semen, putrefactive semen, viscous semen, semen
mixed with blood and acids, and coagulated semen. Foamy semen, deficiency of semen or
little semen, and rough or dry semen are Vata disorders, concerned with the aggravated

function of the nervous system.

Semen with abnormal colors
(such as yellow or blue), and putrefactive semen are Pitta disorders, the result of the
aggravated function of the vein system. Viscous semen is a Kapha disorder, the result of an
aggravated function of the artery system. Coagulated semen is Sannipataja, related to the
aggravated function of all systems. Blood etc. mixed with semen is related to injury.
Defects of semen are almost always treated with the Vajikarana and Rasayana remedies for
long life and good health. Combined with these remedies, after proper diagnosis, are
treatments to maintain the balance of the bodily systems, i.e. the nervous system (Vata), the
vein system (Pitta) and the artery system (Kapha).

Vajikarana Remedies
1. Ashwagandha root (Convolvulus arvensis, Withania somnifera)
2. Bijaya leaf (hemp / Cannabis sativa)
3. Guduchi stem (Tinospora cordifolia)
4. Gunja seed (crabs eye / Abrus precatorius)
5. Jivaka bulb (wild garlic / Allium wallichii, small)
6. Kakoli bulb (Fritillaria cirrhosa)
7. Kapikacchu seeds (cowhage / Mucuna prurita)
8. Kasturi (deer musk / Moschus moschiferus)
9. Lasunam bulb (garlic / Allium sativum)
10. Musali tuber (Curculigo orchioides)
11. Pueraria tuber (vidari / Pueraria lobata)
12. Risabhaka bulb (Allium wallichii , large)
13. Shalaparni plant (Desmodium gangeticum)
14. Shilajita Rasayana

Klaivyam (Impotence)

Klaivyam or Impotence is related to defects of semen, old age and general debility. It is also
caused by lesions caused by sexual misconduct such as rape or excess masturbation.
Abnormal sex or sexual excesses lead to impotency for mental reasons (such as guilt) as well
as by injury to the nerves related to the genital organs.
It is treated according to the signs and symptoms, taking into consideration the cause of the
impotence, along with the aphrodisiac remedies (vajikarana) and general restoratives
(rasayana). When treating cases of impotence, a peaceful atmosphere in the home is very
important. Impotence caused by congenital atrophy or trauma is not curable.

Upadamsha (Syphilis

Upadamsha or syphilis causes the eruption of lesions on the

penis, and is classified into five categories, with the characters of Vataja, Pittaja, Kaphaja,
Sannipataja and Raktaja. Vata Upadamsha manifests with blackish colored lesions with
severe pain. Pittaja Upadamsha manifests with yellowish colored lesions and burning
sensation, later developing into an oozing lesion. Syphilitic lesions with the quality of Kapha
are skin coloured with swelling and itchiness. Sannipataja Upadamsha manifests with lesions
that have mixed symptoms, and Raktaja Upadamsha is similar to vataja but involves
Syphilis of all types is treated with bloodletting, specific healing plasters and laxative
remedies. Blood purifying remedies are particularly important to maintain the bodily
systems, as well as general restoratives (rasayanas) made with purified minerals. Syphilis
with the character of Raktaja (congenital) or Sannipataja (complicated) is not curable.
However, both can be treated with bloodletting practices and specific healing remedies to
reduce symptoms and prevent worsening. Syphilis in the advanced stage has to be treated
with surgery and with remedies based upon signs and symptoms in the affected organ(s).
Some specific remedies against syphilis are:
1. Triphala (3 fruits compound), 2 grams twice daily
2. Patola fruit (Trichosanthes dioica), 2 grams twice daily
3. Nimba leaf (neem / Azadirachta indica), 2 grams twice daily
4. Guduchi stem decoction (Tinospora cordifolia), 2 grams twice daily
5. Asana wood (Terminalia tomentosa) made into an infusion for internal use. , 2 grams
twice daily

6. Khadira Sanabhyam is Khadira extract (catechu / Acacia catechu, white) made

into a paste form, and applied topically
7. An external ointment can be made by burning Triphala fruits (Phyllanthus emblica /
Terminalia belerica / Terminalia chebula), then grinding with honey.