Ayurveda recognises the importance of a full and active life which facilitates the fulfilment of one’s duties. According to Charaka, the ancient Ayurvedic teacher, even saints and holy men of yore found that their long stay in the plains as mendicants had sapped their vitality. Therefore they sought refuge in the Himalayas where Indra gave them the secret of rejuvenation therapy.
What is Rejuvenation Therapy?
Rejuvenation therapy is known in Ayurveda as Rasayana chikitsa. It seeks to ward off decay and debilitation through a mix of massages, medicines and right conduct. The treatment is indicated for two types of patients: those who have become debilitated prematurely through dissipation and bad habits; and those who are ageing naturally but would like to ward off the physical manifestations of old age.
This treatment is known in Ayurveda as Vajeekarana or enhancement of sexual prowess. This is resorted to in case of patients who, though young, have become impotent due to natural causes or due to excessive indulgence; those who have lost their normal sexual urge or those who suffer from the effects of venereal diseases.
Semen is considered as one of the seven vital elements of the body. Ayurveda considers semen as the source of physical beauty, energy, intelligence and physical strength. Loss of semen due to over-indulgence or other reasons can lead to severe illnesses including loss of memory, depression and physical weakness.
Ayurveda has very potent and time tested medicines for sexual rejuvenation such as Dasamoolarishta, Aswagandharishta, Saraswatarishta, Sidhamakaradhwajam etc. Body massage, including Njavarakkizhi and dhara are also indicated in persons who are physically weak. Such treatment should, however, be taken on the advice of experts in Ayurveda.