Men’s Health

meditation-male-images--w250h174Covered in this section: Prostate and Erectile Dysfunction, Infertility, Premature Hair fall

Prostrate and Erectile Dysfunction

According to Maharishi Ayurveda problems with the prostate and erectile dysfunction are due to disturbed Apana Vata (the downward flowing energy). Apana Vata controls the flow of energy, blood and nutrients to the prostate gland and other pelvic organs. Our sedentary western lifestyle is a major cause of imbalanced Apana. Forcing or restraining natural urges (including the urge to pass stools, flatus, urine, semen etc) will also Find-a-Practitioner aggravate the natural downward flow of Vata.

Apana Vata is also influenced by Prana Vata (which governs mental functions) and vice versa. Hence if you are worried, tense or irritable, the apana function is weakened. When the apana is disturbed it leads to dysfunction of the pelvic organs and in time disturbs Kapha (tissue formation) leading to enlargement of the prostate.

It is important to take care with your diet and digestion to ensure a healthy prostate. For example the prostate gland particularly needs zinc for its proper functioning. In Maharishi Ayurveda in addition to a balance diet it is important that our Agni is strong to ensure that food is properly digested and metabolised. Otherwise ama (incompletely digested and metabolized food residue) will accumulate in the prostate leading to inflammation and infection (prostatitis)


To correct the underlying imbalance it is recommended to avoid:

  • Sitting for long periods without a break.
  • Irregular routine, late bedtime and rushed lifestyle
  • Forcing or restraining natural urges
  • Foods that are cold, raw or dry or too hot
    & spicy or not spicy enough – avoid extremes.
  • Prolonged travel

And to favour:

  • Raisins, apples, green vegetables, sweet, ripe tomatoes and carrots lentils, lima beans,
  • Evacuating your bowels and bladder on rising in the morning
  • Almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds (high in zinc)
  • Taking time to empty your bladder completely
  • Sweet, juicy fruit to purify and maintain a healthy flow of urine.
  • Regular unrushed routine
  • Taking lots of water throughout the day, especially between meals, to keep the urine from becoming too concentrated.
  • Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation to settle Prana Vata
  • Early bedtime
  • A diet according to your predominant doshic imbalance
  • Herbal food supplements to balance Apana and the prostate function?
Please note that these recommendations don’t replace the advice or treatment recommended by your doctor


It is known that disturbance in the amount and/or quality of sperm contributes to around 40% to 50% of cases of infertility today. There are many factors that influence male fertility including smoking, obesity, drugs, environmental influences as well as testicular abnormalities.

From the Maharishi Ayurvedic perspective, fertility is primarily governed by the state of Sukra (one of the 7 dhatus or tissues). If the Sukra is well nourished, it results in sperm that are healthier and more resilient to damage. From Sukra is produced Ojas – the substance responsible for vitality, wellness and immunity. So balanced formation of Sukra is fundamental to the promotion of health and prevention of disease.


To maintain balanced Sukra it is recommended to avoid:

  • Anger, grief and worry
  • Excess hot spices, pickles, vinegar
  • Overheating the body
  • Deep fried and charred foods
  • Laptop computers and mobile phones close to your body
  • Fasting
  • Ombining foods that are incompatible like milk
    and fish or milk and citrus fruit

And to favour:

  • A settled happy home environment
  • Cow’s milk and ghee which directly nourish sukra
  • Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation to reduce anxiety, enhance happiness and support more loving relationships
  • Things that bring you joy
  • Saffron and cardamom (cooling spices)
  • Sweet, juicy fruits including raisins. figs and dates
  • Whole grains, almonds and walnuts
  • Rasayanas – herbal food supplements that enhance the nourishment of Sukra

Hair falling out

This difficult and often embarrassing condition is increasingly prevalent the video below offers recommendation to regain balance.

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.
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