By Dr. Rahul Gupta, Sexology,
What is nocturnal emission?
Nocturnal emission is a spontaneous ejaculation seen in a male during sleep and vaginal wetness or an orgasm (or both) for a female. It is also known as nightfall. It is also called as ‘swapndosh.’ It is an involuntary discharge of semen. It leads to distressing symptoms, such as lack of concentration, headaches, excessive sweating, giddiness, etc.
What is the role of Ayurveda in nocturnal emission?
Ayurveda is the holistic mode of treatment where not only natural herbs are prescribed but also dietary and lifestyle changes are advocated in order to achieve the cure. Ayurveda recommends following changes in the lifestyle to decrease the frequency of nocturnal emissions:
- Make it a point to avoid water before the bedtime.
- Read books or listen to soothing music to ensure peace of mind.
- Practice yoga and meditation. This practice can help relieve stress and strain.
- Pass urine 1-2 hours before bedtime
What is the treatment for nocturnal emission in Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic medicines which are usually prescribed to treat nocturnal emissions are as follows:
- Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha contains withanolide which stimulates the function and release of sex hormones like testosterone and progesterone in males. It also helps in decreasing the occurrence of nightfall.
- Safed Musli: It helps in stimulating the reproductive organs of the body and decreases tension, stress, and fatigue of body, which are one of the main causative factors for nightfall.
- Shatavari: Shatavari is used for making many preparations for nightfall which have a great effect on treating nocturnal emissions.
- Tribulus terrestris: It helps in maintaining a balance of hormones in the body which control the frequency of night falls.
- Yohimbe: This herb enhances and makes sexual function better which ultimately improves the condition. It also helps improve mental health.
- Peppermint oil: It is used to massage the penis for decreasing the frequency of nightfall.
- Triphala powder: It is a mixture of Indian gooseberry, belericmyrobalan, and chebulicmyrobalan. It has a marked action on the sexual sphere which helps control nightfall.
What are the other therapies which are available in Ayurveda?
Other therapies which are also helpful in nightfall are as follows:
- Ritucharya: It means “right schedule time”. It is done to maintain the balance of Doshas (vata, pitta, and kafa). Thus, in order to achieve best results and to avoid the occurrence of nightfall, the patient needs to fix a particular time.
- Detoxification therapy: The Ayurvedic mode of treatment also recommends Panchakarma detoxification therapy for nightfall. Panchakarma detoxification therapy helps eliminate natural discharges of the body, and it also helps remove toxic products from the body. Thus, the detoxification therapy helps to maintain the frequency of nightfall.