In ayurveda the seeds of onion are described as ‘vrushya’ or aphrodisiac. Few recommend both fruit and seeds or Kalonji to manage erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and Low sperm count (oligospermia).
Onion belongs to a genus called Allium. This genus includes garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and chives. These are very popular and used globally in almost all types of cuisines. Various studies have highlighted the medicinal properties of onion.
Ayurveda the ancient Indian medical science also highlights the uses and health benefits of onion. Some classify this as ‘tamasic food’. Ayurveda scholars identify two types of onion for medicinal uses.They are Red Onion ( Rakta phalandu) and White Onions (Shweta phalandu) . Among these Red Onions are more aphrodisiac in nature.
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Onion
Texts of Ayurveda describe medicinal properties of onions as follows.
Ayurveda acharyas say that red onion and garlic have almost similar medicinal properties.
Ayurvedic pharmacological qualities of onion
It is sweet to taste (madhura rasa) when you consume and also after digestion (vipaka). With its hot potency (ushna veerya) it balances vata dosha.
Ayurvedic Health Benefits of Onion for Erectile Dysfunction, premature ejaculation and Sperm Count
Ayurvedic scholars explain the medicinal properties and health benefits of onion in erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and low sperm count. The seeds of onion are also known as kalonji, are described as ‘vrushya’ or aphrodisiac. Few recommend both fruit and seeds to manage erectile dysfunction (impotence), PE and Low sperm count (oligospermia).
Since onion balances vata, it balances body function. Balanced vata helps in normal blood circulation to reproductive organs, uninterrupted flow of signals to nervous tissues of penile region. This helps to alleviate symptoms of erectile dysfunction or Impotence.
Ayurveda eulogises onion as “balaveeryakaram”. Which means it has energy and strength boosting properties. It supplies required nutrients to the development of sperms, maintenance of sperm health and enhances fertility of men. It also increases quality and quantity of semen.
This vegetable is the best food to relieve constipation. This in turn helps in ED which occurs due to constipation.
Onions in Erectile Dysfunction and Low Sperm Count Due to Diabetes
Onions contain various types of antioxidants that can help boost our immune system. Results from recent studies shows that it also helps to fight against diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancers. It also contains large amounts of chromium and vitamin C which is needed by our body. Individuals who have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels have been able to actually reduce to the normal level. All they did is to add onions to their diet daily for thirty days.
According to Barry Lycka –
Onion Lowers blood sugar. With the lowering of blood sugar, it is a healthy thing to add to your diet if you are diabetic. There are times when you worry whether you are eating correctly or if you are just raising your blood sugar to the point of hurting yourself. Through eating onions, you can prevent any worry you may have.
Lowers cholesterol – Everyone can lower their cholesterol. There are even healthy people who have high cholesterol. Eating onions will help lower the cholesterol and make you feel healthier and happier. No one wants to have to take medicine all their lives when they can correct the problem with a simple object.
Naturopaths opine that onions can lower blood sugar level, cholesterol and hypertension. This implies that onions also help in Impotence and low sperm count which occur due to diabetes (Erectile Dysfunction due to diabetes), increased cholesterol and hypertension .
This shows that onions can supply the nutrients required to improve performance in bed and also boost male fertility.
How to Use Onions for Erectile Dysfunction and Low sperm Count
Use it Raw:
Onion juice and honey
Mix 1 table spoon of onion juice with a tea spoon of honey and use it twice daily.
Onion and butter for sperm count
Fry thin long slices of one onion in half a tea spoon of butter till they become tender. Eat this twice daily in empty stomach.
Kalonji or Onion Seeds for Premature ejaculation sperm count
Seeds of onion or kalonji help to increase sperm count and sperm motility. Men with oligospermia can use this bulb. These seeds are praised in texts of Ayurveda as sperm count increasing dravya or substance.
Kalonji should not be used raw as it can aggravate pitta dosha. Hence these seeds can be sautéed in butter with vegetables.
Thus, Ayureveda has several uses of ‘Phalandu’ or onion, for the treatment and management of erectile dysfunction and low sperm count.
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