SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

Inadequate sexual response may be due to a lack of sexual desire (LIBIDO) or to an inadequate performance; or it may be that there is a lack of satisfaction or ORGASM. Lack of sexual desire may be due to any generalised illness or endocrine disorder, or to the taking of drugs that antagonise endocrine function (see ENDOCRINE GLANDS). Disorders of performance in men can occur during arousal, penetration and EJACULATION. In the female, DYSPAREUNIA and VAGINISMUS are the main disorders of performance. DIABETES MELLITUS can cause a neuropathy which results…

Tea for Men

Tea for Men

While tea generally has plenty of health benefits, some types of tea have a few benefits especially useful to men. They are meant to treat particular problems only men have to deal with. Discover more about tea for men! Why drink tea for men While medication is known to treat various health problems, tea can work as an important treatment, as well. As a natural beverage, it helps with problems from impotence to erectile disorders. Some types of tea can even work as an aphrodisiac. It’s interesting that the health…

ALCOHOL

ALCOHOL

A colourless liquid, also called ethanol or ethyl-alcohol, produced by the fermentation of carbohydrates by yeast. Medically, alcohol is used as a solvent and an antiseptic; recreationally it is a widely used drug, taken in alcoholic drinks to give a pleasant taste as well as to relax, reduce inhibitions, and increase sociability. Taken to excess, alcohol causes much mental and physical harm – not just to the individual imbibing it, but often to their family, friends, community and work colleagues. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and disturbs both mental…

VITEX AGNUS-CASTUS

VITEX AGNUS-CASTUS

Linn.Family ► Verbenaceae.Habitat ► Mediterranean region; South-West Asian countries, up to Pakistan. (Seeds are imported from Iran.)English ► Monk’s Pepper-tree, Hemp tree.Ayurvedic ► Renukaa (seed). Renukaa and Harenukaa are synonyms in Indian medicine.Unani ► Sambhaalu.Action ► Dried ripe fruit—acts on the anterior pituitary gland, reducing FSH and increasing LSH; stimulates production of progesterone by reducing oestrogen; used as a substitution therapy in primary and secondary corpus luteum deficiency. Used for premenstrual syndrome, for regulating hormones in amenorrhoea and for bleeding between periods; also as a galactagogue and to assist bust…

PAPAVERINE

PAPAVERINE

A smooth-muscle (see MUSCLE) relaxant once used to treat IMPOTENCE (erectile dysfunction). The drug is injected directly into the corpora caverosa (spongy, blood-filled erectile tissue) of the PENIS. Men with psychogenic or neurological impotence may respond to this treatment. Its use is less common since SILDENAFIL (Viagra®) was introduced for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

MUCUNA PRURITA

MUCUNA PRURITA

Hook.Synonym ► M. pruriens Baker non DC.Family ► Papilionaceae; Fabaceae.Habitat ► Throughotu India, including Andaman and Nicobar Islands.English ► Cowhage, Horse-eye Bean.Ayurvedic ► Aatmaguptaa, Kapikac- chuu, Rshabhi, Adhigandhaa, Ajadaaa, Kacchuraa, Laan- guli, Rshyaproktaa, Svaguptaa, Shyaamguptaa, Markati, Kanduraa, Kevaanch, Shuukashimbi.Unani ► Konchh.Siddha/Tamil ► Poonaikkaali.Action ► Seed—astringent, nervine tonic, local stimulant, used in impotence, spermatorrhoea, urinary troubles, leucorrhoea, traditionally used for male virility. Also used in depressive neurosis. Hair on fruit— vermifuge, mild vesicant; used for diseases of liver and gallbladder. Leaf—applied to ulcers. Pod— anthelmintic. Root and fruit—spasmolytic, hypoglycaemic. Root— CNS…

IMPOTENCE

IMPOTENCE

Inability of the male to perform the sexual act. It may be partial or complete, temporary or permanent. Psychological factors are the most common cause and these include anxiety, ignorance, fear, guilt, weakness of sexual desire or abnormality of such desire. Counselling or sex therapy, preferably with the partner, has a 50-per-cent chance of helping to cure long-term impotence of psychological origin. Among organic causes are lesions (see LESION) of the external genitalia; disturbances of the ENDOCRINE GLANDS, such as diminished activity of the gonads, thyroid gland or pituitary gland;…

ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS

ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS

These widely used drugs include a range of different preparations which relieve DEPRESSION. All the antidepressants available at the time of writing are more or less equally effective. In studies where patients agree to take either antidepressants or identical dummy PLACEBO pills (without knowing which), at least two-thirds of those who receive antidepressants feel much better within three months, while fewer than one-third of those on placebos recover naturally in the same period. In general these drugs are useful for severe and moderate depression including postnatal illness; they are not…

HOLOSTEMMA

HOLOSTEMMA

Holostemma ada-kodien Asclepiadaceae San: Jivanti; Hin: Chirvel, Charivel; Mal: Atapathiyan, Atapotiyan, Atakotiyan; Tam: Palaikkirai; Tel: Palagurugu; Mar: Dudurli, Shidodi; Guj: Kharner, Khiravel Importance: Holostemma is a twining shrub with large flowers. The roots of Holostemma are useful in ophthalmopathy, orchitis, cough, burning sensation, stomachalgia, constipation, fever and tridoshas. The leaves, flowers and fruits are eaten as vegetable. The root is also used in spermatorrhoea. It is used in preparations of Vidaryadiganam, Dhanwandharam thaila, Manasamithravatakam, Balarishta and Anuthaila. It is also useful in eye diseases and it imparts resistance to diseases….

STRYCHNINE TREE

STRYCHNINE TREE

Strychnos nux-vomica Loganiaceae San: Karaskara; Hin: Kajra, Kuchila; Mal: Kanjiram; ; Tam: Itti, Kagodi, Kanjirai Mar:Jharkhatchura; Kan: Hemmushti, Ittangi; Tel: Mushti, Mushidi; Ori: Kora, Kachila Importance: It is a large deciduous tree, with simple leaves and white fragrant flowers. Strychnos is highly toxic to man and animals producing stiffness of muscles and convulsions, ultimately leading to death. However, in small doses it can also serve as efficacious cure forms of paralysis and other nervous disorders. The seeds are used as a remedy in intermittent fever, dyspepsia, chronic dysentery, paralytic and…