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What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and its Natural Alternative

Abstract

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a widely used Treatment for Hypogonadism and this can be seen with declining age in men. The gradual decline the bioavailable testosterone can affect both the physical and emotional state of a person. Steroids and therapies to increase the levels of testosterone in males can suppress the condition but will leave you with many side effects. Although for natural management, it is better to adopt healthy habits and avoiding incompatible food habits. (3)

What is Testosterone and its Role?

Testosterone is considered as a primary male sex hormone secreted by a pituitary-gonadal gland which is responsible for the development of sex characteristics, sex differentiation, and fertility. This hormone is responsible for masculinity i.e. regulates secondary male characteristics. Secondary sex characteristics include hair growth and patterns, vocal variation and deepening of the voice. Generally, the level of hormones get lowers with age, this is the reason why men older in age have higher chances of having lower testosterone levels. (1)

Male Hypogonadism

What is Male Hypogonadism (MG)?

Male hypogonadism is a condition that is characterized by the failure of testis in secreting an adequate amount of sex steroids and sperms. Though this usually occurs with aging which hampers the testis functioning which ultimately results in an imbalance in follicular stimulating hormone (FSH), gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH). According to the studies, low testosterone levels result in decreased morning erections, sexual thoughts, and erectile dysfunction. This condition leads to the need for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the affected person. (1)

What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)? (العلاج باستبدال التستوستيرون)

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) focuses on restoring healthy testosterone levels and is also known as androgen replacement therapy. There are some potential benefits of TRT such as improved sexual desire, bone mineral density, enhances muscle mass and strength which changes body composition and all over improves the quality of life. (2)

Who Should not Get Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?

There are Some People for Whom TRT Can be a Risk are

  • People with a medical history of prostate or breast cancer
  • Severe or untreated sleep apnea
  • Erythrocytosis
  • Thrombophilia
  • Cardio-vascular disorders
  • Those who are planning for a child because this will suppress spermatogenesis.

What are The Symptoms of Low Testosterone Levels?

Low testosterone levels can be caused due to various medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, hormonal disorders, and some medications. There are some signs and symptoms which includes-

  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Low libido
  • Infertility
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Reduced strengths
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Reduced muscle bulk
  • Depression

Low libido 

Diagnosis of Testosterone levels

The low levels of Testosterone may range from 300 Nanograms per deciliter and the higher limit is 1000-1200 ng/dl. These fluctuations can be clinically diagnosed by some hormonal tests for analyzing the levels of LH, GnRH, and Testosterone in males.    

Side effects associated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)

Some of the Severe Side Effects of the Testosterone Replacement Therapy may Include

  • Infertility
  • Shrinking of testicles
  • Calcification of blood vessels
  • Increased acne which may lead to oily skin
  • Increased risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.
  • Stroke or onset of any cardiovascular disease   

Ayurvedic Aspect for lowering of Testosterone Levels(مستويات التستوستيرون)

It is mentioned in Charka Samhita that vitiated Vata and Pitta Dosha are the reasons for defective semen and it is suggested that semen disorders should be treated properly by involving dosha and dhatus after the examination. As impotency caused by the defect in semen is cured by the elimination of the defect itself. It is believed that intake of cold, rough, uncooked food and incompatible food, as well as deficiency of rasa (dhatus), exertion, anxiety, fear, grief, etc., causes impotency due to loss of seed (semen).

Ayurvedic Treatment by Planet Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Treatment

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)

Planet Ayurveda is offering a wide range of herbal supplements for the management of healthy testosterone levels in males. They have formulated a TRT care pack that includes these herbal medicines i.e. Male Support Capsules, Tribulus power capsules, Musli Strength capsule, Atirasadi Churna, and Amalaki Rasayan. All these formulations are 100% pure, natural and vegetarian. All the manufacturing is done in a totally sterilized environment and is strictly supervised by MD Ayurveda.

Product Description

1. Male Support Capsules

Male support capsules is a unique herbal formulation from Planet Ayurveda which contains Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shilajit (Asphaltum) and Gokshur (Tribulus Terrestris). This natural remedy supports overall male reproductive health and provides strength. It also increases stamina, boosts up energy levels and beneficial in the loss of libido. These capsules effectively boost the testosterone levels by stimulating pituitary glands; responsible for hormone secretion.

Dosage– 1-2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

2. Musli Strength Capsules

Musli strength capsules are a pure herbal formulation contains medicinal herbs like Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) and Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris). These herbs in combination regulate hormonal balance and strengthen the complete reproductive system. Gokshura is enriched with various phytochemicals, the precursor of male hormone i.e. DHEA which is responsible for increasing the testosterone levels and supports male sexual function. Safed Musli is a traditional herb and is commonly known as herbal Viagra. In this herbal combination, musli plays a significant role in increasing sperm count.

Dosage– 1-2 capsules one or two times a day after meals with plain water.

3. Tribulus Power Capsules

Tribulus power capsules contain standardized extracts of Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris) which is known for its aphrodisiac property and stamina enhancer. These capsules improve muscular strength, weakness, low stamina, and premature ejaculation. This herb supports overall male health and the healthy functioning of male sexual organs. Overall, this herbal remedy is very beneficial in increasing testosterone levels.

Dosage– 1-2 capsules one or two times daily after meals with plain water.

4. Atirasadi Churna

Atirasadi churna is an herbal formulation which contains Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum), Kali Musli (Curculigo orchioides), Semal Musli (Salmalia malabarica), Gokshura ( Tribulus Terrestris), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Akarkara (Anacyclus pyrethrum), Vidari Kand (Pueraria tuberosa), etc. These herbs in combination work efficiently in enhancing stamina and libido, reduces stress and anxiety. This herbal blend is beneficial in relieving weak erection and premature ejaculation.

Dosage- 1 teaspoonful two times a day after meals with plain water.

5.Amalaki Rasayan Capsules

Amalaki Rasayan is an amazing herbal remedy that contains pure extracts of Indian gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis). This herbal formulation is a great rejuvenating and aphrodisiac agent. Amla is a cooling, expectorant, anti-oxidative agent and along with this, it supports a healthy reproductive system in males.

Dosage- 1 tablespoon of this powder two times a day with plain water or milk.

Conclusion

Hence with the detailed discussion on testosterone replacement therapy, it can be concluded that all the ailments depend on the Aahar and Vihar of person. The elimination of the root cause according to the dosha can result in a healthy life without modern therapies and side effects.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5583373/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2701485/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3897047/

How Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

Overview

Gestation is the crucial phase of life by which one or the other day a woman has to go through. Those 37 to 42 weeks in the woman’s life brings a lot of changes either in the means of physical health or social well-being. Here in this phase, mostly  women have to avoid or take precautions regarding various things either in the form of a diet or medications.The most important thing is that at this time there are high demands of nutrition to maintain the health of pregnant women and the fetus. So, to meet the needs of pregnancy “SHATAVARI” is the herb of choice.

How Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

Shatavar or Shatavari or the botanical name is Asparagus racemosus is an herb that has been used since decades as a medicine in the traditional system of medicine and also in the form of  curry. Shatavari not only helps to maintain pregnancy but it also helps in the conception and promotes the milk production and ejection after pregnancy. Shatavari is a medicinal plant that grows upto 1 to 2 meters in height and is a native to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The roots are a useful part of this herb.

QUALITIES OF SHATAVARI or Asparagus racemosus

How Shatavari is Helpful During Pregnancy
Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

(Reference – BhavaPrakasaNighantu / GuduchiadiVarga / Shloka no. 186 and 187)

  • Rasa (Taste) –  Madhur (sweet) and Tikta (bitter)
  • Guna (Quality) – Snigdha (unctuous in nature) and Guru (heavy to digest)
  • Veerya – Sheeta (cold in potency)
  • Vipaka – The end product of digestion is Madhur (sweet) in taste
  • Effect on Tridoshas – Balances Vata and Pitta doshas
  • It acts as Rasayans (Rejuvenating)
  • It promotes strength and milk production, enhances memory, improves sperm quality and count, and is beneficial in treating inflammatory disorders, heart diseases, bleeding disorders such as hemorrhoids, menstrual disorders, etc.
  • Being vrishya (aphrodisiac) it develops a suitable environment for the fetus for proper growth and development.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF ASPARAGUS

  • The active compounds in the Shatavari are tannins, asparagamineA, shatavarins, shatavaroside A and B, asparanin A, filiasparoside C polycyclic alkaloid and so on.

ACTION AND EFFECTS OF SHATAVARI DURING PREGNANCY

  • It acts as a Rasayana (rejuvenating) that maintains the functions of all the systems. It is a generalized tonic that supports the female reproductive system.

EFFECTS ON THE ORGANS

  • Shatavari is an herb that mainly acts on the organs such as uterus (maintains the suitable environment for the development of fetus), ovaries (maintains FSH and LH level), brain (maintains the functions of all the other hormones like TSH, prolactin, testosterone, etc.), heart (maintains the proper blood supply to the fetus thus provides sufficient nutrition to the embryo),stomach (shatavari is cold in potency and sweet to taste therefore it balances pitta dosha and shows calming and soothing effects on stomach) and colon (supports the colon for absorption of the nutrition).

MAINTAINS PROGESTERONE LEVEL

  • As we know in order to maintain pregnancy the level of progesterone needs to be in proper levels otherwise it may lead to miscarriage or abortion. Asparagus helps to maintain this level and avoids the drop down of progesterone and in fact the estrogen level too also. Because estrogen is a precursor to the hormone progesterone.

Herbal Remedy for Women Health

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MEETS THE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS

  • No doubt everybody needs nutrition to maintain his or her health. But in pregnancy, a lady requires an extra amount of nutrition for her body as well as for his fetus. There are various macro and micro nutrients that are required for our body but in pregnancy usually the body requires –
  • Iron – Usually  pregnant women have less hemoglobin level in the body and often suffer from anemia. This herb helps to boost up the Hemoglobin level as well as blood level.
  • Folic acid – Folic acid is required for the proper growth and development of the child. Folic acid is responsible for neural development and also prevents the chance of birth defects.
  • Vitamins– Multivitamins are generally prescribed in the pregnancy to fulfill the needs of micronutrients but potentially Shatavari can fulfill all these demands. It is rich in vitamins such as K and B.
  • Calcium – After first trimester there is a high demand for calcium in the body as per Ayurveda after 2nd month the bones start to grow. Even some systems of the body start functioning after the 3rd month so calcium is required to perform all those activities. Shatavari can fulfill the needs of calcium effectively.
  • A GENERALIZED TONIC– Shatavari is a generalized tonic that helps to cover up the weakness and dizziness. Moreover, it provides strength to the body and reproductive organs and eases the pain and complications during labor (delivery) by nourishing all the doshas, dhatus and indriyas of the body.
  • BALANCES TRIDOSHA – We know that if all the doshas are in equilibrium state the person is healthy otherwise may end up with the various disorders. But a pregnancy may end up with complications if Vata Dosha and Pitta Dosha get vitiated or aggravated. It may retard the growth of the child.So to avoid these things Shatavari can be incorporated in the daily diet to fulfill the needs of multivitamins.
  • BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – Usually, immunity is very low during pregnancy hence, the pregnant woman and child are more prone to develop infections. This herb stimulates the immune system and safeguard the body from infectious diseases.

DOSAGE

  • Shatavari granules – Take ½ teaspoonful, mix it in a glass of lukewarm milk twice daily, after meals.
  • Shatavari churna – ½ teaspoon twice daily
  • Shatavari capsules or tablets – 1 capsule twice daily
  • Anupana (After drink) – Lukewarm milk or plain water.

NOTE:

  • Before starting anything like medicine or even the general health tonics you should consult a physician.