MASTURBATION – ITS ILL EFFECTS and REMEDY
The act of sex is the most primitive of man’s instincts. But when it takes the form of lust (not to be read as perversion), one takes to acts such as Masturbation. Please do not feel guilty. The reason is that a person who masturbates comes into the same bracket as the one who smokes, drinks or one who indulges in emotional eating and such other vices.
Masturbation happens as a result of a deep seated craving, an unfulfilled desire that is not getting addressed. When the release happens, a person feels relaxed with a sense of temporary fulfillment. but the after effects are a feeling of being wasted, Low energy levels, Backaches, Feeling gassy, Bloatedness, Lack of Appetite, Dry skin, Pimples, Running nose, Cough and colds, Allergic colds, Skin lacking lustre, Joint pains and tightness, Dark circles under the skin, Bad posture (one who assumes a stoop), Low libido, Hair Fall, a deeper sexual urge that makes a person feel guilty (as one starts to rely on sex and sexuality all the time), Irritable bowels, Constipation, Emotional lows, Feeling like crying, High sense of guilt etc…
It is important for you to understand here that Masturbation is spending stored up energy in the body. the semen (called as Shukra Dhatu in Ayurveda) is the one which enables us to sustain our immunity levels in the body. Ojas (a fluid that is present in the semen gives us the immunity and is responsible to store the energy for the same). As one masturbates, there is a heavy energy loss and as a consequence, one looses immunity in the body. It is quite important to understand what happens in the process…
The release of the reproductive fluid on ejaculation activates and reverses the Apana Vayu (the downward moving force that is meant to help eliminate Urine, Stools, Semen, Menstrual fluids etc.). When the reversal happens, the energy travels up and occupies hollow spaces (mostly in the abdomen – in the area of the Large Intestine,in the joints etc.. As the energy moves upward, it also affects the movement of the diaphragm thereby causing one to experience shallow breathing. To gain strength and energy, one needs to breath fully and deeply. But with the diaphragm becoming stiff, one experiences shallow breathing thus resulting in low energy levels…
(There is a science on Breathing itself (called Pranayama) which explains and demonstrates how to activate the fluid in the lungs and the pericardium (called Avalambaka Kapha) and substantially increase Prana leading to Sustained Energy Levels. As Masturbation itself involves an emotional low (in the science of Yoga emotions controls breathing.. a case in point here is thus; when you get angry, you realize that you are breathing deeply, when depressed, you realize you are sighing etc.) low energy levels are experienced. This also prevents the oxygen from reaching the brain thereby leading to dullness and states of anxiety. So the process is a vicious circle.
As one is constantly occupied in thought of sex, the Shukra Dhatu (or the reproductive fluid) is spread all over the body thereby corrupting all other 6 forms of tissues or Dhatus ie; Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Meda, Asthi, and Majja. Heat (Pitta) increases in the body along with increase in Vayu (the energy which governs movement).
The act of Masturbation (not to be equated with an act of sex performed for procreation or for meaningful pleasure to preserve companionship) also destabilizes all the other 5 Vayus (The Samana Vayu Controlling Digestion,Assimilation and Absorption of food, The Udana Vayu controlling Thought, Intelligence and Expressions in the form of speech and internalized Conversations, Memory Retention and Recollection, the Apana Vayu controlling Elimination and the Vyana Vayu controlling Circulation of Blood and Nutrition, Blood Pressure, Movement of Joints, Reflexes, The Prana Vayu controlling Mental clarity, Sensory Perceptions and Breathing).
When Apana Vayu gets reversed, the Ranjaka Pitta, or the strong potent mixture of the digestive fluids is sucked into the intestines, mainly the large intestine thereby agitating the intestinal walls. The large intestine controls Skin and Hair and also elimination of gases. Skin becomes dry, Flaky, Acne prone, and discoloured. It can also at a later date lead to Psoriasis, Eczema (as a result of the prognosis of the ailment). When the large intestine gets agitated, it can lead to either Constipation or Irritable bowels.
The spent semen is again generated in the body only after a period of 48 days. There are ways in Ayurveda where it can be generated quicker…also, there are ways of preventing the the destabilization of energies but this cannot happen to a habitual masturbator which clearly is a disease of the mind.
To get over this problem, it is important to get to the root of the problem and this can be done through Nadi Pariksha. Through the diagnosis, one can be healed through remedies such as Yoga, Counseling, marmaa chikitsa, Diets and Medication. This will help restore and help cure one of this imposing threat to one’s very spiritual existence.