Semen Retention

It is commonly known among athletes and martial artists that avoiding sex before a competition or event is a vital contributor towards success, since the expelling of the sexual energy results in depletion of strength, fortitude, and concentration. This naturally raises the question, “If I never expel the semen, will my strength and stamina grow even more?”

In non-western medical traditions such as Ayurveda, Chinese or Tibetan medicine, it is widely known that retention of semen is a source of health, strength, vitality, and general well-being. The drain of energy that is felt after orgasm has a solid scientific basis. Moreover, the easily observable effect of the woman absorbing semen, becoming lively, energetic and happy, is evidence of the energy transmitted.

The semen is a viscid albuminous fluid, alkaline in reaction, which is very rich in calcium and phosphorus, also in lecithin, cholesterol, albumen, nucleoproteins, iron, vitamin E, etc. In the ejaculation of the normal man, about 226 million spermatozoa are given off; these are rich in phosphorized fats (lecithin), cholesterol (the parent-source of sex hormones), nucleoproteins and iron. An ounce of semen is considered to be equal in value to sixty ounces of blood, of which it constitutes an extract of some of its most valuable of constituents, as far as its vitalizing power is concerned. Dr. Frederick McCann remarks on this point, “From what has been stated it must be admitted that the spermatic fluid does possess potentialities justifying the belief of ancient writers concerning its vital properties.”

The semen contains substances of high physiological value, especially in relation to the nutrition of the brain and nervous system. If resorption of semen through the wall of the female genital tract has a vitalizing effect on the female organism, the same should be the case in the body of the male in which it is formed and conserved. And conversely, loss of semen must deprive the organism of vitality and valuable substances necessary for the nutrition of nervous tissue, such as lecithin, which has been used therapeutically with great success for the cure of neurasthenia resulting from sexual excess. – Raymond W. Bernard MD

Orgasm depletes enormous energy from the endocrine and nervous systems, leaving the body weak and lethargic until the energies are gradually created again.

In Tibetan medicine, it is said that seven drops of the vital essence of food are required to produce one drop of the vital essence of blood. And it takes one cup of the vital essence of blood to produce one drop of the vital essence of semen. This underscores its value and the time it takes to produce it in the body. Moreover, the Tibetan scriptures state that by retention and transformation of the vital essence of semen, the tigle or vital essence invigorates the body and the mind. This is the basic foundation of the thousand year history of Tibetan Buddhism, and the fundamental source of the huge number of highly effective people who flowered from the tradition, like the Dalai Lamas, Milarepa, Tsong Khapa, and many more.

In other traditions around the world, some of the most remarkable people in history were devoted to the preservation of their semen: people like Shakespeare, Thoreau, Gandhi, Buddha, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Galen, Aristotle, Beethoven, and others.

‘The horror with which ancient literature regarded the fruitless loss of the vital fluid was not a superstition born of ignorance. . . Surely it is criminal for a man to allow his most precious possession to run to waste.’ – Mohandas K. Gandhi, from a talk with Margaret Sanger, 1935, Dr. Bernard. R.W., Nutritional Sex Control & Rejuvenation. Health Research: Pomeroy

Yet, in all of these cases, the mere retention of the energy is not enough. Energy cannot be stored easily or without effort. Experiments with semen retention quickly reveal how agitated and anxious the person can become if they do not know how to direct that energy in a new way. This is why the ancient spiritual traditions taught techniques of transmutation to the initiates. Without transmutation of the retained energy, the trapped forces find other avenues to flow through: such as mental preoccupation, fanaticism, fantasy, obsessive behaviors, depression, and other serious psychological problems. Thus, if you intend on saving your sexual energy, be sure to adopt new behaviors to direct those energies in a healthy way. Some suggestions include:

  • Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Sports and physical exercise
  • Regular, concentrated enjoyment of classical music or art
  • Deep breathing practices
  • Tibetan exercises
  • Runic exercises


In common usage: “The smaller, usually motile male reproductive cell of most organisms that reproduce sexually.”

English semen originally meant ‘seed of male animals’ in the 14th century, and it was not applied to human males until the 18th century. It came from Latin semen, “seed of plants,” from serere `to sow.’ The Latin goes back to the Indo-European root *se-, source of seed, disseminate, season, seminar, and seminal. The word seminary (used for religious schools) is derived from semen and originally meant ‘seedbed.’

That the semen is the source of all virtue is known from the word “seminal,” derived from the Latin “semen,” and which is defined as “highly original and influencing the development of future events: a seminal artist; seminal ideas.”

In the esoteric tradition of pure sexuality, the word semen refers to the sexual energy of the organism, whether male or female. This is because male and female both carry the “seed” within: in order to create, the two “seeds” must be combined.

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” – 1 John 3:9

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many [offspring]; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” – Galatians 3:16


Compare with:

Smen: In the ancient Egyptian language, smen means “order, foundation,” or “to be established or founded upon.” Compare with Simon in the Gospel:

He [Jesus] saith unto them, “But whom say ye that I am?”

And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

And I say also unto thee, “That thou art Peter [Petra: rock], and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Amen Smen: the Egyptian Paradise.

Smen: (also sman, semneh, or sminn) a traditional cooking oil common in North African and Middle Eastern cuisines that is produced by a process of straining and refining that can take months or even years. In the Bible, oil is a symbol of transmuted, refined sexual energy, as in:

Shemen: (Hebrew שמן) Usually translated as “oil,” as in the essential extract pressed out of a plant or fruit (such as the olive). What is the essential extract of a man, but semen? In fact, שמן is pronounced “semen.”

[There is] treasure to be desired and שמן [oil] in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up [through lust]. – Proverbs 21:20

Semnos: (Greek) worthy of honor, noble.

Byan sems: (Tibetan) Can be translated either as “semen” or “bodhichitta: the mind of enlightenment.” Tibetan Tantra is clear on the relationship between spiritual development, mind, and sexual energy.

Sems: (Tibetan) “mind, thought, thinking process.” Associated word: sim: “pleasure, well being.”

Sems can: (Tibetan) animated being.

Semen in Various Languages

Hebrew: זרע zera, “seed.”

And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your semen after you… – Genesis 9:9


  1. reta; (compare with Hebrew, above) related to urdhvareta, “a celibate intending to control the semen and direct it inwards and upwards.”
  2. viirya, “vitality, enthusiasm, semen,” the root of the words “virile, virtue, vira (warrior).”
  3. Shukra: the planet Venus. The word also means “semen or sexual secretions.”


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