Can Ayurveda treat infertility well?
Infertility is becoming a common issue worldwide, and millions of couples cannot conceive for numerous reasons. In India, approx 20 million couples are infertile, according to a survey by the Indian Council for Medical Research. Around 25% of all infertility cases are unexplained, i.e., the cause of infertility in such cases could not be identified.
How does Ayurveda state Infertility?
Ayurveda states infertility as a biological condition in which a person is unable to contribute to conception. Infertility can happen to both males and females. In women, it is a state when they cannot carry a pregnancy to the full term. Infertility can be defined as a situation arising from the failure to conceive after a year of intercourse without contraception. There has been a rise in infertility cases; this might be due to changing lifestyle, stress, pollution, improper diet, etc.
Female infertility may result from many causes such as blocked fallopian tubes, defects in the cervical canal, uterine fibroids or polyps, hormonal imbalance, etc. In males, infertility may be due to hormonal, psychological, anatomical and lifestyle-related causes.
In this modern time, women are attempting to conceive at a much later stage and a later age; the increased cost of child-rearing is also one of the factors that affect conceiving at a later stage. Increased use of chemicals in daily life and pesticides for farming led to increased infertility cases.
Due to this increased infertility, couples now depend on costly assisted fertility methods life In-vitro fertilization (IVF). Compared to these costly procedures, Ayurveda is a much cheaper option that provides holistic solutions.
Ayurveda has introduced to us 5000 years ago. It has been in our roots for a long time and is still apart. Ayurveda solves a ton of problems related to health and also issues related to infertility. Ayurvedic infertility treatment is a whole new world altogether when compared to medical science.
It emphasizes the body as a whole and not just on having a healthy sperm or ovum. It is to heal your body so that it gets back its capacity, making the problems of fertility a history.
Reasons for choosing Ayurveda
Ayurveda focuses on the basic cause – unlike modern medicines that work to reduce and control symptoms, Ayurveda addresses the basic cause and heals from the roots to tip. Ayurveda detoxifies your body for the medicines to work better towards treating the basic causes of the diseases. Ayurveda is more than just ayurvedic medicines – your diet and lifestyles play a vital role in your health. Ayurveda focuses not just on curing through medicines but also focuses on your diet and lifestyle.
Reduces future health risks – As Ayurveda targets the root causes of the problems, it reduces the recurrence of health risks. It reduces the risk of severe health issues arising out of the untreated underlying causes. As recurrence of health complications is curbed, so it reduces the risk of health complications in the future.
What is panchakarma?
According to doctors, preparation is the most essential to attain fertility. Ayurvedic fertility treatment, called panchakarma treatment, regularizes all the hormones and reproductive system and keeps everything balanced. This treatment removes all toxins from the body and regularises the menstrual cycle. It maintains all the doshas such as Vata, Pitta and Kapha in a balanced state, thereby improving metabolism.
Panchkarma is a treatment for eliminating toxins from the body. Panchakarma treatment involves procedures such as Vamana, virechana, Basti, Uttar Basti, and Nasya detoxifies your body and strengthens your reproductive system. In these treatments, according to the patient’s needs, medicines are selected.
Amapacana and Agnideepana– When you intake food, and if you have a low digestive fire, the food won’t digest, thereby forming “Ama”. Ama is undigested food that forms toxins in our body. Panchakarma helps to eliminate toxins from the body.
Vatanulomana – Vata is the main dosha involved in infertility, so correcting this is essential. Medicine during the treatment eliminates Vata and helps to correct the vitiated Vata dosha.
Vamana and Virechana – Removes all the toxins from the body, improves the metabolism and digestive system, and strengthens the reproductive system.
Basti – Basti plays an important role in strengthening the reproductive system and removes the toxins to increase the chances of conception.
Uttar Basti- This is the procedure where the enema is administered through the urethral or vaginal route. These above all procedures help eliminate toxins from the body and help correct ovarian, tubular, and uterine problems that cause infertility. These procedures help to nourish our body and strengthen the immune system.
What can an ayurvedic doctor do for you?
The ayurvedic doctor studies whether the problem lies in the man or woman; later, he identifies the root causes of the problem and advises the changes that need to be made in diet, lifestyle and suggests exercises or yoga. The doctor will prescribe natural remedies or treatment that he/she fit to regulate the excess heat, hormones and to ensure optimum conditions for conceiving. The doctor will advise you with problem specific treatments for treating specific infertility disorders such as endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids, failure to ovulate and miscarriages, etc.
Infertility solutions in Ayurveda
Solutions for infertility by Ayurveda are:
Enhancing ‘artava dhatu’ in the body: The quality and quantity of ‘artava dhatu’ is essential for conception as it is vital for improving women’s reproductive capacity and health. Some herbs and food types such as dates and broccoli enhance the ‘artava dhatu’. Grains like quinoa help enhance estrogen and help balance the hormonal activity in the body for women.
Avoiding Spicy Food: According to Ayurveda, ‘artava dhatu’ requires a cool environment to support fertility. Too much spicy food can disrupt the process and oppose the production of the ovum; therefore consuming spicy food can lower ovum quality in women.
“Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)”: “Lodhra” is a great ayurvedic treatment for infertility as it stimulates and increases reproductive hormones like FSH (Follicular Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinising Hormone). If consumed during preliminary pregnancy, it reduces the chances of miscarriage. It is believed that ‘if ‘lodhra’ is taken with ‘supari pak’ two times every day with honey and milk, it increases the success rate of conception.
“Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris)”: This herb is beneficial for both men and women. In women, it stimulates ovulation.
Enhancing ‘shukra dhatu’ in the body: The quality and quantity of ‘shukra dhatu’ is essential for conception. It is essential for improving the reproductive capacity and health of men. Some herbs and food types such as broccoli and dates enhance the ‘shukra dhatu’ by increasing testosterone. These are known as ‘vrishya’.
Avoiding Spicy Food: Ayurveda states that ‘shukra dhatu’ requires a cool environment to support fertility; therefore, excess spicy food can disrupt the process and oppose the production of the sperm. It also results in a lower quantity and quality of sperm and fewer spermatozoa motility.
Wearing boxers instead of briefs: There are many negative effects of heat on the reproductive system of both women and men. Temperature plays an important role in the production of sperm. The body temperature should, ideally, below. Normally the scrotal sac is kept at a cooler temperature, but when a person wears tight underwear, the fabric traps the body heat and doesn’t release it.
“Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens)” works well for men: “Kapikachhcu or Mucuna Pruriens” is a herb that has aphrodisiac properties and improves fertility in men by increasing the libido and quantity and quality of the sperm.
“Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)” is beneficial for both women and men: In men, it helps to cure erectile dysfunction and improves sperm count.
Medicines that are used in Ayurveda to treat infertility
Ovulation failure/disorder – Ashoka, Aloe, Dashamoola, Guggulu. Nagakeshara, Shatavri.
Premature ovarian failure – Dashamoola, Guduchi, Jeevanti, Punarnava Shatavari, and Yeranda moola.
PID- Dashamoola, Gokshura, Guggulu, Punarnava, Yeranda
What kind of fertility issues can be treated with Ayurveda?
- Autoimmune disorders (such as NATURAL killer cells SYNDROME)
- Diminishing ovarian reserves (AMH LOW)
- Endocrine disorders (e.g. diseases of the thyroid and adrenal glands, hypothalamic amenorrhea, hyperprolactinemia)
- Failure to ovulate
- Infections in the pelvic area
- Implantation failure
- Low sperm count
- Low motility of sperm
- Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)
- Production of immature eggs
- Production of too many eggs of poor quality (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
- Uterine fibroids
Fertility tips which you can follow from this minute
Eat a pitta- (heat) reducing diet. The most Pitta increasing foods to cut out on, red meat, caffeine, alcohol, red vegetables, tropical fruit (especially pineapple), and dry grains. Consume white meat, white fish, carbohydrates, Green vegetables (especially spinach), milk, avocado, apples, pears, and berries. Practice gentle yoga and meditation do not do activities such as running, jogging, and aerobic exercise, creating too much body heat.
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