According to Ayurveda, infertility applies specifically to the biological failure of a woman of reproductive age to contribute to the conception and also to the condition of a woman who is unlikely to carry out a full-term pregnancy. Infertility is often described as an inability, according to modern science, to conceive after a year of daily intercourse without contraceptives.
The issue of infertility is increasingly popular nowadays, and it has become time-consuming to find a cure that is less difficult and inexpensive. Ayurvedic history on the importance of treatment of infertility is thoroughly discussed in ancient Atharvaveda literature. Ayurvedic treatment for infertility helps you get good results.
Causes of infertility
Infertility can be caused by male or female triggers. Infertility causes in women include ovarian factors, tubal factors, age-related factors, uterine disorders, PCOS, endometriosis, etc. The menstrual cycle can be impacted by many causes, such as diet, mental instability, unnecessary physical activity, lifestyle, and stress, which are liable for developing a Doshas imbalance (control the activities of the body-Vata, Pitta and Kapha).
Male infertility is typically caused by conditions that impair either sperm production or sperm transport, including varicocele, cancers, ejaculation problems, tumors, hormonal imbalances, tubular defects that transport sperm, etc.
In Ayurveda, the primary cause of any improper function of the digestive system is agnimandya (vitiation of the digestive fire of the body) and tridosha dushti (vitiation of three governing factors of the body).
Management of infertility in Ayurveda
Ayurveda ensures wellbeing by improving the body’s own self-healing and balancing processes and does not depend on any external or foreign element to substitute or correct the hormones in the body. It focuses on the holistic treatment of infertility with a view to improving the general wellbeing and quality of life of the woman.
Diet plays a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of illnesses and the preservation of good health. “Annam Brahmam”-Food has been likened to God in ancient Indian scriptures, as it is the key element in maintaining and nurturing life.
Dietary maintenance requires strict compliance and commitment to foods that enhance Ojus (an intersection factor for the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of the body responsible for general health, stamina and vitality) and eliminate substances that decrease Ojas.
This is essential in the regulation of ovulation and improves fertilization. Consuming whole foods provides all nutrients for the wellbeing of the liver, in addition to the fibers that alter the hormone levels of the body. Foods such as added carbohydrates, excess sugar, antibiotics, and hormones laden with meat and milk and canned goods kill fertility.
Ojas produce foods such as milk, ghee, almonds, sesame seeds, dates, pumpkin seeds, honey, saffron and avocados, fresh organic fruits and vegetables, vegetable proteins such as beans and peas, sweet, whole grains, spices such as ajwain powder, turmeric (improves contact between hormones and targeted tissues), cumin (purifies the uterus in women and the genitourinary tract in men) and Diet should be free of trans-fat as it damages arteries, threatens fertility and affects the heart and blood circulation, and would also be free of trans-fat.
Foods comprising preservatives and other chemicals such as artificial sweeteners, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a diet high in calories and other artificial flavorings and coloring agents, excess alcohol and caffeine, cigarettes, soda, smoking, red meat, processed carbohydrates such as pasta, white bread, rice, etc. may worsen the issue of infertility.
Treatment principles of Infertility in Ayurveda
- Agni deepana and Ama pachana
The formation of ama (toxins produced when food forms undigested in the stomach) due to the imbalance in Agni (the strength of digestion) contributes to many diseases.
Therefore, the treatment of Ama must always include treatment of Agni, through the use of the digestive and carminative Ayurvedic formulas, the proper consumption of meals within the required timeframe. Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy aims to remove Ama and thereby corrects Agni. Good Agni will lead to healthy Ojas as well.
Vata is the primary dosha involved in infertility. Vatanulomana (correcting the roles of Vata) is also very important in the treatment of infertility. Ayurvedic formulations, following routine exercises and a strict diet schedule, will help in Vatanulomana.
Effective sneha-swedas are performed prior to sodhan. Treatment approaches such as Vamana (emesis), Virechana (purification), Vasti (mediated enema), and Utharavasti specific enema delivered through urethral or vaginal pathways are then conducted according to the patient’s condition.
The patient must obey the peyadi krama (strict dietary regimen to be followed after Sodhana). This detoxification treatment helps to eliminate toxins from the body. These therapies tend to fix ovarian, tubular, and uterine disorders that induce infertility.
Ayurveda therapies help to reduce anxiety and eliminate impurities from the body. They feed the body, revitalize the mind and improve the immune system. They are helpful in reducing discomfort, nourishing all of the body’s dhatus, and pacifying Vata
Infertility itself is not on its own. It is the outcome of some other type of disorder. The herbs used in the procedure are then geared at eliminating the root cause. The most widely recognized and used herbs, such as Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemousus), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis).
These are extremely useful formulas that help to establish a synergistic hormonal equilibrium between the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and the Luteinizing Hormone (LH). No specific herb alone is known to be useful for the promotion of fertility. Therefore, in the treatment of infertility, a mixture of herbs is used to correct the organic or practical problem caused by infertility
Ayurvedic herbs used in the treatment for infertility:
- Ovulation problem – Ashoka, Dashmoola, Shatavari, Aloe vera, Guggulu, etc.
- Premature ovarian failure (POF) – Ashoka, Dashmoola, Shatavari, Guduchi, Jeevanti, etc.
- Blocked fallopian tubes, adhesions (scar tissue), and pelvic inflammatory diseases-Guduchi, Punarnava, etc.
The right mix of herbs helps to manage menstrual cycles, boost overall health and fitness, revitalize sperm (enhancing sperm count, morphology, and motility), minimize stress, increase sleep, control anxiety and increase energy levels, stabilize the endocrine system and improve blood flow in the pelvic cavity, thus encouraging fertility.
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