Ayurvedic Infertility Treatment
Ayurveda described female infertility as Bandhytva and mentioned Ritu, Kshetra, Ambu and Beeja as primary factors associated with fertility.
Ritu represents time/period in which fertilization can occur by considering timing of ovulation in appropriate reproductive age.
Kshetra describe seat of conception; uterus should be healthy enough to hold foetus after successful fertilization and conception. The vagina and other reproductive organs should be healthy and free of infection.
Ambu represents nourishment and blood circulation in the uterus, proper hormones for growth and development of foetus.
Beej describes healthy ovum and sperm.
These 4 factors play a vital role in the process of fertilization and any abnormalities in these factors can lead to infertility.
Ayurveda is a science, that has its own method of diagnosis & treatment. According to Ayurvedic classics, infertility is the inability to beget a healthy child rather than pregnancy as repeated abortions & still births are also included in types of infertility.
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Abnormal periods. Bleeding is heavier or lighter than usual.
Irregular periods. The number of days in between each period varies each month.
No periods. You have never had a period, or periods suddenly stop.
Painful periods. Back pain, pelvic pain, and cramping may happen.
Skin changes, including more acne
Changes in sex drive and desire
Dark hair growth on the lips, chest, and chin
Loss of hair or thinning hair
Weight gain etc.
Causes of Infertility
The specific causes which can lead Bandhyatwa are as follows:
Abnormalities in Ritu, Kshetra, Ambu and Beeja.
Abhighata in genital parts (injury / malformations in genital organs)
Abnormalities in Artavahasrotas (Fallopian tube blockage, Hydrosalpinx, dysfunction of HPO axis) which can lead anovulation.
Artavadosha; Dusta artava which can lead anovulation.( Menstrual problems caused by hormonal imbalance, infections, PID etc.)
Types of Infertility
Ayurveda describes various types of Vandhyatva; one of the classifications mentioned six types of Vandhyatva as follows:
1. Garbha kosh bhanga (uterus injury)
2. Anapatya (Primary infertility)
3. Kakvandhya (secondary infertility)
4. Garbhastravi (condition of repeated abortions)
5. Mrutvatsa (repeated still births)
6. Balakshaya (loss of strength)
Natural Treatment For Infertility
Ayurveda recommended that nourished and healthy body, stress-free mind, strengthening of immune system, nourishment of Dhatus and balanced life style help significantly in the management of infertility. Ayurveda describes that restoring Ojas, Vatanulomana, removal of Ama (toxins), pacifying vitiated Dosha, restoring Agni, Vajikaran and use of Sodhana Chikitsa, etc. are some approaches that can help treat infertility.
1. Vatanulomana -Vata is the main Dosha that induces pathogenesis of infertility therefore Vatanulomana is very important for the management of infertility. Ayurveda suggested various herbs and formulations along with disciplinary daily regimen for the management of vitiated Vata.
2. Ayurvedic herbs - Many herbs described in ayurvedic texts are known fertility enhancers and improve the quality and function of reproductive organs. Some of them are Shatavari, Laxmana, Shatpushpa, Lashun, Ashoka, Lodhra, Dashmool which should be used appropriate according to prakriti, vikriti and dosha state.
3. Ayurveda formulations for infertility are herbal or herbo-mineral medicines selected by an ayurvedic doctor according to the condition of the patient.
4. Sodhana (panchakarma therapies) - Sodhana help in the removal of toxins thus open up srotus (channels) and therefore maintain normal circulatory functioning of body. It is suggested to perform Snehan and swedan prior to Sodhana like; Vamana, Virechana and Vasti to remove toxins from body. Sodhana help to balances ovarian, tubular and uterine functioning which is essential for restoring
5. Fertility Diet - Diet that increase Ojas (vitality) is recommended for the management of infertility, foods that boosts physical and mental health should be consumed. Processed carbohydrates, Preserved food, bakery items,excessive frozen meat and junk foods can affect fertility thus such types of diet need to be avoided. Food like ghee, milk, nuts, makhana, chest nuts, dates, honey, saffron, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, whole grains and spices like; turmeric and
cumin recommended for enhancing fertility.
6. Life style modification - Ayurveda suggested that one should avoid excessive stress, exercise, sleep well, take timely meals, proper daily routine and avoid consumption of alcohol, smoking & over indulgence in sex and conducting Sadavritta help in the management of infertility.
7. Yoga - Yoga reduces stress, improves circulation, removes toxins and maintains healthy body weight thus can help in the management of infertility.
For best Ayurvedic treatment of Infertility -
Dr. Rani Gupta, M.D. ( Ay. Gynae) ( B.H.U.) Gold Medalist, Ayurvedic Gynaecologist at SKK Ayurveda and Panchkarma, New Delhi has an experience of 18 years in successfully treating infertility patients.