Infertility Treatment in Ayurveda
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. Ambu represents nourishment and blood circulation in the uterus, proper hormones for growth and development of foetus. Beej describes healthy ovum and sperm. Ayurveda 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.
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 recommends that a 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 ways to restore Ojas, Vatanulomana, removal of Ama (toxins), pacifying vitiated Dosha, restoring Agni, Vajikaran and use of Sodhana Chikitsa for fertility management.
Vata induces pathogenesis of infertility therefore this is very important for infertility management. Ayurveda suggested various herbs, formulations and disciplinary daily regimen for the management of vitiated Vata.
Shodhana helps in the removal of toxins & open up srotus. It is suggested to perform Snehan & swedan prior to Shodhana like; Vamana, Virechana and Vasti to remove toxins from body. Sodhana help to balances ovarian, tubular and uterine functioning.
Certain herbs are fertility enhancers. Some of them are Shatavari, Laxmana, Shatpushpa, Lashun, Ashoka, Lodhra, Dashmool which should be used according to prakriti, vikriti and dosha state.
Diet that increase Ojas (vitality) is recommended for the management of infertility, foods that boosts physical and mental health should be consumed. Preserved food, bakery items, frozen meat and junk food need to be avoided.
Ayurveda formulations for infertility are herbal or herbo-mineral medicines selected by an ayurvedic doctor according to the condition of the patient.
Ayurveda says that one should avoid excessive stress, exercise, do yoga, sleep well, take timely meals, and avoid consumption of alcohol, smoking & over indulgence in sex and conducting Sadavritta help in the management of infertility.