Infertility is a condition when woman fails to conceive after regular sexual intercourse for one year without contraceptives, or when she fails to retain the fetus till childbirth. This condition not only affects the couple physically but also disturbs them socially and emotionally.
How Can Ayurveda Help In Infertility?
In Ayurveda, the conception of child is not merely a result of physical intimacy but is treated as physical, emotional and spiritual phenomenon. For creating a healthy child it is believed that both men and women should be physically and mentally healthy so that they can produce healthy seeds i.e female ovum and male sperm for conception. This is necessary so that all good qualities can be passed on to your child.
For improving overall sexual health in men and women, Ayurveda has a special branch known as “Vajeekarana”. “Vajeekarana” means to make one potent like a Horse –vaji !!. In both men and women, reproductive health depends upon the health of “shukra dhatu”. In women the “shukra dhatu” produces the ovum and in men it is responsible for producing the semen.
Basically “shukra dhatu” is a seventh dhatu of our body and the other six dhatus are responsible for creating the raw material for “shukra dhatu” by the chain of metabolic transformations. Therefore, all the previous dhatus should be of good quality and quantity for healthy formation of the “shukra dhatu” and healthy conception.
What Can Be The Causes of Infertility?
According to Ayurveda infertility arises when “shukra dhatu” does not get the proper nutrition which can happen due to poor digestion, lack of balanced diet or due to presence of toxins inside the body which can cause obstruction in reproductive channels. Few other causes which also can be a cause of fertility are:
- Sexual overindulgence is also a cause of “shukra kshya” (decrease of “shukra dhatu”) and can sometimes lead to klebya (impotency)
- Mental disturbances like anxiety, depression and insomnia can also be a cause
- Eating extra hot and spicy food increase the pitta in our body and weakens the formation of “shukra dhatu” inside our body which ultimately delay our chances to conceive
- Even controlling your sexual urges for longer period of time can leads to “Veerya-avarodha” (Obstruction of semen) and can result in decreased libido
- If you are suffering from by birth impotency
How Can I Treat Infertility With Ayurveda?
Ayurveda treatment for infertility dates back to several thousand years when modern medicine was nonexistent. Ayurvedic scholars explored infertility with a new approach by improving a couples’ overall health in order to increase their chances of conceiving without any medicinal interference.
Here are few tips which can help you in treating infertility.
- Enhance “shukra dhatu” in your body: For healthy conception, the quantity and quality of “shukra dhatu” is very critical. It is important to enhance “shukra dhatu” in order to increase the reproductive capacity and health in both men and women. There are many foods and herbs that specifically enhance the “shukra dhatu” in both men and women and are known as vrishya. They include foods items like asparagus, broccoli, milk and dates.
- In men: Food items like Asparagus, Dates and Almonds can work wonders. Asparagus has testosterone enhancing qualities whereas almonds and dates enhance “shukra dhatu” in them
- In women: Grains such as quinoa enhance the estrogenic activity and balance the hormonal activity in body. In fruits eating pineapple and pineapple can be beneficial for a healthy ovum
- Say no to spicy food: In Ayurveda “shukra dhatu” is known as sheet (cold) dhatu which means that shukra needs a cool environment in order to support fertility. Thus too much hot spicy food can decline the quality of “shukra dhatu” and can oppose the enhancing of sperm and ovum. So, if a person is too much inclined towards food products which are spicy and hot in nature then it can result in less quantity and quality of sperm and less motility of the spermatozoa. It can also lower the quality of ovum in women
- Wear boxers instead of briefs: The negative effect of heat on the reproductive system of both men and women has been known by Ayurveda for thousands of years. Now there are several researches which support the fact that in order to produce sufficient quality and quantity of sperm, the temperature of testes must be lower than the body temperature. During normal conditions scrotal sac is kept cool by the body so when person wears a tight clothing it holds the heat inside and does not release it properly thus leading to lower and damaged sperm count
- “Shirodhara” therapy: For treating the hormonal imbalances in infertility many specific medicated oils are used on the head with “shirodhara”therapy. Special rhythmic movement of the liquid over the forehead at specific point bring the mind into a balanced state. This process stimulates the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands and creates proper communication between them to secrete adequate amounts of hormones, including FSH. In women FSH stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles and without FSH they do not release an egg, and thus leading to infertility
- “Basti” (enema): In “basti” enema of specific medicated oil is giving via rectum. This therapy procedure is quite helpful in eliminates the “doshas” from rectum and regulates “apan vayu” which improves the quality of semen and ovum
- Lead a stress free life: Ongoing everyday stress can have adverse impact on our body especially if it continues for the longer period of time. These stressful conditions can decrease the couple’s libido and prevent the healthy conception. In women constant stress can affect ovulation, they ovulate less regularly and thus making it more difficult to conceive. Stress may also affect testosterone levels and sperm production in men
- Use of “Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens)” works wonder in men: “Kapikachhcu or Mucuna Pruriens” is a well-known herb in Ayurveda which is famous for its aphrodisiac properties and is mainly suggested to improve fertility in men. This herb helps men in improving the quantity and quality of the sperm and also increase their reduced libido
- “Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)” can be beneficial in women: “Lodhra” improves the fertility in women as it is known for stimulating and increasing the levels of reproductive hormones like FSH (Follicular Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinising Hormone). When given regularly during preliminary months of conception “lodhra” lessens the possibility of abortion or miscarriage. When “lodhra” is taken with “supari –pak” (herbal formulation) twice a day especially with honey and milk after meals then it is known as boon to a lady having secondary infertility and conception usually takes place with higher success rate
- “Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)” – boon for both men and women: “Gokshura” herb shows benefits in both men and female infertility. In men it helps in curing erectile dysfunction and is very effective in improving sperm count and motility. Whereas in women it is known as female fertility tonic which stimulates the ovary and thus making it an excellent choice for women who are not ovulating due to PCOS
- Adopt the right life style: Adapting a healthy lifestyle is very important for couples who want to conceive a healthy baby. Quitting bad habits like smoking, alcohol or any other drug usage can increase their chances of conception. Having positive attitude is must when you are undergoing an infertility treatment
Basically, Ayurveda has provided a very holistic way for the body by enhancing its own ability to produce more healthy sperm and ovum. Ayurveda not only just supports the physical values of conception, but also considers the spiritual and psychological values. Thus providing a truly comprehensive and balanced approach for treating infertility.
Please note that this article is only for information and is NOT an alternative to a Doctor’s advice. Please consult a doctor to actually start any Ayurvedic treatment