Ayurveda for infertility treatment
Ayurveda describes infertility as a condition where a woman who is of reproductive age is unable to conceive or is unable to carry the pregnancy full term. Modern medicine describes infertility as the inability to conceive even after a year of unprotected and regular intercourse. It can occur in both men and women.
Infertility in women can be due age, ovarian disorders, tubal disorders, endometriosis, PCOS, uterine problems and disturbances of the menstrual cycle. Male infertility can be attributed to problems in sperm production and sperm transportation like varicocele, ejaculation problems, hormone imbalances, tubal disorders and infections.
Ayurveda says that any disease of the body is agnimandya (vitiation of the digestive fire and tridosha dushti (the vitiation of three factors in the body that governs everything)
Management and treatment of infertility in Ayurveda
- Diet management
Food was always considered an important factor that sustains life and nourishes it. Changes in food and lifestyle is always an integral part of the Ayurveda treatment. Ayurveda advises that an infertile person must consume food that increases Ojas and must avoid substances that reduce it. Ojas is the combination of physical, spiritual and mental aspects of the body and is responsible for the well-being of a person. Food like milk, ghee, sesame seeds, dates, whole grains, vegetables, saffron, and turmeric is all considered food that increases Ojas. Food that contains alcohol, caffeine, artificial flavours and colouring are all considered to negatively affect Ojas.
Ayurveda uses herbs, roots, fruits, flowers and animal products seen in nature to treat infertility. Herbs like Ashoka, Shatavari, Guggulu, Aloe vera, Dashamoola are used to treat ovulation disorder. Guduchi and Jeevanti are used in premature ovarian failure. Punarnava when used in combination with other herbs help in treating blocked fallopian tubes, adhesions and pelvic inflammatory disease.