Infertility - perfect solutions in Ayurveda

What is Infertility?

Incapability of the woman to conceive, after one year of regular sexual union without contraceptives, or to retain the fetus till child’s birth is known as infertility. It is a disease as well as problem, which not only affects the physical life of the woman but also disturbs the social and emotional life of the couple. According to some experts about half the childless marriages are due to abnormalities in the male partners though women are traditionally blamed for this. Infertility is also assigned to the factors relating to non production of sperms or to other reasons relating to quality of sperms.

Factors involved in creating a Healthy Child

According to Ayurveda, conception takes place due to healthy sperm, healthy ovum, and a healthy uterus. For both men and women, reproductive health depends on the health of the shukra dhatu, or reproductive tissue. In women the shukra tissue creates the ovum as part of the monthly cycle, and in men the semen is formed due to sexual stimulation.

The shukra tissue itself is created as part of a long chain of metabolic transformations, starting with the digestion of food and including the transformation of food to nutrient fluid, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow and finally, to shukra tissue. Healthy shukra tissue, then, according to ayurveda, depends on the health of all the other tissues in the body.

Causes of Infertility

Problems with infertility can arise when nutrition does not reach the reproductive tissue; this happens due to under nutrition, poor digestion or obstruction due to toxins.

  • Having sex by compulsion with a person whom you do not like.
  • Eating spicy, salty and hot food increase pitta and destroys shukra (semen).
  • Overindulgence in sexual activities leads to shukra kshaya. It may lead to clibya (impotency).
  • By controlling sexual urges for longer duration leads to veeryaavarodha (Obstruction of semen) and this leads to decreased libido.
  • Infertility can also arise when the reproductive tissue is damaged by infection or trauma.
  • Some acquire the impotency by birth.

General guidelines for treatment

  • Determine the constitution of both the partners
  • Clear any obstructions or blockages
  • Tonify any weaknesses
  • Ensure that the digestive fire is strong
  • Ensure that the nervous system is relaxed
  • Being loving and loved is the best tonic for fertility

Ayurveda for Female Fertility

The Ayurvedic view of the menstrual cycle:

Average menses are considered to be 4-5 days, moderate flow, moderate colour, no clots, no discomfort.

Kapha Phase: End of bleeding until ovulation is a time of building the endometrium and increasing kapha. (Oestrogen is increasing).

Pitta Phase: Ovulation until bleeding (Progesterone is high and is secreted by the corpus luteum - prepares endometrium for implantation and breasts for milk secretion).

Vata Phase: Apana vayu (the downward descending wind) pushes the menstrum down and out, therefore emptying the contents of the womb.

If there is any disturbance in these phases then they need to be balanced. The main problem with the female menstrual cycle is that the downward descending energy (apana vayu) is blocked. This causes all sorts of fluctuations from pain, bloating, dryness, anxiety, insomnia, scanty periods, irregular cycle, clots and infertility. The strategy is to first clear any obstructions and then to tonify with nourishing boosting herbs.

Tips to balance the menstrual cycle:

  • Ensure that there is no obstruction in the pelvic cavity; this means making sure you are not constipated and have no pain during ovulation or menstruation - use Triphala and Aloe vera in such case.
  • Daily self-massage with warm sesame oil followed by a warm shower or bath. Focus on a clockwise abdominal massage for 5 minutes a day.
  • Take Aloe vera juice throughout the cycle from day 7 until day 21 to cleanse and nourish the tissues.
  • Take 'A.L.Compound' to boost fertility and normalise menstruation.
  • Drink a tea made from fennel seeds, liquorice, saffron and fresh ginger.
  • Drink rose water regularly as it prepares the uterus for implantation.

Balance vata during the vata bleeding phase by relaxing, resting, staying warm and calm. Especially keep your abdomen warm and avoid the cold.

Balance kapha during the proliferative phase by eating nourishing soups that strengthen the blood and enhance ovulation- include beet roots, aloe vera, shatavari, nettles and whole grains in your diet.

Balance pitta during the last phase of the cycle by keeping off foods that might aggravate heat and stress in your body, i.e. coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Increase your yoga practice, have lots of warm baths and clockwise abdominal massage and add ashoka triphala and aloe vera in your regime to keep the pelvic region un-congested.

Excessive mental, emotional and physical stress can worsen the symptoms of many chronic disorders, including infertility. This is due to hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can imbalance the nervous system. Trying to get pregnant can be very stressful. The important thing is that getting pregnant can be facilitated by optimizing your health. It is easy to say it but basically just try to relax and let nature work its course. Also remember that when we are tensed then our channels and vessels are constricted. If this happens with uterus then the fallopian tubes, the blood vessels nourishing the uterus can also be constricted, which is the opposite of what is needed to conceive.

Ayurveda for Male Fertility

Male infertility can be caused by all sorts of sperm defects (low volume, low motility, irregular shape), erectile dysfunction and obstructions (varicocele and prostatitis).

Tips to boost Male Fertility:

There are two basic strategies to optimise male fertility. First clear any obstructions and then tonify the reproductive tissue.

  1. If you think there is an obstruction (constipation, dribbling urine, poor erectile function) use herbs such as gokshura (Tribulis terrestris), guduchi (Tinosporia cordifolia) and triphala to clear the blockage. When the path is clear use tonics.
  2. Ayurveda has a fantastic repertoire of tonic herbs for improving erectile function, boosting sperm count, strengthening motility, and enhancing form. Use ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens) to treat any weakness in sperm count, form or function.
  3. Other things men can do to enhance their fertility is to avoid alcohol and smoking, reduce poor quality fats in the diet, and increase exercise.

Yoga for Fertility

Padmasana, the classic lotus pose increases blood flow to the perineum and directs prana or the life force to the lower two chakras that govern sexual functions. A very useful yogic exercise for both partners is to practice pelvic floor exercises. Just contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor greatly enhances the circulation to the reproductive system. Such practices as moola bandha, ashwini mudra and vajroli mudra are famed for enhancing sexual prowess and potency.

Maintaining Fertility

Optimising fertility is one of the blissful gift of Ayurveda. There are certain foods and herbs that have an affinity for the reproductive system that anyone wanting to enhance their fertility should include in their diet. These are usually foods that have qualities of sweetness, nourishing and building. Examples includes there are two kinds of foods and herbs that help enhance shukra dhatu, and therefore help enhance fertility. One is called 'Bruhana', and these foods enhance shukra by enhancing all the seven dhatus. 'Vrishya' foods and herbs target shukra dhatu in particular.

Foods to nourish all seven Dhatus (Bringhana)

  • Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts - Almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds
  • Dairy proteins, including milk, cream, ghee, lassi, and panir (a fresh cheese made of milk)
  • Sweet, juicy fruits such as mangoes, peaches, plums, and pears
  • Dried fruits such as dates, figs, and raisins
  • Herbs like ashoka (Saraca indica), aamla (Emblica oficinalis), pippali (Piper longum), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), etc., are age old proven rejuvenators.
  • The generic preparations like chyavanprashavaleha , brahmi ghrita, and agatsya haritaki Avaleha are prescribed for the gain and maintenance of the strength and vigor.

Foods to enhance the reproductive tissue (Vrishya)

  • Milk , milk-date shake, milk-mango shake
  • Rice pudding
  • Spices such as ajwain powder, cumin (which purifies the uterus in women and the genito-urinary tract in men), turmeric (to improve the interaction between hormones and targeted tissues), and black cumin, fenugreek, garlic, onion, and licorice are said to invigorate the reproductive organs.
    Caution: Do not take licorice or fenugreek if you suspect you may be pregnant or after becoming pregnant.
  • Herbs - ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is very useful.
  • Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa) is considered as the most important rejuvenative tonic for women. Use Shatavari-kalpa.
  • Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens) is a proven medicine for increasing the sperm count in the patients of oligospermia and defective sperm formation.
  • 'Vrishavati' is a safe, non hormonal aphrodisiac formulation. It is useful in male infertility due to Oligospermia and low sperm motility, impotency, loss of libido and other reproductive disorders. The ingredients such as Ashwagandha, Kavachbeej help to improve sexual functions ,quality and quantity of semen.
  • Gokshura (Tribulis terrestris)
  • Bala (Sida cordifolia)

Article by Dr. Trupti Barot

Hi, Myself Dr. Trupti Barot, managing director of Shachyartham Ayurvedic Infertility Research Centre (2 centres) Surat, India - since 07/02/2000. I practice in infertility only with Ayurvedic Medicines in multiple IVF /ICSI /IUI failure cases also & I got excellent success in female & male (oligospermia ,azoospermia ,Asthenospermia etc ..)infertility. I have be... Read More →

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