Ayurvedic Solutions for Infertility

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World Health Organisation defines “Infertility” as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.” It is reported that 8 to 12% of reproductive-aged people experience infertility worldwide.

Infertility in women is commonly caused by problems with ovulation. It may stop the egg from releasing or may lead to irregular releases. Some of the reasons for this are PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), thyroid problems or premature ovarian failure.

Some of the other major reasons for infertility in women are –

  • Pelvic surgery and cervical surgery can scar the fallopian tubes or shorten the neck of the womb
  • Non-cancerous growths called fibroids in and around the womb
  • Problems with the cervical mucus
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Sterilisation
  • Side effects of some types of medicines and drugs

Male infertility may be caused by low sperm production, abnormal sperm function, problems in the testicles, ejaculation disorders, sterilisation, low level of testosterone (Hypogonadism), the side effects of medicines or drugs and so on.

Being overweight or underweight, poor diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, sexually transmitted diseases, ageing and other health problems can cause hormonal changes in both men and women.

Ayurvedic treatment for infertility

Ayurveda believes that Panchamahabhutas (five primary elements) are present in the world – Akasa, Vayu, Thejus, Ap and Prithvi. Ayurveda does not separate people from nature and hence all the Ayurvedic treatments are done connected to nature.

The Panchamahabhutas comprise our body and mind, which is further supported by doshas, dhatus and malas. Dhatus comprises of cells, tissues, organs, membranes, fats and skin. The dhatus may be normal (Prasanna rupa) or abnormal (Mala rupa).

Shukra refers to the tissues of the reproductive system. Mala rupa causes the body to respond negatively. Therefore, any problems with these tissues might affect the probability of becoming pregnant.

Ayurvedic treatments are aimed at body, mental and spiritual health. All the tensions and impurities are removed from the body, while nourishing and strengthening the immune system. The Ayurvedic treatments help in reducing stress, pacifying Vata and nourishing all the Dhatas of the body.

The body is viewed holistically for the Ayurvedic treatment of infertility. The treatment starts only after determining the cause that is interfering with the reproductive process. Balancing the doshas is vital in producing sperms and eggs. The best way to achieve this is through Panchakarma.

The toxic created in the stomach due to undigested food (Ama) and the imbalance in digestion (Agni) can be one of the causes of indigestion. This can be corrected through the Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment by eliminating Ama. Eating meals at proper time, intake of digestive Ayurvedic formulations etc. are involved in the treatment of Agni.

Vandhyatva in women, according to Ayurveda is classified into three types according to Charaka

  • Vandhya or absolute sterility
  • Apraja or primary infertility in which women conceive after treatment
  • Sapraja or secondary infertility in which women in their reproductive age do not give birth after having two or three children

At Vardhan Ayurveda Hospital, special treatments for Vandhyatva are given like Yoni Prakshalanam. For this, herbal oils and decoction are applied through vaginal route. Uttara Vashti involves application of specialised oils into the uterus. Pumsavana Karma is another Ayurvedic treatment that can proved beneficial for the cure of infertility.

Vatanulomana is a very important treatment for infertility. It involves balancing Vata which is the main dosha concerned.

In the case of male infertility, specific Ayurvedic treatments are chalked out after detailed diagnosis. Vajikaran Chikitsa takes care of physical, psychological and sexual problems like impotence, libido, poor erection etc. Applying oil all over the body (Abhyangam), medicated steam (Swedanam), leaf bundle massage (Elakizhi), oil bath (pizhichil) and pouring oil over head (Shirodhara) are some of the treatments that are carried out.

While dealing with infertility, it is best to opt for a treatment that has no side effects and Ayurveda is the right way to go. The treatment provided at Vardhan Ayurveda Hospital, Hyderabad ensures that these health issues are addressed at its root cause, handled with care and makes sure that they do not come in way of leading a happy life!

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