Ayurvedic Herbs For Fertility Remedies
Learn how Ayurveda views Infertility and treats it.
What is infertility?
Infertility is the failure of a couple to conceive a pregnancy after trying to do so for at least one year. In primary infertility, pregnancy has not occurred. In secondary infertility, both members of the couple have already guessed, but aren't able to conceive again after a full year of trying. In the event that you and your partner are fighting to have a baby, you aren't alone. In US, 10% to 15% of couples are infertile. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having regular, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples.
Infertility may result from a issue with you or your spouse, or a combination of factors that prevent pregnancy. Fortunately, there are plenty of safe and effective remedies that greatly improve your chances of becoming pregnant.
Approximately 20 percent of couples struggle with infertility at any specific time. Some studies blame this expansion on social phenomena, including the tendency for marriage and starting a family to occur in a later age. For women, fertility decreases with increasing age, particularly after 35 years.
How does Ayurveda view Infertility?
The traditional Ayurveda practices explain the concept of ‘Garbha Samskara’ for a healthy progeny. preconception care, conception methods and pregnancy and post-natal care are explained in detail in the Ayurveda classics. Ayurveda supports planned pregnancy because Planned pregnancy makes the couple well prepared physically, psychologically, socially and emotionally for future events during and after birth. Hence, the concept of garbha Samskara in a planned pregnancy has increasingly gained popularity.1
Ayurveda gives natural, scientific, age-old and simplified methods of obtaining a healthy progeny. By adopting these simple methods, rules and restrictions one will be able to procure a desirable and healthy progeny, with strength, vigor and longevity.
Ayurveda advises the following for a healthy progeny -
- Best of male and female gamete (sperm and ovum – through purification) following regimes before conception
- atma, suddha garbhashaya,proper kala (ritukala) and
- observing garbhini paricharya properly
Ayurvedic Pregnancy Diet
Ayurveda has given great importance to diet of pregnant woman. The interesting fact is that the diet is not just based on the need for the pregnant woman but also by the fetus, which is advised month wise. And this month wise pattern of diet is called as ‘Masanumasik patya’.
This Masanumasik Pathya is suggested according to the month & by the need of fetal development.
Let us look at the symptoms and diet advised in each Trimester in detail. 2
In all the three trimesters use of milk, ghee and honey is advised.
Pregnant women should follow a careful regimen of diet and regimen during pregnancy. This Regimen is known as Garbhini Paricharya or Pregnancy Care. Ayurveda advises the intake of herbs in each month to ensure safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery. 4
The above-mentioned diet and herbs are based on ancient Ayurveda classics.
So how exactly does an average diet of Pregnancy looks like? 5
Why is milk advised during pregnancy?
Milk is an excellent source of Calcium. It possesses lactose, butter fat and moderate amount of protein. In addition to that, milk has anabolic properties as well. All these gives physical strength to a woman. Also, milk is a popular laxative and the constipation tendency can be tackled by using milk on a daily basis during Pregnancy.
Honey with milk is also indicated during Pregnancy. This is because the Vipaka or post digestive effect of honey is Katu (Pungent). This stimulates the Pitta and digestive fire during pregnancy.
Use of ghee also promotes digestion. 3
Success of Ayurvedic treatment for Infertility
Infertility is a clinical condition of the reproductive system that often prevents process of conception. It depends on several factors –
Production of healthy sperm by man
Production of healthy ovum by woman
The sperm must reach the eggs and for that unblocked fallopian tubes is necessary
The fertilized egg must be able to implant into the uterus
Sufficient embryo quality is also necessary
While doing my internship in Amrita School of Ayurveda, I was able to practice and learn Ayurveda Gynecology under Dr. Syamala B, MD, PhD, who was the then principal of Amrita School of Ayurveda. The Ayurveda community will be forever indebted for her remarkable achievement in the field of Gynecology and Obstetrics. I have seen so many successful case studies under Dr Syamala and Dr Radhika Varma PhD at AyurVAID, Bangalore.
There are cases of repeated abortions, infertility, congenital disorders and chromosomal abnormality, growth retardation etc. occurring due to improper or unplanned pregnancy or improper sperm and ovum. In Ayurveda literature, with the aim of achieving shreshtha praja(qualitative progeny) paricharya(diet and lifestyle) in antenatal phase is described. The rate of success in treating infertility and other gynecological disorders are high. 6
1. Journal of Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine | January, 2014 | Volume 2 | Issue 1
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3. Dwivedi M. (1995). Ayurvedic concept of food in pregnancy. Ancient science of life, 14(4), 245–247.
4. Koppikar V. S. (2008). Garbhini Paricharya (Regimen for the pregnant woman). Ancient science of life, 28(1), 37–39.
5. Nanal V. R. (2008). Food in pregnancy an ayurvedic overview. Ancient science of life, 28(1), 30–32.
6. Chandla Anubha et al : Preconceptional Care Through Ayurveda for Healthy Progeny:IJAAR VOLUME III ISSUE III JUL-AUG 2017Page No:556-56