Infertility is a small word yet it is the focus of a very vast science! Researchers, doctors, herbalists, Ayurveda physicians spend their lives mastering this single aspect. Research by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that in 2010, 48.5 million couples worldwide were unable to have a child due to primary or secondary infertility.
Given these figures and facts, one can imagine that this specialized science can be adapted under specialist care. It is not a field where kitchen shelves or self-medication can work wonders. The Ayurvedic approach should also be through a good, experienced physician rather than “trial and error” method because time and reproductive system is the essence for conception.
The Internet is full of tricks and treats, ideas and remedies from simple sneezing to complicated infertility. This article is meant to pave a path for the couples who are trying to conceive with right attitudes, lifestyle, and dietary choices.
More than 90% of male infertility is due to low sperm counts, poor sperm quality, or both. Sperm abnormalities can be caused due to congenital birth defects, disease, chemical exposure, and lifestyle habits. The remaining cases of male infertility can be caused by anatomical problems, hormonal imbalances, and genetic defects.
Female Infertility may be caused by an underlying medical condition that damages the fallopian tubes, interferes with ovulation, or causes hormonal complications. These medical conditions may be pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, premature ovarian failure, uterine fibroids, autoimmune disorders, birth defects of the reproductive tract, cancer or tumor, clotting disorders, diabetes, obesity, thyroid disorder, etc.
Drinking too much alcohol, exercising too much, eating disorders or poor nutrition may also be creating problems in conception.
The Ayurvedic treatment depends on the underlying cause. All underlying causes of infertility include therapies of unction (oil), sudation (sweat), and mild use of the five pañchakarma measures, herbal tampon, medicated vaginal douches. Oil abhyanga (massage) can always be done, using Chitrak (Plumbago Zeylanica), Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia), Bala (Sida Cordifolia) with boiled milk and sesame oil.
Ayurvedic Remedies For Infertility
I am listing some of the corrective remedies which help in all kinds of disorders.
Reduce/Quit Alcohol Intake
Alcohol intake had a significant effect on infertility in both males and females. The qualities of alcohol are light, hot, sharp, subtle, sour, intoxicating, swift, quick-acting, rough and drying. All these qualities are the opposite of qualities of Ojas – life forming element. Alcohol also depletes the quality of sperm and ovum along with other reproductive tissues. It might become a reason for your infertility. Thus, if you are trying to conceive – quit alcohol. Same goes for caffeine and smoking!
- Parched rice (soaked) + sugar candy (as per the taste)+ milk (300 ml) – Eat this natural cereal for your breakfast or dinner. Cardamom powder(1 pinch) should be added for females and nutmeg powder(1 pinch) should be added for males.
- Ginger tea (hot water 200 ml + ½ tsp freshly grated ginger) consumed daily morning helps in detoxification of the body.
- Turmeric and saffron milk at bedtime is beneficial for males as well as females.
- Beneficial vegetables – artichoke, asparagus, bottle gourd.
- Beneficial fruits – red raspberry, Indian gooseberry.
- Beneficial seeds – fenugreek, sesame.
- Other beneficial foods – cow’s ghee, moong, barley, old wheat and rice in their natural forms, pure honey, almonds.
Yoga is one of the best ways to support reproductive health.
- Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
- Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
- Viprit Karani (Legs-up-the-pose)
- Baddha Konasana (Reclining bound angle)
- Janu Sirshasana (Revolved head-to-knee pose)
- Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)
These are some beneficial poses for infertility. They help by improving blood circulation in reproductive systems, massaging reproductive organs, stimulating and correcting hormones, reducing stress.
Stress plays a major role in slowing down your fertility be it in males or females. A calm, peaceful, happy and healthy state of mind and bedroom environment is the essence of not only a healthy sex life but also fertility. So knowingly or unknowingly work-life stress, social stress, inadequate sleep, financial stress or stress related to non-conception might be hindering your becoming pregnant.
Especially for females during menstruation, rather than focusing on PMS, the woman should consciously concentrate only on good and positive thoughts.
Although it’s best to take it under physician’s supervision you can instill these herbs in your daily lives. They are some of the best herbs which are used in infertility.
- Gokshura – It is one of the best herbs for genitourinary conditions for both males and females.
- Kapikachhu – It is one of the best tonics and aphrodisiacs for the reproductive system in males.
- Kum Kuma – It is a herb useful in the treatment of impotence & infertility in both males and females.
- Shatavari – It is one of the main herbs for the immune and female reproductive systems.
- Varahikand – A great male/female reproductive tonic useful in impotency, infertility, increasing semen, milk (progesterone), and other hormonal secretions (pituitary, thyroid, estrogen), etc.
One in every five infertile couple conceives without undergoing any treatment or efforts. By encouraging the above-given tips and habits you might also conceive and experience parenthood in no time. A pinch of positivity and enthusiasm with these tips in your life for three months can change your lives. So wish you all the best in the journey toward fertility.