OVERCOME FERTILITY ISSUES WITH AYURVEDA AND YOGA
Declining levels of fertility in both men and women is becoming increasingly common. Various factors, such as high levels of stress in daily life, impurities (high levels of chemicals, pesticides, etc.) in the food we eat, both men & women choosing to have children at a later age, are some of the reasons contributing to an increase in infertility.
While conventional medicine has helped many couples to conceive, conventional fertility treatments can at times be painful and invasive, not to mention expensive. Ayurveda offers more natural and effective ways to not only increase the chances of conception, but at the same time, to also enhance the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health/development of the child and mother.
According to Ayurveda, conception can take place when there is healthy sperm, healthy ovum, and a healthy uterus. Eggs and sperm are the result of the deepest level of nutritional transformation. All that we eat and drink becomes continually processed and refined until it is transformed into the most vital essence, the potential of life, known as ‘shukra’ (reproductive tissue) in Sanskrit. This is the seed of life.
For both men and women, strong fertility and reproductive health depends on the health of the Shukra Dhathu, or reproductive tissue. The shukra tissue itself is created starting with the proper digestion of food and subsequent transformation of food successively to nutrient fluid/plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow and finally, to shukra (reproductive) tissue. Healthy shukra tissue, then, according to
Ayurveda, depends on the health of all the other tissues in the body. Accordingly, healthy female and male fertility requires a healthy digestive fire, good quality of tissue and free flowing channels in order for the reproductive system to be well nourished. This is because according to Ayurveda, digestive fire converts food that enters the stomach into the essence of food, which then flows and nourishes the tissues within the body.Ayurveda states that if there are any obstructions in the body (obstructions can be in the form of impaired digestive system, excess weight, anemia, constipation, fibroids etc.) then the reproductive system becomes deficient. It is then necessary to undergo a program of detoxification to clear the obstructions, followed by a program of rejuvenation, to re-establish the health of the reproductive tissues.
Ayurvedic treatments for infertility are based on individual body constitution, as no two individuals are alike. Ayurvedic treatments will help to remedy the underlying factors causing infertility and enhance the capability of ovulation, fertilization, healthy sperm production, sperm motility, consistency and quality of semen, strengthen the uterus so that it can carry the foetus successfully, reduce the chances of miscarriage, help to ensure normal delivery, etc.
The approach in Ayurveda is as follows :
- Prepare the ground – just as it is essential to prepare the field before planting the seed, similarly, it is essential that at least 6 weeks prior to conception, both partners prepare their systems (body, mind and emotions) to be clean, well nourished and free from blockages caused by toxins. In particular, the reproductive tissue of both partners should be of the highest possible quality in order to optimize fertilization and conception.
- Observance of specific, fertility promoting diet for both men and women – in addition to following one’s constitutional diet, both partners can consume certain foods, known as “ultimate reproductive foods” in Ayurveda, which have a highly positive effect on the quality of egg and sperm produced.
- Intake of specific fertility enhancing herbs – Specific herbs like Shatavari & Ashwagandha also have a direct influence on enhancing the quality, volume and motility of sperms in men, and enhance fertility in women.
- Yoga Asanas/Techniques – specific Yogic techniques for improving the quality of the vital fluid in both men and women, strengthening the pelvic region for promoting easier conception, healthy pregnancy and normal delivery.