Infertility is the biological inability of a man or a woman to conceive a child or for a woman to carry a pregnancy to full term. There is little scientific evidence to verify the efficacy of Ayurvedic medicine, but the Ayurvedic tradition has a specific view of infertility.
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All foods and drinks that a person consumes undergo metabolic transformation that begins with digestion and includes the processes of the body that transform food into blood, bone marrow, fat, muscle and shukra dhatu tissue or reproductive tissue, according to Ayurvedic Diet Solutions. Infertility in men and women occurs when nutrition fails to reach a person's reproductive tissue. This can be the result of poor digestion or an obstruction by nonspecific toxins.
The goal of an Ayurvedic diagnosis is to locate a patient's doshas or body humors because an imbalance in the body humors contributes to infertility, according to Ayurport. An Ayurvedic doctor analyzes a patient's age, family history, height, sex, weight, behavior, eating habits, sleeping patterns, place of life and profession in order to develop a diagnosis.
Panchakarma, or Ayurvedic infertility therapy, begins with the patient consuming medicated ghee and sesame oil for a prescribed number of days to flush toxins out of the body, according to the Ayurport website. Swedanam is the process by which an Ayurvedic doctor induces sweating in the patient through heavy blankets or exercise in order to flush further toxins out of the body. Vamanam, or therapeutic vomiting, according to Ayurport, helps to eliminate undigested food and waste products of imbalanced doshas. Oral medicines for infertility can include spices uch as cumin, which helps to purify the uterus in women and the urinary tract in men, according to Ayurport. The website recommends that patients rest their bodies for up to two weeks after a Panchakarma experience to allow the body to return to strength after purification.
Ayurvedic diets for infertility focus on developing healthy shukra dahtu, according to Ayurport. A diet for patients with infertility can include almonds, vegetables, whole grains and dairy protein such as milk. An Ayurvedic doctor can recommend fresh fruits such as bananas, peaches, pears, plums and mangoes as well as dried fruits such as dates, figs and raisings to improve the shukra dhatu tissue.
Causes of Infertility
According to Ayurvedic Diet Solutions, anxiety, depression and insomnia contribute to infertility. Foods that are hot or that include excessive salt or spice can increase the body humor pitta which hinders the body's production of shukra dhatu. Further causes of infertility, according to Ayurvedic medicine, can include having sex with a person you don't like or overindulging in sex.