INFERTILITY: An Ayurvedic View

Every lady wants to be mother and every man wants to be responsible as a father. When it doesn’t happen it is not less than a trauma for anyone. When expectations are not achieved by any reason, obviously it hurts!! Ayurveda has developed a special branch to deal with such problems, known as Vajeekarana . Vajeekarana means to make one potent like a Vaji- A Horse!!! Every ancient science of the world used horses as symbol of the reproductive powers. According to Ayurveda, conception takes place due to healthy sperm, healthy ovum, and a healthy uterus. For both men and women, reproductive health depends on the health of the Shukra Dhathu, or reproductive tissue. In women the Shukra tissue produces the ovum as part of the monthly cycle, and in men the semen is formed due to sexual stimulation.

The Shukra Dhathu itself is created as part of a long chain of metabolic transformations, starting with the digestion of food and including the transformation of food to nutrient fluid, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow and finally, to Shukra tissue. (Sapta Dhatu of Ayurvedic concept).

General Causes of infertility:

According to Ayurveda, there are many reasons for the inability to conceive. These have been described as follows;

Anatomical or physiological disorders in the yoni(female genital tract), mental imbalance, diseased or unhealthy eggs or sperm, inappropriate food or daily activities ( i.e. those which are contradictory to the constitution ), sexual intercourse at times other than fertile days, lack of vitality or Our society is generally conditioned to think that if a couple is unable to have a child , the woman is at fault. Men do not usually undergo examination until the result of tests conducted on their partners proves normal. Whether the problem lies with the man or the woman, both should be treated. Strength caused by disease – all of these can lead to failed or delayed conception. Infertility in general can be classified as:

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