How many people have you known fell ill by eating from a street vendor while others in the same group didn’t ? Ayurveda doesn’t look at what caused the illness from the street vendor, but focuses on how imbalances in the humours or temperaments of the body (doshas) have allowed the disease to manifest in the first place. Infertility is treated the same way in Ayurveda.
In Ayurveda (Ayur: life, Veda: science) the type of the disease is not important but the type of person who has the disease is important. This is a remarkable departure from western medicine where the primary focus is on the disease. Western medicine looks at treating diseases while Ayurveda looks at how to enhance, maximise and sharpen the senses of the body and the body in general through purifications or detoxifications (panchakarma) to expand the experience of the soul in the physical body.
Although two people may suffer from infertility, their energetic constitutions (doshas) can be different and therefore each will call for different remedies.
In Ayurveda, diseases are approached by studying:
1. The doshas (vata, pitta and kapha)
2. The location of the dosha or imbalance of the humour
3. The dhatus (rasa, rakta, mamsa, medu, asthi, majja, shukra – male or artava – female reproductive system)
4. Age, height and weight of the individual
5. Family history
6. The regional location of the individual
7. The time of the year (season)
8. Eating habits and sleeping patterns
9. Emotional well being of the individual
The Ayurvedic practitioner then decides either to treat the person with panchakarma (if the doshas are in excess) or with medicines (if the doshas are deficient) based on his diagnosis. Again, one or more purification therapies will be advised depending on the type of the patient and not just the type of infertility.
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Doshas in Ayurveda
Doshas are subtle intelligences in the body. Each dosha has specific subtypes, functions, and qualities (gunas). From the five elements, the doshas, the seasons, the regions of the earth and everything in the world is formed.Therefore, the correspondences between these factors become important; even the herbal medicine will be prescribed based on the dosha it is primarily made up of.
The advantage with Ayurveda is that in treating infertility (or any other disease), the overall well being of the body is enhanced; emotional and psychological conditions will improve together with the body, therefore eliminating the possibility of a re-occurrence of the disease.
Since the ingredients used in Ayurveda are primarily derived from herbs, plants, flowers, fruits etc., the final outcome of a thorough treatment is an alignment of the spirit with the body and nature, which is the goal of the Science of Life. Let’s remember that in Ayurveda, the science was inspired by Lord Brahma, Creator of the world, thus having a divine origin that doesn’t come from the thinking man. One thing is most certain: it is inspired by nature- and being in harmony with her.
Advantages of Ayurveda in Infertility Treatment.
In Ayurveda, male or female infertility; low sperm count or underdeveloped uterus; all these are caused by weaknesses or blockages in the metabolic process. Sperm and ovum are the final outcome of the long chain of metabolic process. Therefore, healthy sperm and ovum is resultant of a healthy metabolic process in the body.
In other words, infertility is caused when nutrition fails to reach the reproductive tissue whether because of poor digestion or obstructions by toxins etc. Ayurvedic medicines for infertility restore and further enhance the transformation of food into nutrient fluid to the dhatus: blood, fat, muscle, bone, bone marrow and finally to the reproductive tissue (shukra dhatu – male or artava dhatu – female). This restoration is achieved after identifying areas in the metabolic process that are weakened or blocked.
Fertility and sexual intercourse is looked upon by western medicine as a purely bio-chemical, physiological phenomenon. It has only begun understanding the emotional and mental states that affect it. The ancient science of Ayurveda views them as a union on the physical, mental and spiritual levels.
Is it then surprising that its remedies surpass western medicine in healing infertility even to this day?