Conception in Ayurveda is seen as the equivalent of planting a tree, which needs seed, soil, time, and the right nourishment. Here, seeds are the healthy sperm and ovum, and the soil is a healthy uterus, along with the proper time of ovulation. Couples facing infertility issues are unable to conceive even after engaging in unprotected sex regularly. Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine that originated in India, has a holistic approach to infertility that focuses on balancing the body, mind, and spirit to promote overall health and well-being. In Ayurveda, infertility is called Bandhyatva and is believed to be the result of many other problems in the body. It believes that infertility is often a result of imbalances in the body and mind, and it offers various approaches to address these imbalances.
Beej Shuddhi” is a concept in Ayurveda, where the term “Beej” refers to seeds, and “Shuddhi” means purification or cleansing. Beej Shuddhi Ayurveda, therefore, is a practice that focuses on the purification and cleansing of seeds or reproductive fluids in the human body. The quality of reproductive fluids (semen and ovum) is crucial for the overall health and well-being of an individual. Beej Shuddhi is believed to help improve the quality of these fluids, which, in turn, can have a positive impact on fertility, sexual health, and overall vitality. Beej Shuddhi focuses on diet, lifestyle, herbal supplements, and panchakarma.
Panchakarma is a traditional Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapy that is believed to optimize the body’s functions and promote overall health. When the body is in better balance, it is more conducive to conception. While it is not a direct fertility treatment, it is believed that Panchakarma can help improve overall health and well-being, which can indirectly enhance fertility.
Panchakarma aims to balance the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and remove toxins (ama) from the body, The term panchakarma literally means “five actions or procedures. The treatment focuses on metabolic management by eliminating Ama (toxins) through various procedures, thus correcting Agni, which contributes to healthy Ojas. In Ayurvedic terms, the main dosha involved in infertility is Vata. The intense cleanse in Panchakarma helps detoxify your body, improve your health, and balance your doshas which increase your chances of conceiving a baby and healthy pregnancy and natural birth.
Panchakarma is typically performed under the guidance of trained Ayurvedic practitioners, as it involves a customized approach based on an individual’s constitution (Prakriti) and imbalances (Vikriti). The Panchakarma process involves pre-treatment preparations, followed by the actual therapy, and then post-treatment care to support the body’s recovery and rejuvenation. It is essential to undergo Panchakarma under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner to ensure that the treatment is tailored to your specific needs and that it is safe and effective.
The Panchakarma process typically involves five main procedures:
Purva Karma (Preparatory Phase):
Snehana (Oleation): This phase involves the consumption of medicated oils or ghee (clarified butter) internally and externally. This helps to lubricate the body and loosen toxins. External oil massage, or Abhyanga, is a common practice during this phase.
Swedana (Sweating): After oleation, the individual undergoes heat therapy to induce sweating. This can be achieved through techniques like steam baths or warm oil massages. Sweating helps to open the pores of the body and allows for the elimination of toxins.
Pradhana Karma (Main Therapies):
Vamana (Emesis): This therapy is mainly used to treat Kapha imbalances. The individual is given emetic substances to induce vomiting, expelling excess mucus and toxins from the stomach.
Virechana (Purgation): Primarily used for Pitta-related disorders, this therapy involves the use of purgative substances to cleanse the intestines and liver, eliminating excess bile and toxins.
Basti (Enema): Basti is performed through medicated enemas administered through the rectum or urethra. There are two main types: Niruha Basti (decoction enema) and Anuvasana Basti (oil enema). Basti helps balance Vata and is often used to address disorders related to the colon and nervous system. Madhutailik Basti is an alternative to Niruha Basti and involves both honey and oil administered through the rectum. It is supposed to be more effective for infertility.
Uttar Basti is another form that involves the genital route for the administration of oil/decoction. It involves the administration of medicated oils or herbal decoctions through the urethra or the vaginal canal, depending on the patient’s gender and the specific condition being treated. It is typically used for treating disorders such as urinary tract infections, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), infertility, and certain gynecological issues.
Nasya (Nasal Administration): This involves the application of medicated oils or herbal preparations into the nasal passages. Nasya is primarily used to address issues related to the head and neck, including sinus problems and mental clarity.
Paschat Karma (Post-Therapy Phase):
After the main therapies, the individual goes through a phase of dietary restrictions, rest, and rejuvenation. This is to allow the body to recover and rebuild its strength.
Rasayana (Rejuvenation): Rasayana therapy focuses on rejuvenating and nourishing the body to enhance overall health and vitality. It often involves the use of herbal formulations, dietary recommendations, and lifestyle practices to support long-term well-being.
Satvajaya (Mental Detox): Ayurveda also considers mental detoxification as crucial. Satvajaya Chikitsa is a form of Ayurvedic psychotherapy that focuses on mental health. Practicing mindfulness, meditation, and adopting a positive mindset are emphasized to eliminate mental toxins.
It is also important to take care of your diet and nourishment to support detoxification. keeping away from alcoholism, smoking and all other harmful things that create ‘ama’ or toxins in the body is equally important. Eat clean, fresh, whole, and seasonal foods preferably organic. Processed foods and packaged foods with additives can create harmful effects on the body.
It is important to understand that the Panchakarma process is a deep and intense cleanse and should not be taken lightly. It must be done with complete devotion and following all precautions advised by the ayurvedic doctor to achieve the desired results. Panchakarma can be used in addition to ART (artificial reproductive technology) like IVF to improve their chances of success.