Sudha Rani is 29. She has been married for 6 years, and though she and her husband, Jayesh, have been trying for a baby for the past 4 years, she had not conceived so far. Sudha Rani and Jayesh had gone the usual, heartbreaking route that most couples who are in a similar position have traveled- prayers and pilgrimages, visits to fertility experts and tests. After many months of disappointments and setbacks, they decided to try Ayurveda, the ancient system of holistic healing that has been a part of India’s culture and history for more than 5000 years. On the advice of a friend, they consulted a famous Ayurvedic physician in Kerala, who came from a family that has been practicing this ancient system of medicine for generations. He explained to them that a wide range of general health and lifestyle issues can affect fertility, including celiac syndrome, caffeine intake, obesity, and age related decline in fertility. Ayurveda stresses that these conditions must first be resolved to remove the root cause of female infertility.For celiac syndrome, a gluten free diet will, over the course of a few months, reverse the infertility issues. Caffeine intake can gradually be stopped or at least reduced, with substitution of “coriander coffee” made from roasted, ground coriander seeds. Weight can be reduced with diet, exercise and metabolic support. About 15% of instances of female infertility are due to structural issues, including congenital anomalies such as uterine septa and unicornuate uterus, as well as acquired diseases of the uterus such as fibroids. Here again, the Ayurvedic practitioner can be of assistance.
Sudha Rani’s Case
Sudha Rani’s treatment began with a detailed study of her history and symptoms. She was experiencing irregular periods, lower abdominal pain and burning micturition. So in addition to a proper diet and exercise- as well as yoga- her treatment involved cleansing the urinary channels as well as regulating her menstrual cycles and enhancing ovulation.
The first step was to cleanse the urinary channels and remove blockages with the use of coconut water, which is highly recommended for this purpose in Ayurvedic texts. Once this was done and her menses became regular, she would start ovulating like any normal woman. In the next step, rejuvenative treatment aimed at strengthening the body and regulating the menstrual and ovulatory cycles through herbal medicines, would be started. This was to be complemented by a tailor made diet plan which included plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, curds, cheese, egg plant, nuts, seeds, grains, milk, honey, sprouts and beans. Two months after the treatment began, Sudha Rani experienced relief from lower abdominal pain and burning micturition- and after another two months, she conceived.
Ayurveda teaches us that there are many herbs that are very helpful in treating female infertility. The roots and even bark of banyan tree are highly effective. Collect them, dry them in the sun, and powder finely. Your Ayurvedic physician will tell you the correct dosage for your constitution. Jamun leaves are also very good, and they can be chewed with honey to make them more palatable. Shatavari is an excellent remedy in cases of infertility, while the bark of the Ashoka tree, contains an oestrogenic compound and has a stimulating effect on the endometrium and ovarian tissue. The bark of the Symplocos racemosa, an evergreen tree, is recommended in the treatment of menorrhagia and other uterine disorders, while the Asparagus racemosus contains triterpene saponins, which are phytoestrogen compounds. The plant is a demulcent, aphrodisiac and galactagogue that promotes the secretion of milk. A study of Aloe barbadensis, also known as Kumari, has shown that that the in-vitro production of oestradiol and progesterone by ovarian cells was significantly increased by it.
Yes, Motherhood is one of the greatest joys in life, and for women like Sudha Rani who have difficulty in conceiving, Ayurveda can certainly help them to experience that joy.