Category: Infertility

How Ayurvedic Treatment For Infertility Helps In Success Rate Of IVF?

ABSTRACT

IVF or In vitro fertilization is considered to be one of the greatest achievements of modern science where following a complex procedure a couple is helped for conceiving a child which normally they are not able to. But unfortunately there is limitation to everything and so is for IVF as there have been many failures in these procedures over the period of time. Many couples even after going for more than one time for it are not able to conceive. Here in this article we will be discussing how Ayurveda can help in increasing the success rate of IVF and why one should take it while going for an IVF procedure.

INTRODUCTION

Infertility has become a serious issue over the time and several people throughout the world are suffering from it. There are several factors which can be blamed for this increasing rate of infertility like unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and chronic stress. All these factors decline the fertility in both males as well as females. Over the passing time several techniques are developed and methods are being adopted by the people to treat infertility, however not many of them have proved to be effective. IVF is also one of these modern techniques developed to help couples to conceive which are normally not able to do so.

IVF or In vitro fertilization procedure is a complex procedure where from ovaries the mature eggs are collected and fertilized with the sperm in a lab artificially. After this the fertilized eggs are transferred to the uterus and this whole procedure of IVF takes around three weeks to complete one cycle. However it is unfortunate to know that this procedure does not work every time or for every couple which can develop a feeling of grief, frustration and anger in them.

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There can be various reasons behind failure of these procedure and some of them are:

  • The most common cause from all these is the bad quality or defect in the embryo. The embryo which otherwise looks healthy in the lab fails to implant in the uterus after transferring due to bad quality.
  • Age of the eggs along with the age of the woman undergoing IVF also is vital. As the age of a woman grows her egg’s quality and age decreases which results in failed procedure.
  • If the response of the woman’s ovaries undergoing IVF treatment is not good to the IVF medicines given. This will result in ovaries not producing a sufficient amount of eggs.
  • Chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo can result in failure in the implantation or miscarriage.
  • Due to a certain lifestyle you can face IVF failure like smoking, being underweight or overweight.

Yes these conditions can be present in any of your cases but don’t worry as it is not a hopeless situation. Ayurveda can prove to be the ray of light in your dark life. Ayurvedic practitioners have been treating infertility cases since ancient times using various measures. Ayurveda is the science of Life which not only treats the underlying ailment but also helps in maintaining a healthy body so that the healthy environment for the growing baby is developed. While going for an IVF treatment you must also seek help from Ayurveda as it increases the chances of success of IVF. Ayurveda helps in treating the underlying causes as mentioned above and also makes a healthy hormonal balance and growing environment for the developing embryo inside the womb.

In Ayurveda several herbal medications are given to detoxify the internal body of a woman. This not only cleanse the body but also helps in maintaining a good hormonal balance, improves quality of the eggs, and maintains a healthy lining of endometrium in the uterus. Several Ayurvedic procedures like massages and internal medicines are given to help to relieve the stress which is the main contributing factor for infertility and improves immunity along with reducing the cortisol-a stress hormone. There are many herbs in Ayurveda which have been used since ages to improve fertility and they have proven effects to do so. Let’s learn about some of these herbs which can help in improving fertility:

1. Shatavari

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a very well known female health tonic which helps in increasing the fertility by maintaining a healthy hormonal balance, strengthening the uterus and providing nourishment to it. This herb also strengthens the immune system and relieves stress which helps in treating immune mediated and stress related infertility in the woman.

2. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an amazing herb with multiple health benefits and enhancing fertility is one of them. It helps in promoting fertility and reproductive health in both men and women. Infertility is usually caused due to the imbalance of thyroid hormone in females and ashwagandha helps in maintaining a healthy balance of thyroid and treats infertility. It is also rich in iron.

3. Guduchi

Giloy or Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) is a potent antibiotic herb that possesses the microbes’ killing properties naturally. Various infections in the reproductive system of a woman can lead to infertility hence giloy helps in treating these infections and promotes fertility and healthy reproduction.

4. Amalaki

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) helps in maintaining the balance in the tridosha specially Vata dosha, an imbalance in which causes many health ailments like irregular menstrual cycle. This herb nourishes the ovaries and promotes healthy egg production. Amla increases the chances of conception and enhances fertility.

Along with these herbs there are also certain dietary recommendations in Ayurveda which helps in nourishing the reproductive system of a woman and enhances the chances of conception during IVF. As per Ayurveda diet is a very important part of treatment of any health ailment including infertility. Following the below given diet and lifestyle changes can help in resolving the issue of infertility.

  • Avoid extra salty and spicy food
  • Avoid taking incompatible foods like taking acidic food with starches
  • Take almonds, fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, milk and other dairy products and whole grains
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat at proper timings and do not overeat or undereat
  • Take proper sleep
  • Avoid taking unnecessary stress
  • Avoid taking junk, processed or packaged food products as it can lead to various health ailments

CONCLUSION

Infertility can be a heart wrenching feeling for any couple and continuous failure at IVF can aggravate this feeling. There’s nothing too much nature has not got an answer and Ayurveda is a natural science which deals with the ailments through these natural herbs and procedures following nature’s law. IVF is a good technique but its certainty can be more promising if Ayurvedic treatment is taken before and while going for it. This write up makes it very clear that Ayurveda can not only help in increasing the chances of fertility but also nourishes the reproductive system so as the environment for the artificially fertilized embryo is much better and healthier. So along with the modern techniques also follow the natural methods as well which will not only enhance the chances of fertility but will also give you a healthy body.

Effective Ayurvedic Formulations to Stop Excessive Bleeding

ABSTRACT

Excessive bleeding can affect people of all ages and sexes. Ayurveda holds the pitta dosha aggravation responsible for excessive bleeding in both men and women.  Usually excessive bleeding in women is caused by disturbed hormones due to aggravated pitta dosha and this bleeding may occur even between periods in addition to heavy and prolonged periods that last for seven or more days. Other underlying causes of excessive bleeding may be abnormalities in the platelets, or problems in normal coagulation of the blood, or deformities in blood vessels. All of these happen due to aggravated pitta and vata. This article lists the most beneficial ayurvedic formulations and pure herbs to decrease or stop excessive bleeding in both men and women.

Introduction

Bleeding disorders are the occurrences of abnormal or excessive bleeding, indicated by many physical signs in a person. When the reason behind bleeding from the nose (called epistaxis), or extremely heavy menstruation for longer than normal duration (called menorrhagia), unstoppable bleeding from injuries, cuts and wounds, and bleeding even after usual activities such as brushing or flossing the teeth, such cases of bleeding are considered abnormal. Sometimes people even experience unexplained episodes of sudden bleeding from small punctures in the skin. Internal bleeding is also considered abnormal and it is called hemorrhage which happens due to bursting of the blood vessels.

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Excessive Bleeding

If the bleeding is not related to uterine bleeding in women, excessive bleeding can be caused by a variety of factors which are all considered blood disorders. Examples of blood disorders resulting in excessive bleeding are

  • Low platelet count, decreased function of the platelets, extremely increased platelet count, etc., called platelet disorders.
  • Blood’s inability to coagulate, therefore bleeding is continuous and unable to stop, called coagulation disorder.
  • Ruptured or dilated blood vessels.
  • Thrombocytopenia i.e. platelets are either not produced, or attacked and destroyed by the body itself, or are diluted.
  • These disorders can be caused as side effects of certain blood thinning medications or as family history of blood disorders.

Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

Usually women have menstrual periods lasting between three to six days. Menstrual periods are considered abnormally heavy when they last for seven or more days, and the bleeding is heavy enough to stain the garments even while wearing sanitary pads. Bleeding when the periods are not around is also considered abnormal. Menorrhagia can cause severe blood loss and impair your normal activities.  Along with menorrhagia, conditions that require attention are:

  • Bleeding even after menopause
  • Bleeding on non-menstrual days i.e. between periods
  • Excessive bleeding with clots

Excessive uterine bleeding (also called vaginal bleeding) is caused by the imbalance of the hormones in women which is also seen as an imbalance of the doshas in ayurveda.

Ayurvedic remedies for excessive bleeding

1. Chandrakala Ras

Chandrakala Ras tablets are also known as chandanadi vati in some preparations. This medicinal formulation contains camphor, cardamom, pure mercury, Iron ash, Tin Ash, Semal tree extract, Amla prepared in giloy juice and honey. It is an ayurvedic remedy for all kinds of bleeding disorders. It is also used in the infections of the urinary tract in both males and females. It is indicated when blood is passed in bowels or urine, and also when any kind of bleeding becomes prolonged and heavy. Its secondary use is regulating blood sugar levels. It prevents the loss of red blood cells and iron from the body by increasing the coagulation and constricting the affected blood vessels.

2. Kamdudha Ras

Kamdudha ras is an ayurvedic formulation categorized as herbomineral preparation. It is used for heavy menstrual and non-menstrual bleeding, leucorrhea, bloody diarrhea, gastritis, gastric and colic ulcers and all bleeding disorders. It contains silica ash or Abhraka Bhasma, Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) sattva and red ochre.  It is also indicated in skin diseases which are accompanied by the symptoms such as burning sensation, blood discharge and other fluidic secretions. It primarily balances pitta. Therefore it is indicated in chronic fever and digestive ailments too. It is administered with cow’s milk and sugar and for specific conditions it is also administered with grass juice. It is prepared in the form of tablets.

3. Sheesham Swaras – Dalbergia sissoo

The juice of leaves of Sheesham tree is known as Sheesham Swaras and is an extremely effective remedy for bleeding disorders such as non-healing wounds, excessive and prolonged bleeding of the uterus, ulcers of the mouth, stomach, colon, etc., parasitic accumulation in the intestines, etc. It is widely used in the management of all pitta disorders. It also has pain relieving properties and also prevents bloody diarrhea and abnormal bleeding between menstrual periods. It heals the wounded tissues both inside and outside of the body. It is therefore able to reduce or stop uterine bleeding in women. It is also used in managing fever and liver diseases. It is also indicated in uterine disorders in both males and females.

5. Sphatika Bhasma Alum Ash- Alum Potash

Sphatika Bhasma or Shubhra Bhasma is the product obtained from oxidative combustion of alum. It is a medicinal compound used in menorrhagia, rectal bleeding, internal bleeding, irregular and prolonged uterine bleeding, pneumonia, body aches, leucoderma, bloody vomiting, and chronic diseases of the cardiovascular system. It primarily balances vata and pitta. It is recommended that this medication be taken only upon consultation from a competent physician. It is known for its haemostatic property. It is also antimicrobial and anti parasitic, and has a mild antipyretic effect. In addition to bleeding disorders it is also used in respiratory and skin diseases which are also related to blood disorders.

5. Mochras – Bombax ceiba

Mochras or semal tree is a deciduous tree the resin (gum) of which is used extensively in ayurveda, siddha and folk medicine. It is light and unctuous in nature and extremely cooling which is why it is used in raktapitta and similar disorders. It is indicated in blood purification and abnormal bleeding such as during ulcers, menorrhagia, skin eruptions, chronic inflammations of the heart and the digestive system such as coughing up blood and vomiting blood, enlargement of the spleen, gonorrhea and burning sensation in the body. This tree grows in the temperate regions of the earth such as the Andaman Islands, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.

6. Bol baddha Ras

Also spelled as Bol Baddha Ras, Bol Badh Ras is an ayurvedic herbomineral formulation prepared with giloy, sulphur and pure mercury which are known to suppress inflammation, reduce bleeding by controlling the related tissues and balance the aggravated tridosha. It is used in bleeding disorders such as excessive menstrual bleeding in women and bleeding piles. Its hemostatic i.e. the property to reduce blood flow by contracting the blood vessels makes it suitable for stopping bleeding. It is astringent in nature and therefore it is indicated in all bleeding disorders, such as blood vomiting, nasal bleeding, internal bleeding, leucorrhea, ulcers in the digestive system and abnormally prolonged menstrual periods as it is specifically strengthening for the uterus. It is available in the form of pills or tablets.

7. Mukta Pishti – Pearl Calcium

Mukta Pishti or Moti Pishti is a medicinal product obtained from pearls. It is primarily used for bleeding disorders and all conditions caused by the aggravation of pitta. It is sweet, light and cool in nature. It balances all the abnormalities related to blood.  It is used to balance the heat of the blood, the digestive system and the reproductive organs. It is used by milling pearls into fine particle sizes. It has anti inflammatory, analgesic, antidepressant, antipyretic properties to name a few. It also relieves cramps in women, associated with heavy menstrual bleeding. It is especially indicated in excessive uterine bleeding and menopause, ulcers, gastric problems, mental imbalances, heartburn and urinary disorders.

8. Rajat Bhasma – Silver Ash

Rajat is another name for silver metal. Rajat Bhasma is also known as Chaandi Bhasma or Calcined Silver Ash because it is made by oxidation reaction of silver metal. It is of great medicinal value in the traditional Indian medical treatment of various pitta disorders. The combustion of silver in presence of oxygen along with herbs and lime juice is followed by milling into particle sizes of the range 10-9m. It is used for its restorative properties in blood disorders. It pacifies the aggravated vata and the pitta which is why it is beneficial for excessive bleeding in both males and females.

9. Nagkesar – Mesua Ferrea

Nagkesar is a medicinal tree that has been a part of the traditional ayurvedic medicine for many years. It possesses very strong anti-inflammatory properties. The flowers of Nagkesar are used in medicines. It primarily deals with aggravated swelling, inflammation and bleeding. It is therefore indicated in many bleeding disorders such as menorrhagia, bleeding piles, etc. It has pain relieving properties which make it further suitable for heavy menstrual bleeding. It is also used in healing wounds because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. It is also used for various skin disorders which are also related to aggravated pitta.

10. Lodhra – Symplocos

Lodhra is an ayurvedic herb of great medicinal value in all bleeding disorders. It contains significant amounts of Loturine, Loturidine, Colloturine and glycosides which are alkaloids known for their benefits in bleeding disorders. Commonly found in the north eastern states of India, Lodhra has a direct impact on the hormones regulating the female reproductive system. It is extensively indicated for individuals who are prone to frequent bleeding (raktapitta) such as from the nose and also those who have heavy menstrual periods. It also absorbs lethargy, sluggishness and heaviness from the body. It decreases inflammation and helps coagulation therefore stopping hemorrhage and menorrhagia. Therefore it is also used in the cases of inflammation in the uterus. It is used in regulating irregular menstruation. It prevents the dysfunction of the female reproductive system, especially the ovaries. It is therefore used in PCOS and infertility.

CONCLUSION

Ayurveda can accurately point out the root cause of many unrelated conditions. In case of bleeding disorders ayurveda holds the heating pitta dosha responsible for excessive bleeding from the nose, from the rectum, blood in vomiting, blood in sputum, excessive and irregular bleeding from the uterus in women, etc. It is correlated with excess blood heat and the herbs and herbal formulations listed here all effectively manage the blood pitta by pacifying the aggravated dosha. Even though ayurvedic herbs and medications have minimal side effects, any programme should be started upon due consultation from an expert. Self medication should be avoided in case you are pregnant or suffering from multiple disorders.