There are many different causes and Infertility problems can affect either partner in infertility, which is defined as lack of pregnancy after one year of regular unprotected sex.
In women, common causes of infertility include:
In men, the most common cause of infertility is poor semen quality.
In both sexes lifestyle and environmental influences can also play a role
By integrating Approaches of Ayurveda, Acupuncture and functional testing of the body of couples, the team of doctors identify nutrient deficiencies, toxins, biochemical abnormalities, and hormonal imbalances not normally detected by routine laboratory assessments. The results can then be used to create a personalised fertility program that includes a diet plan, supplements and fertility boosting herbs.
In Ayurveda, infertility (Vandhyatva) is a condition where, due to factors like unhealthy semen
and ovary (Sukra Dosha), low strength (loss of Bala) and improper food and lifestyle etc. the spermatozoa and ova gets defected and finally leads to reduced fertility of sperm and
ovary. In Ayurveda, this condition is managed with multiple concepts of correcting the states
of Dhatu and Doshas. Which increases strength of body, which increase fertility, which
nourishes body, nourishing tissues and increasing sexual potency etc. different modalities are
used effectively in improving sexual wellness
There are 7 dhadu in Ayurveda, which are the structural and supporting units (category of tissues) of the body. In modern science, it is related to tissues including certain type of body fluids that are responsible for different functions and energy flow in the body. Shukra dhatu relates to the generative tissue in the body (includes semen and ovum constituencies)
Doshas are the metabolic function that are divided into three metabolic types (tri-doshas) Doshas are derived from the Five Elements and their related properties. Vata is composed of Space and Air, Pitta of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water. People are thought to be born with a combination of doshas. There are usually one or two dominant doshas which determine our physical, mental, and emotional characteristics.
Ayurveda's tridosha theory identifies principles of motion (vata), metabolism (pitta), and structure (kapha) as discrete phenotypic groupings. Researches have proved that there is a genetic connotation to tridosha theory of individual prakriti types. The dominant dosha is the reason why, for example, one person may not be able to tolerate humidity or oily foods while another person may have no reaction to them. In Ayurveda, each of the doshas thrives under a specific diet, lifestyle, and exercise regimen. An imbalance among the doshas can be corrected by changing diet and lifestyle factors. If left unchecked, an imbalance can lead to illness
A specific approach through Ayurveda:
According to the philosophy of Yoga derived from Samkhya Yoga, Prakriti is said to be a composite of three prime qualities. They are the Sattva Guna, which represents light, bliss, goodness; the Rajo or Rajas Guna which represents passion and motion; and Tamas Guna which represents darkness and inertia
Acupuncture is considered as one of the important intervention under ‘energy medicine’ as a system in treating infertility. The points used in the treatment were chosen with the aim to help the patients to improve the energy flow to the reproductive organs, elevate the temperature of the blood for better circulation and remove the blockages that cause stagnation in the flow.
The understanding in Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine – TCM) conceives the human body as a set of inter-related systems (meridians or Naadi in Sanskrit) that work together in harmony. Problems in one part of the body may be the result of injury to a different part of the body — or to the flow of energy (qi) through the entire body. In Chinese philosophy, qi is the life force (called prana in Indian system of medicine) that flows through all tissues and network of cells.
Everything in the universe derives from qi. When qi flows properly, all things are in harmony and function correctly; when qi is blocked, problems arise. Within the human body, says this philosophy, qi flows through the organs maintaining health and balance. It is thought to provide the energy needed for our bodies to function, support body temperature, maintain the structure and strength of our organs, and keep our metabolism constant. In order to do all of these things properly, qi must flow through our bodies. Where there are blockages and qi cannot flow, we experience health problems.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, liver qi can stagnate (become blocked) as a result of stress or anxiety. Liver qi is said to be responsible to a large degree for the movement of qi through the body. When liver qi is stagnant, the blood becomes stagnant, creating a variety of issues, many of which may relate to the female reproductive system. Ovarian cysts can occur because of stagnation in the Liver energy (Qi), caused by excessive dampness. Excessive dampness is caused by blood stasis and fluids accumulated in the abdomen which slowly becomes phlegm. Accumulation of phlegm and fluids in the lower body is a problem of the energy flow to Kidney (Yang), i.e. a failure of the Kidney to send the water upward. When the water stays in the lower body, then it transforms into phlegm. Therefore the Kidney fails to support the Liver. The main function of the Liver and Kidney meridians is to remove the toxins from the body. If this function is weakened, then the immune system can be disturbed, and abnormal immune reactions may be triggered by the growth of abnormal tissue in the female reproductive organs.
When the cysts are formed because of accumulated water and fluids, the three principal methods of treatments are: (1) Elevate the temperature in the Kidney with the aim to prevent further accumulation; (2) resolve the phlegm masses, and (3) restore normal blood circulation to the affected area.
Infertility in male patients is also a problem of Liver energy (Qi) stagnation, Kidney deficiency and accumulation of dampness and heat in the lower abdomen. Therefore the treatment protocol is the same in both patients. The treatment in both patients aims to remove the liver toxins, dissolve blood stagnations in the liver, nourish the Kidney energy (Qi), invigorate the blood, lower stress and stimulate the whole body to function better.
In conclusion, acupuncture as a treatment for infertility shows great results both in man and women. Acupuncture can be considered as successful treatment in restoring fertility in the patients, by improving the sperm quality and ovaries function and balancing the endocrine system and hormones.
Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility extensively, including ovulatory dysfunction, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET), and male infertility. Researches and studies have investigated the role of acupuncture in infertility: In conclusion, most of the studies suggest a positive effect of acupuncture in infertility treatment. Firstly, acupuncture may improve ovulation by modulating the central and peripheral nervous systems, the neuroendocrine and endocrine systems, the ovarian blood flow, and metabolism. Secondly, acupuncture can improve the outcome of IVF-ET, and the mechanisms may be related to the increased uterine blood flow, inhibited uterine motility, and the anises of depression, anxiety and stress. Its effect on modulating immune function also suggests helpfulness in improving the outcome of IVF-ET.
Studies have also suggest that acupuncture plays a positive role in male infertility, the mechanism of action is not very clearly ascertained yet. Even though a positive effect of acupuncture in infertility has been found, well- designed multi-center, prospective randomized controlled studies are still needed to provide more reliable and valid scientific evidence.
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