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An Ayurvedic Approach to Infertility Management, Dr. Priyanka Gupta, Lecturer, I/c Head, Prasuthi Tantra & Streerog, MGACH&RC, Salod (MS)

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An Ayurvedic Approach to Infertility Management

1AnAyurvedic ApproachtoInfertility

Management

Dr. Priyanka Gupta, Lecturer, I/c Head, Prasuthi Tantra & Streerog, MGACH&RC, Salod (MS)

2Its hard to wait round for some thing you know might never happen; but its even harder to give

up when you know its every thing you want

PresenterPresentation NotesA WHO evaluation of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data (2004), estimated that more than 186 million ever-married women of reproductive age in developing countries were maintaining a "child wish, translating into one in every four couples

3Ayurveda? Ayurvedaisamedicineand philosophytogethertomake

completenessofsociety Itcarestheprophylaxisand

therapeuticstoo Theinfertilityisaproblemevenin

oldendaystackledinmanyways TheInfertilityisgivenapriorityin

societywithasayingAputrasya

Gatir

naasti

i.e.

withoutachild thereisno eternity

Forwhichtheymadeaprotocolof Eugenics

4AyurvedaKnowledgeofGenetics Eugenicsisthestudyof

methodsofimprovinggenetic qualitiesbyselectivebreeding

(especiallyasappliedto humanmating)

Susruta

thefatherofsurgery

hasputforthmanyconcepts of

Conjugation[daysofselection

forachild],

PreConception[food,attitudes,

psychologicaldiscipline,etc]

Conception[nourishing,

modulatingtheBeeja

(Chromosome)/

Beejabhagaavayava

(genes)]

5AyurvedaMeddlersofGenetics

Ayurvedaorayurvedic

medicineisasystemof traditionalmedicinenativetotheIndian

subcontinent. Susruta

statesthat,theconjugationoneven

days(4681012)givesriseamalebabyand ontheodddays(57911)toafemalebaby.

[thedaycountisfromthedayofmenstruation] ToinitiateEugenicsAyurvedatookthechrono

biologyandchronopharmacologyastoolsand alteredsuccessfullythereleaseoftheovum

andquantityandqualityofthesemeninmale.

6DHAKA,14th 17thMARCH,2011

Whathappened? XIIIASCON,ICDDR,atBANGLADESH

Forwhat? MainstreamingTraditionalMedicine:

PotentialRoleforUniversalHealthCoveragein theIndianContext

Whataredeclarations?

7Declarations

Ayurvedaisinvariousforms Itincludesthe TraditionalTextual

aphorisms,FolkPractices,HomeRemedies, andComplementary&AlternativeMedicine,

etc.

Increasinglybeingacceptedinhighincome

countriesforitsefficacyandlowincome countrieslikeIndiaforitseconomicaland

usefulness. Itisestimated(WHO)that70%ofworld

GlobalAtlasisusingTraditionalmedicine

8 Thecostsofmodernconventionalmedicineare becomingdifficultforeventhedevelopedcountriesto

bear,andTMtendstobelessexpensive. Theiatrogenesis

ofmodernmedicineisincreasingly

beingrecognized(ahighproportionofhospital admissionsintheUSA)

Thereisarealthreatofresistancelevelstoantibiotics increasingtosuchlevelsthatotherregimenshaveto

besought,andtherearepresentlyfewlinesof researchfornewerantibiotics.

Declarations

9Todayspractice

Thefrontiersofmedicalresearchand practicetodayincludealargesectionon

herbalremedies,lifestyledeterminantsand therapies,bodymindtherapies,

interdisciplinaryresearchsuchaspsycho neuroimmunology.RCTs

haveprovided

evidenceforefficacyofseveralherbaland othertraditionaltherapies.

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Thus,multiplereasonsforexaminingthe potentialroleofTMpopularchoice,a

scientificneed,afinancialneed,equity requirements

andtherebyapublichealth

imperative.

Conclusions

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INFERTILITYvisvisVANDHYATVA

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TypologyofVANDHYATVA

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BeforeattemptingtotreatVandhyatwa,itisessentialto knowaboutthefactorsessentialforconceptionaccordingto

Ayurveda 1

Ritu

(Ageofcouple&appropriatetimeofthemenstrual

cycleie,welldevelopedproliferative

phaseaccompanied

withovulation) 2

Kshetra

(Ahealthybodycontainshealthywomb)

3Ambu

(metabolicproductsaswellashormonessupplied

forthegrowthoffetus) 4Beeja(HealthySperm&Ovum

)

Factorsofaffecting Conception

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Otherconsiderableimportant Factorsforconception

1.

MANASOBHITAPAM(Psychological)

2.

AHARADOSHAM(Diet)

3.

VIHARADOSHAM(Modeoflife)

4.

BALAKSHAYAM(Generalhealth)

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Diagnosis&Management Ayuvedic gynaecologist follow the trend of Diagnosis

with modern diagnostic tools and treat with traditional Ayurvedic principles.

In any fertility work-up, both male and female partners are scrutinized

If pregnancy fails to occur after a year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse it is considered for Medical /Procedural management in Ayurveda.

An analysis of the man's semen should be performed before the female partner undergoes any invasive testing

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Diagnosis MedicalHistoryandPhysical

Examination Thefirststepinanyinfertilityworkupis

acompletemedicalhistoryandphysical examination.

patient'shistoryofsexualactivity, especiallyfrequencyandtimingof

intercourse. Menstrualhistory,

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Diagnosis

lifestyleissues(smoking,drug andalcoholuse,andcaffeine

consumption), anymedicationsbeingtaken,and

aprofileofthepatient'sgeneral medicalandemotionalhealth

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LaboratoryTestsHormonalLevels.

Folliclestimulatinghormone (FSH)

Luteinizing

hormone(LH)

Prolactine Thyroidprofile

Clomiphene

ChallengeTest

TissueSamplesTestsforAutoimmuneDisease

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ImagingTestsandDiagnosticProcedures

Ultrasound(particularlyavariationcalled salineinfusionsonohysterography)

Hysterosalpingography Hysteroscopy Laparoscopy Combinationsoftheseimaging

proceduresmaybeusedtoconfirm diagnoses.

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AyurvedicApproachto Infertility

1.

Nidana

Parivarjana

(avoidanceofcause) whenitisabletobenoticed Papaya

(ergot),Tulasi

(antifertility),etc.

2.

Shodhana

(purification) the obstructions(PCOD,Tubal

Block,etc)

eitherinthelocalizedorgeneralizedare removed

3.

Shamana

(pacification)

4.

Garbha

sthapaka

(establishmentof pregnancy)

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AyurvedaShodhana/Panchkarma

AyurvedausemodalitiesforInfertility Snehana

(Internalunction),

Nasya

(Nasalapplication) Basti

(Medicatedenema),and

uttara

basti

(Uterovesical

douche) Usuallythesepurificationtherapiesare

followedbyoralsupplementations

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Ovulatory

Factors

AcourseofProgressiveinternalUnction (Arohan

krama

snehpana)followedby

purgation(Virechana) Nasalapplication(Nasya)

shown

encouragingresultswith

Narayan

taila, Satpushpa

tail,etc.

Ovulatory

induction(Artava

Janana) is donewith

Phala

ghrit,Shatavari

ghrit,

Rajahpravartani

vati,Pushpadhanva

ras, etc.

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Tubal

Factors

Partial/completetubal

blockor adhesions/pelvicinflammatory

diseasearemanagedwith Uttravasti

Medicinesusedare Kshar

tail, Lashuna

tail, Kaishor

Guggulu, Triphala

Guggulu, Guduchi, Kutki

(Picrorrhiza

kurroa)and Punarnava,etc.

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UterineFactors

EndometrialQualityis improvedwithUttravasti

Medicinesusedare Aswagandha

ghrit,

Ashoka

Ghrit, Ksheerabala

(101)tail,

Balatail,etc.

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CervicalFactors CervicalmucuspH/Sperm

penetrationfactorsarehandled withYoniPichu

(Vaginal

tampon)andYoniDhavan (Vaginalwash)

Medicinesusedare Kshara

taila

(Vaginaltampon)

Triphala

Kwath,(Vaginalwash) Varunadi

Kwath,(Vaginalwash)

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AyurvedicTreatment Femaleinfertilityaccountsfor3540%ofoverallinfertility.

Treatmentdependsuponthespecificidentifiablecause

Ovulationdisorder Chandraprabha

Vati,

Yograj

Guggulu,

Ashokarishta

andDashmoolarishta.

Ashoka

(Saraca

indica),

Dashmool

(TenRoots),

Shatavari

(Asparagusracemosus),

Aloes(Aloevera),Guggulu

(Commiphora

mukul),

Hirabol

(Commiphora

myrrha)and

Harmal

(Paganum

harmala)1

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AyurvedicTreatment Femaleinfertilityaccountsfor3540%ofoverallinfertility.

Treatmentdependsuponthespecificidentifiablecause

Ovulationproblems

causedduetopolycystic

ovariansyndrome(PCOS)

Latakaranj

(Caesalpinia

crista),Varun

(Crataeva

nuevula),

Kanchnaar(Bauhiniavariegata)andGuggulu.Thyroidglanddisordersaretreated

Arogya

Vardhini,

Kanchnaar

Guggulu

and

Punarnava

Guggulu

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Premature ovarianfailure

(POF)

Ashoka,Dashmool,Chandraprabha,

Shatavari,Guduchi,andJeevanti(Leptadania

reticulata).

Thesemedicinescanbe giveninadditionto

hormonereplacement therapy

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Cervical mucus

Vata(Ficusbengalensis),Ashwatha(Ficusreligiosa),

Udumbara(Ficusg