Ayurvedic approach in treating male infertility


Mucuna Puriens for infertilityInfertility is growing to be a common phenomenon in today’s hectic and stressful lives, owing to our present lifestyle taking its toll on overall health.

According to Dr.Jaydeep Tank, an IVF expert, infertility is a medical condition affecting at least one in ten couples trying to conceive, with male fertility issues being one of the primary diagnosis in 25 percent of cases, contributing to 15 to 25 percent of the remaining cases.

The common issue is often the inadequate production of sufficient normal, motile sperm. Although there are several other factors leading to male infertility, a precise diagnosis is elusive in most cases.

Dr. Anil Patil, a yoga guru, who works with integrated medicines is of the opinion that ayurvedic remedies have been used to address infertility problems since ancient times.

Mentioned below are the ayurvedic treatments available for male infertility according to experts:

Mucuna Puriens (Kawach) – This medicinal plant has been mentioned in ancient Indian texts of Ayurveda ‘Charaka Samhita’ and ‘Susrutha Samhita’. Known as Kawach, the plant is a climber, bears purple or white flowers and has turgid S-shaped pods. The medicinally valuable parts are the seeds, although studies have revealed that there are active compounds in stems and leaves of the plant too.

Shilajit – This is an excellent rejuvenating tonic which ensures good physical performance for the individual, and helps achieve balanced harmonious health. Shilajit, also known as sex tonic in India increases the core energy responsible for libido, while also balancing debility, general fatigue and offering strength to muscles and bones.

Safed Musli: Safed Musli, also known as asparagus are used in Ayurveda as an aphrodisiac. Its tubers are used in Ayurvedic medicinal preparations. White Musli, also known as Safed Musli is mainly used as a tonic to rejuvenate the reproductive system. Regular use of the herb is vital in treating impotency, premature ejaculation, and low sperm count in men, due to the presence of high glycosides.

Ashwagandha: This is an effective medicine for male infertility. Being a digestive, it corrects metabolism and helps proper nutrition. It also helps treat mental disorders. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is a tonic for the nerves and helps in neuritis. It is helpful in sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction and oligospermia.

Other generic preparations like Chavanprashavaleha, Brahmi Ghattal and Agatsya Haritaki Ayaleha are prescribed for gain and maintenance of strength and vigour.

Some foods that nourish all the seven dhatus according to ayurveda are : Fresh organic fruits and vegetables, almonds, nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dried fruits like dates, figs and raisins, herbs like Ashoka, Piper all being proven rejuvenators.