Female Infertility

female infertility ayurvedic treatment

In the realm of reproductive health, the challenges faced by women in conceiving can be intricate and multifaceted. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, provides a unique perspective on female infertility. Let’s delve into the intricacies of Ayurvedic perceptions and explore how it approaches the complexities of female reproductive health.

I. Introduction

A. Brief overview of female infertility

Female infertility is a condition that affects millions of women worldwide. The inability to conceive can be attributed to various factors, including physiological, environmental, and lifestyle-related issues.

Ovum are female reproductive cells. They get produced in ovaries and stored for some days in fallopian tubes (tubes which connects ovaries to uterus. And if fertilization doesn’t occurs, then it get removed from body during menses.

B. Introduction to Ayurvedic perspective on female infertility

According to Ayurveda, Ovum has potency towards heat. Proper heat in body is necessary for production of ovum. There are many reasons which reduces body warmness. Most of time, our body maintain balance in body. But in some cases, body fails to maintain balance and infertility occurs. Infertility is reversible but proper diagnosis and stopping of causative factor is most needed basic factor in treatment.  

C. Process Behind Female Infertility

The common pathogenesis leading to female infertility involves frequent intake of causative factors, which reduces heat production in the body and creates a cooler environment. This, in turn, hampers ovum production. While the body attempts to restore balance by increasing warmth through various mechanisms, the continuous intake of these factors leads to progressive damage. Eventually, the body fails to maintain equilibrium, resulting in reproductive system deformities like obstructions and cysts. These abnormalities disrupt the normal functioning of reproductive tissues, culminating in female infertility. It’s crucial to note that each case varies in multiple aspects, highlighting the unique nature of infertility causes and presentations.

II. Ayurvedic Causes of Female Infertility

A. Dosha imbalance

According to Ayurveda, an imbalance in Vata, Pitta, or Kapha can disrupt the normal functioning of the reproductive system, leading to infertility. Basic causes that affect Dosha are – 

  • Hormonal imbalance and obesity
  • Excessive stress
  • Irregular diet
  • Frequent intake of dry, cold, heavy food
  • Irregular sleeping cycle.

B. Weak digestion and reproductive tissues

According to Ayurved, ovum is product created during formation of Ras Dhatu. Ras is first Dhatu which get formed by nutrient received from food that we eat. So, any change in food makes disturbance in digestion along with disturbance in Ras dhatu and it indirectly affects ovum production. Also, a proper Agni (Digestive power) is needed for production of ovum.

C. Toxins and impurities in the body

Accumulation of toxins, known as Ama in Ayurveda, can hinder the reproductive process. Ama is obstruction to any flow or formation in body. It makes body heavy and all process happening inside get disturbed including fertility. Thus, Detoxification becomes crucial for restoring balance.

D. Other Factors Which May Cause Female Infertility

  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Irregular menses, excessive or reduced menses
  • Disorders of uterus
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Anatomical deformities
  • Genetic factors – rare 

IV. Ayurvedic Approach to Diagnosis

A. Pulse diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha)

Ayurvedic practitioners use Nadi Pariksha, a unique pulse diagnosis technique, to identify dosha imbalances and assess overall health including uterus and ovaries.

B. Examination of lifestyle and diet

Detailed analysis of lifestyle and dietary habits helps in pinpointing factors contributing to infertility, allowing for personalized treatment plans.

V. Treatment Modalities in Ayurveda


A. Panchakarma therapy for detoxification

Panchakarma, an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine, offers therapeutic interventions for addressing female infertility. The aim of Panchakarma in treating infertility is to purify and rejuvenate the reproductive tissues, balancing the doshas and promoting overall well-being. Specific Panchakarma therapies for female infertility may include:

  • 1. Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis): This process is designed to eliminate excess Kapha dosha, addressing imbalances in the reproductive system and supporting hormonal equilibrium.
  • 2. Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation): By purging excess Pitta and toxins, Virechana helps cleanse the liver and enhance the functioning of the reproductive organs.
  • 3. Basti (Enema Therapy): Anuvasana Basti (oil enema) and Niruha Basti (decoction enema) are administered to nourish and strengthen the reproductive tissues, balancing Vata dosha.
  • 4. Nasya (Nasal Administration of Medications): Nasya therapies may be employed to address imbalances in the hormonal and nervous systems, promoting overall reproductive health.
  • 5. Uterine Basti: This specialized form of Basti targets the uterus, utilizing medicated oils to nourish and cleanse the uterine tissues, supporting fertility.
  • 6. Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage): Therapeutic oil massages enhance circulation, reduce stress, and promote hormonal balance, contributing to reproductive well-being.
  • 7. Swedana (Herbal Steam Therapy): Swedana helps eliminate toxins, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, and promote a healthy uterine environment.
  • 8. Pinda Sweda (Herbal Poultice Massage): Localized application of heated herbal poultices aids in nourishing and rejuvenating the reproductive tissues.

These Panchakarma therapies are administered based on an individual’s unique constitution, imbalances, and specific fertility concerns. Panchakarma, when combined with lifestyle modifications and personalized herbal formulations, can contribute to restoring balance and enhancing the chances of conception.

B. Herbal remedies and supplements

Ayurvedic medicine offers a holistic approach to addressing female infertility by balancing the doshas and promoting overall reproductive health. Several Ayurvedic formulations and herbs are traditionally used to enhance fertility. Some commonly recommended Ayurvedic medicines for female infertility include:

  • 1. Ashoka (Saraca asoca): Known for its uterine tonic properties, Ashoka supports a healthy menstrual cycle and addresses issues related to the reproductive system.
  • 2. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus): A renowned herb for female reproductive health, Shatavari nourishes the reproductive organs, balances hormones, and supports fertility.
  • 3. Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris): This herb is believed to enhance ovulation, improve reproductive function, and balance hormonal levels, aiding in fertility.
  • 4. Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa): Lodhra is traditionally used to regulate the menstrual cycle and address conditions affecting the uterus, contributing to fertility.
  • 5. Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia): Known for its immune-boosting properties, Guduchi may support overall health and contribute to a balanced reproductive system.
  • 6. Dashmoolarishta: This Ayurvedic tonic, containing a blend of ten roots, helps regulate hormonal imbalances and supports a healthy reproductive system.
  • 7. Chandraprabha Vati: This herbal formulation is used to balance Vata and Kapha doshas, addressing issues related to the reproductive system and promoting fertility.
  • 8. Kumari Asava: This fermented herbal preparation, containing Aloe vera, is believed to support female reproductive health and address menstrual irregularities.
  • 9. Beejaka (Trapa bispinosa): Beejaka seeds are used to promote fertility by supporting the proper functioning of the female reproductive organs.
  • 10. Phala Gritam: A medicated ghee formulation containing various herbs, Phala Gritam is often recommended to support fertility and reproductive health.

VI. Ayurvedic Diet for Female Fertility

Ayurvedic dietary recommendations for female infertility focus on balancing the doshas, supporting reproductive health, and promoting overall well-being. Here are guidelines for foods to include and avoid:
A. Foods to Include 
  • 1. Whole GrainsChoose whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, and barley to provide sustained energy and nourishment.
  • 2. Fresh Fruits and VegetablesEmphasize a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables for their antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • 3. Healthy FatsInclude sources of healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and ghee to support hormonal balance.
  • 4. Lean ProteinsOpt for lean protein sources like lentils, chickpeas, tofu, and lean poultry to support muscle health.
  • 5. DairyIncorporate moderate amounts of organic, full-fat dairy products like milk and ghee for calcium and healthy fats.
  • 6. Herbs and SpicesUse fertility-supportive herbs and spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, and fenugreek in cooking.
  • 7. Nuts and SeedsConsume nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds for essential nutrients.
  • 8. WaterStay well-hydrated with room temperature or warm water throughout the day to support overall health.

B. Foods to Avoid

  • 1. Processed FoodsMinimize the intake of processed and refined foods, as they may contribute to hormonal imbalances.
  • 2. Caffeine: Limit caffeine intake from coffee, tea, and sodas, as excess caffeine may affect fertility.
  • 3. Alcohol: Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption, as it may interfere with hormonal regulation.
  • 4. Excessive Sugar: Avoid excessive intake of sugary foods and beverages, as they may contribute to inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
  • 5. Heavy, Fried, and Oily Foods: Limit the consumption of heavy and oily foods that may lead to sluggish digestion and aggravate Kapha dosha.
  • 6. Raw and Cold Foods: Minimize the intake of raw and cold foods, as they may disrupt digestive fire (Agni) and impact nutrient absorption.
  • 7. Spicy Foods: Moderate the consumption of excessively spicy foods, as they may aggravate Pitta dosha.
  • 8. Soy Products: Reduce the intake of soy products, as they may have estrogen-mimicking effects.
Individual dietary recommendations may vary based on one’s unique constitution (Prakriti) and imbalances. Consulting with an Ayurvedic practitioner can provide personalized guidance, considering specific fertility concerns and overall health. Integrating a balanced diet with Ayurvedic principles, along with lifestyle modifications and Ayurvedic therapies, contributes to a comprehensive approach in addressing female infertility.

VII. Lifestyle Changes for Fertility

A. Managing stress through Ayurvedic practices

Managing stress is crucial for promoting fertility and addressing female infertility from an Ayurvedic perspective. Stress can disrupt hormonal balance, affect reproductive organs, and contribute to fertility issues. Here are Ayurvedic practices to manage stress in the context of female infertility:

  • Yoga and MeditationEngage in gentle yoga postures and meditation to calm the mind, reduce stress hormones, and enhance overall well-being.
  • Pranayama (Breath Control): Practice pranayama techniques such as Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) to balance the nervous system and alleviate stress.
  • Mindful EatingPractice mindful eating by savoring each bite, choosing nourishing foods, and avoiding emotional eating to support digestive health and hormonal balance.
  • Adequate RestEnsure sufficient and restful sleep to rejuvenate the body and mind, aiming for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Digital DetoxLimit screen time, especially before bedtime, to promote relaxation and prevent overstimulation of the nervous system.
  • Positive AffirmationsCultivate positive thoughts and affirmations to shift focus from stressors and create a more positive mindset.
  • Satsang and CommunityEngage in uplifting activities, spend time with supportive friends and family, and participate in community events to enhance emotional well-being.
  • Counseling and Emotional SupportSeek professional counseling or emotional support groups to address any psychological factors contributing to stress.

B. Exercise and yoga for reproductive health

Exercise and yoga play a vital role in promoting fertility and addressing female infertility by improving overall health, reducing stress, and enhancing circulation to reproductive organs. Here are specific exercise and yoga practices beneficial for female fertility:


  • Cardiovascular ExerciseEngage in moderate cardiovascular activities such as brisk walking, jogging, or cycling to improve blood circulation and support overall health.
  • Strength TrainingIncorporate light to moderate strength training exercises to enhance muscle tone, metabolism, and overall physical fitness.
  • Pelvic Floor ExercisesPerform pelvic floor exercises, like Kegel exercises, to strengthen the pelvic muscles, supporting reproductive organs and improving blood flow.


  • Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation): This dynamic sequence of yoga poses enhances flexibility, stimulates the reproductive organs, and promotes overall well-being.
  • Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend): This forward bend stretches the spine, hamstrings, and pelvic area, improving blood circulation to the reproductive organs.
  • Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose): Also known as the Butterfly Pose, it helps open the hips, stimulates the reproductive organs, and can be beneficial for fertility.
  • Balasana (Child’s Pose): This resting pose relaxes the pelvic region, reduces stress, and promotes a sense of calm.
  • Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose): This restorative pose improves blood circulation to the pelvic area and helps reduce stress.
  • Matsyasana (Fish Pose): This pose stretches the pelvic area and stimulates the reproductive organs, promoting balance in the hormonal system.
  • Uttanasana (Forward Fold): Uttanasana stretches the spine and hamstrings, improves blood flow to the pelvic region, and promotes relaxation.


    • Yes. Ayurvedic treatments are tailored to individual needs, and their effectiveness may vary. 
    • The timeline for results varies based on individual conditions. Consistency in following Ayurvedic guidelines and treatments is key to achieving positive outcomes. Mostly one month to six months are needed. 
    • Ayurvedic dietary recommendations are personalized, considering the individual’s dosha balance and specific needs.

Uniqueness of our therapies  

At Arogya Mandir – Shri Siddhanath Ayurvedic Hospital, Miraj, we delve deeply into the ayurvedic examination of each patient. Utilizing noninvasive Ayurvedic diagnostic tools such as Ashtavidha Parikshan and Nadi Parikshan, we precisely determine the pathogenesis of the disease and then prescribe therapies tailored to the specific condition. This approach leads to expedited results.

Our therapies boast the following distinctive features:
– Tranquil and hygienic therapy rooms staffed with trained therapists in a positive environment.
– Selection of appropriate massage oil based on the patient’s Prakruti and the condition of the disease.
– Complimentary Prakruti and Dhatu Sarata examinations before the commencement of therapies.
– Authenticated procedures for each therapy.
– Judicious use of herbal medicines and instruments during the therapy sessions.
– Specialized rooms equipped with all facilities for inpatient care.

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